Pegram Harrison





By Pegram Harrison


Saïd Business School aims to make the wider intellectual richness of Oxford available to its students and staff in various ways by engaging with ideas, activities, and scholarship from the humanities. The work of historians, philosophers, classicists, as well as the study of literature and artefacts from diverse cultures and traditions, can shed light on challenges that concern business school students.

A new stream of research in management studies uses humanities methodologies, humanistic modes of enquiry, humanities data and archives, and other such resources to expand enquiry into firms and organisations. Additionally, management and organisation studies, as well as related disciplines, have many insights to offer the humanities, especially concerning the economics and social dynamics of cultural production, innovation, and sustainability. Several scholars inside SBS and around the wider University, are working collaboratively on an increasing variety of projects, some examples of which are given below.

Together with research, “Engaging with the Humanities” offers a programme of events and teaching that help to make Oxford Saïd the unique institution that it is: deeply embedded in the wider university, which itself has an unrivalled tradition of engagement with the humanities.

Please direct all enquires about research in this area to Dr Pegram Harrison, in the first instance.



Recent Events

Small Events: a regular programme of lunchtime seminars occurs thrice each Michaelmas and Hilary terms, welcoming Humanities scholars to the Business school to present their work.  Please see the programme website:

Larger Events: a schedule of workshops, colloquia, seminars and conferences is growing yearly.  recent examples include:

Current Teaching

  • MBA Elective “Leadership Perspectives from the Humanities, an elective for MBA students exploring perspectives on leadership from the humanities, taught with guest speakers from literature, philosophy, history, music, and the visual arts. Tuesdays 13h30 – 16h45, Saïd Business School.
  • Management and Religion, DPhil Candidate Ali Gümüsay, supervised by Prof Tim Morris and Prof Sue Dopson.
  • Management of Conservation Data, , DPhil candidate Jessica Stitt, supervised by Prof Janet Smart and Dr Pegram Harrison. Collaborative Doctoral Award with British Museum, co-supervised by Dr Anna Bülow, Head of Conservation.

Current Research Projects

  • ARTickets, Dr Pegram Harrison (SBS), and the Art Fund, looking at consolidated ticketing systems and the management of demand for museums and exhibitions
  • Thames Valley Country Houses project, Dr Oliver Cox (TORCH) and Dr Pegram Harrison (SBS), looking at the management of landed estates around Oxfordshire (among other things)
  • Operations and Projects in the Museum Sector, Dr Janet Smart (SBS) and Dr Anna Bülow (British Museum), looking at the leadership structures and operational management of large state cultural institutions such as the British Museum
  • Leadership Perspectives from the Humanities, Prof Roy Westbrook, Dr Pegram Harrison, Dr Helen Lydka, on the antecedents in humanities scholarship for the education and development of leaders, and how these might be relevant for management education, practice and further development today.
  • Intellectual History of Entrepreneurship, Dr Pegram Harrison, investigating how the idea of entrepreneurship took shape and achieved such prominence in western 21st thought, with its roots in late-19th century Viennese economics.



Engaging with the Humanities works closely with the Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities on related events.  Please check the TORCH website regularly for details and updates:

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