Corporate governance and accountability, Management and leadership in practice, Executive judgement and decision-making, Coordination, Practice-based approaches to the study of organizations, Dramaturgy, Interpretive research methods (particularly ethnography and shadowing).
Innovation, Knowledge & Organisational Networks Research Unit, Organisation & HRM, Organising Healthcare Research Network
Maja Korica is an Associate Professor within the Organisation and HRM (OHRM) group at Warwick Business School. She specialises in corporate governance, accountability and responsibility, as well as executive management and leadership in practice. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the School, and Research Fellow at the WBS Unit for the study of Innovation, Knowledge and Organisational Networks (IKON). During the fellowship, she conducted a two-year study, based on close observation of healthcare chief executives in England as they went about their daily tasks for a month each. The research sought to understand in more nuanced ways how CEOs get and stay informed, how they practice judgement, and more generally how they accomplish work and priorities, particularly given their prominent public roles.
She holds an MSc in Management Research (with Distinction), and a DPhil (PhD) in Management Studies from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis explored corporate governance and accountability in the public sector via extended observation of board and committee meetings, and top management teams. Based on rare extensive access to three UK public organizations, the study stands as one of few existing academic accounts of what happens behind closed doors of boardrooms.
As an interdisciplinary, qualitative researcher specialising in ethnography and shadowing, her work is focused on understanding dynamics of complex and rarely seen organizational settings. This is particularly at the top of corporate hierarchies, and where public or societal interest is involved. She is currently investigating coordination under challenging circumstances, which includes on-the-ground operational response to refugee emergencies, funded by the British Academy.
In 2017, she was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Radar Award, which aims to identify management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are led and managed.
Prior to her current appointment, she taught at St. Catherine's College, Oxford as a Senior Stipendiary Lecturer and Subject Tutor in Management, and held a range of senior positions in a private start-up. An award-winning teacher, she was recognized in September 2017 as one of the Top 40 Undergraduate Professors by Poets & Quants. She is the organiser of the WBS 50th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series at the Shard, taking place throughout 2017.