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Dr. Sabrina Thornton is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Huddersfield Business School. Prior to joining Huddersfield, she studied for her PhD at Manchester Business School under the ESRC 1+3 scholarship scheme (UK Research Council). She completed her Master’s degree in Research (MRes), specialising in Marketing in 2010. She then went on to complete her PhD study in 2014, entitled “Organisational Networking in Business-to-Business Markets: Construct Conceptualization, Operationalization and Application”, which resulted in three publications in Industrial Marketing Management (Thornton et al., 2013; 2014; 2015).
During the course of her PhD study, Dr. Thornton has taught various modules at Manchester Business School, including Marketing Management, Strategic Marketing Management, Marketing Foundations & Applications, and Case Studies in Management at MBS. She also taught Demand Chain Management at Manchester Metropolitan Business School.
Dr. Thornton also holds a BA degree in Marketing and Distribution Management and a MSc degree in Fashion Marketing, which she completed in her native country of Taiwan. She worked for a global leading marketing and consulting company, Nielsen, for one year in Taiwan before relocating to England for her subsequent studies.
Dr. Thornton’s research interests lie in the areas of inter-organisational relationships and business networks,. She has conducted and published both qualitative and quantitative research. In particular, she has a strong interest in quantitative research methods and advanced statistical modelling. She is currently working on various research projects with both external and internal academics. Some current research projects focus on the following areas:
Leischnig, A., Henneberg, S. and Thornton, S. (2016) ‘Net versus combinatory effects of firm and industry antecedents of sales growth’ Journal of Business Research , 69 (9), pp. 3576-3583. ISSN 0148-2963
Thornton, S., Henneberg, S. and Naud�, P. (2015) ‘An empirical investigation of Network-Oriented Behaviors in Business-to-Business Markets’ Industrial Marketing Management , 49, pp. 167-180. ISSN 00198501
Thornton, S., Henneberg, S. and Naud�, P. (2014) ‘Conceptualizing and validating organizational networking as a second-order formative construct’ Industrial Marketing Management , 43 (6), pp. 951-966. ISSN 0019-8501
Thornton, S., Henneberg, S. and Naud�, P. (2014) ‘Conceptualization and Validation of Organizational Networking as a Second-Order Formative Construct’. In: EMAC 2014, 3-6th June 2014, Valencia, Spain
Thornton, S., Henneberg, S. and Naud�, P. (2013) ‘Understanding types of organizational networking behaviors in the UK manufacturing sector’ Industrial Marketing Management , 42 (7), pp. 1154-1166. ISSN 00198501
Thornton, S., Henneberg, S. and Naud�, P. (2013) ‘Organizational Networking: Scale Construction, Validation and Generalizability in Manufacturing and Services Sectors’. In: 29th Industrial Marketing & Purchasing (IMP) Conference, 30th August - 2nd September 2013, Atlanta, USA
Thornton, S., Henneberg, S. and Naud�, P. (2013) ‘Organisational Networking Behaviours: Conceptualisation and Operationalisation’. In: the 6th International Conference on Business Market Management (BMM), 20th - 22nd June 2013, Bamberg, Germany , pp. 467-474
Thornton, S., Naud�, P. and Henneberg, S. (2013) ‘Understanding; Organisational Networking Behaviours in the Context of the UK Manufacturing Sector’. In: 42nd European Marketing Academy Conference (EMAC), 4th - 7th June 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
Dr. Thornton welcomes PhD applications from potential candidates, who wish to undertake their doctorate research in the following areas. For an informal discussion, please send a research proposal and a CV to S.Thornton@hud.ac.uk.
Huddersfield Town Association Football Club (2013 - present)
Dr. Thornton serves as Deputy Academic Integrity Officer, representing the Business School. She is also involved in the University’s international recruitment.
Dr. Thornton is the module leader of two postgraduate level modules:
She also teaches the quantitative component of Market Research