Professor Mark Easterby-Smith

Distinguished Professor, Emeritus

Research Interests

In the field of organisational learning I have published papers in Academy of Management Executive, Personnel Review, Management Learning, Journal of Management Studies and Human Relations, and I am co-editor of the Blackwell Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management. I am particularly interested in: (i) extending theories of organizational learning to incorporate the problems of power and hierarchy which are experienced in large, complex organizations, (ii) examining the relevance of ideas such as the ‘learning organisation’ in non-western countries, and (iii) investigating 'dynamic capabilities’' in organizations. Most of my doctoral supervision is in this area of organizational learning.

My work on research methodology involves trying to redefine ideas derived from the broader social sciences into the context of management research. I argue, for example, that researchers need to take special note of the political context in organisations, the problems of access, and ethical issues to do with the action orientation of most managers.

In addition to a number of papers I have published a major book on methodology, Management Research: An Introduction, which has been adopted by numerous masters and doctoral programmes as a standard text (the first Edition ran to 10 print runs, and a second edition was published in 2002).

I am currently involved in two major research projects respectively looking at knowledge and information management needs within high-technology engineering companies that are moving significantly into the provision of services as major business items (the KIM Project).  Second, I am working with colleagues at Warwick Business School on understanding knowledge and learning transfer processes between Western multinationals and Chinese partners (see AIM project 1 below).

The power of spatial and temporal orderings in organizational learning
Fahy, K., Easterby-Smith, M., Lervik, J. 04/2014 In: Management Learning. 45, 2, p. 123-144. 22 p.
Journal article

Self-efficacy, social self and resistance to action learning
Burger, U., Bogolyubov, P., Easterby-Smith, M. 2013
Conference paper

Resistance to action learning: the role of Self-Efficacy and the Social Self
Burger, U., Bogolyubov, P., Easterby-Smith, M. 2013
Conference paper

National culture and the learning organization: an integrative framework
Bogolyubov, P., Easterby-Smith, M. 2013 In: Handbook of research on the learning organisation. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar ISBN: 9781781004890.
Chapter

The impact of the national culture on the interactive and collaborative approaches to knowledge management: an exploratory study.
Bogolyubov, P., Easterby-Smith, M., Stead, V. 25/04/2012
Conference paper

In praise of organizational forgetting
Easterby-Smith, M., Lyles, M. 09/2011 In: Journal of Management Inquiry. 20, 3, p. 311-316. 6 p.
Journal article

Handbook of organizational learning and knowledge management
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Lyles, M. 2011 2nd ed. ed. Chichester : Wiley. ISBN: 9780470972649.
Book

Practicing knowledge in organisations: revisiting the knowledge-based view
Fahy, K., Lervik, J., Easterby-Smith, M., Elliott, C. 2011
Conference paper

Temporal dynamics of situated learning in organizations
Lervik, J., Fahy, K., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 07/2010 In: Management Learning. 41, 3, p. 285-301. 17 p.
Journal article

Dynamic capabilities: current debates and future directions
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Lyles, M., Peteraf, M.A. 03/2009 In: British Journal of Management. 20, Suppl. 1, p. S1-S8. 8 p.
Journal article

Performing in emerging markets: broaden your mind
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Li, S. 2009 In: CIMA Excellence in Leadership Series, Performance Management. p. 40-44. 5 p.
Journal article

Research methods for organizational learning: the transatlantic gap
Li, S., Bartunek, J.M., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2009 In: Management Learning. 40, 2, p. 439-447. 9 p.
Journal article

Knowledge flow and boundary crossing at the periphery of a MNC
Hong, J., Snell, R., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2009 In: Thunderbird International Business Review. 18, 6, p. 539-554. 16 p.
Journal article

Bricolage and alignments: a practice lens on knowledge work in multi-disciplinary engineering teams
Fahy, K., Lervik, J., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Elliott, C.J. 2009 In: Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference (Amsterdam) - 2009. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Overcoming corporate rigidities in the dynamic Chinese market
Li, S., Easterby-smith, M., Lyles, M. 11/2008 In: Business Horizons. 51, 6, p. 501-509. 9 p.
Journal article

Inter-organizational knowledge transfer: current issues and future prospects
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Lyles, M., Tsang, E.W.K. 06/2008 In: Journal of Management Studies. 45, 4, p. 661-674. 14 p.
Journal article

Unpacking the meaning and role of tacit knowledge in engineering expertise
Fahy, K., Lervik, J., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Elliott, C.J. 2008 In: KIM Conference (Reading) - 2008. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Temporal boundaries to knowing and learning in integrated product-service organizations
Lervik, J., Fahy, K., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Elliott, C.J. 2008 In: Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference (Copenhagen) - 2008. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Knowledge for theory and practice: balancing commitments in collaborative research
Lervik, J., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Fahy, K., Elliott, C.J. 2008 In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference (Harrogate, UK) - 2008. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Management Research: Theory and Research
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Thorpe, R., Jackson, P. 2008 3rd ed. London : Sage. ISBN: 9781847871770.
Book

