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Scholarly biography

Lew Perren is Professor of Management Research at Brighton Business School. His research into management, strategy and entrepreneurship tends to be constructionist and interdisciplinary. Lew has published a wide range of articles, books and reports since joining the university in 1990. Recent contributions with colleagues include an examination of the political economy of the small firm, an analysis of managements’ strategic language of causation and an investigation into SME Top Management Teams.

Lew has had periods of secondment as a Policy Research Consultant to the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership, and as a management and computing consultant in industry. He has also been a board member for the Institute of Small Business Affairs, the Department for Education and Employment Small Firms Advisory Group, and the Prince’s Trust Sussex Branch.

Lew teaches strategic management on our BSc Business and MBA courses. He is currently writing a research monograph on strategy paradigms.

Approach to teaching

I teach strategic management on our BSc Business and MBA. I enjoy the challenge of exploring the conceptual underpinnings of decision-making. I think it is important to move beyond purely functional views of strategy to consider alternative perspectives and the consequences for practice.

I like to engender a culture where it is safe for students to explore ideas, challenge orthodoxy and develop their own meaning. I hope my students will be willing to experiment, draw upon their life experience and engage with new ideas. I particularly enjoy seminars, as they provide a protected space where students can construct and defend arguments, and develop critical thinking.

Research interests

I find the paradigmatic underpinnings of strategic management fascinating. I am currently undertaking a meta-theoretical review with the aim of producing a novel paradigmatic map. This will form the kernel of the monograph I am writing on strategy paradigms.

Knowledge exchange

Current research projects:

  • Strategy paradigms

Previous research projects:

  • A variety of explorations with colleagues into the discourse and paradigms of entrepreneurship, innovation, small firms and management
  • A variety of investigations with colleagues into non-executive directors in small firms
  • A variety of policy related studies with colleagues into management and small firms

Research centres and groups:

Supervisory Interests

PhD students

Markus Steinhauser (2014)Strategic Decision Making in Family Firms 
Catherine Matthews (2013)Trade credit management within small professional firms: Practice, agency and structure 
Rosie Boxer (2010)The role of Non-Executive Directors in SMEs 
Geoffrey Burns (2007)Using participatory action research to develop an organisation's strategy
Simon Parry (2006)Accounting discourse in artisan micro businesses
Seymour Roworth-Stokes (2003)Intrapreneurship and the management of research centre growth in university


  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Strategic Management

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Research Output 2001 2018

Social entrepreneurship: mythological ‘doublethink'

Perren, L. 1 Jan 2018 Social entrepreneurship: an affirmative critique. Dey, P. & Steyaert, C. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK, p. 127-133 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Roland Barthes

Financialization and the enterprise decoy

Dannreuther, C. & Perren, L. 1 Jan 2015 Financial cultures and crisis dynamics. Jessop, B., Young, B. & Scherrer, C. (eds.). Abingdon, p. 106-122 17 p. (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The rhetoric of power: entrepreneurship and politics

Dannreuther, C. & Perren, L. 1 Jan 2015 The Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship. Baker, T. & Welter, F. (eds.). Abingdon, p. 376-390 15 p. (Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

SME managing director and nonexecutive director trust relations: the dynamic interplay between structure and agency

Boxer, R., Perren, L. & Berry, A. 6 Oct 2014 34, 3, p. 369-386 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Agency and structure
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Non-executive directors

Innovation as politics: the rise and reshaping of innovation in UK parliamentary discourse 1960-2005

Perren, L. & Sapsed, J. 30 Nov 2013 42, 10, p. 1815-1828 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle