Prof. Mark N. K. Saunders

Mark N. K. Saunders is Professor of Business Research Methods and Director of PhD Programmes at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. Until recently he was also College of Social Sciences Director of Postgraduate Research Methods Training at the University. Mark currently holds visiting professorships at the Universities of Worcester, Surrey and London (Birkbeck). He was elected to Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2014..

Mark’s research interests include research methods, in particular participants selection and methods for understanding organizational relationships; human resource aspects of the management of change, in particular trust within and between organizations and organizational learning; and small and medium sized enterprise (SME) success. Throughout his academic career Mark has tried to ensure synergies between his research, teaching and consultancy work wherever possible. This is also reflected in his publications. He has published over 120 research articles and book chapters including papers in journals such as British Journal of Management, Field Methods, Human Performance, Human Relations, Journal of Small Business Management, Management Learning, R&D Management, Social Science and Medicine and Annals of Tourism Research. He is an associate editor for the International Journal of Management Reviews, European editor for The Service Industries Journal and is on the editorial boards for Human Resource Development Quarterly, Journal of Trust Research and Personnel Review.

Mark has co-authored and edited over 30 books including Research Methods for Business Students (8th edition, forthcoming), How to Keep your Research Project on Track: Insights from When Things go Wrong, Organizational Trust: a Cultural Perspective, Handbook of Research Methods on Trust (currently in its second edition), Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development and Doing Research in Business and Management (currently in its second edition). He is joint editor with Bill Lee and Vadake Narayanan of Sage’s Understanding Research Methods for Business and Management Students book series and editor for Edward Elgar’s Handbooks of Research Methods series.

Mark has a long-term interest in facilitating research capacity building and doctoral training and supervision.  He has organized numerous doctoral summer schools, symposia and colloquia, including for the British Academy of Management, the University Forum for Human Resources Development and the First International Network on Trust. He has supervised 20 doctorates to successful completion and examined over 30 doctorates. In 2017 he was awarded the British Academy of Management Medal for Leadership in recognition of his contribution to research capacity building.