An introduction from Alex Gillett

By Dr Alex Gillett @dralexgillett

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Hello – I am new to the group and would like to introduce myself. My name is Dr. Alex G. Gillett and I am a Lecturer based at University of York. My research interests are relatively broad, but tend to focus on organizational networks, relationships, and interaction.

My work on football has tended to be on historical cases, and in the field of business/organizational/project management history – including the dimension of politics/government/civil service, and also the way that football has linked to popular culture and related industries.

Recent publications, co-authored with my colleague Dr Kevin D. Tennent, include:

  • An article about the planning, delivery and legacy of the 1966 FIFA World Cup published in the December 2017/January 2018 edition of Project Management Journal, which you can download for free here
  • An article about the institutional logic of professional sport, based on a case study of public sector involvement with assisting a struggling football club in the 1980s. Due for publication in Journal of Management History later this year but a draft version can be downloaded for free ahead of publication here.
  • A monograph about the 1966 FIFA World Cup ‘Foundations of Managing Sporting Events…’. published by Routledge’s series ‘International Studies in Business History’, which draws heavily on archives from FIFA, the FA, and the UK public sector. More info here.
  • A book chapter about the relationship between the beer/alcohol industry and football based on the case of Middlesbrough FC during the 1980s, a preview is available on google books here.

With Kevin I also founded the blog ‘Soccer Mad Boffins’ which has become quite popular since we launched it in 2014.

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In terms of learned societies and conferences etc, I am a founding committee member of the British Academy of Management’s Special Interest Group on Management and Business History. As well as our annual conference we also organise workshops and events through the year.

I look forward to finding out more about what other members of the Football Collective are working on, and maybe there will be some possible opportunities to collaborate.

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