Beyond the knowledge sharing dilemma: the role of customisation
Makoto, M., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2008 In: Journal of Knowledge Management. 12, 4, p. 30-42. 13 p.
Journal article

Is guanxi still working, while Chinese MNCs go global? The case of Taiwanese MNCs in the UK
Chen, L., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2008 In: Human Systems Management. 27, 2, p. 131-142. 12 p.
Journal article

Absorptive capacity: a process perspective
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Graca, M., Antonacopoulou, E., Ferdinand, J. 2008 In: Management Learning. 39, 5, p. 483-501. 19 p.
Journal article

Working with pluralism: determining quality in qualitative research
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Golden-Biddle, K., Locke, K. 2008 In: Organizational Research Methods. 11, 3, p. 419-429. 11 p.
Journal article

Organizational learning: debates past, present and future
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Crossan, M., Nicolini, D. 2008 In: Learning by Organizations: Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar ISBN: 9781847204622.
Chapter

Dynamic capabilities and knowledge management: an integrative role for learning?
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Prieto, I. 2008 In: British Journal of Management. 19, 3, p. 235-249. 15 p.
Journal article

At the intersection of interests: exploring community translation of management intended practices
St-Amour, W., Fahy, K., Elliott, C.F., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2007 In: Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference (Ivey School of Business, London, Ontario, Canada) - 2007. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Organizational learning and dynamic capabilities
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Antonacopoulou, E., Graca, M., Ferdinand, J. 2007 In: The Evolution of Business Knowledge. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. chapter 4. ISBN: 0199229600.
Chapter

Limits to information transfer: the boundary problem
Lervik, J., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Fahy, K., Elliott, C.J. 2007 In: Ariadne. 50, p. 1-6. 6 p.
Journal article

Construction design in practice: learning, reflecting and sharing
Fahy, K., St-Amour, W., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Elliott, C. 2006 In: British Academy of Management Conference (Belfast, UK) - 2006. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Organizational learning, knowledge and dynamic capabilities
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Antonacopoulou, E. 2006 In: The Exceptional Manager. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 156-177. 22 p. ISBN: 0199292221.
Chapter

Cross-cultural influences of organizational learning in MNCs: the case of Japanese companies in China
Hong, J., Snell, R., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2006 In: Journal of International Management. 12, 4, p. 408-429. 22 p.
Journal article

Demographic review of the UK social sciences
Mills, D., Jepson, A., Coxon, T., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Hawkins, P., Spencer, J. 2006 N/A : Economic and Social Research Council.
Book

Dynamic capabilities and the role of organizational knowledge: an exploration
Prieto, I., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2006 In: European Journal of Information Systems. 15, 5, p. 500-510. 11 p.
Journal article

Transferring organizational learning systems to Japanese subsidiaries in China
Hong, J., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Snell, R. 2006 In: Journal of Management Studies. 43, 5, p. 1027-1058. 32 p.
Journal article

Recréer le savoir perdu
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2005 In: HR Lab Review. 11, été, p. 27-29. 3 p.
Journal article

Bringing together the emerging theories on dynamic capabilities and knowledge management
Prieto, I., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Graca, M. 2005 In: The Passion for Learning and Knowing: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Organisational Learning and Knowledge. Trento : University of Trento p. 458-471. 14 p. ISBN: 88-8443-100-X.
Chapter

Dynamic capabilities and organizational learning: socio-political tensions in organizational renewal
Graca, M., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Antonacopoulou, E., Ferdinand, J. 2004 In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference (St. Andrews ) - 2004. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Dynamic capability: tracking the development of a concept
Ferdinand, J., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Antonacopoulou, E., Graca, M. 2004 In: Proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Review of Daute and Lightfoot: narrative analysis
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2004 In: Organizational Research Methods. 8, 3, p. 345-346. 2 p.
Journal article

Constructing contributions to organizational learning: Argyris and the next generation
Antonacopoulou, E., Lyles, M., Simm, D., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2004 In: Management Learning. 35, 4, p. 371-380. 10 p.
Journal article

Self service: developing dynamic capabilities
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Graca, M. 2004 In: People Management. 10, 3, p. 36-38. 3 p.
Journal article

From reflection to practical reflexivity: experiential learning as lived experience
Cunliffe, A., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2004 In: Organizing Reflection. Aldershot : Ashgate Publishing p. 30-46. 17 p. ISBN: 0754637476.
Chapter

Re-reading Organizational Learning: selective memory, forgetting, and adaptation
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Lyles, M. 2003 In: Academy of Management Executive. 17, 2, p. 51-55. 5 p.
Journal article

Management research
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2003 In: Encyclopaedia of Social Science Research Methods. London : Sage ISBN: 0-7619-2363-2.
Chapter

Organizational learning and knowledge management: agendas for future research
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Lyles, M. 2003 In: The Blackwell Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management. Oxford : Blackwell ISBN: 0-6312-2672-9.
Chapter

Introduction: watersheds of organizational learning and knowledge management
Lyles, M., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2003 In: The Blackwell Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management. Oxford : Blackwell ISBN: 0-6312-2672-9.
Chapter

