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Alastair Milne

Thesis topic

Organisational and professional identity in the UK B2B publishing sector


The UK B2B publishing sector has undergone massive change over the past 20 years, following the rise of the internet and other digital technologies. The period has seen prevailing business models undermined, and the very existence of the industry threatened, leading to a fundamental re-examination of the identity and function of organisations within the sector, as well as to the professional identities of the individuals working within those organisations. I am particularly interested in the role of middle managers in this context, those who are tasked with operationalising corporate strategy during conditions of great uncertainty.

Research interests / research methods used

  • Qualitative methodology, organisational identity, professional identity, organisational change, B2B publishing

Previous university studies

  • 2007-2009    Birkbeck, University of London – Diploma in Organisational Change Management - Distinction
  • 1991-1992    University of Portsmouth – MSc Information Systems
  • 1987-1990    University of Liverpool – BA (Hons) History, 2:1

Professional / employment background

I am a change practitioner and project manager with a focus on technology and engagement, working mainly in the publishing sector. I have delivered award-winning products and projects across multiple platforms for major publishers. I am an APM Agile and PRINCE2 certified project manager. I am a Freeman of the Stationers’ Company and also a Freeman of the City of London.


  • MILNE, A. & MAIDEN, N. 2012. Power and politics in requirements engineering: embracing the dark side? Requirements Engineering, 17, 83-98.
  • MILNE, A. & MAIDEN, N. Power and politics in requirements engineering: A proposed research agenda.  Requirements Engineering Conference (RE), 2011 19th IEEE International, 2011. IEEE, 187-196.

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