Paula Jarzabkowski

Paula Jarzabkowski

Paula Jarzabkowski, Professor of Strategic Management, Aston Business School

Paula Jarzabkowski is a Professor of Strategic Management at Aston Business School, who currently holds a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship at Cornell University.

She specializes in ‘fly-on-the-wall’ and in-depth qualitative approaches, observing and interviewing managers about how their naturally occurring business practices and activities shape markets. From August 2009 to March 2012, she held the inaugural Insurance Intellectual Capital Initiative (IICI) fellowship, which is sponsored by an insurance industry consortium. For this fellowship she has conducted a comparative study of the Lloyd’s of London, Bermuda and Continental European reinsurance markets and their global client base. Specifically, she and her research team have worked extensively with 25 reinsurers and intermediaries in the Lloyd’s, Bermuda, European and Asia Pacific markets and also interviewed 36 cedents, covering both key global and regional players in 17 countries.

 A strength of Professor Jarzabkowski’s work is its relevance to industry. The results and report from the first phase of her IICI Fellowship were well received by participants and the press at a breakfast briefing at the Monte Carlo Reinsurance Rendezvous in 2010. Phase 2 results and report are being presented at a range of European, USA and Asian events throughout 2012, as well as in a number of in-house workshops for firms.  Her work on reinsurance has also received some of the highest academic accolades. She currently holds an extremely competitive Marie Curie International Fellowship at Cornell, an Ivy League university in the USA, where she is spending 2 years developing results from her work in the reinsurance industry. Her time will be devoted to a book with Oxford University Press, as well as papers and reports that can inform development of the industry.

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