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Five minutes with Dr Joe O'Mahoney

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Until 2003, Dr Joe O'Mahoney was based in the consulting industry where he specialised in change management and undertook process re-engineering, culture change, IT implementation and strategy work for BAE Systems, Barclays, Energis and the Bank of Scotland.

Dr O'Mahoney is now a Reader in our Management, Employment and Organisation section.

Joe O'Mahoney
Professor Joe O'Mahoney

How would you describe yourself in a sentence?

Waiting for Godot.

(Alternatively: a rather impatient 41 year old hoping to better understand the way the world works)

You started off as a historian and spent time in the private world before returning to academia. What made you change careers – twice?

Growing up I wanted to be Indiana Jones, but no-one was hiring! I thought that if I changed to a business PhD employers might be more interested.

I went into consultancy because it's the best career for learning quickly about all aspects of business – and I believe students appreciate the real world experience it has provided. I left consultancy because I missed tackling those big questions about life, reading books, researching and staying in one place for more than six months.

What is your research about?

I'm very ecumenical in my tastes. At the moment, I'm writing about how strategists innovate; how culture influences purchasing; how consultancies deploy power; how animals can be conceptualised in organisations; and why philosophy is important for managers.

My teaching focuses on innovation and management consultancy.

How can we learn how to innovate?

Two things. First, we need the organisational space and support to do so. This means encouragement, training, space and clear goals from the top.

Second, we need to practice so that innovation becomes instinctive.

What secret skills do you have?

I am a mediocre boxer and play rhythm guitar in a gypsy-jazz band. I also have a food blog, and make a mean espresso martini!