I hold a bachelors degree in Social Anthropology (Swansea University), a masters in Education (University of Keele, UK), and a PhD in Organizational Psychology (Henley Management College/Brunel University, UK). I am Emeritus Professor of Cross-Cultural Management at Middlesex University Business School, London, and Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa. I have held visiting professorships in the Department of Development Studies at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa and at the Open University Business School, UK.
I am editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cross Cultural Management (London: Sage Publications) and have published numerous articles in the area of cross-cultural and international management of people and change: including comparative management ethics, management learning and in management in developing countries in such journals as Human Resource Management (USA), Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Organization. I have published eight books including International Management Ethics: A Critical, Cross-cultural Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Management and Change in Africa: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (London: Routledge, 2004) and International HRM: A Cross-cultural Approach (London: Sage, 2002) which I am currently revising for a second edition.
Between 2000-2003 I directed a research project over 15 African countries on the management of people and change funded by the Danish Foreign Ministry and Paris Chamber of Commerce (circa. £100,000). In 2003-4 I undertook research in South Africa on local and international NGOs, funded through the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I obtained funding from the UK Department of Education and Skills in 2007-8 to undertake in partnership with universities in South Africa and Botswana a research project on cross-cultural health service delivery in the area of HIV/AIDS (circa. £85,000) and in 2009-10 gained an award from the British Academy to further develop the methodology and conceptual underpinning of this research in South Africa. I have been invited to present a number of keynote addresses at conferences (including AoM Africa caucus 2010 and 2011; South Africa national Development Studies conference 2010; Leadership and Management Studies in sub-Saharan Africa conference, University of Cape Town, Nov 2010) and invited university seminars on Cross-cultural Management in Africa, more recently on the organizational implications of China in Africa, and on the informal economy in Africa and its development implication (including Rotterdam School of Management, 2011). I am currently working with partners across Africa, as well as in China to develop projects in these areas.
Prior to joining Middlesex University I was at ESCP-European (Paris-London-Berlin-Madrid-Turin) based at their UK campus. Prior to this I was Manager, Group Training Consultancy, Personnel Division, National Westminster Bank Group (NatWest). I have also worked in the UK Civil Service and in further education (I am a qualified teacher with post-graduate training). I have consulted to a number of international organizations including Oxfam, 3Com Europe, ASEA Brown Boveri, Thomson-CSF, and to International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) in International NGO people capacity building, and have a particular interest in the transfer of management training and education across cultures.