1. PhD. David COLLINS, Suffolk Business School, University of Suffolk, UK
2. Dr. Paddy Gray, Emeritus Professor at School of Built Environment, University of Ulster, UK
3. PhD. Emma Bond & Paul Maskall,Suffolk Business School, University of Suffolk, UK
4. PhD. Marta-Christina SUCIU ,Academy of Economical Studies, RO
5. PhD. Valentina Ghinea,Society of Business Excellence
6. PhD. Dragan Ilic,University Business Academy (UBA) Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia
David Collins, Suffolk Business School, University of Suffolk, UK
Professor David Collins joined the University of Suffolk in January 2017 and is the founding Dean of the University’s Business School. He holds an MA (Hons) in Political Economy and Sociology from the University of Glasgow, an MSc in Industrial Relations from the University of Strathclyde and a PhD in Management Studies from the University of Essex. In many ways David owes his academic career to The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (which provided a bursary for his post-graduate education) and to his erstwhile tutor Bert Moorhouse (who penned the reference that persuaded the Carnegie Trust to support this endeavour).
Ever mindful of the need a) to widen participation in higher education and b) to demonstrate a personal commitment to this agenda, David signed over the royalties for his first book ‘Organizational Change: Sociological Perspectives’ (published by Taylor and Francis, Routledge) to the Carnegie Trust and is now one of the biggest individual contributors to this fund.
In an academic career spanning more than a quarter of a century Professor Collins has worked for Napier University of Edinburgh, the University of Sunderland, the University of East Anglia, the University of Essex and, most recently, the University of Hull where he was Director of the MBA. He is recognised as a challenging yet hugely entertaining teacher and lecturer. Indeed colleagues have been kind enough to observe that ‘students visibly grow, develop and change under his tutelage’.
David’s research has produced notable publications including key books on ‘Management Fads and Buzzwords’ and on the management ‘guru’ Tom Peters (both published by Taylor and Francis, Routledge) and some 50 articles on a broad range of topics including: management consultants and the advice industry; empowerment; management fashion; professionalism and professional projects; financial regulation and the collapse of the Equitable Life. At its annual conference, The British Academy of Management (BAM) has twice awarded prizes to David for papers based upon his research.
In recent years Professor Collins has developed an academic interest in organizational storytelling, which suggests that the essence of managerial work revolves around a concern with ‘purposeful talk’. He has utilised this storytelling approach to reflect critically upon the appeal and the legacy of In Search of Excellence (a hugely influential text published by Tom Peters and Bob Waterman in 1982) and has built upon this appreciation of the organized world to develop a one-day Executive seminar on storytelling. This seminar has been designed to allow participants to locate, understand and critique their own managerial priorities and the storytelling practices prevalent within their own organizations. A new book designed to support this one-day event entitled ‘Stories for Management Success: Harnessing the Power of Talk in Organizations’, will be published by Taylor and Francis, Routledge in 2018.
Paddy Gray, Emeritus Professor at School of Built Environment, University of Ulster, UK
Paddy Gray is Professor of Housing in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Ulster. He is an established academic and is a leading authority on housing in the UK and Ireland. He has wide experience of academic and applied research and has over 200 publications on housing related issues. He has acted as Expert Advisor to government and regularly sits on strategic panels. In 2010 he was appointed the first ever Irish President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). He has extensive experience of the voluntary sectors and Chairs a number of local and national groups. He contributes to Conferences and Seminars on housing internationally, nationally and locally on a range of housing issues including South Africa, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, China, and Nigeria as well as conferences across mainland Europe, the UK and Ireland. He has recently been appointed as External Examiner for Masters Programme in Housing at the University of Hong Kong and programmes at the University of Glyndwr in Wales. He is also Chief Examiner for the CIH UK and Hong Kong and for the National Federation of Property Professionals UK (NFoPP) He was awarded a Distinguished Community Fellowship at the University of Ulster for outstanding work in the community He has recently been awarded an honorary Fellowship of RICS, Belfast Ambassador of the Year for 2014 and Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience for the UK 2015. He has secured the European Network for Housing Research for Belfast 2016, the first time it has come to NI.
