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Personal Statement

I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategy at Strathclyde Business School. I am leading the MSc in Project Management and Innovation as the Programme Director since 2015.

My research links the domains of strategy, technology, organisational change and innovation management within high technology manufacturing industries. My research is focused on processes of strategy management and strategic change to enhance resilience and adaptability within manufacturing small and medium enterprises (SMEs). My research is deeply embedded in business practice and I regularly engage with senior managers through qualitative, rich case studies and longitudinal ethnographic research methods. My collaborative research projects attracted significant funding from top commercial organisations and EPSRC, Innovate UK, the European Commission and the Scottish Funding Council. I regularly collaborate with SMEs and MNCs such as Weir Group, Linn Products Ltd, GSK, Astra Zeneca, Genzyme, Ford, JLR, and Rolls Royce.

I have been nominated for Teaching Excellence Awards and PhD Researcher Development Programme Supervisors Award. I am a member of the AoM and EURAM. My research is published in prominent academic journals such as International Journal of Operations and Production Management (ABS, 4*), International Journal of Production Research (ABS, 3*) and mentioned in public media such as The Herald, BBC Radio Scotland, and the Scotsman. I have a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, which investigated strategy processes in UK manufacturing SMEs and a BSc. in Industrial Engineering.


Expertise & Capabilities

  • SME (small and medium enterprise) strategy
  • Strategic renewal and adaptation
  • Organisational capabilities and competitiveness

I supervise UG, MSc, MBA and PhD/DBA projects in the area of strategic management, performance management, innovation, technology and change management.

Teaching Interests

I design and deliver modules on Strategic Management, Technology and Organisational Change and Consulting within post-graduate MSc and under-graduate programs.

Current Classes:

  • Consulting in Practice (PGT)
  • Technology & Organisational Change (PGT)
  • Business Strategy (PGT)

Prior Teaching Experience:

  • Organisational Analysis & Strategy (UG)
  • Project Portfolio Management (PGT)
  • Research Methods (UG)
  • Developing Business Strategy (PGT)
  • Strategic Technology Management (PGT)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Bachelor of Science, Istanbul Technical University

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Projects 2005 2021

Research Output 2007 2019

Exploring adaptive small and medium enterprises through the lens of open strategy

Ates, A., 11 Feb 2019, Strategic Responsiveness and Adaptive Organizations: New Research Frontiers in International Strategic Management . Andersen, T. J., Torp, S. & Linder, S. (eds.). West Yorkshire: Emerald Publishing Limited, p. 25-39

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Empirical study
Middle managers

The dynamics of interorganizational relations in contemporary manufacturing: nested negotiations in value networks

Sminia, H., Nair, A., Ates, A., Paton, S. & Smith, M., 4 Oct 2019, Managing Interorganizational Collaborations: Process Views. Sydow, J. & Berends, H. (eds.). Bingley, Vol. 64. p. 69-89 21 p. (Research in the Sociology of Organizations ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Interorganizational relationships
Interorganizational relations


EPSRC Doctoral Studentship Award

Aylin Ates (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Nominee for Researcher Development Programme Supervisor of 2017/18 (PGR)

Aylin Ates (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2008 2019

EURAM 2019: 19th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management

Aylin Ates (Chair), Torben Juul Andersen (Chair)
26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

PhD External Examiner

Aylin Ates (Examiner)
21 Mar 2019

Activity: Examination typesExamination