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Dame Sandra Dawson

KPMG Professor Emeritus of Management Studies
Fellow (Organisational Theory & Information Systems)
Fellow of Sidney Sussex College

BA (Keele University), MA (University of Cambridge), FIPH, FCGI, Hon DSc (Keele University), Hon DSc (University of London, Royal Holloway), CIM, DBE "in recognition of her contribution to higher education and management research"

Professional experience

Non-Executive Director of: TSB (2014-); Winton Capital Management (2013-); Institute for Government (2012-); Social Science Research Council USA (2009-, Chair of Executive Committee 2014-); Trustee, American University of Sharjah (2014-); Member of the UK-India Round Table (2006-).

DRS (Data Research Services) (2012-2016); Prime Minister's Council on Science and Technology (2011-2014); Financial Services Authority (2010-2013); Oxfam (2006-2012); Barclays (2003-2009); Rand Europe (UK) (2002-2003); Cambridge Econometrics (1996-2007); JPMorgan Fleming Claverhouse Investment Trust (1996-2003); Chair, Executive Steering Committee, ESRC Advanced Institute of Management (2007-2012), Ministerial Sounding Board for the Fire and Rescue Service (2003-2009); Senior Salaries Review Body (1997-2003); DTI Future Unit Advisory Group (1998-2001); Board of Advisors, School of Public Policy, University College London (1999-2001); Committee of Advisors, The Diebold Institute; Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Project (1999); ESRC Research Priorities Board (2000-2003); HEFCE RAE Panel: Business and Management Studies (1996 and 2001 Assessments); King's Fund, Policy Group on the Future, Structure and Funding of Health Services in the UK (2000-2003); Management Board of the Centre for Management and Policy Studies, Cabinet Office (2000-2002); Advisory Board of Alchemy Partners (2000-2004); Board of Trustees, EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) (from 2003); EFMD: Programmes Steering Group (2000-2003); EQUIS Steering Committee: EFMD (from 2002); DTI Task Force: Accounting for People (2003); External Advisory Group, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford.

Former Member of the Editorial Boards of: Quality & Safety in Health Care, Clinician in Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Public Management.

53rd person to be inducted into the International Women's Forum Global Hall of Fame, in recognition of achievements, including guiding the successful development of Cambridge Judge Business School. Awarded the Honorary title of Companion of ABS (Association of Business Schools).

Previous appointments

Professor Dawson was KPMG Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School from 1995 to 2013, and Director of the School from 1995 to 2006. Prior to joining Cambridge Judge she was Professor of Organisational Behaviour (1990-1995) and Deputy Director of the Management School (1987-1994) at Imperial College, London University. Between 1999 and 2009 she was Master of Sidney Sussex College, and from 2008 to 2012, one of the University of Cambridge's Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

Research interests

Leadership; organisational change; technology transfer and knowledge sharing; health management and health policy.

Sandra Dawson is a member of the Organisational Theory & Information Systems subject group.

Selected publications

Dawson, S. (2004) "Balancing self-interest and altruism: corporate governance alone is not enough." Corporate Governance: An International Review, 12(2): 130-133

Dawson, S., Morris, Z.S., Erickson, W., Lister, G., Altringer, B., Garside, P. and Craig, M. (2007) Engaging with care: a vision for the health and care workforce of England. London: The Nuffield Trust.

Dawson, S. and Morris, Z.S. (2009) Future public health: burdens, challenges and opportunities. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Oborn, E. and Dawson, S. (2010) "Learning across communities of practice: an examination of multidisciplinary work." British Journal of Management, 21(4): 843-858 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2009.00684.x)

Oborn, E. and Dawson, S. (2010) "Knowledge and practice in multidisciplinary teams: struggle, accommodation and privilege." Human Relations, 63(12): 1835-1858 (DOI: 10.1177/0018726710371237)

Oborn, E., Barrett, M. and Dawson, S. (2013) "Distributed leadership in policy formulation: a sociomaterial perspective." Organization Studies, 34(2): 253-276 (DOI: 10.1177/0170840612473552)

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Contact details

Professor Dame Sandra J.N. Dawson
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 765277