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Research interests

My research focuses on the nature of knowledge and learning in organisations and seeks to link this to questions about innovation and change. I am particularly interested in the social practices of producing, negotiating, and using knowledge within varied organisational settings, but especially project-based, network, and temporary forms of organising. My research draws strongly on practice-based theories, emphasising knowledge and learning as active accomplishments emerging from specific social settings that have important implications for how practices are shaped. Investigating the boundaries between different knowledge communities and how these are constituted, reproduced, crossed, challenged, and redrawn is a key element of this. The settings for my research have been many and varied, ranging from car factories to sewage plants, power stations to animation studios, offshore oil and gas platforms to humanitarian aid projects, road maintenance depots to aerospace companies, big rail construction projects to small firm action learning networks. Despite (or maybe because of) this diversity, the thread running through my research has been an enduring interest in the social and political dynamics of knowledge and practice and how these unfold in different contexts.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, King's College London

Master, University of Oxford

External positions

External examiner for MA in Innovation Management, Central St Martins

2016 → …

Committee member of BAM Innovation Special Interest Group (SIG), British Academy of Management - BAM

2014 → …

Standing Chair of Innovation Track for BAM Annual Conference, British Academy of Management - BAM

2011 → …

Member, British Academy of Management - BAM

Member, European Group for Organizational Studies

Fellow, Royal Geographical Society

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Research Output 2000 2017

Case Study: WASH - Mapping the International Humanitarian Innovation Ecosystem

Rush, H. & Marshall, N., 1 Jun 2015, 59 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Strengthening the Humanitarian Innovation Ecosystem

Ramalingam, B., Rush, H., Bessant, J., Marshall, N., Gray, B., Hoffman, K., Bayley, S. & Warren, K., 5 Jul 2015, 60 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Components of the Humanitarian Innovation Ecosystem

Rush, H., Marshall, N., Hoffman, K., Gray, B., Ramalingam, B. & Bessant, J., 1 Jan 2014, Department for International Development. 49 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Innovation Management, Innovation Ecosystems and Humanitarian Innovation

Rush, H., Bessant, J., Marshall, N., Ramalingam, B., Hoffman, K. & Gray, B., 1 Jun 2014, DFID.

Research output: Working paper

Open Access