Stuart has gained three separate degrees culminating in a PhD in Systems from Lancaster University. He also has qualifications in management, supervisory management, systems analysis and systems design. He is a member of the British Academy of Management and the United Kingdom Systems Society. He is also Programme Director for the M.Sc. in International Management at Sheffield University.
Stuart has worked in several private and public sector organisations as an analyst/programmer, systems analyst and systems consultant. He has undertaken research and consultancy in over 150 organisations. Previously, he was a Teaching Company Supervisor within a multinational organisation as part of a large Teaching Company Scheme (now Knowledge Transfer Programme). In the 1990s he was a national academic co-ordinator for the Health & Social Services Management Programme. He has also developed and delivered executive development programmes for middle and senior managers in areas such as consultancy and project management.
Stuart has formulated his own methodology (OASES) for introducing information systems into organisations. This was developed in a number of large enterprises. He is particularly interested in how organisations attempt to manage change in turbulent business environments. He teaches the Management of Change on the MBA course at the University of Rouen. Stuart has recently focused on how organisations attempt to manage business intelligence at times of major change. Business Intelligence, and more especially, competitor intelligence, are major ingredients of successful business planning and control.
Stuart supervises a number of doctoral students in the areas of technology management, e-learning, and project management.
Stuart teaches on the MB.A, Executive MBA, and 2nd Year Undergraduate programmes.
He teaches topics that are having a global impact. For several years he has been researching and teaching in the area of Enterprise Information Systems. The multinational nature of our cohorts means that a very high percentage of scholars within the groups will know or have worked in an organisation that has implemented Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). He uses live examples of enterprise systems that have been implemented all across the world, i.e. Oman Telecom & the U.S. Navy. The University of Sheffield has even implemented ERP. These systems have been implemented with varying levels of success. There is always room for amelioration and that is what makes the topic so interesting, useful, and worthy of further research.
The live, topical, nature of this topic is reflected in the engagement of the students. They are able to get involved in critical areas such as project management, risk management, change management, and implementation. They can research an organisation and identify how they can improve its systems and business processes. By using such techniques and methodologies such as business process engineering, business scope redefinition, environmental scanning, and lean they are able to make a real difference to how an organisation works. The students can undertake research, prepare presentations, and formulate executive reports.
These techniques and methodologies can then be utilised within their own organisations when they are in full-time employment. Basically, if called on, the students will be able to make a difference within their organisations.
He is particularly interested in how organisations attempt to manage change in turbulent business environments.Stuart has recently focused on how organisations attempt to manage business intelligence at times of major change. Business Intelligence, and more especially, competitor intelligence, are major ingredients of successful business planning and control.
Recently he has provided professional assistance on several national and international projects. Maintaining links with private and public sector organisations is valued highly and recent links with Ford Motor Co. plc, BT and the National Health Service have led to further opportunities to develop learning and teaching within the Management School. To complement this several recent research projects focused on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have revealed many key issues in business and management concerning firms in the 21st century.