Personal profile


After completing her BSc Management degree in 1992, Chris McLean commenced her PhD at UMIST. Through an ethnographic style of investigation she examined the organisation and management of mental health care and the complex sets of relations and processes underlying the introduction of the care plan approach. In 1996 she became a lecturer at the Manchester School of Management, UMIST. She has also conducted studies within the newspaper printing sector and the management, governance and organisation of primary and secondary education. Chris is currently a member of CRESC, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an academic lead for the University of Manchester School Governors Initiative. She is also a member of CRESC and a founding member of InVisio.

Research interests

Chris's main teaching areas include organisation theory, social studies of innovation and change, research methodology, and actor network theory. These overlap with her research work in which she has a keen interest in the ways in which we understand the complex process and practices of managing and organising. She has been involved in a variety of empirical research projects using an ethnographic style of investigation and she is currently involved in a project exploring the management, governance and organisation of primary and secondary education. This includes examining attempts to redesign systems of governance, accountability, leadership and control. In particular, the project seeks to explore how this links to practices of performance measurement and the possible impacts on the production of creative learning experiences. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

School Governor & Chair of the Curriculum Committee of a large secondary school

Fellow, RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts)


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