Commemorative award for SCME PhD student

Natalya SergeevaSchool of Construction Management (SCME) PhD student Natalya Sergeeva was recently awarded The 'Rod Howes' Commemorative Award for Innovation at the 2013 ARCOM conference.

The paper, titled "Narratives of innovation mobilised by UK construction sector practitioners", examines how narratives recounted by UK construction sector practitioners are shaped by self-identities, yet shaped and constrained by broader discourse of enterprise culture. It is based on interviews with UK construction sector practitioners who engage with Constructing Excellence. It is argued that interviewees, who have engaged with Constructing Excellence, align themselves with the movement for innovation in the sector, socially constructing self-identities as innovation champions. In essence, the article responds to the call for more research into sensemaking and storytelling from the perspectives of practising managers. It explores storytelling as a means of making sense of innovation and giving sense back to target audiences.

Dr Graeme Larsen, SCME Director of Post Graduate Research Studies, says: "This award is great news for Natalya, she has worked so hard in developing her research interests, appropriate methodological positioning and rigorous contributions. I would like to thank ARCOM for their continued support in helping the development of our younger colleagues through their numerous programmes, but especially their annual conference."

Natalya is in the final year of her PhD and is looking forward to continuing her multi-disciplinary research as she pursues an academic career.

ARCOM (Association of Researchers in Construction Management) is a global community of
researchers and academics, through which knowledge regarding the built environment is shared and excellence in research is recognised.

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