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Professor Tim Edwards

Professor Tim Edwards

Pro-Dean for Research, Impact and Innovation
Head of Section (Management, Employment and Organisation)
Professor of Organisation and Innovation Analysis

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 2087 6385
Room D09b, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Tim Edwards joined Cardiff Business School in 1999 before receiving a Personal Chair in 2016. He is the Business School’s Pro-Dean for Research, Impact and Innovation and Head of the Management, Employment and Organisation Section. His research expertise is in organisational theory with an interest in critical realism, which has been applied to empirical studies examining institutional change, organising, innovation and entrepreneurship. He regularly publishes in world-leading journals including, Human Relations, Organisation Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Organisation, Journal of Management Inquiry and Management Learning.

Tim is committed to the advance of social sciences; he has been an Associate Editor for two major journals including Organisation (2014-2021) and International Journal of Management Reviews (2013-2019) and he is currently on the Editorial Board for Organisation Studies, Scandinavian Journal of Management and The Journal for Responsible Technology. Tim is the lead academic for Cardiff University’s involvement with the Aspect network, which is a growing network of organisations working to support innovation, entrepreneurship and research commercialisation in social sciences. Tim also plays an important role in supporting research in the natural sciences and is a member of Cardiff University’s EPSRC Impact Accelerator Account Panel.

Tim has also made a number of notable contributions to Cardiff University’s academic outreach. He has since 2017, worked with the Welsh Refugee Council and more recently the Homeless World Cup Legacy Team to develop learning material targeting refugees and the most deprived members of the Cardiff community. This work, which has been delivered with the support of the student society Enactus has received a number of awards. Tim is also a Public Value Fellow for the Business School and has been involved in work with young women from West Cardiff Community High School, Ely in developing education opportunities focusing on entrepreneurship and climate change. This has led to new partnerships with not-for-profit organisations and projects with the Sustainable Places Research Institute, National Software Academy and the school of Earth and Environment Sciences. He is also a permanent member of Welsh Government’s expert panel, supporting women entrepreneurs in Wales. Finally, Tim is an external examiner for the executive MBA at Oxford University’s Said Business School.


Tim has a PhD in Innovation Management awarded from Aston University (2002), a MSc Management by Research, awarded from Aston University (1995), and a BA (Hons) in International Relations from Sussex University (1991). He has lived in a number of places including West London as a child, Brighton and Birmingham as a student and Bristol and Penarth as an academic at Cardiff University.

He has had two research sabbatical visits in his career - the first to the University of Alberta in 2007 and the second to UC Davis in 2016. Tim has also worked closely with colleagues from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Honours and awards

  • Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) award to sponsor early career and PhD attendance – 19th International Association of Critical Realism Conference, Cardiff (July 2016)
  • Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) award to sponsor early career and PhD attendance – 4th European Theory Development Workshop (June 2015)
  • Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) award to sponsor an early career and PhD workshop - Exploring the concept of institutional logics in organization studies: Critique and future developments in the field (April 2013)
  • Cardiff Business School, Developing Student Employability Award (2013)
  • Cardiff University, International Travel Scholarship Award (2007). Visiting Professor position at the University of Alberta.

Best Paper Awards

  • Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, (2016): Relationally reflexive women: Household strategies of female entrepreneurs as social change (Entrepreneurship Division)
  • Academy of Management Conference, Boston, (2012): Affect in Collaborative Entrepreneurial Projects: Insights from Innovators in the Super yacht Industry. (Entrepreneurship and Creativity Division)

Outstanding Paper Award

  • (2008) - Emerald Literati Network: A critical account of knowledge management: agentic orientation and SME innovation, International journal of Entrepreneurial behaviour and Research.of Entrepreneurial behaviour and Research, Vol 13, No2, 2007

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Royal society of Arts
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Committees and reviewing

  • Associate Editor: Organisation (2014-2021)
  • Associate/Consulting Editor: International Journal of Management Reviews
  • Editorial Board: Organisation Studies; Journal of Responsible Technology, Scandinavian Journal of Management
  • Grant reviewer - ESRC
  • Journal reviewer including: AMR, Human Relations, Organisation Studies; Journal of Management Studies; IJMR and Organisation

























Tim's main undergraduate teaching commitment is on the final optional module - Entrepreneurship and Small Business Start-ups. This has around 80 students per year. He also gives guest lectures on the Arts Humanities and Social Science flagship Masters programme for Research Methods. This is given to all social science postgraduate students intending to undertake a social science PhD at Cardiff University.

In addition to these commitments he has also developed an outreach module delivered in conjunction with the support of students of the student social enterprise, Enactus. This is a nine-week module called 'Realising your Potential in Business' and is delivered to adult learners from the refugee community in Cardiff. This work, which began in 2016 is being extended to include a new module that is being delivered to members of the Homeless Community following collaborative work with the Homeless World Cup Legacy team, established by the actor Michael Sheen.

Further afield, Tim has also, since 2016, been an invited international faculty member on Kobe University's SESMI Programme: "Qualitative Research in Strategic Management". Tim will be delivering another class in October 2020.

Tim is an organisation theorist with an interest in explaining organising, institutional change processes, innovation and entrepreneurship. His most recent research work is a multi-disciplinary action-research study of citizen science in the Atlantic Forest, Sao Paulo state, Brazil. As PI he has led a project team that has been awarded up to £60,000 in funds from bodies such as the ESRC's Global Challenges Research Fund and includes scholars from social science, computer science and ecology. Research partners include Fundação Getulio Vargas, UNICAMP and the Federal University of San Carlo, Brazil. The project involves school children and local farmers in developing a responsible innovation approach to citizen science that involves the community in creating the socio-technical infrastructure that will help support sustainable livelihoods in the local community.

Tim is also working on a research study set in Kyoto Japan involving colleagues from Hitotsubashi University which considers the impact of societal changes on traditional craft makers. This has received funding support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and is in the writing-up stage.

Tim has supervised PhD students for over ten years with all completing successfully.

  1. Kostas Kakavelakis (passed 2008) Organizational change and the process of knowing: The role of communities of practice within the context of a merger in the UK brewing sector
  2. Abdul Kadir Rosaline (passed 2009): Toward an understanding of workplace learning
  3. Peter Dorrington (passed 2011): An investigation of the UK Micro- and Nano-technology Government intervention
  4. Takahiro Endo (passed 2012): Resistance to institutional change: The case of the Japanese publishing field
  5. Rhiannon Lloyd (passed 2014): An institutional approach to understanding the green paradox of nuclear power
  6. Abdul Alharbi (passed 2015), Technology Transfer in Non-Western contexts: A Case Study Approach
  7. Hitoshi Iwashita (passed 2016) Managing institutional complexity in Japanese overseas subsidiaries
  8. Anna Galazka (passed 2019), “Managing stigma: a relational analysis of wound healing in the UK”.

He is currently the primary supervisor for four PhD students that includes,

  • a gender analysis of investor syndicates in support of women entrepreneurs
  • the reflexive management learning of senior staff in the NHS
  • the translation of neuroscience into management practice
  • Artificial Intelligence's impact on freedom in the workplace