Corporate governance and accountability, Responsibility, Managerial work, Leadership in practice, Executive judgment, Coordination, Regulation, Practice-based approaches to the study of organizations, Dramaturgy, Rituals and ceremonies of organizational life, Interpretive research methods (particularly ethnography and shadowing), Research-informed and creative pedagogy.
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 judgment, 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 interviewing of board members, top management teams and other stakeholders. Based on rare and extensive access to three UK public organizations - a research-intensive university, a think tank and a national public regulator - the study stands as one of few existing academic accounts of what happens behind closed doors of boardrooms.
As an interdisciplinary, qualitative researcher specializing in ethnography and shadowing, her academic interests are 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 developing a body of work on coordination under challenging circumstances, which includes on-the-ground response to refugee emergencies, funded by the British Academy.
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 company. She was been consistently recognised for the quality of her teaching, which aims to connect research with practice, in creative and critically informed ways. She is the organiser of the WBS 50th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series at the Shard, taking place throughout 2017.