Prof. James Fleck

Honorary Professor
Technology Development, Innovation and Enterprise,
The University of Edinburgh Business School

Editor-in Chief
Technology Analysis & Strategic Management

Career History

►Professor of Innovation Dynamics at the Open University Business School, Jan 2005 to October 2013.

►Dean at The Open University Business School, Jan. 2005 to December 2011.

►Visiting Professor: University of Edinburgh, from Jan. 2005 to December 2011.

►Head of Subject Group: Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UEMS). 2004

►Head of Subject Group: Marketing, Strategy and Innovation (UEMS). 2003-4

►Director: University of Edinburgh Management School UEMS 1996-99

►Professor: “The Organisation of Industry and Commerce”. 1996-2004

►Computer Programmer: CAP Limited, London. 1976-76

►Private Maths.Tutor: Edinburgh. 1975-76

►Engineer: Transportation Foreman: MK-Shand of Invergorden (oilrelated industry). 1974-75

Education Experience and Achievements

►Member (and Chair) of AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB panels for the accreditation of Business Schools both internationally and nationally.

►Mentor for an Australian School which successfully achieved AACSB accreditation in 2016.

►Member (and chair) of OU Validation Services panels for UK and international institutions.

►Hosted & organised the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) annual conference in Edinburgh 1999.

►Secured a major donation of $500K from Ford Motor Company, via its Chairman, Lord Trotman, to improve internal facilities for the Management School at Edinburgh in 1999, developing an ‘Electronic Portal’: MIRACLE (Management Information and Research Access Centre and Learning Environment).

►As Deputy Director of OPTIMA, currently developing a programme for providing optical medical imaging science PhD students with a grounding in innovation and entrepreneurship, in order to address the translation problem (the gap between research and application: from the laboratory to the bedside).

►Initiated the development of a major new e-learning MBA programme, building on research interests in innovation and technology implementation, as well as experience in management education in order to extend Edinburgh’s portfolio and international exposure.

►Led the development of innovative project-based Edinburgh courses—some 10 in all—in operations, technology (including IT) and innovation at all levels from first year to masters, from 1986 to 2004.

►Extensive external examining and assessment experience at UG, Masters, PhD & general school levels, including Birmingham; Brunel; LSE; Newcastle; OU; Southampton; Sussex; Trinity College Dublin; UMIST and Lyons II, France.

►Developed a distinctive pedagogic philosophy based on action learning for management education, through research and teaching trials including e-learning methods.

►PhD Supervisor for Paul Drayson, now Lord Drayson, and formerly Minister for Science and Innovation in BIS in the Blair and Brown Labour government.