I am a senior lecturer in the School of Management, Swansea University and lecture on strategic analysis, strategic implementation and business and management principles, building on the eleven years I spent in the private sector prior to joining academia in the year 2000.
In previous roles I designed modules on the philosophy of management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), business ethics and research methodology. I also spent a long time in charge of all doctoral programmes at my previous business school as well as being a group leader for ten staff.
Although I teach strategy, and have some interest in future studies, my research interests are centred on the way business and society interact. I entered academia when anti-corporate protests were common, with globalised companies and transnational actors like the world trade organisation coming under increased scrutiny. This interested me and I began to prepare a PhD thesis at Cardiff University as a part time student, focusing on the social construction of economic rationality among small businesses.
Some people label my research field CSR, but it is important also to draw theory from related areas such as ethics, morality and the sociology of economic behaviour. In that sense my interests are academically eclectic. Some of my work is broadly critical and I build on my doctoral research to argue that we are forgetting the place of morality in our decisions, as CSR is predominantly viewed as a business imperative.
My work has led me to meet interesting people across the academic and practitioner community. I have been a guest lecturer for the guided doctorate programme at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, as well as providing invited guest lectures on CSR at The University of Southampton and on strategic analysis at Birkbeck College. I have also been fortunate to continue a range of consultancy activities.