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Innan Sasaki

phone: +44 (0)24 7652 4267


Room: 2.144

Profile (biography)

Innan is an Assistant Professor in Organisation Studies at Warwick Business School since September, 2019. Previously, she has worked at Lancaster University Management School as a lecturer, and as a guest research associate at the University of Kyoto, Japan.

Research Interests

Innan's research uses institutional theories (of legitimation, status, and institutionalization) and theories

of temporality (role of history and tradition, and how past is connected to the future) to examine organization and field level dynamics. Her research focuses on three main areas:

  • how temporal processes and practices affect organizational dynamics
  • the survival and revival of skill-based craft sector in Japan and in the UK, and
  • understanding how marginalized actors such as indigenous people and refugees manage to maintain their cultural traditions.

Innan's work has received best paper awards and is published in leading peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of the Academy of Management and the European Group of Organization Studies and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

Her areas of research interests include: Culture, Identity, Craft organizing, local communities, history, tradition, temporality, marginalized people, refugees and indigenous people.


Journal articles

Sasaki, I., Ravasi, D. and Micelotta, E. (2019) "Family firms as institutions : cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multi-centenary shinise in Kyoto", Organization Studies, 40, 6, 793-831

Sasaki, I., Kotlar, J., Ravasi, D. and Vaara, E. (2019) "Dealing with revered past : historical identity statements and strategic change in Japanese family firms", Strategic Management Journal

Bermúdez-González, G., Sasaki, I. and Tous-Zamora, D. (2016) "Understanding the impact of internal marketing practices on both employees' and managers' organizational commitment in elderly care homes", Journal of Service Theory and Practice, 26, 1, 28-49

Sasaki, I. and Sone, H. (2015) "Cultural approach to understanding the long-term survival of firms – Japanese Shinise firms in the sake brewing industry", Business History, 57, 7, 1020-1036

Sasaki, I. and Yoshikawa, K. (2014) "Going beyond national cultures – dynamic interaction between intra-national, regional, and organizational realities", Journal of World Business, 49, 3, 455-464

Availability for PhD Supervision and Suggested Topics

I welcome applications from highly motivated and ambitious PhD students, who are interested in pursuing research round my core research interests.