Dr Noelia-Sarah Reynolds

Senior Lecturer
EBS - Management and Marketing
Dr Noelia-Sarah Reynolds
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    +44 (0) 1206 874446

  • Location

    EBS.3.15, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    You can find details of Academic Support hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911



I am currently the Director of Education of Essex Business school and am part of the Senior Management team of EBS. I have a passion for enabling students to receive a transformative Education whatever their starting point and this is reflected in my work as Director of Education. My research interest is rooted in strategic change and growth with a particular interest around company mergers as well as sustainability and strategic change. I have published work in world leading journals such as Organization Studies, International Business Review and Sustainability. I work with world leading scholars across the world including Finland and the Netherlands. I am very keen for my research to have broader societal impact and I have worked with Colchester Borough Council on the future of the High Street and have been a strategic advisor on the Colchester Leisure Recovery board. I continue to advise CBC on economic matters. I have also worked with small enterprises in terms of strategic thinking and I currently hold a large Knowledge Transfer Partnership centred around strategic thinking, supply chain management and sustainability with a large logistics firms.


  • BA (Hons) International Business Management, University of Northumbria

  • MSc Marketing and Strategy, University of Warwick

  • PhD, University of Warwick

  • Postgraduate Award: Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice, University of Warwick


University of Essex

  • Director of Education, University of Essex (4/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • Editorial Board Member, Group and Organization Management (7/2020 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Organisational change and mergers and acquisitions

Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Sustainable organisational growth

Open to supervise

Current research

storytelling during mergers and acquisitions

use of new technology such as blogs and webcasts during organisational change processes

Conferences and presentations

Schnurr, N; Teerikangas, S (2013) Exploring ethnographic approaches in the study of M&A. In: (Proceedings) British Academy of Management. Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2013

Paper presented at 28th EGOS Colloquium, Helsinki, Finland (Paper title: Successful designing of mergers and acquisitions: Emotions and identification of top managers during international mergers and acquisitions)

Helsinki, Finland, 2012

Paper presented at Warwick, Oxford and Cambridge Spring Doctoral Conference, April 2011, The University of Warwick, Coventry (Paper title: Emotional worlds during mergers and acquisitions)Paper presented at Warwick, Oxford and Cambridge Spring Doctoral Conference, April 2010, The University of Cambridge, Cambridge (Paper title: The emotions of change - What do stories tell us about individual emotional experiences of change?)

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2011

Schnurr, Noelia-Sarah (2011), From emotional experiences to realities - An investigation into emotions and emotional patterns in mergers and acquisitions, In; (Proceedings) British Academy of Management, Birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2011

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Feyishola Omowunmi Ayenuyo
Feyishola Omowunmi Ayenuyo
Thesis title: Collective Actions for Poverty Reduction in Nigeria and South Africa: Exploring the Perspectives of Elites and the Poor
Degree subject: Management Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 30/4/2020
Lucill Joan Curtis
Lucill Joan Curtis
Thesis title: Digital Organisational Storytellers: Online Marketing as Identity Work
Degree subject: Management Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 6/7/2017
Le Bo
Le Bo
Thesis title: A Neo-Gramscian Perspective on Varieties of Environmental Governance: Hegemonic Struggles in China's Rare Earth Industry
Degree subject: Management Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 22/2/2016


Journal articles (9)

Reynolds, N-S. and Lander, M., (2023). From Building and Preserving to Eroding Trust: A Multi-level Analysis. Group and Organization Management

Reynolds, N-S. and Holt, D., (2021). Sustainable Development and Profit? - A Sensemaking Perspective on Hybrid Organisations and their Founders. Business Strategy and the Environment. 30 (4), 2147-2159

Hirvensalo, A., Teerikangas, S., Reynolds, N-S., Kalliomäki, H., Mäntysalo, R., Mattila, H. and Granqvist, K., (2021). Agency in Circular City Ecosystems—A Rationalities Perspective. Sustainability. 13 (5), 2544-2544

Bo, L., Boehm, S. and Reynolds, N-S., (2019). Organizing the environmental governance of the rare-earth industry: China’s passive revolution. Organization Studies. 40 (7), 1045-1071

Hassett, ME., Reynolds, NS. and Sandberg, B., (2018). The emotions of top managers and key persons in cross-border M & As: Evidence from a longitudinal case study. International Business Review. 27 (4), 737-754

Biehl, B. and Reynolds, NS., (2018). Chicks with Sticks: Becoming a Business School Guerilla Knitter. Organizational Aesthetics. 7 (1)

Reynolds, NS. and Teerikangas, S., (2016). The international experience in domestic mergers – Are purely domestic M&A a myth?. International Business Review. 25 (1), 42-50

Reynolds, N-S., (2015). Making sense of new technology during organisational change. New Technology, Work and Employment. 30 (2), 145-157

Stahl, GK., Angwin, DN., Very, P., Gomes, E., Weber, Y., Tarba, SY., Noorderhaven, N., Benyamini, H., Bouckenooghe, D., Chreim, S., Durand, M., Hassett, ME., Kokk, G., Mendenhall, ME., Mirc, N., Miska, C., Park, KM., Reynolds, N., Rouzies, A., Sarala, RM., Seloti, SL., Søndergaard, M. and Yildiz, HE., (2013). Sociocultural Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions: Unresolved Paradoxes and Directions for Future Research. Thunderbird International Business Review. 55 (4), 333-356

Book chapters (4)

Teerikangas, S., Onkila, T., Koistinen, K., Hirvensalo, A., Korsunova, A., Mäkelä, M., Sarja, M., Valkjärvi, M. and Reynolds, N-S., (2023). Toward A Typology of Circular Economy Agency. In: The Routledge Handbook of Catalysts for a Sustainable Circular Economy. Routledge. 493- 512. 9781032212449

Reynolds, N-S. and Hassett, ME., (2021). The role of agency in Sustainability in M&A transactions. In: Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency. Editors: Teerikangas, S., Onkila, T., Koistinen, K. and Mäkelä, M., . Edward Elgar

Reynolds, NS. and Hassett, ME., (2021). The role of sustainability agency in mergers and acquisitions. In: Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency. 248- 259

Teerikangas, S. and Reynolds, N., (2018). Reflecting on the use of ethnographic methods in the study of mergers. In: Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions. Editors: Cooper, CL. and Finkelstein, S., . Emerald. 1- 29. 978-1-78756-136-6

Grants and funding


ECC Women's Safety Evaluation: Night Time Economy

Essex County Council

Simarco KTP Application - 27 months

Simarco International Limited


The Meaning of Work: Employee Perceptions of Hybrid Working

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)


What is the role of the town centre in a post-COVID world? - understanding behavioural changes post-COVID of people in Colchester town centre

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)


Making RGH Rubber & Plastics a more efficient, productive and change-ready business

RGH Rubber & Plastics Ltd


The Role of Social Capital Among Entrepreneurs in Marginalised Communities in South Africa

British Academy

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