Professor Simon Lilley

Head of the School of Management; Professor of Information and OrganisationSimon Lilley

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0) 116 223 1261
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  • Office: Room 308, Level 3, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office Hours: By appointment only


Simon studied for his first degree, in psychology, at University College London. His PhD, which considered the impact of computerisation on the management of oil refineries, was awarded by Edinburgh University, being funded by the ESRC as part of their Programme on Information and Communication Technologies. Simon has taught previously at the Universities of Keele, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Lancaster, at the International Business School, Budapest and at the Manchester School of Management, UMIST. Simon joined the School of Management in 2003, becoming Head of School in 2010. Simon is editor of the journal Culture and Organization.

Research Interests

Research interests turn around the relationships between (human) agency, technology and performance, particularly the ways in which such relationships can be understood through post-structural approaches to organisation. These concerns are reflected in a continuing focus upon the use of information technologies and strategic models in organisations and he is currently pursuing these themes through investigation of the regulation and conduct of financial and commodity derivatives trading. 

PhD Supervision

Simon currently supervises the following research students:
Ao Chen (full-time); Panayiotis Savvas (part-time); Tukur Gusau (full-time); Vikki Abusidualghoul (part-time); Steve Vallance (part-time); Nikos Karfakis (full-time); Faisal Aftab (full-time); Juan Espinosa Cristia (full-time) and Guy Peters (part-time); Eleni Karamali (full-time); Sarah James (part-time) and Sina Yekini (full-time).  

Most Recent Publications

Cameron, A., Lightfoot, G., Lilley, S. and Brown, S. (2010) 'Placing the 'postsocial' market: simulating space in the xeno-economy', Marketing Theory, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 1-13.

Wisniewski, T., Lightfoot, G. and Lilley, S. (2010) 'Speculating on Presidential Success: Exploring the Link between the Price-Earnings Ratio and Approval Ratings', Journal of Economics and Finance, currently available via SpringerLink's online first.

Full listing of publications

Linstead, S., Fulop, L., Lilley, S. and Associates (2009) Management and Organization: A Critical Text, 2nd Edition, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Godfrey, R. and Lilley, S. (2009) 'Visual consumption, collective memory and the representation of war', Consumption Markets & Culture, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 275-299.

Bryman, A. and Lilley, S. (2009) 'Leadership Researchers on Leadership in Higher Education', Leadership, vol 5, iss 3, pp. 331 - 346.

Lilley, S. and McKinlay, A. (2009) 'Matters of fact/matters of fiction: imagining and implementing institutional change', Culture and Organization, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 129 - 134.

Lilley, S. (2009) 'Organising time: contraction, synthesis, contemplation', Culture and Organization, vol. 15, no. 2., pp. 135 - 150.

Lightfoot, G., Lilley, S. and Pelzer, P. (2009) 'Motivating Risk? The sublime supplement of market exchange', Society and Business Review, vol. 4, iss. 2, pp. 110 - 122.

Armstrong, P. and Lilley, S. (2008) 'Practical Criticism and the Social Sciences', ephemera: theory and politics in organization, vol.8, no. 4, pp. 353-370.

Lilley, S. (2008) 'Pre-Paring Philanthropy: The Mimesis of Business and the Counterfactual Construction of Care', ephemera: theory and politics in organization, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 157-175.

Lightfoot, G. and Lilley, S. (2007) 'The Ideology of Markets and the Practice of Policy: Objectivity, Control and the Objectionable', International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 27, no. 11/12, pp. 494 -499.

Lightfoot, G. and Lilley, S. (2007) 'The Glass Beads Of Global War: Dealing, Death And The Policy Analysis Market', Critical Perspectives on International Business, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 83 - 100.

Kavanagh, D., Lightfoot, G. and Lilley, S. (2007) 'Running to Standstill: Late Modernity's Acceleration Fixation' Cultural Politics, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 95 - 122.

Lilley, S. (2007) 'Humanism' in S. Clegg and J. Bailey (eds) International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies, London: Sage, pp. 607 - 10.  

Lilley, S., Lightfoot, G., O' Donovan, P. and Kaulingfreks, R. (2006) 'A Parable of Parodies: Margins, Markets and Darwin's Garden', Culture and Organization, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 281 - 291.

Lilley, S., Lightfoot, G. and Kavanagh, D. (2006) 'The End of the Shock of the New', Creativity and Innovation Management, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 157 - 163.

Lilley, S. and Lightfoot, G. (2006) 'Trading Narratives', Organization, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 369 - 391.
Case, P. Lilley, S. and Owens, T. (eds) (2006) The Speed of Organization, Copenhagen: Liber, Copenhagen Business School Press. 

Case, P., Lilley, S. and Owens, T. (2006) 'You Shall Know Our Velocity', in P. Case, S. Lilley, and T. Owens (eds) The Speed of Organization, Copenhagen: Liber, Copenhagen Business School Press.



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