Professor James Faulconbridge
Organisation Work and TechnologyCharles Carter Building
Other affiliations: CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Law and Society
I have three inter-related areas of research focus:
Knowledge, learning and innovation
My work uses theories of communities of practice as well as related theories of knowledge and learning to examine the practices and spaces of learning in different organisations. Relevant projects include:
- An ESRC funded project on professional training and education that analyses the local and global influences on education, training and learning in law firms
- A British Council funded Exchange programme exploring the way knowledge and practice relating to sustainable building design travels
Globalization and professional service firms
I am also interested in theories of globalization and the way these can be used to understand the globalization of professional service firms. Recent research in this area includes:
- An ESRC funded project on the globalization executive search firms
- A British Academy funded project on the globalization architecture firms
- A Sloan foundation project on the work of global advertising agencies in US cities
Mobility in everyday and business life
Work in this area focuses on the now central role of mobility in both day-to-day social life and in the reproduction of global business spaces. Drawing on and contributing to work on the ‘mobilities turn’ in the social sciences, as well as work on concepts of practice, recent projects include:
- A Research Councils Energy Programme funded project focusing on mobility and the implications of disruptions to mobility for personal and business lives and for the carbon impacts of travel
- A European Research Council funded network exploring ‘The Future of Business Mobilities’
For more detailed information of my research please see my personal webpage at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/faulconb/
PhD supervisionPlease contact me to discuss possible topics for PhD research. I would be particularly interested in hearing from people with proposals that fit within the three broad areas of interest detailed on my webpage.
- The rescaling of the professions: towards a transnational sociology of the professions
Faulconbridge, J. & Muzio, D. 01/2012 In: International Sociology. 27, 1, p. 109-125. 17 p.
- Institutional legacies in TNCs and their management through training academies: the case of transnational law firms in Italy
Faulconbridge, J., Muzio, D. & Cook, A. 01/2012 In: Global Networks. 12, 1, p. 48-70. 23 p.
- The globalization of advertising.
Faulconbridge, J R., Beaverstock, J V., Nativel, C. & Taylor, P J. 2011 London & New York : Routledge. 189 p.
- Towards corporate professionalization: the case of project management, management consultancy and executive search
Muzio, D., Hodgson, D., Faulconbridge, J., Beaverstock, J. & Hall, S. 07/2011 In: Current Sociology. 59, 4, p. 443-464. 22 p.
- Rebalancing the geographies of financial services power : the role of sovereign wealth funds.
Faulconbridge, J. 2010 In: Environment and Planning A. 42, 9, p. 2280-2283. 4 p.
- Professionalization, legitimization and the creation of executive search markets in Europe.
Beaverstock, J V., Hall, S. & Faulconbridge, J. 11/2010 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 10, 6, p. 825-843. 19 p.
- TNCs as embedded social communities : transdisciplinary perspectives.
Faulconbridge, J R. 2010 In: Critical Perspectives on International Business. 6, 4, p. 273-290. 18 p.
- Global architects : learning and innovation through communities and constellations of practice.
Faulconbridge, J R. 2010 In: Environment and Planning A. 42, 12, p. 2842-2858. 17 p.
- The regulation of design in global architecture firms : embedding and emplacing buildings.
Faulconbridge, J. 11/2009 In: Urban Studies. 46, 12, p. 2537-2554. 18 p.
- Introduction : Financial geographies — the credit crisis as an opportunity to catch economic geography’s next boat?
Engelen, E. & Faulconbridge, J. 09/2009 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 9, 5, p. 587-595. 9 p.
- The financialization of large law firms : situated discourses and practices of reorganization.
Faulconbridge, J. & Muzio, D. 09/2009 In: Journal of Economic Geography. 9, 5, p. 641-661. 21 p.
- New insights into the internationalization of producer services: Organizational strategies and spatial economies for global headhunting firms
Faulconbridge, J R., Hall, S. & Beaverstock, J V. 2008 In: Environment and Planning A. 40, 1, p. 210-234. 25 p.