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I welcome students who are interested in organisational change, leadership, complexity, policing and the interaction of organisational processes with wider political processes.


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Personal profile

Research Interests

I am a Senior Lecturer in Queen's Management School and Interim Director of the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute.

My research explores leadership, change and organisational development in politically volatile environments. Much of this work has focused on the leadership of change in environments of conflict and peacebuilding. My work corresponds to three main themes: organisational change and the leadership practices that facilitate change; Individual and organisational resilience; and system wide change and grand challenges. I am a Fellow of the Senator Mitchell Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (QUB) and Chair of the British Academy of Management’s Organisational Transformation Change and Development Special Interest Group.


I am currently working on two books.


The first, Management in Conflict and Transition: the Organisational Dimensions of Building Peace explores the practices of management in the midst of on-going ethno-political conflict and subsequent conflict transformation processes. One of the main objectives of the book is a claification of the emerging sub discipline of managing in environments of conflict and political fragility. It draws on three case examples (Northern Ireland, Kosovo and the Basque region) and asks how organisational managers in the public, private and non-profit sectors engage with ethno political violence and its legacy at a community, organisational and political level. Drawing on interviews and witness seminars with managers and leaders in the three cases, the work provides a background analysis to each case before focusing on emergent themes from the data itself. 


The second, A Duty of Hope: The Anglo-Irish Division and the Work of Peace in Ireland documents the activities, development and impact of the Anglo-Irish Division of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs through the prism of peacebuilding and conflict diplomacy. Drawing on extensive interviews with public officials and those with whom they worked, the book explores the iteration of the Division itself, its relationship with other branches of government and the organisational, political and diplomatic efforts at peacebuilding over almost forty years.

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Research Output

Leading in Liminal space: The Challenge of Police Leadership in Northern Ireland

Murphy, J., 01 Sep 2019, Police Leadership: Changing Landscapes. Ramshaw, P., Simpson, M. & Silvestri, M. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Transitional Optics: Exploring Liminal Spaces after Conflict

Murphy, J. & McDowell, S., 01 Oct 2018, In : Urban Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 373 Downloads (Pure)

    Towards an Understanding of System Wide Change

    Pettigrew, A., Denyer, D. & Murphy, J., 04 Sep 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    Best Development Paper Award - Organisational Transformation Change and Development Track

    Joanne Murphy (Recipient), Andrew Pettigrew (Recipient) & David Denyer (Recipient), 06 Sep 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • PhD Studentship

    Joanne Murphy (Recipient), 01 Jul 2003

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Senior Fellowship with the Mitchell Institute, QUB

    Joanne Murphy (Recipient), 01 Sep 2015

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    Local Government Studies (Journal)

    Joanne Murphy (Peer reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Examination of PhD thesis 2015

    Joanne Murphy (Examiner)
    15 Jul 2015

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Leadership and change in extreme contexts

    Joanne Murphy (Invited speaker), David Denyer (Speaker), Andrew Pettigrew (Speaker)
    08 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Memory Studies (Journal)

    Joanne Murphy (Peer reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    European Management Journal (Journal)

    Joanne Murphy (Peer reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Press / Media

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    Joanne Murphy


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment