As a passionate advocate for creative and innovative pedagogical practices, Ashley Roberts leads the humanising agenda of 21st century business management education. In doing so, he draws on Arts-based methodologies (such as dance, drama and music) in order to unlock the potential of students by reframing learning through alternative lenses. Ashley consistently receives the highest teaching scores at Warwick Business School (WBS) and is a winner of The Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE, 2013). His teaching impact is truly global with real benefits for individual learners:
“Ashley leads the way in inspiring our students all over the world with his passion for Organisational Behaviour and highly innovative pedagogic methods. He is truly a class act.” (Professor Haridimos Tsoukas, WBS).
Ashley has presented his research at many conferences, and is a powerhouse in forming positive collaborations that generate impact in learning. He has forged meaningful international teaching collaborations with faculty members in the US (Harvard University, Emerson College, Boston University, Boston University Massachusetts, Bentley Business School), China (Renmin University, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University), and advances current thinking in capturing his pedagogic endeavours through research.
Ashley’s research interests include creative learning, participatory pedagogies, fun organisational cultures, organisational growth, and the relationship between organisational culture, structure, identity and control.
His latest paper Beethoven and bamboo: Arts-based methodologies in higher education management learning won the best developmental paper award in the Knowledge and Learning stream at the prestigious British Academy of Management (BAM) conference. This year he will again present at BAM with a paper entitled Come Fly with Me: Engendering team psychological safety through physical movement. He will also give a workshop at the Academy of Management that draws on Sophocles’ tragedy of Antigone to better understand leadership and organisational crisis.
He is an Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) associate, member of the British Academy of Management, an academic member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and also a member of the International Centre for Research in Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change.