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Professor Robert Morgan

Professor Robert Morgan

Sir Julian Hodge Chair and Professor of Marketing & Strategy

Cardiff Business School

Email
morganre@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0001
Campuses
Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Welsh speaking
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

My passion is ideas—developing, sharing, challenging, improving, and critically examining them. I have been a Full Professor for over twenty years and specialize at the nexus between strategic management and marketing with research expertise in product and process innovation. Having delivered classes, lectures, and research insights on five continents, Cardiff is home. Colleagues, faculty, students, and the partners we work with here sustain my curiosity, share my passion for challenging existing ideas and generating new ones, and are eager to develop themselves and their organizations. All this with a sense of groundedness, purpose, and public value.

I hold the Sir Julian Hodge Chair and serve as Professor of Marketing & Strategy in the Marketing and Strategy Section at the School where I co-direct the Research, Innovation, and Engagement portfolio. Following a management first degree, I joined the international electronics industry later returning to study for a PhD in global market entry strategy. Receiving post-doctoral training at INSEAD, France, and the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School, USA, I developed an academic career. In addition, I am Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School. 

I have published over two hundred scholarly papers, management articles, books, company cases, and thought leadership white papers for corporations and consulting firms. By way of recognition, I have received research, teaching, and education awards awards from the American Marketing Association, Strategic Management Society, Chartered Management Institute, and the Academy of Marketing. My published work has been cited on more than 10,000 occasions generating a Google h-index of 47 and an i10-index of 76.

Biography

Following a management first degree, I joined the international electronics industry later returning to study for a PhD in global market entry strategy. Receiving post-doctoral training at INSEAD, France, and the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School, USA, I developed an academic career - and love it! I currently co-direct the Research, Innovation, and Engagement portfolio in the Marketing & Strategy Section of the School. In addition, I am Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School. 

Within University administration, I have been appointed to a series of senior roles including Vice Dean, Senate Member, Department Chair, and Departmental Advisory Board Chair. In leadership terms, I was instrumental in building a team that was recognized recently as exhibiting the Marketing Department with the greatest research impact across all universities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, and the USA (see * below). I also chair the International Advisory Board at Copenhagen Business School and am a Strategic Advisory Board Member at The University of Split.

I am actively engaged in executive education and consulting and my client list includes: Barclays Bank, BBC, Bisley, British Council, BT, Dell Technologies, Deloitte, KPN, PWC, and Siemens as well as regional organizations including Acuity Legal, Hugh James, Julian Hodge Bank, and Welsh Water.

* Cardiff Business School scores Global No.1 for research impact of its Marketing Professors. A recently published Australian-based study assessed the rankings based on a consolidated h-index and g-index of publication impact by citation. The research considered the output of 2,263 marketing professors in the top 500 research universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities based in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, UK and the USA. Citation: “Research performance of marketing academics and departments: An international comparison” by Geoffrey Soutar, Ian Wilkinson, and Louise Young, Australasian Journal of Marketing, 2015, 23:155-161. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ausmj.2015.04.001

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Teaching

I currently deliver and coordinate teaching on various postgraduate (MSc, MBA, PhD) and executive programs. My primary teaching includes:

  • Strategic Management (BST606): Executive MBA
  • Strategic Planning & Innovation (BST680): National Health Service Healthcare Planning Diploma/MSc
  • Project supervision: MSc Business Strategy & Entreprenurship
  • Project supervision: MSc Strategic Marketing
  • Dissertation supervision: Executive MBA
  • Dissertation supervision: Social Science Research Methods MSc
  • Doctoral dissertation committee supervisory roles
  • ExecEd: Executive Education delivery on a series of customized and open programs to clients from SMEs to trans-global corporation including LBA devoted to Accelerating Innovation, Business Development, Innovation and Creativity, Managing Strategy, Strategic Decision Making for Agile Management and Reconciling Performance Imperatives.

I am External Examiner to the Department of Marketing at London Business School with repsonsibility for scrutiny of the MBA and Executive MBA delivery, assessment, and awards.

I have held External Examiner appointments at many UK Schools including: Aston, Bath, Cambridge, City, Cranfield, Durham, Edinburgh, Lancaster, Leeds, Loughborough, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Stirling, Warwick as well as several in the USA (e.g., Hult International Business School), Europe (e.g., Erasmus-Rotterdam; ALBA-Athens; WU-Vienna; Corvinus-Budapest), and Oceana (RMIT-Melbourne; Wollongong-Sydney). 

