Research

I joined Norwich Business School at the University of East Anglia in 2005. I am also a Visiting Research Fellow at Cranfield University.

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

My research is interdisciplinary, focused around operations management, but linking with human resources and marketing management disciplines.  The main focus of my research is in new product development and innovation management.

Within this broad field, I am particularly interested in how innovation can be used to solve some of the big challenges that face society, often termed social innovation, responsible innovation or green innovation.

I am also interested in disruptive innovation and what helps or hinders organisations in identifying disruptive opportunities or reacting to potentially disruptive threats.

Linking to this innovation and product development theme is research into how diversity management enables innovation within both social and commercial enterprises.

I am also fascinated by visual communication and how graphical tools and techniques can be used to communicate strategy and to encourage dialogue and communication between different disciplines and organisations.  This links to a longer term interest in buyer-supplier relationships and how effectively organisations can integrate their suppliers into and manage knowledge within the product development process.

Prior to my academic career, I worked in industry as a Project Manager within Centrica’s Business Development directorate, and for a small consultancy company, where I worked predominantly with BMW/Rover Group on design and engineering projects.