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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 is a Professor of Organisation and Innovation Analysis and the co-founder of the Cardiff University-wide Responsible Innovation Network. He is the current Head of the Management, Employment and Organisation Section and since 2018 has been a Business School Public Value Fellow leading outreach learning projects in Cardiff's refugee community. Tim is also collaborating with the Homeless World Cup Legacy team to deliver a bespoke outreach learning project to members of the homeless community. Both refugee and homeless projects form part of his work as a University Advisor for the student enterprise society, Enactus.

Tim is a member of the Welsh Government's 'Supporting Welsh Women Entrepreneurs' panel and is actively working with other panel members to develop support for nascent BAME women entrepreneurs. He is also working with the charity SmartSTEM and the film company Scrumptious Productions in developing entrepreneurship and STEM projects in support of female school students in the Ely community of Cardiff.

Tim's research interests include social and responsible innovation, entrepreneurship and gender, critical accounts of institutional change, and organisation theory. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Higher Education Academy (HEA). He is on the editorial board for Organisation Studies and the newly established multi-disciplinary journal - Journal of Responsible Technology. He is an Associate Editor for the Sage critical management journal, Organisation and is a consulting editor for the British Academy of Management Journal - International Journal of Management Reviews.

On a more personal note, Tim has recently joined colleagues in the University and the Cardiff climate change community in developing an innovative initiative to support school children in understanding the impact of raised carbon dioxide levels. He has now co-founded a Community Interest Company (zero Carbon 2030) to work with schools to reduce their carbon footprint based on student-led projects.



Tim has a PhD in Innovation Management awarded from Aston University in 2002. Prior to this he received a MSc Management by Research, from Aston University in 1995. His first degree was a BA (Hons) in International Relations from Sussex University, that was awarded in 1991. It was during his time in Sussex he became aware of critical theory having been tutored by the Marxist theorist John Maclean. This interest in critical theory grew under the guidance of Ossie Jones at Aston and then Rick Delbridge at Cardiff University.

He has lived in a number of different places including, West London as a child, Brighton and Birmingham as a student and then Bristol and Penarth as an academic at Cardiff University. He has had short research sabatical visits to Alberta, Canada where he met and was encouraged by several excellent colleagues including, Royston Greenwood, Roy Suddaby, Dev Jennings and Jennifer Jennings. He also visited UC Davis, USA where he benefitted from the encouragement of Nicole Biggart and Andrew Hargadon. Similarly, Tim has gained significantly from visiting and more laterly working with colleagues in Grenoble including, Thibault Daudigeous, Stephane Jaumier, Helene Picard and Vincent Pasquier who is now at HEC Montreal.

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

























Teaching commitments

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 'Realsing 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 Micheal Sheen.

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

Research Overview

Tim's research offers a critical understanding of organisation and innovation with a particular interest in examining change based on explanations that challenge dominant rational-actor, and economic-man representations of social action. Tim's work relies on the rigorous application of social theory in various real-world case examples.

His research studies have included examining innovation and change in manufactuing small and medium enterprises, a historically-based critical evaluation of institutional change in Europe's Superyacht industry, entrepreneurship understood through the lens of gender studies, and social and responsible innovation in different community contexts. Tim has published in leading social science publications such as Organisation Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Business Venturing, International Small Business Journal, Management Learning, and Journal of Management Inquiry. He is a dedicated contributor to the Business and Management Academy with Associate Editorship responsibilities at Organisation and International Journal of Management Reviews. He is also on the editorial board for Organisation Studies and the newly multi-disciplinary journal - Journal of Responsible Technology.

Current research projects are multi-disciplinary. The first is based on a project that has been funded (upto £60,000) through the ESRC's Global Challenges Research Fund. This is a project looking at the challenge of sustainable development in the Atlantic Forest of Sao Paulo state, Brazil. Tim is the Principal Investigator and since 2018 has lead a team of social and computer scientists from Cardiff Business School and Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics working alongside social, computer and natural scientists from Fundação Getulio Vargas, UNICAMP and the Federal University of San Carlo, Brazil. The aim is to develop a responsible innovation approach to citizen science that builds the necessary socio-technical infrastructutre to support sustainable development goals in the local community.

The second research project lead by Dr Anna Galazka and in collaboration with Professor Keith Harding OBE (medicine) is an evaluation of the social impact and benefits of the Lyndsey Leg Club initiative. Here wound healing care is delivered in the community based on the collaboration of community nurses and local volunteers. Our interest is in this new organisational form and the health and community benefits that such an arrangement might provide. The work is not simply based on an assessment of the treatment of wounds but also how such work creates a supportive context for vulnerable members of society as well as their friends and family.

The third project is a collaboration with the Irish charity Vita that is working in Eritrea to introduce a number of water, energy and agriculture innovations that are designed to build community resilience in rural communities. This work has included a number of field trips with the aim of developing an evaluation tool to assess curent interventions. This work has been supported through the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund and is ongoing.

Past research projects include a study of the career trajectories of female entrepreneurs funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme in collaboration with Dr Elina Meliou (Aston); a study of changes to the family craft businesses operating in Kyoto, Japan undertaken in collaboration with Professor Rick Delbridge (Cardiff) and Takahiro Endo (Hitotsubashi). This received funding support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Tim has supervised PhD students for over ten years with all completing successfully. He currently supervises four students in critical scholarship 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; and Artificial Intelligence's impact on freedom in the workplace. Broadly speaking, Tim will supervisor students interested in a critical account of normative and institutionalised thinking irrespective of the context.