I joined the University of Stirling in January 2018 as Lecturer in Business and Management and I am the incoming Programme Director for the newly revised Master of Research (MRes) in Business and Management. I am an executive board member of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Organization at the International Sociological Association.
Prior to this I was Lecturer in Organisations and Society at the University of Manchester, Visiting Scholar at Copenhagen Business School, Research Fellow in Organisations, Society and Markets at the University of Melbourne, and Konrad Boehmer Research Fellow also at the University of Melbourne.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Graduate Diploma in Education, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.
I am currently available and interested in supervising research students (MRes/PhD) and supporting postdoctoral research projects across a broad range of topics in the field of Management and Organisation Studies. If you are thinking about doing a research degree email me with your CV and your research proposal in the first instance. If you are considering applying for external studentships or fellowships please contact me well in advance of the application deadlines.
Undergraduate dissertation students at the University of Stirling should look at my staff profile, my research interests, my publications, my research and teaching twitter feeds, and the details of the second-year module I coordinate titled 'The organisation of business' to get a better sense of the kind of topics I would be interested in supervising. I am always available to meet and discuss your ideas in person so feel free to contact me by email to arrange a meeting.
My research is primarily about how organisations and institutions deal with uncertainty. This is relevant for all areas of management and organisation studies but I am particularly interested in 'surprises' - events that defy our expectations because they are wholly unanticipated.
I am currently focusing on: (1) government agencies that are responsible for emergencies and disasters, whether natural, industrial, financial or otherwise; (2) healthcare organisations such as the UK National Health Service; and, (3) the use of statistical and probabilistic knowledge in research.
My own fieldwork is ethnographic but I am interested in a broad range of qualitative methods and I have a critical sociological interest in quantitative methods, especially their relationship to ethics.
I have a long-standing interest in researching other areas, including but not exclusively limited to the music industry, craft manufacturing (e.g. food, beer, coffee, fabrics, etc.), city governments, schools and higher education, architecture and design.
Zyphur M, Pierides D & Roffe J (2016) Measurement and statistics in ‘organization science’: Philosophical, sociological and historical perspectives. In: The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies. Oxon, pp. 474-482. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203795248.
Pierides D & Sewell G (2018) Mary Douglas and Institutions. In: Management, Organizations and Contemporary Social Theory. London.
I teach a second-year undergraduate module titled "The organisation of business" and a postgraduate research module titled "The evolution of management and organisational research".
BUSU9OB: The organisation of business (short description)
There has been a worldwide expansion of organisation since the industrial era. It is almost impossible now to do anything without relying on, or at least interacting with, an organisation. Try to think about how many different organisations have entered your day-to-day activities just today and how many of them were necessary for you to get something done. This makes the study of organisation more important than ever. In this module we will be looking into the world of organisations, scrutinising it with questions that matter for the people who inhabit organisations as well as those who are affected by the consequences of their activities. What are the different ways by which business can be organised and is business the only, or best, way to organise? From the early days of the railroads to the recent rise of new technologies of automation, we will be challenging the mistaken assumption that everything organisational is ultimately about profit. The Organisation of Business therefore provides students with a starting point for making informed and responsible judgements when managing people and technologies in contemporary work organisations.
MRMP006: The evolution of management and organisational research (short description)
This module offers students the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the historical evolution of the field known as management and organisational research whilst also requiring students to develop extensive knowledge about their specific area of research interest. It is intended to help support students to develop their literature review.