Alistar Mutch

Alistair Mutch

Professor of Information & Learning

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Human Resource Management


Professor of Information and Learning

Alistair supervises students on Doctor of Business Administration programme as well as contributing to the taught programme. He has taught on many in-company programmes for clients including:

  • LloydsTSB
  • TNT
  • Network Rail
  • Anglian Water.

Career overview

Management accountant with British Telecom 1980-1990

Research areas

Alistair's research can be summarised into three broad areas, each linked by ideas drawn from critical realism and historical forms of investigation:

  • The nature of information systems from a critical realist perspective, where he has made an impact on international debates on sociomateriality.
  • He is interested in the historical development of management, especially as shaped by practices of church governance. Alistair's comparative work, with a particular focus on Scottish Presbyterianism, has opened up new lines on inquiry in this growing subject area. He is currently extending this work to look at the nature of Protestant pastoral power, in an extension and critique of Foucault’s work.
  • He is also researching the nature and value of institutionalist approaches to the study of organisations, with a particular focus on the contribution of ideas drawn from critical realism.

Previous and current supervisions include nature of accounting information; resistance to ICT-facilitated organisational change; data quality; Bergson and strategy; alternative practices of organizing; and electronic performance appraisal.

Please note that as Alistair is now part-time. He is no longer accepting new supervisions.

External activity

  • Associate Editor, Organization, 2010-2015
  • Editorial board member Academy of Management Review; Scandinavian Journal of Management, and Brewery History
  • Joint editor (with Dr Rick Delbridge (University of Cardiff) and Dr Marc Ventresca (University of Oxford)) of special issue of Organization on Situated analysis of organizational action, 2006
  • Guest editor (with John Mingers, University of Kent and Leslie Willcocks, London School of Economics) of special issue of Management Information Systems Quarterly on critical realism in information systems, 2013.

Alistair has been involved in numerous invited seminars at universities, including most recently:

  • The social ontology of digital data and digital technology, Centre for Social Ontology, University of Warwick, The Shard, London, 8 July 2015
  • Routines and reflexivity: consequences of developments in organizations for morphogenesis, Centre for Social Ontology, University of Warwick, December 2014
  • The business of religion: lending and the Church of Scotland in the eighteenth century, University of Newcastle, March 2014
  • Organizational routines and information systems: materiality and practice, London School of Economics, December 2013

Sponsors and collaborators

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Nottingham City Homes 2010-2012

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Cooper Parry, Nottingham, 2008-2010

Press expertise

Professor Mutch can offer comment on information literacy in companies and information use in the workplace.