Mark joined MMU in September 2013, having previously taught at the University of Chester. He has more than 20 years' management experience in both public and private sectors, and studied at LJMU and the University of Liverpool before gaining his PhD in cognitive psychology at the University of Chester. He is currently studying for an MA in academic practice here at MMU. In addition to his role at MMU, Mark is also a school governor and is an external examiner at the University of South Wales.
Other academic service (administration and management)
Level 6 Year Tutor (Business Management) Unit leader for Business Project: Consultancy (Level 6), Investigating Business Practice (Level 7); Motivating and Managing Teams (Level 7) Lectures and tutorials for Global Strategy (Level 6), Organisational Renewal and Change (Level 7) Supervision of U/G and P/G dissertations PhD supervision NSS champion for Business Management Psychology at Work research cluster (part of the Centre for People and Performance)
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Mark’s research interests are primarily centred around decision-making, and in particular, in the area of cognitive heuristics. Topics of interest include identification of the underlying processes of heuristic decision-making; the role of System 1 and System 2; the relationship between heuristics and personality type; the relationship between heuristics and work environment; and exploring possible links between Jung’s collective unconscious and heuristics.
M. Crowder (2015). Public procurement: the role of cognitive heuristics. Public Money and Management. 35(2), pp.127-134.
M. Crowder (2013). Quality standards: integration within a bereavement environment. The TQM Journal. 25(1), pp.18-28.
MM. Helms, M. Crowder (1994). A Comparative Research on International Executive Compensation. Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal. 1(2), pp.22-28.
Chapters in books
M. Crowder, V. Sheppard (Editor) (2013). Decision-making: two schools of thought or one?. In: SPARC 12 Proceedings. Lulu.com,
M. Crowder, M. Antoniadou (2016). Recruitment and Selection of Year Tutors: A Case Study. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom, 8/6/2016.
C. Shephard, M. Crowder (2015). Typical Lawyer! Clones, clients and fitness for purpose in times of change. In: University of Birmingham CEPLER working paper series. University of Birmingham, 29/6/2015.
M. Crowder Decision-Making: Two Schools of Thought or One?. University of Salford, Salford, UK, 1/1/2013. pp.47-63.
M. Crowder Decision Making in the Workplace. University of Chester, Chester, UK, 19/5/2011.
M. Crowder Quality Management in the Bereavement Sector: Is it a Good Thing?. Liverpool, UK, 1/9/2009.
M. Crowder ISO 14001 in the Public Sector. Liverpool, United Kingdom, 1/1/2008.
M. Crowder Integration of Management Standards. Liverpool, UK, 1/1/2008.
M. Crowder, T. Proctor Fayol Revisited: Did Fayol Give Us Management As We Would All Like It To Be?. Warwick Business School, UK, 11/9/2007.