About Us

We are a group of academics from several universities around the world that are currently at different stages in our career path: from brand new PhD candidates to Full Professors and everything in between.
Alastair Watson

Alastair Watson

Assistant Professor in Management at Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)

Dr Alastair Watson is Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Business Communications, Introduction to Management and Strategic Management at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has a keen interest in Management, Marketing and Organisational Behaviour. Prior to joining UOWD Alastair was Assistant Professor in Management at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus, and Teaching Assistant during the completion of his PhD at their Edinburgh Campus. He also spent a number of years as an active operating manager within branded restaurants as well as hotels in the UK.  Whilst completing his doctorate, he moved into training, quality and regional recruitment with a large branded restaurant operator in the UK.

Dr Watson’s research interests are Staff Commitment & Motivation, Institutions, and Customer Service and Loyalty.

 

Andrew MacLaren

Andrew MacLaren

Programme Director of the MSc in International Fashion Marketing in the Department of Business Management at Heriot-Watt University

Andrew MacLaren is Programme Director of the MSc in International Fashion Marketing in the Department of Business Management, Heriot-Watt University. His PhD explored business elites and his current research remains focussed on service products, informed by literature relevant to leadership, entrepreneurship and consumption. With diverse research links across luxury fashion, aviation and the hotel industry, his outlook is international and he works closely with industry throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, India and China. He has published widely in the field on multiple topics, contributing in the domains of theory, method and industry practice. He is also co-founder of tech firm, Vuzii, which is the world’s first user-generated real estate platform. Andrew splits his time living between Glasgow, UK and Monopoli, Italy. Academic Hero: Dimo Dimov (Bath University) research gate icon fb icon blogger

Babak Taheri

Babak Taheri

Associate Professor in Marketing at Heriot-Watt University / Programme director IMM

Dr Babak Taheri is an Associate Professor in Marketing at Heriot-Watt University. His research has a dual focus: 1) unpacking and theorising cultural consumption experiences; 2) services marketing management. This work is often quantitative (including: scale development and scale validation, structural equation modelling (SEM), path analysis using partial least squares (PLS), experimental design and intervention, multiple regression, testing for mediation and moderation), qualitative (thematic analysis, grounded theory using Leximancer) or mixed methods (sequential or parallel approaches).

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Colin Gregor

Colin Gregor

PhD student in the School of Business and Management at Heriot-Watt University

Colin Gregor is a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. His PhD thesis involves a longitudinal study of a high performance sports team to investigate the process of conflict and its effects on the team. Further research will explore the impact of conflict on performance, the relationship between conflict and cohesion, and how conflict is rationalised within a team dynamic. Colin is former captain of Scotland’s 7 a-side rugby team and the third highest points scorer of all time. He teaches on the Management in a Global Context course. twitter-512 Wikipedia-icon

Jaydeep Pancholi

Jaydeep Pancholi

PhD student, School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University

Jaydeep Pancholi is a PhD student within the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. His PhD thesis is investigating business strategy within the context of conflict zones, reviewing stakeholder influences on the strategic process. Prior to this Jaydeep had gained a BA (hons) in International Business and Marketing at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, including an exchange at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, studying courses in management and culture. This was followed with working at a leading automotive manufacture in corporate fleet. Jaydeep’s academic interests have been rooted from his extensive voluntary work in personal development and corporate sustainability being a trainer for a global NGO. research gate icon  linkedin-logo_318-50643

Gordon Jack

Gordon Jack

PhD student in the School of Business and Management at Heriot-Watt University

Gordon Jack is a Ph.D. student in the department of Business and Management at Heriot-Watt University, with his current research interests focussing on management in highly autonomous environments.  Gordon’s work analyses whether or not people can in fact be managed in setting of quasi low-authority, including the judicial, medical and academic systems.  Gordon received an MSc in Strategic Project Management from Heriot-Watt University in 2013 having gained a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying from the same institution.  His teaching commitments have included undergraduate Business Management and Business Entrepreneurship at 1st and 3rd year level respectively, with publications including ‘Who’d be a Dean’ from the Association of Business Schools. research gate icon

Keith Gori

Keith Gori

PhD student in the School of Business and Management at Heriot-Watt University

Keith Gori is a doctoral researcher in the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University. His doctoral research engages with Consumer Culture Theory, identity and consumer narratives in the context of the British Home Front during World War Two. More widely his research interests lie in consumer and marketing history, the historical development of thinking surrounding the social responsibilities of business, and experiential marketing. He has presented both historical and contemporary research outputs at international marketing conferences and has published work in the Journal of Marketing Management. He teaches on global management and marketing courses in the Department of Business Management. research gate icon Google scholar icon academia_edu twitter-512

Kevin O'Gorman

Kevin O'Gorman

Professor of Management and Business History at Heriot-Watt University

Kevin O’Gorman is Professor of Management and Business History and Head of Business Management in the School of Languages and Management in Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He trained in Glasgow, Salamanca and Rome as a philosopher, theologian and historian. His research interests have a dual focus: Origins, history and cultural practices of hospitality, and philosophical, ethical and cultural underpinnings of contemporary management practices. Using a wide range of methodological approaches he has published over 80 journal articles, books, chapters, and conference papers in business and management.

