Dr Imogen Cleaver

Senior Research Associate

Imogen Cleaver is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Manufacturing. She is working with Dr Florian Urmetzer on a Pitch-In project developing an executive education course on Internet of Things adoption strategies and relevant technologies.  Previously Imogen worked on a series of research and industry engagement projects at the University of Bath.


Her MRes and PhD in Management from Cass Business School[i] (2014) were funded by the ESRC. Her research on the professions focused on the identity work of partners in large, multinational firms in the consulting, accounting and legal industries; and the rise of professional managers in law firms.  More recently Imogen has focused on trust, particularly in change programmes and collaborations.  She also has a first in Law from Merton College, Oxford and has worked as a solicitor at Linklaters, in a new media start up and as a business analyst.


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[i] Cass Business School is in the process of changing its name and is temporarily referred to as Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London



Empson, L., Cleaver, I. and Allen, J. (2011). ‘Management Professionals and Managing Partners: Institutional entrepreneurship in professional partnerships.’ Sub-theme 03, European Group for Organizational Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2011.


Cleaver, I. and Empson, L. (2013). ‘The struggle to maintain organizational identification: identity work processes of professional service firm partners,’ Sub-theme 32, European Group for Organizational Studies, Montreal, Canada, July 2013.


Empson, L., Cleaver, I. and Allen, J. (2013). ‘Managing Partners and Management Professionals: Institutional Work Dyads in Professional Partnerships.’ Journal of Management Studies, 50(5): 808-844.


CIPD (2015). ‘Landing transformational change: closing the gap between theory and practice.’ Research Report, CIPD.  Balogun, J., Hope Hailey, V. and Cleaver, I. with help from Stuart, R. at the CIPD.


NHS Employers (2017). ‘Trustworthy collaboration. Building Trust across health systems.’ Cleaver, I., Daye, J. and Hope Hailey, V. with help from Covill, S. at NHS Employers.


CIPD (2018). ‘Moving towards a new framework for the relationship between employers and workers.’ Cleaver, I., Hope Hailey, V. and Zheltoukhova, K.


Hope Hailey, V. and Cleaver, I. (2020) ‘Beyond regulation – adopting purpose for trust repair in financial institutions’, in FCA Discussion Paper DP20/1 Transforming Culture in Financial Services: Driving Purposeful Cultures.


Forward Institute (2020). ‘Trustworthiness: a necessity for resilience?’ Hope Hailey, V. and Cleaver, I. with help from Turner, R. and Grant, J. at the Forward Institute.

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