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Meet the Faculty

Professor Alistair Brandon-Jones

Professor of Operations and Supply Management
Associate Dean for Post-Experience Education

Professor Alistair Brandon-Jones is Chair in Operations and Supply Management and the Associate Dean for Post-Experience Education. He formerly held academic positions at Manchester Business School, University of Bath, and Warwick Business School.

Alistair is an active empirical researcher in the field of Operations and Supply Management, focusing on e-enabled supply chain management, healthcare operations, and professional service operations.

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Mike Willis

Director of the Bath MBA

Key Research Interests: Working Capital management, Corporate Growth and Economic value creation within organisations.

My research interests include the limitations and opportunities of working capital management with emphasis on trade credit; namely the neglect and lack of focus thereon, and the resultant impact on performance, liquidity, balance sheet structure and valuation of the organisation. Other areas of interest are the integrational limitations when undertaking corporate activity, the impacts of firm valuation post corporate actions and the real value creation anomaly.

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Dr Chris Archer-Brown

Lecturer in Information Systems

Chris' research agenda has two broad streams: First, he is researching the use of social media tools inside organisations to increase collaboration; this will interface with work from the fields of organisational development and human resources. Second, he is continuing work from his PhD in understanding the use of social media by firms to enhance development and adoption of innovations, which interfaces with colleagues in operations and marketing. He is interested in how non-financial capital structures (social capital, human capital and intellectual capital) can be facilitated by ‘digital capital’.

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Professor Juani Swart

Professor of Human Capital Management

Juani specialises in Knowledge management and the management of Knowledge workers. She is a mamber of the Future of Work research Centre (FoW) which has world-class expertise in Knowledge, Change and Leadership. Her research is focused on the management of knowledge in Professional Services Firms. This research develops an understanding of the transfer of human capital into intellectual capital, thereby linking the intellectual capital, HRM and Performance debates. She has published widely in the area of people management in knowledge intensive firms, intellectual capital structures and systems approaches to knowledge management.

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Professor Michael Lewis (on Sabbatical)

Professor of Supply Strategy

Mike is Professor of Operations and Supply Management. Prior to joining Bath in 2004, he was senior lecturer at Warwick Business School and a fellow in the Manufacturing Institute of the University of Cambridge. He has also held visiting appointments in the Technology and Operations Management group of Harvard Business School and the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. He is co-author of Operations Strategy and co-editor of Critical Readings in Operations Management and the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Operations Management.  He has researched with, consulted for and provided executive education to a range of private and public sector organisations in the UK and the rest of Europe.

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Professor Dimo Dimov

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dimo joined Bath as Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in September 2012. He was previously based at the University of Newcastle and, prior to that, at the University of Connecticut and at IE Business School in Madrid. He completed his PhD in Entrepreneurship at London Business School (University of London) in 2004. He began his working career in the hospitality industry, with Marriott International, and became finance director for two hotel businesses in Budapest, Hungary. Dimo is from Bulgaria. He has lived in the USA and across Europe and is fluent in six languages.

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Dr Ian Colville

Professor Ian Colville

Professor in Organisation and Management Studies

Ian has a first degree in Psychology from Cardiff University, and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Bath School of Management. He is Director of the Change Management Forum which provides a meeting place for enquiring practitioners and applied academics wishing to exchange ideas and networks, and is centred on contemporary change issue. Members include alumni, consultants and academics. This area of the link between theory and practice is a research focus for Ian and he has gained grants and written publications in this area.  Ian is on the editorial board of Organization Studies and Human Relations, and has published in journals such as Management Learning, Organization, Human Relations, Long Range Planning, Public Administration, and Accounting Organization & Society.

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Professor Nick Kinnie

Professor Nick Kinnie

Professor of Human Resource Management

Nick has been a member of the Work and Employment Research Centre (WERC) since its foundation in 1997 and his research interests lie in the links between human resources practices and organisational performance and the people management issues involved in managing knowledge in professional service firms. He also has interests in the management of customer response centres especially third party centres and those which are established off-shore. He has published widely in these areas in academic and practitioner journals.

Nick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has spoken at a number of their conferences.

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Professor Michael Mayer

Professor Michael Mayer

Professor of Strategy

Michael joined Bath as Professor of Strategic Management in 2006. He has held appointments at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and has worked with various Universities internationally. Current research projects focus on international and diversification strategy. His work has been published in both leading academic journals such as the Strategic Management Journal as well as the Financial Times, the Harvard Business Manager, and the Harvard Business Review. He has worked with organisations in both the public and private sectors on issues of strategic development.

My main research interests are focused on developing our understanding of the way in which strategies, and associated processes and practices, relate to the wider institutional setting in which organizations operate. In this context I have a particular interest in diversification strategy, the relationship between strategy and organization, and international management. A related area of interest lies in comparative business organization and management.

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Professor Nick Kinnie

Professor Pierre McDonagh

Professor of Marketing

Pierre McDonagh took up the Professorial Chair in Marketing at University of Bath in Sept 2014. He has previously lectured in Ireland, the US, Scotland and Wales. He has published widely including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Management and elsewhere. He generally argues for a positive role for marketing in society.

Pierre’s research primarily focuses on the (im)possibility of sustainability within the prevailing order and oppositional counter culture. He has published widely on the interactions among Markets, Marketing and Society; dark marketing; critical marketing; and transformative consumer research. A current research project considers the experiences of lead users of electric vehicles.

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Professor Ammon Salter

Professor Ammon Salter

Professor of Innovation

Ammon’s research focuses on how organisations’ and individuals’ innovate – develop new products, processes and services. He is particularly focused on open and distributed models of innovation, social networks and university–industry collaboration. Previously, Ammon was a Professor at Imperial College London, acting as the co–Director of the Innovation Studies Centre and Research Director of the UK Innovation Research Centre. His research has been published widely, in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, Research Policy. MIT Sloan Management Review and California Management Review. His research approach typically involves engagement with policy and practice through collaborative efforts with industry, such as Arup and IBM, and governmental partners, such as DG Research, European Commission and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

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Professor Brian Squire

Professor Brian Squire

Professor of Operations Management
Head of Information, Decisions and Operations Division

My research is broadly concerned with the design and management of operations and supply chains for resilience, innovation and sustainability. I am increasingly concerned with multi-level studies that combine individual, dyadic and global levels of analysis. My research has been published in a broad range of journals including British Journal of Management, Production & Operations Management, and International Journal of Operations & Production Management.

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