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Lakshman Wimalasena

Lakshman Wimalasena

Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management at Heriot-Watt University

Lakshman Wimalasena is an Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management, in the School of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University and obtained his PhD in Management also from Heriot-Watt University. He is also a graduate in human resource management (HRM) and also holds an MBA (with merit) and a postgraduate diploma in social research methods (with distinction). His main research interests are meaning of work (MoW),social inequality, agential reflexivity, and habitus. His doctoral study explores the MoW within a postcolonial society – Sri Lanka. This study which develops a new integrated framework to the study of MoW, also extends the applicability of realist reflexive theory and contributes to the ongoing debate ‘can reflexivity and habitus work in tandem’. twitter-512

Norin Arshed

Norin Arshed

Assistant Professor of Management at Heriot-Watt University

Norin Arshed is Programmes Director for Leadership and Organisational Performance suite of MSc programmes in the Department of Business Management at Heriot-Watt University. She is an economist by background with professional experience both in the public and private sectors. Her work concentrates on enterprise policy. In particular, the role and contribution from those closely linked to the formulation process (ministers and civil servants), whilst also examining how enterprise policy is implemented (national, regional and local economic development agencies), and how entrepreneurs/SMEs experience and utilise such policy initiatives. Institutional theory is the theoretical lens used to highlight the dynamics of the enterprise policy process in her work. She is involved with projects and research with numerous stakeholders: the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; numerous prominent think tanks; Rio de Janeiro University, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Japan); Industry Canada and many others. research gate icon

Rebecca Maxwell Stuart

Rebecca Maxwell Stuart

Phd student, School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University

Rebecca Maxwell Stuart is a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University. Her research examines student experiences of Heriot-Watt University’s transnational education initiatives by using action research. Her doctoral studies are being part funded by the University’s Academic Registry as her research will support the Global Student Experience Strategy. Before coming to Heriot-Watt University she was an elected student officer at the University of Strathclyde and she has just graduated from the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Research & Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) which was based in Austria, Finland and China. Rebecca has also been involved in a number of student engagement projects with organisations such as the National Union of Students, QAA Scotland, British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat. research gate icon Google scholar icon twitter-512 academia_edu

Prof. Robert Macintosh

Prof. Robert Macintosh

Head of the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University

Prof. Robert Macintosh trained as an engineer and has researched strategy development and strategic change for twenty years in a range of public, private, family and charitable organizations. He has published extensively in top rank journals including Strategic Management Journal. He sits on the Council of the British Academy of Management, is a board member for the charity Turning Point Scotland and for Heriot-Watt University Malaysia as well as being a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. His latest books include “Strategic Management: strategists at work” published by Palgrave and “Research Methods” (2nd Ed) published by Goodfellow. His status as a shareholder in Aberdeen Football Club demonstrates his sense of optimism. research gate icon Google scholar icon twitter-512

Rodrigo Perez-Vega

Rodrigo Perez-Vega

Assistant Professor in Marketing at Henley Business School

Rodrigo Perez Vega is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the School of Marketing and Reputation at Henley Business School. His research interests are in digital marketing, social media, and online consumer behaviour. Rodrigo received an MRes in Management (2011) by investigating the incidence of positive and negative electronic word-of-mouth on Twitter, he also has an MSc in Strategic Project Management (2010) and a BA Hons in Marketing (2006). Rodrigo’s PhD looked at how the immediacy of a Facebook Fan page affects the level of customer engagement with that page. Before his PhD, Rodrigo had marketing experience in several digital marketing and brand management roles within FMCG and service industries. research gate icon twitter-512 instagram-6-xxl

Ross Curran

Ross Curran

PhD student in the School of Business and Management at Heriot-Watt University

Ross Curran is a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he is an active member of the Intercultural Research Centre. His primary research interests focus on improving volunteer management practises in the third sector, while he has published papers exploring PPT in the developed world, and authenticity consumption at tourist sites in Japan. His PhD thesis is concerned with fostering greater utilisation of the heritage inherent in many third sector organisations. research gate icon

Sean Lochrie

Sean Lochrie

Assistant Professor in Management at Heriot-Watt University

Sean Lochrie is an Assistant Professor in Management at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he is an active member of the Intercultural Research Centre. His primary research interest focuses on the creation of custodianship behaviours within World Heritage Site management. Sean received an MRes in Business and Management (2012) and a BA Hons in Management and Tourism (2011), both from The University of Strathclyde. Recent publications have explored taverns, inns and economic development in the American West, and stewardship in World Heritage Site management. Sean also teaches on the business research methods course in the Department of Business Management at Heriot-Watt University. research gate icon

Stephanie Ashby

Stephanie Ashby

PhD student in the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University

Stephanie (Steff) Ashby is part-time PhD student within the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University.  While in the initial stages of her research, she intends to explore the efficacy of implementing Lean Six Sigma within a Higher Education environment.  Prior to this she attained a BA in Mathematics and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and an MBA from Durham University.   As her ‘day-job’, Stephanie currently works fulltime as an  Admin Officer predominately involved in postgraduate student recruitment also for the School of Management and Languages

Tom Farrington

Tom Farrington

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Management and Organisation at Heriot-Watt University

Thomas Farrington is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Management and Organisation at Heriot-Watt University. His research examines contemporary issues in business and management, with particular emphasis on marketing and cultural authenticity; management practice and business ethics; consumer identity and tourism; colonial legacies and intercultural studies. Thomas has taught at South East European University in Tetovo and at the University of Edinburgh, from which he received his doctorate, and where he was Co-Director of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School. His work has most recently appeared in the Journal of American Studies, Research in Hospitality Management, and the Journal of Marketing Management. research gate icon Google scholar icontwitter-512