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Professor David Wilson

Prof David  Wilson

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor in Organisation Studies
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for People and Organisations
  • david.wilson1

Professional biography

David Wilson is Professor of Organisation Studies based in the Centre for People and the Faculty of Business and Law. He is the author of nine books and over ninety peer reviewed articles on strategic decision making, power in organisations, organisational change and strategy. David is a Fellow and ex Chair of the British Academy of Management and is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was a founder member of the scholarly association the 'European Group for Organization Studies' where he has served as Chair and was elected an Honorary Member of the association in 2015. He has served as Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the top international journal Organization Studies and remains Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board. 

Research interests

Research interests broadly encompass strategy, decision making and the sociology of organisations.  Current research interests include an investigation into unwaged work in the UK and how this does (or does not) lead to paid employment in changing labour markets. A second stream of research continues to examine strategic decision making, in particular implementation and putting decisions into practice.  A third stream of research is examining the role and value of Business Schools in wider society. 

Teaching interests

Teaching interests include strategy, decision making and practice, politics and power in organizations, organisational change, the sociology of organisations, learning from strategic failures, risk and unexpected events.


Big data, big decisions: The impact of big data on board level decision-making (2018-12)
Merendino, Alessandro; Dibb, Sally; Meadows, Maureen; Quinn, Lee; Wilson, David; Simkin, Lyndon and Canhoto, Ana
Journal of Business Research, 93 (pp. 67-78)
The legitimacy of the business of business schools: what's the future? (2012)
Wilson, David and Thomas, Howard
Journal of Management Development, 31(4) (pp. 368-376)
Global mimicry: putting strategic choice back on the business school agenda (2011-09)
Wilson, David and McKiernan, Peter
British Journal of Management, 22(3) (pp. 457-469)
Extending the integration-responsiveness framework: delivering a global service strategy at British Airways (2010-08-31)
Collinson, Simon; Sullivan-Taylor, Bridgette and Wilson, David
Strategic Innovators(4)
Extreme events, organizations and the politics of strategic decision making (2010)
Wilson, David; Branicki, Layla; Sullivan-Taylor, Bridgette and Wilson, Alexander D.
Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 23(5) (pp. 699-721)
Managing the threat of terrorism in British travel and leisure organizations (2009-02)
Sullivan-Taylor, Bridgette and Wilson, David
Organization Studies, 30(2/3) (pp. 251-276)
From strategy to action: involvement and influence in top level decisions (2008-12)
Miller, Susan; Hickson, David and Wilson, David
Long Range Planning, 41(6) (pp. 606-628)
Diagnosing and treating operational and implementation barriers in synoptic marketing planning (2008-07)
Dibb, Sally; Simkin, Lyndon and Wilson, David
Industrial Marketing Management, 37(5) (pp. 539-553)
Management learning and the corporate MBA: situated or individual? (2007)
Legge, Karen; Sullivan-Taylor, Bridgette and Wilson, David
Management Learning, 38(4) (pp. 440-457)
Inertia in Japanese organizations: knowledge management routines and failure to innovate (2006)
Collinson,, Simon and Wilson, David C.
Organization Studies, 27(9) (pp. 1359-1387)
Thinking and acting strategically: new challenges for interrogating strategy (2004-04)
Wilson, David C. and Jarzabkowski, Paula
European Management Review, 1(1) (pp. 14-20)
Power, control and computer-based performance monitoring: repertoires, resistance and subjectivities (2000)
Ball, Kirstie and Wilson, David
Organization Studies, 21(3) (pp. 539-565)
Strategy: Analysis And Practice (2nd ed.) (2010-08)
McGee, John; Wilson, David and Thomas, Howard
ISBN : 978-0077126919 | Publisher : McGraw-Hill Higher Education | Published : London
Handbook Of Decision Making (2010-03-26)
Nutt, P. C. and Wilson, David
ISBN : 978-1405161350 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Oxford
Organizational change management (2009)
Wilson, David
In: Clegg, Stewart R. and Cooper, Cary L. eds. The SAGE handbook of organizational behavior: macro approaches (pp. 409-423)
ISBN : 9781412934275 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London