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Dr Lynne Baxter
Senior Lecturer in Management Systems



Dr Lynne Baxter is a senior lecturer in management systems at the University of York.

Lynne decided she wanted to be an academic after enjoying her undergraduate dissertation research experience at the University of Edinburgh, where she investigated the corporate takeovers in the Scotch Whisky Industry.

She went from there to Manchester Business School to study for her PhD which investigated the implementation of a local area network computer system and the power relations in the organisation.

After that she obtained employment at the University of Glasgow, where she was one of a team of research associates investigating supply relations between OEMs and their local networks. The team developed a relationship assessment tool, which was of sufficient commercial interest that they formed a consultancy company, SCMG Ltd, to promote the dissemination of their findings, and Lynne was a founding director. She joined School for Business and Society in January 2005.


At the same time Lynne became a Lecturer at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and developed other interests. She has been an investigator on two EPSRC funded research projects (J 57568), which used qualitative methods including cognitive mapping to explore the estimation of software development and (F85666) which used similar methods to examine stability in sourcing relations.

Lynne has won funding from SHEFC and private companies to develop computer based learning materials. She has published in the areas of manufacturing management and organisation theory, and in 2004 was jointly awarded the best paper prize in the Research Methodology section of the American Academy of Management.

Her book 'Managing Performance Improvement' was published in 2008, and she was invited to present the main findings by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development at their Learning Edge conference.

She is currently researching the dissolution of supply chains and gender and engineering design. She was elected the secretary of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, which has over 750 members.



Primary Topics - Performance Improvement, Supply Chain Management, Management of Technology

Additional Topics - Gender, Research Methodology, Aesthetics

Industry - Whisky, Semiconductor

Geographical Areas - Scotland, The World


Selected publications


Full publications list

Baxter L, Ritchie J (2013) The sense of smell in researching a bakery. International Journal of Work, Organisation and Emotions 5(4); 369-383

Baxter, L.F. (2009) Embodied Rhythms in Healthcare Provision and Consumption, Conference Paper,  APROS, Mexico, Dec.

Baxter, L.F. and MacLeod, A.M. (2008) Managing Performance Improvements, Routledge, New York.

Baxter, L.F. (2008) Mimesis and Alterity in Product Innovation: Neophilia or Neophobia in Disguise? A paper presented at the 3rd Australasian Caucus of the Standing Conference in Organisation Symbolism, December, Sydney.

Baxter, L.F. (2008) Relating Sight and Soundscapes in Organisation Settings: An Exploratory Study, Standing Conference in Organisation Symbolism, Manchester, July.

Baxter, L.F. (2008) Artemisia's Foul: The Dark Side Of Female Organizing, Behind the Scenes, Between the Lines: Dismembering the Dark Side of Organisation, Wortley Hall, Sheffield

Baxter, L.A. (1985), Accomplishing Relationship Disengagement, in Duck, S., Perlman, D. (Eds), Understanding Personal Relationships. An Interdisciplinary Approach, Sage, London, pp.243-65.

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