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Maxine Robertson

Maxine Robertson (BSc, MA, PhD) is a Professor of Management in School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London.  Formerly a Lecturer of Organisational Behaviour in Warwick Business School, Maxine is a founding member of IKON and her research interests include the management of knowledge workers and knowledge intensive firms, the management of knowledge in organisations and interactive innovation processes. She has published extensively in all of these areas. 
 
She was a principal investigator on the jointly funded (EPSRC and ESRC) research project: The Evolution of Biomedical Knowledge: Interactive Innovation in the UK and US. 
 
In addition Maxine has carried out extensive practitioner-orientated work with the Knowledge and Innovation Network (KIN)
 

Publications

 

Selected Publications 

Articles in Periodicals

Robertson, M. (2007) Translating breakthroughs in genetics into biomedical innovation: The case of UK Genetic Knowledge Parks, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 19.

Swan, J., Robertson, M., Goussevskaia, A., Newell, S.,Bresnen, M., & Obembe, A. (2007) Modes of organizing biomedical innovation in the UK and US and the role of integrative and relational capabilities, Research Policy. 36.

Swan, J., Robertson, M., Goussevskaia, A., Newell, S., Bresnen, M. (2007) The role of institutional differences in biomedical innovation processes: a comparison of the UK and US. International Journal of Health Technology and Management,

Alvesson, M., and Robertson, M. (2006) The brightest and the best: The role of elite identity in knowledge intensive companies. Organization, 13,2, 195-224.

Scarbrough, H., Robertson, M., Swan, J. (2005) Professional media and management fashion: The case of knowledge management, Scandinavian Journal of Management, 21,2, 197-208.

Oswick, C., Robertson, M. and Jones, P. (2005) From Brands to Personal Branding: The Manufacture of Faux Management Identities, Tamara: Journal of Critical Postmodern Organizational Science, Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 1-14.

Pittaway, L., Robertson, M., Munir, K., Denyer, D. and Neely, A. (2004) Networking and innovation: a systematic review of the evidence. International Journal of Management Reviews, 5/6:3&4, 137-168

Robertson, M. and Swan, J. (2004) Going Public: The emergence and effects of soft bureaucracy in a knowledge intensive firm. Organization, 11, 1, 123-148.

Robertson, M. and Swan, J. (2003). "Control- what control..." Culture and ambiguity within a knowledge intensive firm, Journal of Management Studies, 40, 4, 831-858.

Robertson, M., Scarbrough, H. and Swan, J. (2003) Knowledge creation in professional service firms: Institutional effects. Organization Studies, 24, 6, 831-858. 

Robertson, M., Sorensen, C. and Swan, J.  (2002). Survival of the Leanest: Intensive Knowledge Work and Groupware Adaptation, Information Technology & People, 14, 4, 334-353.
 
Swan, J., Scarbrough, H. and Robertson, M. (2002). The construction of 'communities of practice' in the management of innovation. Management Learning, 33, 4, 479-496.
 
Newell, S., Robertson, M. and Swan, J. (2001). Management Fads and Fashions, Organization, 8, 1, 5-15.
 
Evans, C., Hammersley, G. and Robertson, M. (2001). Assessing the role and efficacy of communication strategies in times of crisis, Journal of European Industrial Training, 25:6/7, 297-309.
 
Swan, J., Robertson, M. & Bresnen, M. (2001). Knowledge Management and the colonization of knowledge, Special Issue of the Best papers from the Critical Management Studies Conference, The Electronic Journal of Radical Organization Theory, 7, 2,
 
Robertson, M. and Hammersley, G. (2000). Knowledge Management practices within a knowledge-intensive firm: The significance of the people management dimension, Journal of European Industrial Training, 24:2/3/4, 241-253.
 
Robertson, M., Newell, S., Swan, J., Mathiassen, L. and Bjerknes, G. (2000). The issue of gender within computing: Reflections from the UK and Scandinavia, Information Systems Journal, 11, 111-126.
 
Newell, S., Swan, J. and Robertson, M. (1999). A cross national comparison of the adoption of BPR: fashion setting networks. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 7, 299-317.
 
Swan, J., Newell. S. and Robertson, M. (1999). National Differences in the diffusion and design of technological innovation: The role of inter-organisational networks. Special Issue of the British Journal of Management, 10, S45-S61.
 
