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Jan Lodge.

PhD Candidate

BSc (EBS Business School and Tongji University), MSc (Warwick Business School), MPhil (University of Cambridge)

Research topic

Essays on Managing Contested Social Evaluations


Jan Lodge is a PhD Candidate in Organisational Theory at Cambridge Judge Business School. His research examines how (social) entrepreneurs and their ventures work to bring about social change, and how, in so doing, they experience and manage social evaluations, including stigma, legitimacy, and reputation. Methodologically, he explores this through qualitative approaches covering in-depth interviewing, participant observations, and archival sources. Most recently, Jan has conducted research in an exciting array of empirical contexts including social housing organisations, prisons and reentry organisations, capital punishment in the US, and child marriage in Indonesia. His PhD at Cambridge is fully funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) scholarship and further supported by the Cambridge Trust.

Jan holds an MPhil degree in innovation, strategy, and organisation from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in marketing and strategy from Warwick Business School, and gained a double BSc degree in international business from EBS Business School and Tongji University, during which he spent one-and-a-half years in Shanghai.

Prior to his PhD studies, Jan worked as a management consultant for L.E.K. Consulting in their Munich and London offices supporting international clients across various industries in developing their organisational design, market entry, and growth strategies. He has also worked for Sony, Siemens, and the Haniel Group in the UK, Germany, and China.

In his free time, Jan is passionate about open-water diving, reading fiction novels, and studying Mandarin. He currently resides at Corpus Christi College.

Research interests

(Social) entrepreneurship; social innovation; social evaluations; social movements; institutional theory; inequality; routines.

Jan Lodge is a member of the Organisational Theory & Information Systems subject group.

Publications & papers

Claus, L., de Rond, M., Howard-Grenville, J. and Lodge, J. (2019) “When fieldwork hurts: on the lived experience of conducting research in unsettling contexts.” In: Zilber, T.B., Amis, J.M., Mair, J. (eds.) The production of managerial knowledge and organizational theory: new approaches to writing, producing and consuming theory. (Research in the Sociology of Organizations Series, vol.59). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing, pp.157-172

Blog posts

Lodge, J. (2020) “Prisoners have to deal with extreme isolation in confinement: here’s how they cope.” The Conversation, 22 April 2020

When PhD research generates timely impact

Translating research into valuable insights on how to support the reintegration of people with convictions. The last few months have brought a…

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Think tank honours

Jan Lodge, a PhD candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School, is named a member of the ThinkTank30 of the Club of Rome…

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Lessons from prison

How prisoners' coping strategies for loneliness and isolation can help those in coronavirus lockdown writes Jan Lodge, PhD Candidate in Organisational Theory…

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Unsettling research

No ivory tower here: how academics are affected by research in unsettling contexts like refugee camps, prisons and rape-crisis centres. A frequent…

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The Conversation: Good for business and good for society: how organisations can hire more ex-offenders

An article written by Jan Lodge, PhD student at Cambridge Judge Business School, discusses the ways businesses can hire more ex-offenders. “As…

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The Conversation: Prisoners have to deal with extreme isolation in confinement: here’s how they cope

We can all learn on how to cope with isolation and loneliness from prisoners during these unprecedented times says Jan Lodge, a…

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Contact details

Jan Stephen Lodge
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

[email protected]


Year of entry



Professor Jennifer Howard-Grenville


Organisational Theory & Information Systems