Affiliations and Collaboration

Last Update 10 June 2021








Odyssey Group


Principal Affiliations

SARChI Innovation Studies Research Group, (SARChI), is based at Tshwane University of Technology, Gauteng, South Africa and led by Professor Mammo Muchie.

I am Professor Extraordinaire at the Centre contributing to research and to the development and delivery of Graduate Module TVC501 Technology Venture Creation.

As a member of the All-Africana Post Graduate Academy I also participate in virtual doctoral symposia with colleagues and students from across the African continent and beyond.

Steve Biko Street, Tshwane, 2015
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Centre for Islamic Studies (CIF), was launched in 2012 led by Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq and provides Masters and Doctoral level studies in all aspects of Islamic finance.

I am currently supervising ten students from six Muslim and non-Muslim countries

Bolton University, 2021
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Asia Pacific Technology Network (APTN), was based in London as a non-profit organisation which aimed to raise awareness of the developments occurring in high technology in Asian countries and to encourage collaboration between companies in the UK (and indeed Europe) and those in the Asia-Pacific region.

The company closed following the retirement of the CEO to Cornwall and the activities are being archived online.

Continuing joint projects include the AP-BioPharma seminar series and initiatives on skill and capacity development for African science and technology.

Akihabara, Tokyo, 1998
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Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (APROS) has members from across the Pacific Rim and beyond.

I was a board member and co-organiser, with Masatoshi Fujiwara of Kyoto-Sangyo University, of APROS-15 which took place in Tokyo in February 2013, hosted by Hitotsubashi University.

Since 1989 I have attended meetings in Australia, Japan, China, India and the U.S.A. and I developed the first APROS website for the 2000 Sydney meeting.

Bund, Shanghai
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The Management and Organizational Development in Europe (MODE) project was a cross-national collaboration with the ATLAS experiment, one of four particle physics experiments using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva.

This examined knowledge sharing within an international, cross-institutional collaborative network with teams from 167 institutions from 37 countries throughout the world working on different aspects of this 'big science' project.

The aim of the research was to understand how strategic knowledge can be shared effectively across a collaboration of research institutions in a large number of countries.

Shiva dancing outside Building 40, CERN
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Chatham House (RIIA), formerly known as The Royal Institute of International Affairs, is one of the world's leading institutes for the analysis of international issues.

APTN enjoyed a long standing relationship with Chatham House and contributed to joint events of mutual interest.

Demonstration, London 2002.
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The Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD) iss an interdisciplinary research centre at the Open University. It organises and conducts research in three main streams: innovation, knowledge and development. These streams are connected through various cross-cutting themes which build on recognised excellence in the areas of biotechnology innovation and development; innovation and industry dynamics; knowledge management; entrepreneurship; social learning and public action; and design innovation.

I was a member of this Centre which integrates researchers from six OU research groups from the Faculties of Social Sciences, Technology and the OU Business School (OUBS)..

Activities included an initiative on Asian Drivers in the Global Economy and led to my involvement with the African Technology Hub and Tshwane University of Technology.

Accra, Ghana
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The Odyssey Group functioned as an open network of organisation researchers meeting in physical and cyber-space to discuss and enact the implications of emerging Information and Communication Technologies.

I was been involved with this group from its inception, attending meetings and workshops in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, London, Tyneside, Ulster, Stockholm and New York.

Union Hall, Lower Manhattan
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Design Research Society (DRS)

My initial professional qualification was in architecture, followed by a Masters in Applied Psychology. My doctoral studies investigated the organisational implications of computer aided architectural design (published in 1988) at the Department of Design Research, Royal College of Art, London. This resulted from contacts through the Design Research Society with which I have been involved for over fortyfive years, serving as a Council Member, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor during that time.

The Society hold regular meetings and cooperates with a variety of partners in international conferences held every two years. The 2018 conference, Catalyst , was held in Limerick, Ireland.

DRS founded the journal Design Studies in 1979. This is the principal refereed journal for multi-disciplinary design research and is now published by Elsevier.

Design for use? (railway crossing instructions)
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