John re-joined Manchester Business School (MBS) in 2012, having previously worked at Manchester School of Management, UMIST/MBS from 2003-2005. From 2005-2012 he was at the University of Tasmania, Australia. His time in Tasmania included a period as Head of the School of Management (2009-2011).
His first academic appointments were at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (1999-2003), where he held a series of research positions, including a competitively-awarded ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Whilst at MMU, he completed a doctorate in retail marketing part-time and also co-authored a successful bid for funding from the European Social Fund’s EQUAL programme (value £2.3m).
John has extensive experience of teaching and learning, research, consultancy and administration in Business School settings. Much of his work in recent years has been in aspects of international and transnational education: including programme leadership and administration, quality assurance, external examining, and marketing and student recruitment. He has participated in programme validations and/or quality assurance exercises in the UK, Egypt, Kuwait, Singapore, Brazil and Uzbekistan. He has taught in various locations across the UK, Australasia, East and South East Asia, the Middle East and North America.
John is also Programme Director of the School’s BSc (Hons) Management degree which is delivered in Singapore in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). As MBS’s Academic International Coordinator from 2012-2016, John was responsible for the School’s undergraduate international activities, including articulation agreements and new programme development.
Reflecting his academic background in geography and marketing, John’s research interests are concerned with the relationships that exist between organisations/consumers and their broader environments. The context for much of this research has been the retail sector and includes studies of locational planning, independent retailing and retail history.
He has published over 25 refereed journal articles and numerous conference papers and book chapters. His work has appeared in Advances in Consumer Research, Cities, European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Market Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development and The Service Industries Journal, amongst others. From its foundation in 2008 until 2015 he was Academic Editor of the Journal of Place Management and Development, which is ranked in the top quartile for Business and International Management; Urban Studies; Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; and Geography, Planning and Development in the SCImago Journal Rankings.
Further details of John's publications and citations are available on his Google Scholar page.
Administration and Consultancy
John has extensive experience of administration in higher education: as Programme Director, Graduate Research Coordinator, MBA Project Moderator, Deputy Head/Head of School and Associate Dean, amongst other roles.
In addition, John has undertaken research and consultancy projects for a variety of public, private and third sector organisations. Clients have included Bury Metropolitan Borough Council, Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre, P&O Shopping Centres, Skillsmart Retail, the Tasmanian Ambulance Service and the Toyota Motor Corporation. He is currently (2014-2016) working on a project for the Churches Conservation Trust (with Profs Dominic Medway and Gary Warnaby, MMU) exploring aspects of marketing strategy and visitor engagement.
John’s interest in, and engagement with, pedagogical issues stems from his initial involvement taking seminar groups whilst in the first year of his PhD. Subsequent to that, he was an early member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (now the Higher Education Academy, of which he is a Fellow) and then gained teaching qualifications from the Open University and the University of Tasmania.
John’s teaching interests lie mainly in the areas of principles of marketing, marketing communications and retail marketing. He has significant experience of teaching at all levels from first year undergraduate to PhD, as well as on executive education programmes for major organisations such as J Sainsbury and B&Q. In addition to teaching marketing on the School’s undergraduate programme in Singapore, he has also taught at six of MBS’s Global MBA Centres.
John has taught research methodology to both undergraduates and postgraduates. For his work in developing the teaching of research methods at the University of Tasmania, he received the Faculty of Business Teaching Award. He has supervised several PhD candidates to successful completion, as well as numerous MSc dissertations and MBA final projects.