Dr Neil Alderman
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1678
- Address: Floor 8, Room 8.01
Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcasle upon tyne
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)
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.
Industrial survey design and implementation.
Supply chain management.
Experience of a wide range of research methodologies.
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.
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.
Leadership of complex projects research grouping.
Principal investigator of a number of Reserach Council funded projects in recent years.
Member of KITE.
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.
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.
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.
BUS2017 Introduction to innovation and technology management (ML)
BUS3027 Innovation and creativity (ML)
(ML) = module leader
BUS3050 Management of Creativity, Design and Innovation
NBS8032/8132 Managing complex projects (MBA) (not currently taught)
NBS8213 Managing Design and Product Development (ML)
- Alderman N, Ivory C. Dealing with ambiguity in complex projects: planned or emergent practices?. In: Marrewijk, A. Van, ed. Inside Megaprojects. Understanding cultural pratices in project management. Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen Business School Press, 2015, pp.175-209.
- Alderman N, Ivory C, McLoughlin I, Vaughan R. Managing Complex Projects: Networks, Knowledge and Integration. London: Routledge, 2014.
- Alderman N, Ivory C. Translation and convergence in projects: an organisational perspective on project success. Project Mangement Journal 2011, 42(5), 17-30.
- Alderman N, Ivory CJ. Service-led Projects: Understanding the meta-project context. Construction Management and Economics 2010, 28(11), 1131-1143.
- Ivory CJ, Alderman N. The imagined user in projects: articulating competing discourses of space and knowledge work. Ephemera 2009, 9(2), 131-148.
- Ivory CJ, Alderman N. Who is the customer? Maintaining a customer orientation in long-term service-focused projects. International Journal of Technology Management 2009, 48(2), 140-152.
- Ivory CJ, Alderman N, Thwaites AT, McLoughlin IP, Vaughan R. Working around the barriers to creating and sharing knowledge in capital goods projects: the client’s perspective. British Journal of Management 2007, 18(3), 224-240.
- Alderman N, Ivory C. Partnering in major contracts: Paradox and metaphor. International Journal of Project Management 2007, 25(4), 386-393.
- Ivory CJ, Alderman N, McLoughlin IP, Vaughan R. Sense making as a process within complex projects. In: Hodgson, D., Svetlana, C, ed. Making Projects Critical. London: Palgrave, 2006, pp.316-334.
- Ivory CJ, Alderman N. Can project management learn anything from studies of failure in complex systems?. Project Management Journal 2005, 36(3), 5-16.
- Alderman N. Mobility versus Embeddedness: the Role of Proximity in Major Capital Projects. In: Lagendijk, A., Oinas, P, ed. Proximity, Distance and Diversity: Issues on Economic Interaction and Local Development. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, pp.255-276.
- Marshall JN, Bradley DP, Hodgson CM, Alderman NF, Richardson RGW. Relocation, relocation, relocation: Assessing the case for public sector dispersal. Regional Studies 2005, 39(6), 767-787.
- Alderman N, Ivory C, McLoughlin I, Vaughan R. Sense-making as a process within complex service-led projects. International Journal of Project Management 2005, 23(5), 380-385.
- Alderman N. Innovation in complex capital projects: Clustering and dispersion in two cases from Argentina and the UK. Journal of Economic Geography 2004, 4(1), 65-82.
- Alderman N, Ivory CJ, McLoughlin IP, Vaughan R, Thwaites AT. Sense-making as a process within complex service-led projects. In: IRNOP (International Research Network on Organisation by Projects) VI Project Research Conference. 2004, Turku, Finland: Abo Akademi University Press.
- Alderman N, McLoughlin IP, Ivory CJ, Thwaites AT, Vaughan R. Trains, Cranes and Drains: Customer Requirements in Long-term Engineering Projects as a Knowledge Management Problem. In: von Zedtwitz, M; Haour, G; Khalil, T; Lefebvre, LA, ed. Growth through Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 2003, pp.331-348.
- Ivory CJ, Alderman N, Thwaites A, McLoughlin IP, Vaughan R. Knowledge management for new technology procurement: The case of a sludge treatment centre. In: IEEE International Engineering Management Conference. 2002, Cambridge, UK: IEEE.
- Alderman N. Distributed Knowledge in Complex Engineering Project Networks: Implications for Regional Innovation Systems. In: Fischer, MM; Frohlich, J, ed. Knowledge, Complexity and Innovation Systems. Berlin: Springer, 2001, pp.209-227.
- Alderman N, Coombes MG, Raybould SR. Mapping grants to deprived areas in England. London: Community Fund, 2001.
- Alderman N, Maffin D, Thwaites AT. Project-level influences on the management and organisation of product development in engineering. International Journal of Innovation Management 2001, 5(4), 517-542.
- Alderman, N. Local product development trajectories: engineering establishments in three contrasting regions. In: E.J. Malecki and P.Oinas, ed. Making Connections: Technological Learning and Regional Economic Change. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999, pp.79-107.
- Alderman N, Braiden P, Hills B, Maffin D, Thwaites A, Vaughan R. Business process analysis and technological change in the capital goods industry. International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology 1998, 11(6), 418-427.
- Alderman, N. Industrial innovation diffusion: the extent of use and disuse of process technologies in engineering. Area 1998, 30(2), 107-116.
- Alderman, N. Innovation performance in the periphery: the case of mechanical and electrical engineering. Scottish Geographical Magazine 1998, 114(2), 94-102.
- Wong, C., Marshall, J.N., Alderman, N. and Thwaites, A.T. Management training in small and medium-sized enterprises: methodological and conceptual issues. The International Journal of Human Resource Management 1997, 8(1), 44-65.
- Maffin, D., Thwaites, A.T., Alderman, N., Braiden, P. and Hills, W. Managing the Product Development Process:Combining Best Practice with Company and Project Contexts. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management 1997, 9(1), 53-74.
- Alderman, N. Innovation and survival amongst mature establishments in the mechanical engineering industry. Geoforum 1996, 27, 461-477.
- Marshall JN, Alderman. Rolling back the frontiers of the state: civil service reorganization and relocation in Britain. Growth and Change 1991, 22(4), 51-74.