I have worked in academia for 13 years following a career working with small and medium-sized (SME) businesses, both in a management role and as an adviser. I have a personal interest in working in ways that develop criticality and recognise the complexity of the social situations from which businesses and business problems emerge.
Why do I teach?
I love encouraging others to develop their own understanding of the world, to introduce them to different perspectives, and to challenge and open minds to new ways of working. As a mature student myself I particularly enjoy working with executive students who are working full time while studying and supporting them to bring about change and opportunity in their working environments.
Words of wisdom
“… mess is the material from which life and creativity are built …” Ralph Stacey
How I’ll teach you
By creating an environment where learning is co-created and we can all learn through exploration of the tensions between theory and practice.
Academic and professional qualifications
May 2018 – University of Hertfordshire PhD Sustaining reflective conversation: a narrative exploration of advising and learning with small business entrepreneurs
June 2010 – University of Hertfordshire CPAD Diploma Learning and Teaching in HE
November 2007 – Manchester Metropolitan University MRes Master of Research in Management and Business
December 2003 - Open University BSc (Hons) Technology & Business Management (1:1)
December 2002 - Open University Diploma in Systems Pract.
September 2009 – June 2019 University of Hertfordshire
March 2003 - August 2009 Business Link Adviser (Business Link East/Hertfordshire)
Other academic service (administration and management)
University of Hertfordshire: Director of Centre for Executive Leadership (CExL) and Principal Lecturer
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Business and Corporate Strategy ?
Teaching strategy, particularly to those in full time management roles, is a dynamic and rich learning experience where sharing and learning from experience creates opportunities for theory and practice to be explored together. Strategy offers a set of thinking tools rather than formulaic solutions. It gives students the chance to find their voice by exploring possible future action through an increased awareness of stakeholders and different perspectives that develops informed decision-making.
Over many years I have taught large cohorts of business and management students exploring business and corporate strategy and contemporary issues in business and management.
My expertise has been developed in teaching Managing Strategy, Developing as a Strategic Leader, Complexity Perspectives on Leadership and Change, and currently working with the Masters Business Portfolio
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
I have supervised many postgraduate dissertations related to business and management topics
I have examined a Doctor of Management thesis for the University of Hertfordshire DMan programme
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
R. Andrews Radically Reflexive Narrative: advising conversation as the co-construction of strategic space. Newcastle, 6/11/2019.
R. Andrews Developing Business Support Services: focusing of the ‘how’ rather than the ‘what’. Sheffield, 6/11/2019.
R. Andrews Thinking about thinking: reflexivity as evolving practice for personal and business development. Paris, 26/10/2016.
R. Andrews Fifty Shades of Change: Managing Hyper-Growth Tensions in Online Environments. Glasgow, 4/11/2015.
R. Andrews, R. Bhowmick Adviser, Coach, Mentor or Facilitator? Ambiguity in Supporting High Growth Businesses. Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, 6/11/2013.
R. Andrews Business Planning as Complex Responsive Processes: A case study approach. Dublin, 7/11/2012.
R. Andrews The Changing Role of the Business Link Adviser: Understanding the Challenges. London, 4/11/2010.
R. Andrews Transformational Conversations: Business Advice from a Complex Responsive Process Perspective. Liverpool, 4/11/2009.
R. Andrews, J. Rouse, O. Jones Imagining Support for Small Firms as Complex Adaptive Systems. Belfast, 5/11/2008.
R. Andrews Small firms as Complex Adaptive Systems: the case of MSB Ltd. Harrogate, 17/9/2008.
R. Andrews, J. Rouse Integrating New Business Practices into SMEs: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers. 3/11/2005.