Department of Management welcomes new colleagues

Vanessa Beck

Vanessa will be joining the University of Bristol as a Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisation. She has been working at the University of Leicester where she was, most recently, the Co-Director for postgraduate research students in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. She is a member of the current editorial team of the journal Work, Employment and Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is particularly interested in the implications for the management of older workers, the availability of training opportunities for older workers and the use of performance management to ‘manage out’ older workers.

She has also undertaken extensive research into unemployment and redundancy, including into those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and individuals with multiple and complex barriers to employment. She recently completed projects for the European Commission, the UK Government’s Equality Office and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Lloyd Fletcher

Over 30 years in industry and academia, including technical and management positions in the US and UK, Lloyd has been teaching part-time at Bristol for the last few years while studying for his PhD in management. His research interests are in organizational culture and project working, and organizational boundaries. Empirical methods include online and epistolary approaches to narrative inquiry. Areas of teaching interest include project management, strategy, technology management and marketing.

BSc in Physics, University of Leicester, 1984; MS in Electrical Engineering, Penn State, 1986; MBA, Carnegie Mellon, 1992. PhD in Management, University or Bristol, (expected 2017)

Wayne Holland

Wayne is joining the School as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Management. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in Operations Research at Cass Business School, City University of London, where he has worked since 2002. Prior to this he completed his PhD at Cardiff University and held posts at Cardiff, University of Kent and the European Business School, London. For the past three years at Cass, he has also held the position of Programme Director for the Full-Time MBA. In his time at Cass, he has also been Programme Director for BSc Business Studies and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning.

From 2012 – 14 he was a member of the Chartered Association of Business School’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Wayne has taught from first year undergraduate to Executive MBA and Executive Education level in a range of predominantly quantitative disciplines – analytics, business statistics, management science, operations, risk and decision making. He has won awards at Cass for Excellence in Teaching and for Special Contribution to Teaching and Learning. Wayne’s research is in the field of analytical and simulation modelling applied across several domains, including supply chain, operational risk and healthcare. His work has been presented at EurOMA and POMS.

Fu (Jeff) Jia

Jeff is joining us as Reader in Supply Chain Management (SCM). He is a co-founder and director of ‘Business, Nature and Value Research Centre’ affiliated to Exeter, which aims to focus on the relationships between business, nature and value creation. Jeff’s research interests include supply relationship management in a cross cultural context, global sourcing, supply chain learning and innovation and sustainable SCM in agricultural and industrial contexts.

He is a productive author publishing in journals such as International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, International Business Review and International Journal of Logistics Management among others. Jeff is an Associate Editor of Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and a Managing Editor of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR). Prior to his academic career, he had worked in the Third Party Logistics (3PL) sector in Beijing, China. He holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering, China, a MBA from Birmingham Business School, UK and a PhD from Cranfield School of Management, UK.

Agnes Nairn

Agnes is delighted to be joining Bristol as the new Chair of Marketing. She has spent the last two years at Hult International Business School in London as Dean and for a time also as Executive Director. Before that she was Professor of Marketing at EMLyon Business School in France. Since 2006 she has been investigating the relationship between the commercial world and young people’s wellbeing with strong focus on the public policy relevance of rigorous academic research. She has a particular interest in the interface between marketing power and social inequality.

Agnes has been invited to join over 30 international multi-stakeholder projects with public, private and third sector organisations ranging from UNICEF, UN, and the Brazilian Justice Ministry to Unilever, Coca-Cola and Public Health England. Work with the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit led directly to the practice of child peer-to-peer marketing being banned whilst her 2007 work for National Consumer Council is now used on the GCSE Home Economics curriculum. She is also passionate about helping her students have the most positive and enlightening university experience and looks forward to helping to create challenging new Marketing programmes at Bristol. She has two recently-graduated children and likes to run and play golf or the trumpet in her spare time.

Richard Owen

Richard is joining the School from Exeter University Business School where he has been a Professor of Management and held the Chair in Responsible Innovation since 2010. Prior to that he worked at the Policy Studies Institute in London and at the Environment Agency and central government on the risks and governance of innovation and emerging technologies. He led the development of a framework for responsible innovation, working closely with EPSRC and the European Commission to instigate policy in this area over the last 5 years.

He is currently working on an EU project (RRI Practice) which he will bring to Bristol investigating the translation of responsible innovation into institutional practice across Europe. His research interests centre on social and responsible innovation in a broad set of contexts, from financial innovation to climate engineering and increasingly in the so called developing world. Richard has held a number of leadership positions at Exeter, including PGR Director, Associate Dean for Research and most recently Interim Dean.

