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Professor Pauline Gleadle

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Research interests

My research interests are highly interdisciplinary, reflecting my background in Economics, Psychology, Social Psychology and Critical Management Studies, as well as drawing on my professional accountancy qualification, as a Chartered Accountant.

More specifically, my main research focus centres broadly around financialization, defined for these purposes as relating to the dynamic interaction between financial markets and the strategy and governance of non-financial corporations, primarily of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Appropriately enough, given the massively increased interest in financialization since the Global Financial Crisis, my first publication on this subject dates from 2008.

Recently, I have turned my attention also to the financialization of the household and of individuals, both in the UK and more internationally including the Global South.

In this connection, I have agreed a special issue with Critical Perspectives on Accounting, a highly interdisciplinary and well-regarded journal, with a paper submission deadline of 30th September 2023. My co-editors are Dr Ariane Agunsoye, Goldsmiths, University of London (email: and Dr Neeta Shah, University of Westminster (email: Please email all three of us if you would like our advice on whether in principle, your abstract might be developed into an appropriate submission for this special issue. My own email is

Finally, I am also interested in supervising doctoral students. At the moment, I am supervising three DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) students, two of whom are based in different African countries and the third, in the Middle East. Their research topics are quite diverse and include risk management strategies by SMEs in a particular region of Nigeria and bankers’ decision-making practices during a period of substantial economic volatility in part of southern Africa.


Restructuring and innovation in pharmaceuticals and biotechs: the impact of financialisation (2014-02)
Gleadle, Pauline; Parris, Stuart; Simonetti, Roberto and Shipman, Alan
Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 25(1) (pp. 67-77)

'The ground beneath my feet': projects, project management and the intensified control of R&D engineers (2012-11)
Gleadle, Pauline; Hodgson, Damian and Storey, John
New Technology Work and Employment, 27(3) (pp. 163-177)

Bio-pharma: A financialized business model (2010-10)
Andersson, Tord; Gleadle, Pauline; Haslam, Colin and Tsitsianis, Nick
Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 21(7) (pp. 631-641)

An exploratory study of an early stage R&D-intensive firm under financialization (2010-03)
Gleadle, Pauline and Haslam, Colin
Accounting Forum, 34(1) (pp. 54-65)

A case study of financialization and EVA (2008-12)
Gleadle, Pauline and Cornelius, Nelarine
Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 19(8) (pp. 1219-1238)

Afterword: segmentation, reorientation and new exclusions (2008)
Cornelius, Nelarine; Gleadle, Pauline and Pezet, Eric
Organization, 15(3) (pp. 463-465)

Enterprising selves: How governmentality meets agency (2008)
Gleadle, Pauline; Cornelius, Nelarine and Pezet, Eric
Organization, 15(3) (pp. 307-313)

Change and continuity in writing about change and continuity (2007)
Gleadle, Pauline; Cornelius, Nelarine; Pezet, Eric and Salaman, Graeme
Journal of Organizational Change Management, 20(4) (pp. 473-477)

Managing change across boundaries: boundary-shaking practices (2005-12)
Balogun, Julia; Gleadle, Pauline; Hope Hailey, Veronica and Willmott, Hugh
British Journal of Management, 16(4) (pp. 261-278)

Culture as a dynamic capability: the case of 3M in the United Kingdom (2009-03-31)
Bowman, Cliff and Gleadle, Pauline
In: Jemielniak, Dariusz and Kociatkiewicz, Jerzy eds. Handbook of research on knowledge-intensive organizations (pp. 330-347)
ISBN : 9781605661766 | Publisher : IGI Global | Published : Hershey, PA, USA and London, UK

Old and new timings in a high-tech firm (2008)
Gleadle, Pauline
In: Jemielniak, Dariusz and Kociatkiewicz, Jerzy eds. Management practices in high-tech environments (pp. 133-151)
ISBN : 978-1-59904-564-1 | Publisher : Information Science Reference | Published : UK

La conduite de soi et les sujets entreprenants: les cas Midco et Labco (2007-06-01)
Cornelius, Nelarine and Gleadle, Pauline
In: Pezet, Eric; Ohayon, Annick; Bouvard, Josette and Cohen, Yves eds. Management et conduite de soi: Enquête sur les ascèses de la performance (pp. 129-154)
ISBN : 978-2-7117-6944-5 | Publisher : Vuibert | Published : Paris, France

Culture as a dynamic capability: the case of 3M in the UK (2002-08-01)
Bowman, Cliff and Gleadle, Pauline
In : Building Effective Networks: Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (11-14 Aug 2002, Denver, CO, USA)

Financialisation As An Enabler Or Inhibitor Of Innovation? The Case Of UK Biotech (2012-01)
Gleadle, Pauline; Parris, Stuart; Shipman, Alan and Simonetti, Roberto
FINNOV, Milton Keynes.