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Ian Stewart, Bsc Hons, PGCE, PhD


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Dr Ian Stewart is Lecturer and Programme Manager of the MSc in Management of Projects. Additionally, he lectures in Commercial Management of Projects. This subject first bought him to the school in 2001 through teaching on the bespoke UMIST BT MSc in Commercial Management. A PhD in this area followed, which was a combination of historical research into the descent of the Commercial Manager into project-led organisations such as BT, RR & BAE and the practice of innovation within the commercial role in those firms. From this, he claims the distinction of holding the last UMIST PhD. The history of British industrial management from 1850, particularly social mobility, vertical integration and the resistance of Schools of Engineering to commercial and management education remains a research interest. Following disenchantment with the I.T. industry and the .com boom, Ian has been falling towards academia and along the way has developed extensive interdisciplinary experience, contextualising business and management education for engineering, projectised and high technology contexts. Ian holds visiting lectureships at Ecole d'Ingnieurs en Genie des Systmes Industriels, La Rochelle, WMG University of Warwick and Manchester Business School. Ian is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

Research themes and Research centers


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, L'Ecole d'Ingénieurs en Génie des Systémes Industriels

1 Jan 2010 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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