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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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Selected Projects 2012 2018

Selected Research Output 2010 2019

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
File
Basque
peace
peace process
public space
stagnation

Towards an Understanding of System Wide Change

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

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
File
director
metaphor
terrorism
migration
health
3 Citations (Scopus)

Zero-sum politics in contested spaces: The unintended consequences of legislative peacebuilding in Northern Ireland

McDowell, S., Braniff, M. & Murphy, J., 01 Nov 2017, In : Political Geography. 61, p. 193-202 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
politics
society
Socialisation
public space
peace
Open Access
File
public space
manager
public sector
peace
dual role

Leading through Conflict and Change: Chief Constables in Northern Ireland

Murphy, J., 21 Aug 2017, Leading the Police: A History of Chief Constables . Stevenson, K., Cox, D. J. & Channing, I. (eds.). Routledge, (Routledge SOLON Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories).

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

9 Citations (Scopus)

Managing the Entanglement: Complexity Leadership in Public Sector Systems

Murphy, J., Rhodes, M. L., Meek, J. & Denyer, D., 26 Dec 2016, In : Public Administration Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
public sector
leadership
administrative practice
public administration
Public sector

Historical Dialogue and Memory in Policing Change: the Case of the Police in Northern Ireland

Murphy, J., McDowell, S. & Braniff, M., 28 Sep 2016, In : Memory Studies . 10, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Northern Ireland
Police
Organizational Innovation
police
dialogue
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
File
Northern Ireland
Organizational Innovation
Documentation
organizational change
research approach
2 Citations (Scopus)

Belfast beyond violence: Flagging up a challenge to local government?

Goldie, R. & Murphy, J., 2015, In : Local Government Studies. 41, 3, p. 470-488 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

File
public administration
violence
local government
hermeneutics
politics
2 Citations (Scopus)

Spacing Commemorative-related Violence in Northern Ireland: Assessing the implications for a society in transition

McDowell, S., Braniff, M. & Murphy, J., 2015, In : Space and Polity. 19, 3, p. 231-243 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
violence
spacing
spatial analysis
society
Society

Policing for Peace in Northern Ireland: Change, Conflict and Community Confidence

Murphy, J., 11 Apr 2013, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 240 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

peace process
peace
confidence
political decision
community

Public Management and Complexity Theory: Richer Decision-Making in Public Service

Rhodes, M. L., Murphy, J., Muir, J. & Murray, J. A., 2011, Taylor and Francis. 250 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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)

Organizational transformation

Selected Activities 2011 2019

Local Government Studies (Journal)

Joanne Murphy (Peer reviewer)
20152017

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 (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)
20162017

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

European Management Journal (Journal)

Joanne Murphy (Peer reviewer)
20162017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Reflections on Peace in a Changed Ireland

Joanne Murphy (Host)
31 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

British Academy of Management Warwick Sept 2017

Mark Hughes (Invited speaker), Joanne Murphy (Invited speaker)
05 Sep 2017

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

British Academy of Management

Joanne Murphy (Chair)
08 Sep 20152018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Selected Press / Media

Resilience in the workplace

Joanne Murphy

02/02/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Hay personas que hicieron cosas horribles que nunca pedirán perdón

Joanne Murphy

17/07/2017

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment