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Professor Anne Rixom

Professor of Practice in Higher Education Management, Director of Studies for the DBA in Higher Education Management

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Dr Rajani Naidoo

Professor Rajani Naidoo

Professor in Higher Education Management

Director International Centre for Higher Education Management

I have held a range of faculty and management positions in the UK and South Africa including in an institution which aimed to contribute to the transformation of higher education in apartheid South Africa. I am a past Honorary Secretary of the Society for Research in Higher Education. Multi-national research projects have included transnational higher education, changing regulation on the use of the title ‘university’ and the academic profession. I have keynoted conferences in many countries including Mexico, Finland, Ireland, England, Trinidad and South Africa. Other contributions have included executive development programmes for university leaders. I am on the Executive Editorial Board of the British Journal of Sociology and on the Research and Development Committee of the European Foundation for Management Development. I co-edit  the book series  Global Higher Education (Palgrave/Macmillan) and African Higher Education Dynamics (African Minds). Research interests include public sector markets and new public management; trans-national higher education and global governance; higher education and international development and  the changing identity and nature of student participation in higher education. 

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Professor Jürgen Enders

Professor Jürgen Enders

Professor of Higher Education Management

My research focusses on the study of institutional change in the field of universities, and their role in society and economy. Major areas of research include (1) the regulation, funding and organisation of higher education and research; (2) management, leadership and organisational change in universities; (3) the student experience, employability and graduate careers; (4) the socio-economic impact of universities; and (5) academic work and career, (6) processes of internationalisation and globalisation in higher education.

I have a number of research projects underway building on empirical investigations supported by the Dutch Research Council, the European Science Foundation, the German Ministry of Education and Research, and the Ford Foundation. I am elected member of the Academia Europaea and of the German Academe of Science and Engineering, and Honorary Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education. My advisory work includes membership in the Advisory Committee for Research and Knowledge Exchange of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, in the German Advisory Council for Education, and in the R&D committee of the European Federation for Management Development. My previous appointments include Professor and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands,

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Professor Alistair Brandon-Jones

Professor Alistair Brandon-Jones

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

I am 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. My research and executive development have involved collaborations with a wide variety of organisations in the private and public sector and have been supported with funding from the Design Council, ESRC, EPSRC, Welsh Assembly Government, and Local Government Association. My work had been published in leading management journals and I also co-author for the Europe’s market-leading portfolio of Operations and Supply Management textbooks.

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Dr Panos Desyllas

Dr Hong T. M. Bui

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Management

I have a passion for research excellence in management. My research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics from Learning Organisation for Innovation and Sustainability, Systems Thinking for Uncertainty and Complexity, to Multidisciplinary Approaches for Organisational Capacity Building, particularly in Higher Education Sector. I have published in various well-refereed journals, such as the Public Administration Reviewer, Group and Organization Management, Management Learning, and International Journal of Human Resource Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, or Journal of Business Ethics.

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Dr Panos Desyllas

Dr Panos Desyllas

Senior Lecturer in Strategy

My research focuses on understanding how technology companies employ various modes of corporate development – such as Mergers and Acquisitions – to access new knowledge and enhance their innovation and economic performance.  Another stream of my research explores the ways in which knowledge-intensive service firms can profit from innovation.  This work focuses on the role of formal (e.g. patents, trademarks, copyrights) and strategic (e.g. secrecy and complementary assets) methods of IP protection as a means of capturing economic returns from service and business model innovation. 

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Dimo Dimov

Professor Dimo Dimov

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

My work focuses on understanding the entrepreneurial process, from initial idea to viable venture or well intentioned abandonment. An evolving entrepreneurial opportunity is central in this process: obvious in retrospect, but uncertain, nebulous, and ambiguous in prospect. I am interested in how potential entrepreneurs and investors think, act, and interact in the face of such uncertainty and how these interactions give rise to exciting new phenomena.

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Yiannis Gabriel

Professor Yiannis Gabriel

Chair in Organisation Studies

My current research includes work on the importance of an ethic of care in health and education, the dark side of certain organizations captured in the concept of miasma, the relation between image and narrative and the exploration of the ways in which clinicians defend themselves against work-related anxieties.