Swan, J., Newell, S. and Robertson, M. (1999). The diffusion, design and social shaping of production management information systems in Europe. Special Issue on Diffusion, Transfer and Adoption of Information Technology in Information Technology and People,13, 1, 27-45. 
 
Swan, J., Newell, S. and Robertson, M. (1999).The illusion of best practice in information systems for operations management. European Journal of Information Systems, 8, 284-293.
 
Swan, J., Newell, S. and Robertson, M. (1999). Central agencies in the diffusion and design of technology: A comparison of the UK and Sweden. Organization Studies, 20, 6, 905-932.
 
Robertson, M. and Swan, J. (1998). Universal Consultancy: A case study of modes of knowledge, power and egos. Organization, 5,4, 543-564.
 
Bresnen, M., Dale, K., Newell, S., Robertson, M. and Swan, J. (1998). Modes of organizing, power/knowledge shifts and the case of a conference'. Organization, 5, 4, 451-460.
 
Robertson, M., Swan, J. and Newell, S. (1997).  The spread of technologies to support operations management, The Journal of the Institute of Operations Management, 23, 2, 24-27.
 
Robertson, M. (1996). Networks and the diffusion of MRPII, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, 7, 1, 35-49.
 
Robertson, M., Swan, J. and Newell, S. (1996). The role of networks in the diffusion of technological innovation, Journal of Management Studies, 33, 3, 333-360.
 
Swan, J., Newell, S. and Robertson, M. (1995). The diffusion of knowledge and the role of cognition's in technology design, Management Research News, 18, 10/11 , 30-41.
 

Papers currently under review

Robertson, M., Scarbrough, H. and Swan, J. Knowledge, networking and innovation: Developing the process perspective. Paper currently under 1st review with Journal of Management Studies.
 
Perkmann, M. and Robertson, M. The role of social identity in shaping cultural barriers to knowledge sharing within organisations. Paper currently under 1st review with Management Learning.
 

Books

Newell, S., Robertson, M., Scarbrough, H., and Swan, J. (2002). Managing knowledge work, London:Palgrave.
 

Chapters in Books

Swan, J., Scarbrough, H. and Robertson, M. (2003). Linking knowledge, networking and Innovation processes: A conceptual model, in L. V. Shavinista (Ed), International Handbook on innovation, Elsevier Science. 
 
Swan, J., Robertson, M. and Newell, S. (2002). Knowledge Management: the human factor, in S. Barnes (Ed), Knowledge Management Systems: Theory and Practice, Thomson Learning: Oxford.
 
Robertson, M. (1999). Expert Consulting: A case of managed autonomy, In Issues in People Management: Case studies in knowledge management, IPD: London
 
Newell, S., Swan, J. and Robertson, M. (1998). Inter-organisational networks and the diffusion of information technology: developing a framework, T.J. Larson (Ed), Information systems and Technology Innovation Diffusion, Idea Publishing group.
 
Newell, S., Robertson, M. and Swan, J. (1997). Professional Associations as 'Brokers', Facilitating Networking and the Diffusion of New Ideas: Advantages and Disadvantages, J. L. Alvarez (Ed),In The Diffusion and Consumption of Business Knowledge, EMOT Research Publications.
 
Newell, S., Swan, J. and Robertson, M. (1997). Inter-organisational networks for innovation in logistics, in McMaster, T, Mumford, E, Burton Swanson, E, Warboys, B & Wastell, D (Eds), Facilitating Technology Transfer through partnership learning from practice and research IFIP,Chapman Hall.
 
Robertson, M.,Swan, J. and Newell, S. (1996). Interorganizational networks and the diffusion process:the case of networks not working, in Kautz, K., & Pries-Heje, J. (Eds), Diffusion and addoption of Information Technology, IFIP, Chapman Hall. 
 
Newell, S., Swan, J. and Robertson, M. ( 1996). The Role of Professional Associations in Operations Management. R. Fincham (Ed), In New Relations in the Organized Professions: Managers,Professionals and Knowledge Workers, Avebury Press.
 

Other Publications

Pittaway, L., Robertson, M., Munir, K., Denyer, D. & Neely, A. (2004). Networking and Innovation in the UK: A systematic review of the evidence, Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Research, ISBN 0-9546885-3-8

 

 

Maxine Robertson

m.robertson@qmul.ac.uk

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