Simon is a senior lecturer in the School of Management, Swansea University and lecturer on strategic analysis, strategic implementation and business and management principles, building on the eleven years he spent in the private sector prior to joining academia in the year 2000.
In previous roles, Simon designed modules on the philosophy of management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), business ethics and research methodology. He also spent a long time in charge of all doctoral programmes at his previous business school as well as being a group leader for ten staff.
Although Simon teaches strategy, and has some interest in future studies, his research interests are centred on the way business and society interact. Simon 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 Simon and he 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 Simon’s 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, Simon’s interests are academically eclectic. Some of his work is broadly critical and he builds on his doctoral research to argue that we are forgetting the place of morality in our decisions, as CSR is predominantly viewed as a business imperative.
Simon’s work has led him to meet interesting people across the academic and practitioner community. He has 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. Simon has also been fortunate to continue a range of consultancy activities.