Professor Ian Robson


University of Dundee School of Business, School of Business

Marketing & Management, School of Business

Associate Dean, Accreditation

School of Business

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Ian’s field of expertise is critical discourse analysis within a theoretical context of governance, corporate responsibility and business ethics. His current research and publication work is in the field of strategic responses to conflict at the business-society interface. In addition he has investigated the nature of reflection in work-based learning, developing this into a model of reflexivity and learning in his forthcoming book The Reflective Leader. His research seeks to understand the complexities of framing action research and from collaborating in organisational learning. Ian is leading the accreditation drive in the University of Dundee School of Business, developing a programme to target AACSB accreditation in the first instance, followed by EQUIS and potentially AMBA. Success in these areas will strengthen the School of Business and the University’s league table positions. International off-campus projects in China, the Middle East and Canada are also part of his current focus.

I have engaged frequently in health sector organisational development programmes throughout my career. These have focused on leadership development and team dynamics at board level, working with executive and non-executive members. My work in shale gas has also led to an appointment as Shale Gas UK Conference Chair twice and a significant research contract with INEOS. I have a strong portfolio of executive education contributions, mainly in the energy and health sectors.


Summary of research expertise

  • Strategy
  • Leading strategic change
  • Business ethics
  • Sustainability
  • Research methodology

Research themes

Markets and governance


  • Strategy
  • Business ethics and responsibility
  • Research methodology and qualitative methods
  • Action research and action learning

Media availability

I am available for media commentary on my research.

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Areas of expertise

  • Management/leadership