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Professor Timothy Clark

BA, PhD

Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Social Sciences and Health)

In the last fifteen years Timothy has conducted a series of research projects into different aspects of the management consultancy industry, including; the factors underpinning the selection and purchase of consultancy; the management of the client-consultant relationship; the role of consultants and management gurus in the diffusion of management ideas.

Biography

In the last fifteen years Timothy has conducted a series of research projects into different aspects of the management consultancy industry, including; the factors underpinning the selection and purchase of consultancy; the management of the client-consultant relationship; the role of consultants and management gurus in the diffusion of management ideas. The latter work focused on understanding the intricacies of how management gurus communicate their ideas to live audiences. In recent years he has extended this work to examine leadership oratory and how followers construct their impressions of leaders. These projects have been funded by ESRC, EU, The Wellcome Trust, industry bodies and consulting firms. The findings from these programmes of research have resulted in a number of influential articles in leading international journals and research monographs, the most recent of which are Management Speak (with David Greatbatch), Management Consultancy: Boundaries and Knowledge in Action (with Andrew Sturdy, Karen Handley and Robin Fincham) and Demystifying Business Celebrity (with Eric Guthey and Brad Jackson). In addition he has co-edited several major research collections on the work of management consultants the most recent of which are The Oxford Handbook of Management Consulting (with Matthias Kipping) and Management Consulting - Volumes 1 and 2 (with Stephanos Avakian)

He is currently working on an interdisciplinary project as part of a broader five-year research initiative on Tipping Points funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

He was an editor of Journal of Management Studies (2000-2008) and is a European Editor of Journal of Management Inquiry and sits on the Editorial Boards of British Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Professions and Organization, Leadership, and Management Communication Quarterly. He is Past Chair (2009) and President (2011) of the British Academy of Management. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and British Academy of Management. Tim was made an inaugural Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consultancy Institutes in 2013. 

Timothy was Vice Chair of the ESRC’s Training & Skills Committee (2010-15) and in 2014 was appointed Register of Auditors of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Council as an International Reviewer.

Research Interests

  • selection and purchase of consultancy
  • management of the client-consultant relationship
  • role of consultants and management gurus

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Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Social Sciences and Health)
+44 191 3342904