Mike joined the School of Management at the University of Surrey in autumn 2006. Mike is the Director of the Research Centre for Comparative Studies on Organisational Learning in International Settings COLIS at Surrey, set up in spring 2008. He has been elected to become a Member of the Board of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) from July 2010.
He studied sociology, did his PhD and worked as a Lecturer in Organisational Sociology at Humboldt University in Berlin. Before joining the University of Surrey, Mike was a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at the University of Wales in Swansea and a Reader in International Management Studies at Queen Mary University in London. He also held a number of visiting positions, including Copenhagen Business School, Social Science Research Centre Berlin, Rotterdam School of Management, Judge Institute of Management Studies of University of Cambridge, and at the Sociology Departments of Moscow State University, of Friedrich Schiller University Jena, of Wake Forest University (North Carolina) and Stanford University (California).
Mike’s general research interests are in the areas of international management and organization theory. His most recent research is on socio-political issues in and around multinational companies, cross-national comparisons of management and organisation, and transnational institution building. He currently leads an international comparative project on ‘Work and employment relations of European multinational grocery retailers: Discounters and hypermarkets’, involving researchers in Germany, Ireland, Poland Spain, Turkey and the UK.
His work has been published in leading journals in the areas of international business, business management, organization studies, industrial relations, and sociology, reflecting his multidisciplinary research interests and commitment to interdisciplinary work. His research has also been published in books. The most recent book due to be published in April 2011 is on ‘Politics and power within the multinational corporation’ with Cambridge University Press.