PhD. Emma Bond Department of Social and Political Science, University of Suffolk
Professor Emma Bond is a Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science at University of Suffolk and has over 15 years teaching experience on social science undergraduate and post-graduate courses. Emma also has extensive research experience and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics.
Emma is a member of the British Sociological Association and the Society for Research in Higher Education. Her research on virtual environments, mobile technologies and risk has attracted much national and international acclaim and she has been interviewed for BBC Breakfast; The Today Programme on Radio 4; Woman’s Hour on Radio 4; Channel 4s Sex education Show and for various national media channels in the UK, America and Canada.
Paul Maskall Cyber Security Tactical Advisor
After working just shy of six years in the Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, notably in Intelligence, Counter Terrorism and in the final two years as a Cyber Security Advisor for both counties. He was responsible for consulting with both the public and business community around Data Protection, Information Security and Online protection. Working with the safeguarding community, Paul also specialises in Digital Wellbeing, Identity and Social Inclusion to look at how we ready future generations for a new kind of society. Continuing this work and simultaneously conducting a PhD in Cyber Security and Risk Perception, Paul has joined the Blue Lights Digital team to further this passion and deliver both training and advice to both the public, government and law enforcement.
Marta-Christina SUCIU, Academy of Economic Studies
Marta-Christina SUCIU is Professor, PhD at Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE),Economics and Economic Policies Department since 1993. Since April 2016 she is the vice-dean in charge with research-development-innovation and international relations at the Faculty for Theoretical and Applied Economics, ASE. She has an extensive experience in higher education and research (coordinator / director for 8 national research projects; member of 30 research teams projects), academic publishing (25 books and over 150 published papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings). Due to her professional expertize she had been selected as key note speaker, chair, reviewer and member of the scientific committees for some prestigious international conferences.She was also a visiting professor at MIT University, Cairo, Egypt (February-March 2006) and she received an excellent feed-back both from professors (for the Programme “Training of trainers dedicated to Knowledge based society”) and from students. She had also been elected as a member of some national and international organizations such as: EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction), RSA (Regional Studies Association), ERSA (European Regional Studies Association); ICCA(Intellectual Capital Accreditation Association), CRISFT, Romanian Academy, AOSR (Academia Oamenilor de Stiinta din Romania), ARSR (AsociatiaRomana de StudiiRegionale) SBE (Society of Business Excellence); CREE (Centrul Roman de EducatieEconomica). She had graduated numerous training programs in the field of economics education, such as “Training of Trainers”, “Training of Writers” organized by NCEE (National Council on Economic Education), United States of America (1997-1998); London School of Economics and Political Sciences-Complexity Group (2007, 2008, 2011), Durham University (1996)-United Kingdom etc
Valentina Ghinea, Society of Business Excellence
Valentina Mihaela Ghinea, PhD, is an associate professor at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She holds a PhD in Organizational Culture dynamics, and she teaches Human Resource Management and Strategic Human Resource Management. In 2008 and 2011, she was a visiting-professor to ENSAM Cluny, France, lecturing on communication and organizational culture. Valentina Mihaela Ghinea was part of different research projects run at national level, and she authored academic papers (in national and international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings), books and chapters in her research and practitioner areas of interests. Certified as a trainer, she provided trainings to employees from the business sector. Currently, she is the President of the Society for Business Excellence.
Dragan Ilic, University Business Academy (UBA) Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia
He is professor in Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, University Business Academy Cvećarska St 2, Novi Sad, Serbia and Head of Office for International Cooperation, Vice-Dean for Science and International Cooperation, Head of Carrier Center
Main activities and responsibilities:
Teaches subjects in field of Marketing, Logistics and Communication In charge of marketing campaigns for students enrollment Develops all forms of formal and informal education Coordinates Faculty activities with Ministry of education Coordinates cooperation with private and public companies Participates in organization of international projects Develops new study programs Coordinates the work of all professors Creates and administers educational courses accredited by the Institute for the Advancement of Education (Accredited course for 2014/15 and 2015/16: Building Critical Communication Skills in English needed for Career Development, Business Plan development, E-learning