The Blackwell handbook of organizational learning and knowledge management
Lyles, M., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2003 Oxford : Blackwell. ISBN: 0-6312-2672-9.
Book

Management Research: An Introduction
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Thorpe, R., Lowe, A. 2001 2nd ed. London : Sage. ISBN: 0761972854.
Book

Organizational learning: debates past, present and future
Nicolini, D., Crossan, M., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 2000 In: Journal of Management Studies. 37, 6, p. 783-796. 14 p.
Journal article

Aprendizagem Organizacional e Organização de Aprendizagem. Desenvolvimento na Teoria e Prática
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Araujo, L.M., Burgoyne, J.G. 2000 São Paulo : Editora Atlas. ISBN: 85-224-2878-6.
Book

Organizational learning: current debates and opportunities
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Araujo, L.M. 1999 In: Organizational Learning and the Learning Organization: Developments in Theory and Practice. London : Sage p. 1-21. 21 p. ISBN: 0761959165.
Chapter

Organizational Learning and the Learning Organization: Developments in Theory and Practice
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Araujo, L.M., Burgoyne, J. 1999 London : Sage. 247 p. ISBN: 0761959165.
Book

Cross-cultural collaborative research: towards reflexivity
Malina, D., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1999 In: Academy of Management Journal. 42, 1, p. 76-86. 11 p.
Journal article

Organisational learning: diverging communities of practice?
Snell, R., Gherardi, S., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1998 In: Management Learning. 29, 3, p. 259-272. 14 p.
Journal article

Organisational learning and national culture: do models of organisational learning apply outside the USA?
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1998 In: Bolletin de Estudios Economicos. 53, 164, p. 281-296. 16 p.
Journal article

Judging teaching quality: the assessment of teaching quality in UK business and management schools
Lock, A., Berry, T., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1998 In: Management Learning. 29, 4, p. 485-499. 15 p.
Journal article

Research traditions in management learning
Thorpe, R., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1997 In: Management Learning: Integrating Perspectives in Theory and Practice. London : Sage p. 38-53. 16 p. ISBN: 0-803-97644-5.
Chapter

Disciplines of organisational learning: contributions and critique
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1997 In: Human Relations. 50, 9, p. 1085-1113. 29 p.
Journal article

Action learning: an evaluation
Johns, A., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Burgoyne, J.G. 1997 In: Action Learning in Practice. Aldershot : Gower Publishing Company p. 347-354. 8 p. ISBN: 0-566-07795-7.
Chapter

Evaluation oils the wheels of industry
Stead, V., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1995 In: People Management. p. 28-31. 4 p.
Journal article

Evaluating Management Development, Training and Education
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1994 2nd ed. Aldershot : Gower Publishing Company. ISBN: 0566073072.
Book

Working together in Europe: the case of European management teacher programme
Ryder, J., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1992 In: European Business Review. 92, 2, p. 30-35. 6 p.
Journal article

Creating a learning organization
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1990 In: Personnel Review Select. 19, 5, p. 24-28. 5 p.
Journal article

Evaluating the development of corporate cultures: a case for naturalistic methods
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1989 In: Management Education and Development. 19, 1, p. 85-99. 15 p.
Journal article

Challenging the West: Perspectives on International Management Development
Davies, J., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Tanton, M. 1988 London and New York : Routledge.
Book

Between cultures: issues in transferring western management education methods to China
Boot, R., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1987 In: Organization Behaviour Teaching Review. 10, 3, p. 95-103. 9 p.
Journal article

Change and innovation in Higher Education: a role for corporate strategy
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1987 In: Higher Education. 19, 4, p. 37-52. 16 p.
Journal article

Evaluating Management Education, Training and Development
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1986 1st ed. Aldershot : Gower Publishing Company. ISBN: 0566023784.
Book

The design, analysis and interpretation of repertory grids
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1981 In: Advances in Personal Construct Technology. p. 9-30. 22 p.
Journal article

The evaluation of management education and development: an overview
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1981 In: Personnel Review Select. 10, 2, p. 28-36. 9 p.
Journal article

The design, analysis and interpretation of repertory grids
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1980 In: International Journal of Man Machine Studies. 13, 1, p. 3-24. 22 p.
Journal article

How to use repertory grid technique in HRD
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1980 In: Journal of European Industrial Training. 4, 2, p. 1-32. 32 p.
Journal article

The repertory grid technique as a personal tool
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1978 In: Management Decision. 14, 5, p. 239-247. 9 p.
Journal article

Auditing management development
Braiden, E., Ashton, R., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1978 In: Management Decision. 16, 5, p. 275-298. 24 p.
Journal article

Using repertory grid technique to evaluate management training
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1975 In: Personnel Review Select. 4, 4, p. 15-21. 7 p.
Journal article

Management development: theory and practice
Irvine, C., Ashton, D., Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1975 In: Journal of European Industrial Training. 4, 6, p. 1-32. 32 p.
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Management development in the public sector: a role for evaluation
Easterby-Smith, M.P.V. 1975 In: Journal of European Industrial Training. 4, 3, p. 195. 195 p.
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