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Dr Donal Crilly awarded research funding grant

Dr Donal Crilly, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, has been awarded a Consolidator Grant worth €801,926 from the European Research Council (ERC) for three years.

The project investigates how managers’ use of different metaphors when describing their firms’ social and environmental initiatives engenders support, or opposition, from investors and other stakeholders. Dr Crilly will study English, German, and Japanese-speaking managers’ use of language to identify cross-country differences in how a company’s purpose is conceived.

Dr Crilly said:

“This research will unveil the latent ways in which managers think about, and explain, the pressing societal challenges facing their firms as well as the mechanisms through which subtle forms of communication shape market responses. I am very grateful to the ERC for this grant and to the School for its support in the process”.

The ERC's main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best and truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The competitive award was made under the ERC's Consolidator Grant scheme, where 2,389 research proposals were evaluated under this round and just 12.2% of these were funded. 

Dr Crilly’s research focuses on stakeholder theory, managerial cognition, and intertemporal choice. He is Associate Editor at the Strategic Management Journal, and an editorial board member of the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, the Journal of International Business Studies, and Strategic Organization. Further information on Dr Crilly and his research activities can be found on his faculty profile at London.edu.