• Room 02.007 - Riddel Hall Block 3

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applicants broadly in the area of Business History or interest in the application of historical methods to management. In particular, I am interested in topics related to:
Organisational forms,
Globalization and International trade,
CEO's and firm leadership,
Please contact me to discuss research proposals in these areas, or related Business History themes.


Research activity per year

Personal profile



Senior Lecturer in Management, Queen's Business School

Research Associate, Centre for Economic History (QUCEH)

Leadership Roles:

Director of Research Engagement and Impact, Queen's Business School

Professional Services:

Book Review Editor, Economic History Review

Office location: 02.024, Riddel Hall Student Bloc




Research Statement

Michael is a business historian with an interest in understanding how the ownership, organisation, and leadership of firms effects the performance of firms and industries, and the wider impact on economies and societies.

Recently he has investigated the historical evolution of firms involved in international trade and business in the 19th century. This research focused on how choice of organizational form effects firm performance, and implications for understanding globalization.

Currently he is working on a Leverhulme Trust grant investigating British CEOs in the 20th century, examining factors such as personality traits, career progression, and networks, on firm performance.

He has published in leading business and economic history field journals including The Journal of Economic History Review, The Economic History Review, Business History Review, and Business History.

Research Interests

Management: International Business, Strategy, Upper Echelons Theory, Emerging Market Multinational Companies, CEOs and firm performance, Theory of the firm

History: Business History, Economic History, Globalization in the 19th century, Ownership and Organisation of firms, The Corporation



Michael holds a BA in History and American Studies from the University of Nottingham, an MBA from IE Business School, Madrid, and an MSc and PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching at Queen's University Belfast.

In 2016, he was awarded the Mira Wilkins Prize, for the best article on International Business in Enterprise and Society. In 2022, he has spent time as a visiting professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. 




Current teaching:

  • MBA7175 Strategy for Managers (MBA level module)

Current PhD Students:

  • Pamela McCloskey, as secondary supervisor (with Byron Graham)
  • Pallavi Singh, as primary supervisor (with Chris Colvin)
  • Hrick Das, as co-supervisor (with Kieran Conroy)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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  • Mira Wilkins Prize, 2016

    Aldous, Michael (Recipient), Apr 2016

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