Dr Adrian Nelson

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Position: Lecturer
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy
 

Biography

Adrian is a lecturer in management research with the Health Group, and has worked in the field of management research and consultancy for over 27 years. He is a member of the British Psychological Society Organisational Psychology Division, a graduate of the Tavistock Institute Advanced Organisational Consultancy programme and one of the founding members of the Revans Academy for Action Learning and Research at AMBS. His interests include employee wellbeing, leadership, organisational change and development, employee survey design and the evaluation of training and development programmes. His teaching includes the role of Cohort Director on the NHS Leadership Academy’s Elisabeth Garrett Anderson programme and cohort tutor on the Global MBA (Singapore). He lectures at post-graduate level on leadership and organisational behaviour and research methods and particularly enjoys supervision of doctoral students.
He is currently working on a range of projects including an evaluation of the NHS Leadership Academy’s Leadership development programme (Intersect) and working with an NHS mental health trust to develop their evaluation capacity. Previous projects have included an evaluation of the Health Trainer Service in the North West of England, a study of the impact of social movements in UK healthcare and a formative evaluation of innovation in public health. He has also conducted projects in the areas health inequalities the impact of organisational development on local authority performance in the North West of England.
Before coming to AMBS in 2007, he worked as a freelance research consultant working with the Organisational Capability Centre of Expertise of the UK Department for Work and Pensions, advising on organisational communication, the ageing workforce and leadership issues. Prior to this he worked as a senior research consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, where he managed a range of large-scale research and evaluation projects, holding contracts with the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the European Commission, the Community Fund and the British Heart Foundation. Adrian has particular expertise in the areas of leadership and organisational change, employee well-being and the design and delivery of complex longitudinal research and evaluation programmes.

Research Interests

Adrian's main areas of expertise revolve around helping organisations manage complex change processes through the rigorous application of organisational theory and methodologies. He has particular expertise in the design and delivery of complex longitudinal research and evaluation programmes. He has worked in the areas of large-scale organisational change, job stress and well-being, job design, work-life-balance, staff appraisal and the evaluation of training and development programmes.

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2016

  • Boyd, A., Nelson, A., & Shawhan, K. (2016). Evaluation of the NHS Leadership Academy Intersect systems leadership programme: Post-programme Evaluation Report. Manchester: Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester.. Publication link: f4d14a4a-e574-40b7-a9ca-d285c29154d3

2013

  • Nelson, A., & Askew, A. N. A. B. R. (2013). An Evaluation of the Bolton Health Trainer Service. UK: National Institute for Health Research CLAHRC for Greater Manchester.. Publication link: e689b941-1dbe-4257-aaa0-08b3a9a26827
  • Boyd, A., Burnes, B., Clark, E., & Nelson, A. (2013). Mobilising and Organising for Large Scale Change in Healthcare. UK: NHS Improving Quality.. Publication link: da5d3819-812c-4103-a057-7f2ff15ef7fb

2012

  • Boyd, A., Boyette, N., Fang, H., & Nelson, A. (2012). Smarter financial management - An answer to the missing link between key performance indicators and budgeting decisions for smarter cities. Annual SRII Global Conference, SRII, 608-613. [6311044]. DOI: 10.1109/SRII.2012.119. Publication link: dfb724e4-9cf3-4476-81b5-d7a9b1059c04
  • Nelson, A., Brookes, S., & Reid, L. (2012). Evaluating Public Leadership. United Kingdom Evaluation Society Conference, Birmingham, .. Publication link: e3dbf0be-7365-4843-b0cb-25dcb2ad674d
  • Kislov, R., Nelson, A., de Normanville, C., Kelly, M. P., & Payne, K. (2012). Work redesign and health promotion in healthcare organisations: A review of the literature. University of Manchester.. Publication link: 6384914d-e782-4121-8ecb-779f5120d02c
  • Nelson, A., Kislov, R., de Normanville, C., Kelly, M. P., & Payne, K. (2012). Work redesign and health promotion in healthcare organisations: A review of the literature. No publisher name.. Publication link: 912efa69-42cb-4d68-888c-05432676e111

2011

  • Brookes, S., & Nelson, A. (2011). Public Governance through Partnerships: Developing Values and Behaviours from the Bottom Up. In host publication.. Publication link: cba25d41-40be-4bfb-a126-5211c896b726

2009

  • Boyd, A., & Nelson, A. (2009). Learning from and about Improvement in Local Government in the North West. How do local authorities bring about improvements in performance? Strand 2 Final Report. Manchester: Manchester Business School and North West Improvement Network.. Publication link: ed267e79-1c59-40ab-b412-07715931bd9d
  • Nelson, A., & Boyd, A. A. N. (2009). How do local authorities bring about improvements in performance? Briefing Paper 3: ?Achieving excellence - what the excellent say? Manchester: Manchester Business School and North West Improvement Network.. Publication link: ebd3927e-2590-47c4-b404-ecdd3fd84834