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Dr Jack Lee

Senior Teaching Fellow

My research focuses on the international dimension of higher education: transnational education, faculty mobility, cultural diplomacy, research capacity building, and regionalization. I am interested in comparative studies that examine the development of higher education in the context of social and political transformations. My work also examines the intersection between higher education and international relations.

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Michael Mayer

Professor Michael Mayer

Associate Dean Postgraduate Taught Students,
Professor - Strategy, Convenor of Business Economics & Strategy Group

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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Ammon Salter

Professor Ammon Salter

Professor in Innovation

My research focuses on the sources and determinants of innovation. In particular, I am interested in open and distributed models of innovation, social networks and university-industry collaboration. I am Research Director of the UK Innovation Research Centre (funded by ESRC, BIS, NESTA and TSB). I have taught, advised and collaborated with a range of companies, such as Arup, IBM, Total, and Laing O'Rourke, and governments, including the European Commission and the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, on issues relating to innovation.

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Ammon Salter

Dr Svenja Tams

Lecturer Organisational Studies

My research is concerned with two themes. One stream examines individuals' construction of agency and learning as socially, institutionally and biographically situated. A second stream studies learning across organizational boundaries - such as in learning communities and collaborative innovation. Under this theme, I analyse the practices, discourses and power issues in engaging diverse groups in developing responses to sustainability and social challenges. For example, I lead a Knowledge Exchange Project with Wessex Water, adopting a collaborative innovation approach to explore how to engage customers, communities and other stakeholders in sustainable water consumption and resilience.

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Visiting Professors

 

Professor John Brennan

Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Research

John Brennan is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Research at the Open University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath and London Metropolitan University. His interests lie broadly in the area of higher education and social change. For nearly 20 years, he directed the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information at the Open University where he led and participated in many national and international projects on topics such as graduate employment, quality assurance, universities and social transformation. He has published several books and many reports and articles on higher education and its changing relationship with society and has spoken at countless conferences on higher education in the UK and many other parts of the world. His most recent publications include a co-authored book, Improving what is learned in higher education, three articles in a special issue of the international journal, Higher Education, based on a European Science Foundation project which he led and entitled Higher Education Looking Forward, and an article on ‘knowledge societies’ published in the European Review. His other books include Managing Quality in Higher Education (with Shah), Graduates at Work (with McGeevor) and Students, Courses and Jobs (with Lyon, McGeevor and Murray). Another book is in preparation, dealing with the regional impact of universities.

 

Professor John Davies

Emeritus Professor John L. Davies has a career which includes senior institutional management and international research, consultancy and teaching in the field of higher education policy and management. He is a Visiting Professor of Higher Education Management at the International Centre for Higher Education Management at Bath University, and also the Copenhagen Business School. He has been Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Anglia Ruskin University, and has also been Dean of the Anglia Business School and Dean of the Graduate School at Anglia; and Pro Vice Chancellor (Quality and Organisation Development) at La Trobe University, Australia. He has been one of the leading commentators on European higher education management for many years, and has been a Consultant with the OECD, the European Rectors Conference (EUA), UNESCO, Soros Foundation, World Bank and the European Commission.

He has authored a large number of international strategic review reports. His main consultancy, publications and research interests for international, intergovernmental, national, government and HE organisations have been focused on various strands of strategic university development, including internationalisation, strategic planning and quality assurance, the regional role of universities, institutional mergers and reconfigurations, and legislation for Higher Education reform.

Ian Jamieson

Professor Ian Jamieson

Professor Jamieson is currently a visiting professor in the School of Management at the University of Bath.

He has been advisor on the school curriculum to the UK government and Reader in Business and Management Studies at Thames Valley University. At the University of Bath he has been Head of the Department of Education, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and held the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University for 10 years. He has been an auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency in the UK and has carried out University audits both in the UK and overseas. He has been a non Executive Director of UCAS the centralised admissions service for the UK. He has sat on the major Committee which has oversight of learning and teaching, assessment and quality assurance in the UK. He was recently interim Deputy Chief Executive for Research and Policy for the Higher Education Academy in the UK. He has published some 80+ papers and some five books, mostly about various aspects of education. He was the founder and first editor of the Journal of Education and Work. He was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2010.