Professor Alan Bryman

Emeritus ProfessorAlan Bryman

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I joined the School of Management in August 2005 after working for 31 years in the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. I was Head of School January 2008-December 2009.

Research Interests

My main areas of research lie in the following areas:

  • Combining quantitative and qualitative research. I've been interested in methodological issues for many years and in 2003-4, I was funded as a fellow to work on the issue of how quantitative and qualitative research are combined in the social sciences. The fellowship was part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Research Methods Programme. This is an ongoing interest.
  • Disneyization and McDonaldization. I'm interested in different aspects of modern consumer culture and their implications for organizational issues. I'm particularly interested in the impact that the principles associated with Disney theme parks are influencing how services and products are made available for consumption. I explored these issues in a book, The Disneyization of Society (Sage, 2004), which has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese.
  • Effective leadership in higher education. I've been interested in leadership for many years and in fact have written two books on this topic: Leadership and Organizations (Routledge, 1986) and Charisma and Leadership in Organizations (Sage, 1992). I’m also a co-editor of a forthcoming handbook in the field. In 2005/06, I worked full-time on a review of the literature on leadership in universities. This was funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

PhD Supervision

I am able to supervise students in any of the areas outlined under ‘Research Interests’.

Most Recent Publications

2010 and in press
Sempik, J., Becker, S. and Bryman, A., ‘Advocates, agnostics and adversaries: Researchers' perceptions of service user involvement in social policy research’, Social Policy and Society, 9(3), 2010, pp. 355-66.

Bryman, A., Collinson, D., Grint, K., Jackson, B. and Uhl-Bien, M. (eds)  SAGE Handbook of Leadership (Sage, 2011).

Bryman, A. ‘Mission accomplished? Research methods in the first five years of Leadership’, Leadership, 7, 2011.

Full listing of publications

Buchanan, D. and Bryman, A. (eds) Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods (Sage, 2009).
O'Reilly, M., Dixon-Woods, M., Angell, E., Ashcroft, R. and Bryman, A. ‘Doing accountability: a discourse analysis of Research Ethics Committee letters’ Sociology of Health and Illness, 31(2), 2009 , pp. 246-261.

Bryman, A. and Lilley, S., ‘Leadership researchers on leadership in higher education’, Leadership, 5(3), 2009, pp. 331-46.

Bryman, A., Teevan, J.J. and Bell, E. Social Research Methods, second Canadian edition (OUP, 2009).

Bryman, A. 'Of methods and methodology', Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 3, 2008, pp. 159-68.

Bryman, A. Social Research Methods third edition (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Bryman, A. and Cramer, D., Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS 14, 15 and 16: A Guide for Social Scientists (Routledge, 2008).

Bryman, A. 'The end of the paradigm wars?', in P. Alasuutari, J. Brannen and L. Bickman (eds) Handbook of Social Research, (Sage, 2008), pp. 13-25.

Bryman, A. 'Why do researchers integrate/combine/mesh/blend/mix/merge/fuse quantitative and qualitative research?', in M. Bergman (ed.), Advances in Mixed Methods Research, (Sage, 2008) pp. 87-100.

Bryman, A. 'Leadership in higher education', in K.T. James and J. Collins (eds), Leadership Perspectives: Knowledge into Action, (Palgrave, 2008) pp. 126-39.

Bryman, Becker, and Sempik, ‘Quality criteria for quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research: The view from social policy’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 11, 2008, pp.261-76.

Bryman, A. and Bell, E., Business Research Methods revised edition (Oxford University Press, 2007)
Online Resource Centre

Bryman, A., 'Barriers to integrating quantitative and qualitative research', Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1, 2007, pp. 1-18.

Bryman, A., 'The research question in social research: what is its role?', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 10, 2007, pp. 5-20.

Bell, E. and Bryman, A., 'The ethics of management research: an exploratory content analysis', British Journal of Management, 18, 2007, pp. 63-77.

Buchanan, D. and Bryman, A., 'Contextualizing methods choice in organizational research', Organizational Research Methods, 10, 2007, pp. 483-501.

Angell, E., Jackson, C., Ashcroft, R., Bryman, A., Windridge, K., and Dixon-Woods, M. 'Is "inconsistency" in Research Ethics Committee decision-making really a problem? An empirical investigation and reflection', Clinical Ethics, 2, 2007, pp. 92-9.

Bryman, A., 'Effective leadership in higher education', Studies in Higher Education, 32, 2007, pp. 693-710.
Sempik, J., Becker, S. and Bryman, A., 'The quality of research evidence in social policy: Consensus and dissension among researchers', Evidence and Practice, 3, 2007, pp. 407-23.

Dixon-Woods, M., Angell, E., Ashcroft, R. and Bryman, A. 'Written work: the social functions of Research Ethics Committee letters', Social Science and Medicine, 65, 2007, pp. 792-802.

Angell, E., Bryman, A., Ashcroft, R., and Dixon-Woods, M., 'Never mind the scientific quality, feel the ethics?: an analysis of decision letters by Research Ethics Committees and a reflection', Quality and Safety in Health Care, 17, 2007, pp. 131-6.

Bryman, A. entries on 'Disneyization' and 'Technological determinism' in G. Ritzer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Sociology (Blackwell, 2007).

Bryman, A. 'Integrating quantitative and qualitative research: how is it done?', Qualitative Research, 6, 2006, pp. 97-113.

Bryman, A. 'Paradigm peace and the implications for quality', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 9, 2006, pp. 111-26.

Bryman, A. and Cassell, C. 'The researcher interview: A reflexive perspective', Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: an international journal, 1, 2006, pp. 41-55.

Bryman, A. and Beardsworth, A. 'Is Qualitative Research Becoming McDonaldized?', Methodological Innovations Online [Online], 1(1), 2006. Available:
Bryman, A. (ed.), Mixed Methods (Sage, 2006). This is a four-volume set.

Parry, K.W. and Bryman, A. 'Leadership in organizations', in S. Clegg, C. Hardy, T. Lawrence and W. Nord (eds), Sage Handbook of Organization Studies (Sage, 2006).

Bryman, A. and Cramer, D. Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS 12 and 13: A Guide for Social Scientists (Routledge, 2005).

Bryman, A. and Teevan, J. Social Research Methods. Canadian Edition (Oxford University Press, 2005)
Greasley, K., Bryman, A., Dainty, ARJ., Price, ADF., Soetanto, R. and King, N. 'Employee perceptions of empowerment', Employee Relations , 27, 2005, pp. 354-68.

Dainty, ARJ., Bryman, A., Price, ADF., Greasley, K., Soentanto, R. and King, N. 'Project affinity: the role of emotional attachment in construction projects,' Construction Management and Economics , 23, pp. 241-244.

Lewis-Beck, M. Bryman, A and Liao, TF (eds), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods (Sage, 2004).

Hardy, M. and Bryman, A. (eds), Handbook of Data Analysis (Sage, 2004).

Bryman, A. Social Research Methods , Revised edition (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Bryman, A. The Disneyization of Society (Sage, 2004).

Becker, S. and Bryman, A. (eds), Understanding Research for Social Policy and Practice (Policy Press, 2004).
Entries on 'McDonaldization' and 'Disneyization' in G. Ritzer (ed.), Sage Encyclopedia of Social Theory (Sage, 2004).

Beardsworth, A and Bryman, A. 'Meat consumption and meat avoidance among young people - an eleven year longitudinal study', British Food Journal , vol. 106, 2004, pp. 313-27.

Bryman, 'Qualitative research on leadership: a critical but sympathetic review', Leadership Quarterly,  15, 2004, pp. 729-69.



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