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Dr Ruth Massie is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Resilience Leadership at Cranfield School of Management. Ruth’s research area is organisational resilience with a primary research focuses on understanding how Board level Directors engage with information, contextualise it, and incorporate it into their decision making. This is particularly in the context of cyber and how Board’s view the complexity, and risk, in relation to their organisations. 

Ruth's other research focus is on tertiary education as a profession. She is the Education Lead for the proposed new University in Milton Keynes, MK:U. In this role she is responsible for developing the educational approach of the proposed university including the Learning and Assessment philosophy as well as guiding the course teams in the development of the undergraduate degrees. 

Ruth was the Programme Director for Cranfield University’s Cyber Masters Programme from July 2014 to February 2018. Ruth’s teaching focuses on Resilience, Change Management, Cyber Leadership and Business Continuity.

Prior to becoming an academic, Ruth started her career as a Business Continuity consultant at SunGard Availability Services, then known as Comdisco. She has worked in a number of organisations, both as a Business Continuity Manager and as a Consultant. These included Ernst & Young (Australia), Office-Shadow Limited and Citigroup. She was actively involved with the London First and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) in the production of the ‘Expecting the Unexpected’ business advice booklet. In 2004, whilst working for Swiss Re, she was short listed for Business Continuity Manager of the Year. Ruth was awarded her MBCI in 2001.

Ruth holds a PhD in Management from Cass Business School at City, University of London. In addition, Ruth holds three Masters Degrees; an MBA from Henley Business School; a Masters of Research from City, University of London; and an MA in Academic Practice also from City, University of London. Ruth is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current activities

  • Organisational Resilience
  • Directors and their engagement with information
  • Boards of Directors and their role in cyber
  • Business Continuity and Cyber
  • Management in the Higher Education sector
  • EMBA - Challenges in Creating Organisational Cyber Resilience
  • Education Lead - MK:U


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Massie R (2020) Developing a learning and assessment philosophy to underpin creativity in curriculum design. In: Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference, Online, 7 July 2020.
  • Ruth Massie (2017) The Programme Director and the Teaching Excellence Framework: How do we train the former to survive the latter?. In: HEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, University of Manchester, 4-6 July 2017.
  • Melville WR, Palmer P, Massie R & Jung T (2016) Diversity and board composition in non-profit governance. In: 14th European Academic Conference on Internal Audit and Corporate Governance, Rotterdam, 6-8 April 2016.
  • Maddison Warren A & Massie R (2016) New route or diversion: the rise of the PhD by prior publication in UK Higher Education,. In: 2016 UK Council for Graduate Education Annual Conference, Liverpool, 4-5 July 2016.
  • Massie R (2014) Ad hoc committees; their role in the governance process. In: British Academy of Management Conference 2014 BAM2014*, Belfast, 9-11 September 2014.
  • Palmer P, Massie R, Melville WR & Jung T (2014) Taking stock: a critical examination of board governance in the UK’s top-500 nonprofits. In: 11th International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), Muenster, 22-25 July 2014.
  • Massie R (2013) Inside the “Black Box”: The Application of Grounded Theory in Corporate Governance Research. In: BAM 2013: British Academy of Management annual conference, Liverpool, 10-12 September 2013.
  • Massie R (2012) Key Identifiers of Corporate Governance Maturity: A Literature Review, In Internal Audit and Corporate Governance. In: 10th European Academic Conference on Internal Audit and Corporate Governance, Verona (Italy), 18-20 April 201, Verona, 18-20 April 2012.
  • Massie R (2012) Corporate Governance Maturity in Relation to the Organisational Lifecycle. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2012, Cardiff, 11-13 September 2012.
  • Massie R (2011) Improving Corporate Governance Processes at Board Level: The contribution of Non-Financial Performance Measurement. In: 9th European Academic Conference on Internal Audit and Corporate Governance, London, 27-29 April 2011.