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David Foster

MBA, Mr

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Personal profile

Scholarly biography

Current role: Interim Course Leader for the MBAs (part-time)

Still technically an early career researcher (in my fifties), with an interest in how creative thinking approaches allow organisations to solve ‘messy’ business challenges, develop more focused & highly differentiated strategies, and rally internal energies behind clear goals to create highly performing teams.

 

Knowledge exchange

I fully embrace Charles Handy’s concept of a portfolio career, mixing my part-time teaching with a niche management consulting offering around ‘people, development and change’ and also a ‘fee-free’ offering which is designed to help budget-less executives and entrepreneurs solve their 'messy' business challenges.  

The three strands of this business model are designed to drive me along the learning curve with a little more speed and allow me to bring much richer insights to bear in client interactions in each strand.

Prior to starting my consultancy in 2007 I ran ‘direct experience’ marketing agencies for 12 years, working with blue chip clients and being responsible for delivering an annual average of around three million high-quality face-to-face consumer interactions.

 

Chronological biog of part-time work at University of Brighton, Business School

2011-12 and 2012-13

  • Initially worked at Brighton Business School on an unpaid or visiting lecturer basis, developing a range of short workshops & lectures in the areas of high performance teams and creativity for undergraduate and post-graduate / MBA students.  
  • Co-developed an interactive undergraduate module, Creativity in Enterprise, which was designed to increase the use of creative mindsets across all functions in organisations, improve the tangible value of students to future employers and prepare students for work in an increasingly complex and unpredictable economic environment. 
  • Covered the Marketing in an International Context (MSc) module due to sickness.

2013-14 and 2014-15

  • Gained Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy through UCL.
  • Creativity in Enterprise was offered as an option for second year undergraduates (the most popular choice) and started working as a part-time lecturer, teaching on this module.

2015-16

  • Took over as Module Leader for Creativity in Enterprise. UG
  • Developed i4PDF Active Learning approach.
  • Ran active learning session about i4PDF at 2016 Brighton Business School Learning & Teaching Conference
  • Developed Curious Cloud methodology, an integrative model aimed at helping students understand how to creatively solve messy organisational problems.

2016-17

  • Gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Module Leader for Creativity in Enterprise, UG
  • Ran active learning session about i4PDF at 2017 Brighton Business School Learning & Teaching Conference
  • Ran active learning session about i4PDF at 2017 University of Brighton Learning & Teaching Conference

 2017-18

  • Module Leader for Creativity in Enterprise, UG
  • Took over as Module Leader for MBA module International Strategy, PG
  • Joined the teaching team for MBA module Developing International Strategic and Change Capabilities, later becoming Module Leader, PG
  • Taught Turnaround Management within the Public Sector Masters module Strategy, Planning and Commissioning, PG
  • Supervisor for students on Placement Year

2018-19

  • Module Leader for Creativity in Enterprise, UG
  • Module Leader for Developing International Strategic Capabilities and supervisor for this Final Dissertation, PG
  • Supervisor for a student on their International Year Abroad, UG
  • Presented Curious Cloud model at 2019 University of Brighton Enhancing Higher Education Through Research Conference

2019-20

  • Interim Course Leader for the MBAs, as of December 2019
  • Module Leader for MBA module Managing People & Organisations, PG
  • Supervisor for MBA Apprenticeship students, PG
  • Supervisor for MBA Final Dissertation students, PG
  • Teaching on MBA Research Methods module, PG
  • Teaching on MBA Leadership with Ethics module, PG
  • Lecturer for Creativity in Enterprise, UG

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education Academy

Higher Education Academy

University College London

Master, London Business School

External positions

Mentor for Cambridge Judge Launchpad, University of Cambridge

Sep 2017Jul 2018

Teaching Assistant within School of Management, University College London

Sep 2013Jul 2016

People, Development & Change Consultant, Rally Strategic Limited

Apr 2008 → …