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Personal Statement

Harry Sminia is professor of strategic management.

Before joining Strathclyde in 2013, Harry held positions at the University of Groningen, the Vrije Universteit, Amsterdam and the University of Sheffield.

His research interests are in the area of processes of strategy formation, strategic change, and competitive positioning. He is eclectic in his theoretical tastes, as long as it helps to elucidate ‘how’ questions. Management reality is processual. It is not about the state of things and providing explanations why these are correlated with each other. It is about how things come into being, change or continue to be, and sometimes disappear again. It is about understanding how things happen and can be made to happen.

Harry has done research on how a top management team activity actually affects the strategic direction of a firm, how organizations change, how industries develop, but also how crucial things that take place within an industry remain unaltered over a period of time despite a strong impetus for change. He currently focuses on high value manufacturing. This is a particularly interesting problem area, not only because of its prominence in Scotland’s and the UK’s economic and innovation policy, but also because it is at the crossroads of strategy, innovation, and operations. He is also interested in process research methods and methodology. Hence his involvement in a website about process research methods.

To do and to teach strategy, Harry beliefs there is nothing so practical as a good theory (to paraphrase Kurt Lewin). Furthermore, he beliefs that learning is the most effective if you have to do what you are being taught. For those reasons he always tries to involve students in activities in which they have to use strategy theories to experience their practicality.

Harry is happy to supervise PhD students who – like him – are interested in finding out about 'how' questions in the broad area of strategic management. Yet he is particularly interested in projects that are at the crossroads of strategy, innovation, and manufacturing.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Strategy process
  • Realising strategy
  • Change capability
  • High value manufacturing
  • Process research

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Business Administration, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Master of Social Science, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 1994 2019

Agency-ing in interorganizational collaboration

van Fenema, P. & Sminia, H., 5 Apr 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper



The evolvement of Sino-Western joint venture negotiation at formation phase : a process study

Author: Liu, K., 1 Oct 2009

Supervisor: Sminia, H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2014 2018

  • 3 Examination
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Digital Strategy for Textiles

Abigail Hird (Organiser), Harry Sminia (Organiser), Robert van der Meer (Organiser), Jorn Mehnen (Organiser), Dominic Finn (Participant), Robert Whitfield (Participant)
31 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

External Examiner Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Harry Sminia (External Examiner)
2016 → …

Activity: Examination typesExamination