Dr Igor Pyrko
BA (Hons), PGDip, PhD
- practice theory
- strategy process
- situated learning
- organisational epistemology
Lecturer in StrategySchool of Management
I joined the University of Bristol in September 2021. Previously, having completed my PhD, I worked as a Research Associate in Management Science at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and as a Lecturer in Strategy at Aston University in Birmingham.
My research is concerned with the practice-based and phenomenological view of organisation and strategy. This means that I tend to ‘zoom in’ into the everyday work at organisations and professionals’ experiences to develop new insights for management theory and practice. As part of this overall direction of research, my work comprises two inter-related themes:
Firstly, I study organisational epistemology and how people learn while organising, making strategy, and innovating. My central point of departure in this research direction is the indwelling of human experience akin to the traditions of continental philosophy. In other words, I assume that people are inevitably ‘thrown’ into the everyday experience, and much of their engagement with the world signifies that ‘we know more than we can tell’. My work along this research theme has been mainly concerned with applying such an ‘indwelling’ perspective to the studies of situated learning and communities of practice, thereby elaborating these concepts and narrating them within a novel conceptual lens. My most recent empirical project also investigates ‘Knowledge Management’ over the last couple of decades and explores it as ‘a managerial fashion’.
Secondly, I engage with the strategy-as-practice field to problematise the relationship between business and society as experienced in work practices, focusing on sustainability and grand challenges. My current empirical project investigates the micro-foundations of CSR, focusing on the contested strategy work of sustainability professionals. More specifically, this project focuses on the role of courage and practical judgments that are seen as central to the work of these professionals and ‘making the sustainability agenda’ work.
My research has been published in Academy of Management Annals, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Management Learning, Sustainable Cities and Society, and Group Decision and Negotiation.
Organizational Gamification: Theories and Practices of Ludified Work in Late Modernity
- Chapter in a book
- E-pub ahead of print
- Conference paper
British Academy of Management Conference
- Conference contribution