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Alistair’s main interests are in strategy practice and process. In particular, he’s interested in strategizing – especially when no one says they’re ‘doing strategy’ – as an organic, emergent process that occurs through everyday interactions. He teaches third year and masters modules in strategy for a range of programmes involving students in practice (part time, distance learning, placement, and Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship). He is also the programme leader for the Senior Leader Higher Apprentiecship (taught element of the MBA). .


Alistair began his career as a museum curator, before becoming a field geologist at the British Geological Survey. He then set up the Dinosaur Coast, before returning to Durham, where he did his first degree in geology (1991-1994) and research in palaeontology and stratigraphy (1996-2001), to manage the County Council’s museums and heritage teams. After doing an MBA at Durham (2003-2005), Alistair took on a corporate project management role in the change team at Durham County Council, before leaving employment and setting up his own consultancy business and working with his wife to develop an equine stud for ten years. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, It’s about time! A strategy-as-practice perspective on tension (and harmony) during spontaneous strategizing, Teesside University

Award Date: 31 Aug 2018

MBA, Durham University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2005

MSc, Mid-Carboniferous micropalaeontology and sequence stratigraphy, Durham University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2001

BSc, Geology, Durham University

Award Date: 1 Jun 1994

External positions

International Society for the Study of Time

24 Feb 2023 → …


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