I am a Reader in Transformational Change, and Founder/Director of The TRANSFORMATION Project (www.thetransformationproject.co.uk), Aston Business School, UK. My research interests focus on understanding change from a multi-disciplinary perspective (institutional, biological and historical). I am on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Complex Governance Networks and Asia Pacific Journal of Business Administration, and Review Editor, Frontiers in Psychology, section Educational Psychology. I publish in leading management and organization journals (British Journal of Management, Human Relations, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly and Organization Science - all rated 4* [out of 4*] internationally excellent). I have co-edited three books (the most recent, the CIPD’s Introduction to Organisational Behaviour). My engaged scholarship (funded to c£1.5m) has been recognized (CMI and ESRC), and the OECD used my research to evaluate international policy implementation. An ERDF project facilitated measurable growth across 38 SMEs.
Role: Work & Org Psychology Business Partnership and Community Engagement Convenor Position: Reader in Transformational Change Phone: +44(0)121 204 3053 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Room: SW8023 LinkedIn profile CV
Awards and Prizes
The main focus of my research is change management and transformation, specifically, adapting promising management practices to enhance performance across varied organisational contexts, contributing to ideas about:
A new research theme understands cycles of transformation over deep time through:
Underpinning change are strategic decision-making processes influenced by our human nature. These deep processes reveal the biological underpinnings of organisational behaviour, investigated through:
Research Funding (from 2010)
Future PhD Students and Researchers
I am continuously recruiting excellently qualified, highly motivated and globally–oriented PhD students and researchers with, preferably, some practice experience, who can contribute to my research agenda in transformation, especially The TRANSFORMATION Project
Current Research Students (PhD and DBA)
Examinations: 4 as either External/Internal Examiner, and 2 Chair of Panel
Policy and Advice
Publications and Awards/Prizes
Journal Articles (from 2010)
Book Chapters (from 2010)
Official Reports (from 2010)
In 2013, the ESRC clearly identified the impact of The TRANSFORMATION Project
Between 2013 and 2015, the Transformation for Growth Project, a partnership with Birmingham City Council and part-financed by the West Midlands European Regional Development Fund Programme (ERDF) (£479,276), achieved the following impact
Michael believes in evidence-based transformational change. As an academic, uniquely, this means that he is continuously researching contemporary issues faced by organisations, and then, crucially, transferring this knowledge through Aston’s and his enterprise network.
See his proven track record in private and public sector transformations and project change: www.thetransformationproject.co.uk. There is a knowledge bank of practical resources created with project partners to help you: unique toolsets, case studies, and creative videos.
For current applications in the voluntary sector through the Citizenship Committee, please see The Birmingham Civic Society where he is a Trustee. The society is a regional prestigious institution, with national links, celebrating its centenary in 2018!