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Dr. Sabrina Thornton is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Huddersfield Business School. She also serves as the Director of MBA since 2017. Prior to her academic career, she successfully secured an ESRC PhD 1+3 scholarship, which supported her MRes and PhD studies at Manchester Business School. Her research is inherently interdisciplinary, spanning across marketing, strategy and innovation. Her current research includes two main strands: a substantive strand, namely strategic business networking and innovation, and a methodological strand, namely the applications of qualitative comparative analysis in a configuration theoretical framework. Her publications to date, all ABS 3 and 4 with impact factors above 4.0, featuring in leading journals in her field, such as Journal of Product Innovation Management, Industrial Marketing Management and Journal of Business Research. Her works are regularly presented at international academic conferences where she has won best paper awards on two occasions.

She serves as an editorial board member of Industrial Marketing Management and has reviewed on an ad-hoc basis for leading journals in her field. She received a research grant (as Principal Investigator) from the British Academy, which is derived from the Academy’s partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Her work in the form of consultancy and knowledge transfer has impacted on businesses she has worked with in sports, retail and manufacturing industries.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Organisational networking behaviours
  • Strategic network management
  • Innovation in a business network context
  • Relationship portfolio management
  • Use of fsQCA and complementary analytical techniques in management research
  • Use of online click stream data in marketing research


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