Recent credits:

"Rob really made us think differently. Superb, thought provoking, extremely insightful". Claire Vyvyan, Senior Vice President, Dell Technologies Inc.

"Rob is a strategist’s strategist nonpareil who seamlessly blends academic rigor with practical, value-adding, strategic insight in all his work. He is an outstanding speaker and when confronted with a business strategy challenge, I would recommend Rob without hesitation". Dr Llyr Jones, former Senior Vice President (Americas) and Head of Group Strategy, BAE Systems plc.

"Any student and aspiring future business leader would be lucky to have Rob as a professor and mentor, and I am personally very grateful for all the time and energy he put into his work. This definitely helped me in achieving my ambitions and driving towards future aspirations". Victoria Vorobyova, Chevening Scholar and Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

"Rob is a fantastically engaging lecturer with a clear passion for strategy. A brilliant communicator with an inclusive style. Casework was interesting, relevant, and valuable to demonstrate the theory. He’s amazing!!" Anon 2020.

"Rob is an electric lecturer with a good sense of humor which compliments retention and learning. His passion really shines through and is appreciated - his mastery of his subject area is consistently apparent". Anon 2020.

My research focuses on the following topics:

  • Organizational capabilities to deliver customer value
  • Innovation, new product development, and commercialization
  • Marketing strategy processes
  • Boards of Directors and Top Management Teams
  • Strategic management priority setting

I have published widely on these topics in academic journals as well as in thought leadership white papers and management articles. As an example, my research has appeared in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Long Range Planning, Journal of International Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Reviews among others. 

My research philosophy centers on five key dimensions:

  • Quality: consistently producing rigorous original research and targeting leading and highly regarded international journals in the field;
  • Relevance: engaging in research work that is interesting, pertinent, and meaningful to managers and researchers with clear implications for practice;
  • Collaboration: promoting partnerships with individuals possessing complementary research capabilities, skills, and knowledge to enhance my self-development, as well as, contribute to the development of others;
  • Dissemination: sharing research findings widely in academic and practitioner communities by presenting results in conferences, lectures, and social media outlets; and,
  • Impact: helping business managers, public policymakers and society engage in research-informed changes to make a positive difference in their line of work.

In my experience, these five dimensions are important in producing and disseminating new knowledge in a relevant, rigorous, and impactful way.

My research has been funded by corporations as well as the following major sponsors:

  • British Academy
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (UK Government)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Environment Agency
  • European Commission
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK Government)
  • HM Treasury (UK Government)
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Quebec Government
  • Strategy Research Foundation (Strategic Management Society)
  • Welsh Government

Supervision

I welcome receiving PhD applications by proposal with a supporting resume from enthusiastic and capable students interested in my research areas of specialty. In addition, I particularly encourage students to contact me where they are methodologically trained in statistics or econometrics and are seeking to potentially use secondary data sources to construct and analyze panel data or big data using artifical intelligence or machine-learning approaches to assess topics within the strategic management, marketing strategy, or innovation fields.

I have supervised several hundred Master-level thesis and dissertation students to date and have also been first supervisor (doctoral committee chair) to over 20 successfully completed PhD students, many of whom have reached Full Professor appointments in academia and Director/Senior Vice President level in corporations.

"I owe my own career positions as Global CMO, VP Marketing, and Senior Director for some of the world’s largest brands (Microsoft, Dell, Siemens, British Telecom, NCR) to Professor Morgan who has helped me, over the last twenty years, to make a difference to my approach and thinking. He has been instrumental in my commercial development and his counsel has led to the achievement of strong commercial returns for the technology businesses that I have represented". Dr. Gopal Kutwaroo, Vice President Marketing, The Lego Group (former doctoral student).

My research philosophy centres on five key dimensions:

  • Quality: consistently producing rigorous original research and targeting leading and highly regarded international journals in the field;
  • Relevance: engaging in research work that is interesting, pertinent, and meaningful to managers and researchers with clear implications for practice;
  • Collaboration: promoting partnerships with individuals possessing complementary research capabilities, skills, and knowledge to enhance my self-development, as well as, contribute to the development of others;
  • Dissemination: sharing research findings widely in academic and practitioner communities by presenting results in conferences, lectures, and social media outlets; and,
  • Impact: helping business managers, public policymakers and society engage in research-informed changes to make a positive difference in their line of work.

In my experience, these five dimensions are important in producing and disseminating new knowledge in a relevant, rigorous and impactful way. If these dimensions align with your own, and you are interested to develop your research within my area of expertise, please contact me with your research proposal.