Julie Bower has an MA in Biochemistry from University of Oxford, an MBA specialising in Strategy and Finance from London Business School, and a PhD from University of Warwick where she was an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Management under Regulation. Her PhD was supported by an ESRC scholarship.
PhD (University of Warwick)
MBA (London Business School)
MA Hons (Oxon)
Prior to joining Birmingham Business School in 2013 Julie was a Research Fellow at University of Worcester where she was Module Leader for Strategic Management and Globalisation for the Executive MBA programme and co-lectured on the International Business Strategy modules for MSc and MBA programmes.
During the 1980s and 1990s Julie was an investment analyst in the City of London. Her positions included: Manager, UK Equity Sales, Nomura International Plc (1987-1990); Analyst, UK Brewers & Leisure, Credit Lyonnais Securities (1992-1994); Director, UK Alcoholic Beverages Sector Research, ABN-AMRO Hoare Govett (1994-1997) and Director and Team Leader, Pan-European Alcoholic Beverages Sector Research, Schroder Securities Europe Ltd (1997-1999). She published extensively on the international alcoholic beverages industry and was involved in investment banking assignments with leading multinational firms.
Strategic Management: Module Leader for 3rd Year UG (Major/Minor) and MSc Strategic Marketing and Consulting
Julie would welcome proposals from PhD candidates, preferably with industry experience, who are interested in investigating corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and competition policy in consumer product industries.
Julie adopts a longitudinal case study approach to investigate growth by mergers and acquisitions. She is interested in how firms and industries interact and co-evolve with the institutional environment, in particular, competition policy and the capital markets.
Editorial Board, Beverages (MDPI Open Access)
Treasurer, Management and Business History track (British Academy of Management)
Bower, J. and Cox, H. ‘How Scottish & Newcastle became the UK’s largest brewer: A case of regulatory capture?’ Business History Review, 86 (Spring 2012), 43-68
Bower, J. and Cox, H. 'Merger regulation, firms and the co-evolutionary process: An empirical study of internationalisation in the UK alcoholic beverages industry 1985-2005', Centre for Globalisation Research, Queen Mary, University of London, Working Paper 48 (December 2013). http://ideas.repec.org/p/cgs/wpaper/48.html
Bower, J. ‘ Competition policy and the legitimacy of finance: Evidence from the deregulation of the UK brewing industry’ Working Paper (December 2013);
Bower, J. 'What was the Whitbread Umbrella protecting? From brewing to coffee via pub retailing' Working Paper (February 2014);