Harry Pitts

Harry Pitts joins the Department of Management as a Lecturer in August 2017. He currently teaches Global Business Environment there on a part-time basis. Possessing an ESRC-funded PhD in Global Political Economy from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, he has held teaching and research posts at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol; the Department of Arts and Cultural Industries, University of the West of England; and the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

He has also worked in research roles outside academia with organisations including Unite the Union, Creative England, Tower Hamlets Borough Council and Toynbee Hall. Harry’s research takes a critical perspective on the changing world of work, with a specific empirical focus on conflicts and tensions around valuation and measurement in the creative industries. His sceptical contributions to debates around post-capitalism and the possibility of a ‘post-work’ society have been picked up by policymakers in the Labour Party. A monograph exploring these themes, Critiquing Capitalism Today: New Ways to Read Marx is forthcoming with Palgrave late 2017. Originally hailing from Cornwall, Harry currently lives in South Bristol with his partner Laura who is expecting a baby this summer!

Melanie Richards

Dr Melanie Richards is joining the University of Bristol as Lecturer in Management. Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Family Business at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She held a 12 month visiting position at Cass Business School, City University London. Prior to her academic career she worked as a management consultant for PwC in London. Her research focuses on corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship and innovation in family firms and has been published in academic journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice and Journal of Product Innovation Management.

She is an advisory board member of the Annual Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference. Melanie has had the chance to lecture in Switzerland, Italy and the UK and is now very much looking forward to her teaching responsibility in Bristol.

Emma Slade

Emma Slade is joining the University as Lecturer in Management from Swansea University where she is currently Lecturer in Digital Marketing and Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Management. Her research and teaching interests encompass consumer behaviour, digital technology, and sustainability. She has published in several highly-regarded journals including Psychology & Marketing, Computers in Human Behavior, Information Systems Frontiers and Public Management Review.

In 2016 Emma was Programme and Organisation Co-Chair of the 15th IFIP I3E Conference on "Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" and was also selected to participate in the inaugural Digital Economy Crucible. She is passionate about supporting students and is very excited that her first two doctoral candidates will be submitting their theses this summer!

Palie Smart

Palie joins the department as a new professor with research and teaching interests in the fields of innovation and operations management. Current research is focussed on new models of innovation for industrial sustainability in partnership with The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF UK/Europe), The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Accenture Sustainability Consulting and The Academy of Business (ABIS) in Society.

In 2017, she became an appointed member of the UK Innovation Caucus to provide thought leadership to Innovate UK, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She recently led a new research report on Science-based Sustainability Targets with the Co-Chair Barry Sheerman MP of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group. She is keen to support inclusion agendas and led The FTSE 100 Women in Manufacturing EEF Report launched with the former Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Rt Hon. Dr Vincent Cable. Past leadership roles include the Director of the PhD Programme, school representative for REF Strategy Board and Deputy Director of the Innovation Leadership Centre at Cranfield School of Management.

Nikolaos (Niko) Stylos

Nikolaos (Niko) Stylos is joining the department as Senior Lecturer in Marketing with research and teaching interests in consumer behaviour and sustainability marketing. Current research interests centre on tourism destinations & hospitality marketing, use of digital communications in tourists’ decision making processes, and sustainability in tourism & hospitality. Niko has published in various leading journals. He directed the Marketing Science Laboratory at the University of Wolverhampton Business School during the last 3 years, and has also been recognised as a Senior Fellow by the Higher Education Academy.

He has participated in international research consortia as project proposer/investigator and worked on European Commission’s funded research projects. Niko served as a professional management and technical consultant for more than a decade. He has a PhD in Business Administration (Marketing), an M.B.A, a M.Sc. in Mechanical Reliability Engineering and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

Gianluca Veronesi

Gianluca is joining the Department of Management as a new professor with research and teaching interests in the field of healthcare management. Before joining the University of Bristol, he was a member of Leeds University Business School for ten years. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds and, prior to that, he successfully completed a First Class Honours Degree in Law and Economics at the University of Trento (Italy) and a Master in Business Administration with Distinction at Leeds University Business School.

Gianluca has developed a number of postgraduate and executive courses and has held associated programme directorship positions. He also has working experience in the legal and banking sectors. His current research interests are predominantly in the governance of healthcare organisations around issues of board of directors’ role and effectiveness, management structures and functions, clinical leadership and organisational performance. His research has been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Northern Leadership Academy (NLA), the Centre for Innovation in Health and Management (CIHM) and the World University Network (WUN). Gianluca has been a member of the EU Cost Action on medicine and management and is currently involved in a NIHR funded project focused on quality of care and efficiency in care homes. He publishes in leading journals and has presented and discussed his findings with academics, policy makers and practitioners. Gianluca has two children and a lovely wife (in no particular order of importance) and is a keen skier. His claim to fame is having shared a stage with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli. Thankfully he was not asked to sing.

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