Dr Irina Popova

Research Fellow

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Business Management , Enterprise

Irina Popova is a research fellow on the ‘Digitalisation of Management’ Project. She completed her PhD in Social Venture Incubation in 2017 at Anglia Ruskin University. 

Background

Irina is a research fellow on the ‘Digitalisation of Management’ Project funded by FORTE, a Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare. The project is part of IMPact research centre, launched in October 2017. The purpose of this research programme is to develop a detailed practice-based understanding of the digitalisation of management, using a sociomaterial perspective in Sweden and the UK. There are four planned projects focusing on projectification, leadership, flexibilisation of employment and the experience of work. Irina takes a leading role in the UK research activities through undertaking, planning and managing the research activity within the context of the project. She assists the lead academic researcher, Prof Chris Ivory, with the day-to-day organisation and administration of the projects. She will conduct the ethnographic research in the UK, collect and analyse the data, report on findings and participate in dissemination of the latter through conference presentations and peer reviewed articles. 

Irina completed her PhD in 2017 at Anglia Ruskin University. Her thesis explored and theorised start-up incubation as a rite of passage of entrepreneurs and their social ventures. Currently she is working on publishing the findings from her PhD work focusing on the theoretical grounding of the concept of liminality in organisational studies aimed for submission in Human Relations (4* ABS).

Previously she has assisted with teaching on ‘Organisational Change Management’ and ‘Principles of Marketing’. She was the module leader for ‘Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management’ in 2016/17. During her PhD she was a project assistant on the HEFCE funded ARU GREATS project designed to help the region’s SMEs find, recruit and train graduate talent.

Research interests

  • Organisational Ethnography
  • Sociomatriality approach
  • Technology in management practice
  • Incubation and enterprise development
  • Liminality in organisational studies

Qualifications

  • PhD thesis ‘Start-up incubation: a rite of passage of entrepreneurs and their social ventures’, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MA International Business, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MSc Ecology and Ecotoxicology, New Bulgarian University
  • BSc Ecology and Environmental Studies, Sofia University

Recent presentations and conferences

Popova, I. and Down, S., 2015. Social Venture Incubation: an Ethnography. The 10th Annual Liverpool Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences. Liverpool, UK, August 26-28.
Popova, I. and Down, S., 2014. Business Incubators as liminal spaces. The 9th Annual Liverpool Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences. UK, August 27-29.