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Inaugural Lecture:Prof Steve Armstrong

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Re-thinking Management Education: From cognition, to action, to learning.

The lecture will be presented in two parts.
Part I begins with an introduction to cognitive style, a psychological construct from within the domain of individual differences psychology.
This will be discussed briefly in relation to its importance for the field of business and
management and introduces the audience to much of my previous research in the field.
I will then describe the findings of a small project that was published several years ago which focused on a micro aspect of management education.
This touches on the ‘Cognition’ part of my speech title and has some bearing on Part II of
my talk where I will focus on more macro aspects of management education; covering the ‘Action’ and ‘Learning’ elements of my speech title.
This second part is more oriented towards the future and explores the reasons why some of the leading thinkers in the field are calling for Business Schools to radically re-think the whole of their management education provision.
It begins by considering the historical context of Business Schools and the ways in which management education has evolved (generally for the worse). This is followed by an evaluation of the state of management education today. Its relevance is challenged and various connections are questioned, for example, between theory & practice, management education & career success, and scholarship & management practice.
Drawing on theories associated with learning, knowledge, and achievement, the lecture then moves on to argue for doing radically different things in the medium term, and for completely re-thinking the management education provision in the longer term.

BIO

Steven Armstrong is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour in Lincoln International Business School. Steve previously spent 15 years at the leading edge of research, design and development within the electronics industry where he was a chartered engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and R&D manager responsible for new product developments.

He moved into management education in the UK Higher Education sector in 1993 and soon became the recipient of a Teaching Fellowship for innovations in curriculum development, learning and teaching. Shortly afterwards he completed a PhD in organisational behaviour and since then he has organised 14 international events including 10 major conferences, presented more than 50 conference papers, edited 4 books, co-edited 8 books of conference proceedings, and authored over 50 peer reviewed journal articles/book chapters. He served a five-year term of office as a council member of the British Academy of Management and a further five-year term of office within the US Academy of Management - leading to the position of President of the Management Education and Development Division. Steven also co-founded the European Learning Styles Information Network (ELSIN) in 1996, serving as vice president. He has served in a number of editorial roles including a Chief Editor of the International Journal of Management Reviews, a 5-year term of office as Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Learning & Education Journal, and consulting editor on a number of other notable journals. Prior to joining the University of Lincoln he was Professor of Organisational Behaviour with Hull University Business School where he served in a number of roles including Director of Research and Director of MBA and DBA programmes.

Steven has a strong international focus evidenced by links with institutions across most major continents, and successes in developing a number of international partnerships. RESEARCH INTERESTS: Steven’s research interests lie in the field of individual differences psychology and person-environment fit. He is particularly interested in how differences in cognitive style (defined as characteristic and consistent approaches to the way individuals perceive, organise, evaluate and process information) affect the way individuals relate to one another, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate ideas in the workplace.

He is also interested in how learning styles (defined as peoples consistent ways of responding to and using stimuli in the context of learning) affect knowledge acquisition in the context of management learning. Outcomes investigated in the field of organisation behaviour at the workplace include leader-member exchange, mentoring relationships, gender effects, behaviour in self-managing work-teams, entrepreneurship, career development, acquisition of managerial tacit knowledge, creativity and conflict, organisational commitment, expatriate management learning in cross-cultural contexts, and organisational citizenship behaviours. Outcomes investigated in the context of management learning and education include student performance, student-supervisor relationships, and quality of research supervision. PhD SUPERVISION: Steve has supervised twenty-three PhD students to completion and examined sixteen others. He would be interested in hearing from other potential PhD students interested in any of the above, or related topics.

Subject Specialism

Teaching interests include: Research methods; Generic skills in management research; Leadership & change management; Organisational behaviour & development; Innovation and R&D management; Work & organisational psychology

Qualifications

  • PhD — 1999
  • Postgraduate certificate in Higher Education — 1995
  • MBA — 1992
  • BSc (Electronic Engineering) — 1979

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