Teaching in 2020-2021
Postgraduate Research Business and Management
IB9DZ0: Theorising and Publishing Qualitative Research
IB3810: Critical Issues in Management
I am Associate professor in Organisation Studies at Warwick Business School since September, 2019. Previously I worked at Lancaster University Management School as a lecturer, and as guest research associate in University of Kyoto in Japan, and University of Turku in Finland.
I am interested in investigating the role of collective memory and traditions in organization and management theories. In order to understand how practices become embedded over time, I use institutional theories (of legitimation, status, and institutionalization) and theories of temporality (history and tradition, and how past is connected to the future) to examine organization and field level dynamics. This is why most often, I study organizations and fields where the role of the past is pronounced, such as the survival and revival of skill-based craft sector in Japan and in the UK, and the contexts of indigenous people and refugees and how they manage to maintain their cultural traditions.
My work has received best paper awards and is published in leading peer-reviewed journals. I am a member of the Academy of Management and the European Group of Organization Studies and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.
I am looking for PhD students who share similar research interest as me and conduct qualitative studies.
Raitis, J., Sasaki, I. and Kotlar, J. (2020) "System‐spanning values work and entrepreneurial growth in family firms", Journal of Management Studies
Baba, S., Sasaki, I. and Vaara, E. (2020) "Increasing dispositional legitimacy : progressive legitimation dynamics in a trajectory of settlements", Academy of Management Journal
Sasaki, I., Nummela, N. and Ravasi, D. (2020) "Managing cultural specificity and cultural embeddedness when internationalizing : cultural strategies of Japanese craft firms", Journal of International Business Studies
Sasaki, I., Ravasi, D. and Micelotta, E. (2019) "Family firms as institutions : cultural reproduction and status maintenance among multi-centenary shinise in Kyoto", Organization Studies, 40, 6, 793-831
Sasaki, I., Kotlar, J., Ravasi, D. and Vaara, E. (2019) "Dealing with revered past : historical identity statements and strategic change in Japanese family firms", Strategic Management Journal, 41, 3, 590-623
Bermúdez-González, G., Sasaki, I. and Tous-Zamora, D. (2016) "Understanding the impact of internal marketing practices on both employees' and managers' organizational commitment in elderly care homes", Journal of Service Theory and Practice, 26, 1, 28-49
Sasaki, I. and Sone, H. (2015) "Cultural approach to understanding the long-term survival of firms – Japanese Shinise firms in the sake brewing industry", Business History, 57, 7, 1020-1036
Sasaki, I. and Yoshikawa, K. (2014) "Going beyond national cultures – dynamic interaction between intra-national, regional, and organizational realities", Journal of World Business, 49, 3, 455-464