Gary Burke

Gary Burke

Senior Lecturer in Strategy

Gary joined the Strategy Department in 2010 after receiving his PhD.  Prior to this, he held management positions in various multinational companies, before entering the education sector in 2003 to work on a CIMA funded research project and then to manage Aston’s Executive Development Programme.   

His research uses qualitative and ethnographic methodologies to study how managers’ experience and manage within complex pluralistic settings. Adopting a processual lens, his doctoral work focussed on studying partnering practices and identity change dynamics within public-private partnerships. He is also part of an ethnographic study of Lloyd’s of London, which is generating new insights about how managers balance competing logics, perform strategizing work and use client portfolios to generate ambidexterity.  He recently joined a project, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which is studying business growth in small businesses. 

Gary has received numerous Best Paper Awards and his work has been published in leading academic journals. In 2014, he was the recipient of Aston’s Outstanding Early Career Researcher award.


  • 2015 PgCert in Higher Education (Distinction) 
  • 2011 PhD., Aston Business School (Passed, no corrections) 
  • 2007 M.B.A., Aston Business School (Distinction) 
  • 2000 BA (Hons) Business Studies (Upper second)