Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Neil Alderman

Senior Lecturer



My background is as a geographer.
I spent 19 years as a contract researcher in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, before joining the Business School as senior lecturer.

Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Pre-experience Postgraduate Programmes

Chair of Board of Examiners (Pre-experience PG programmes) 

Member of Business School Executive Board 


BSc (in social sciences) in Geography, University of Bristol.
Ph.D, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


Member of the British Academy of Management
Member of the European Academy of Management
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)


Tourist's French

Informal Interests

Bird watching
Practical conservation


Research Interests

Innovation and technology management.
Product development in engineering, with particular reference to engineer-to-order companies.
Innovation in large-scale projects.
Management of complex projects.

Other Expertise

Industrial survey design and implementation.
Technology diffusion.
Supply chain management.
Knowledge management.
Experience of a wide range of research methodologies.

Current Work

Currently writing and publishing material on innovation and complexity in major projects and notions of sense-making in the context of complex projects, based on the findings of a recent Research Council funded project on long-term engineering projects.
Co-authoring a text on managing complex projects based on this research.

Future Research

Investigation of trends towards service-led long term projects in engineering and construction.
The changing nature of the innovation process in manufacturing organisations.
Developing new understandings of the management of complex projects.

Research Roles

Leadership of complex projects research grouping.
Principal investigator of a number of Reserach Council funded projects in recent years.
Member of KITE.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am willing and able to supervise research in the areas of innovation and technology management and other areas where I have relevant expertise.
I have supervised two ESRC Case students in the areas of R&D in small firms and Supply Chain Management in the offshore industry who have both been awarded their Ph.ds.
I currently jointly supervise four PhD students.
I have acted as internal examiner of three Ph.D theses and one DBA.

Esteem Indicators

Member of the Technical Scientific Committee of the Masters in Territorial Marketing, Universita Cattolica, Piacenza, Italy.

Visiting Fellow - ESRC Business Process Resource Centre 1996-2000.
Consultant to European Commission DGXIII SPRINT/EIMS.

Member of editorial board of International Journal of Project Organisation and Management
Member of CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) college of referees. 


I have been principal investigator on Research Council projects to the value of £272,000 and co-investigator on Research Council projects to the value of £152,000 (both ESRC and EPSRC).
I have also led projects for the European Commission and Eurostat.

Industrial Relevance

Collaborative research with ALSTOM Transport Ltd, Northumbrian Water Ltd and Clarke Chapman Ltd on long-term projects, including supply chain workshops.
Consultancy research for Sage plc on the manufacturing sector.
My research on the engineering design process and supply chain management has also contributed to training workshops and focus group activities aimed at local companies.


Undergraduate Teaching

BUS2017 Introduction to innovation and technology management (ML)
BUS3027 Innovation and creativity (ML)
(ML) = module leader

BUS3050 Management of Creativity, Design and Innovation 

Postgraduate Teaching

NBS8032/8132 Managing complex projects (MBA) (not currently taught)
NBS8213 Managing Design and Product Development (ML)