Stephen Jones, as Director of Business Relations. is responsible for the School's links with businesses in North Wales. In addition, as senior lecturer he teaches undergraduate, postgraduate, and post-experience executive modules. Having introduced the teaching of ‘entrepreneurship' and 'e-business' at Bangor he now focuses on the disciplines of business, management & marketing - & in supporting Small & Medium-sized Enterprises under Government-sponsored engagement projects.
As well as UK. he has taught in Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, USA, & Zimbabwe.
In the last 15 years he has captured grant funding in excess of £2m — principally from UK/Welsh Government and Research Council sources for business development services; EU Interreg sources for management development programmes linking Wales and Ireland; and UK International Development sources for faculty development support to HE institutions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Roles within Bangor Business School
Senior Lecturer in Management Studies - postgraduate and undergraduate, teaching and supervision and pastoral care.
Director of Business Relations. Bangor Business School.
Academic Director of Chartered Banker MBA.
Co-ordinator of intensive Bangor-campus teaching provision for overseas collaborative partners.
Academic supervision of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
ION Leadership Programme - Steering Group, & guest lecturer.
MBSc Business and Management, Manchester Business School
MSc Marine Geotechnics, UCNW
BSc Marine Biology and Soil Science, UCNW
Research and Teaching Interests
Stephen's current interests focus on the development of competency in students, executives & businesses. Examples include co-supervising a PhD on knowledge management in a large organisation, & previously supervising a KESS-funded PhD on changing patterns of digital media consumption & distribution in SME music production in Wales. These topics extend his earlier interest in regional economic development.
ASB-3122 International Business & Global Competency
ASB-3532 Trends in Marketing
ASB-2117 Marketing of Services
ASB-1206 Tutorials in Managment
ASB-4006 Marketing Strategy
ASB-4904 Applied Business Project - International Business
ASB-9038 Marketing of Financial Services
Collaborations with other Academic Institutions (public & private)
Stephen's involvement in this activity has included examples:-
Within Bangor University — KTPs with Bio-composites Centre, Canolfan Bedwyr, Creative Studies & Media, & Electronic Engineering; joint development of academic programmes with Chemistry, Computer Science, Environment Natural Resources & Geography, & Modern Languages.
Within North Wales - as joint chair of the business & management subject group of the Community University of North Wales Partnership.
In Eastern-Europe & the Middle East -faculty development programmes funded by UK government for institutions in Middle East & Russia, concentrating on issues of pedagogy.
Elsewhere in Europe, Asia-Pacific & Central Asia - programme administration & programme content advice on taught modules & projects/dissertations, staff development activities, programme administration support including Quality Assurance & governance matters, joint EU programme activities
Attendance at External Exam Boards, Validation Panels, Quinquennial Inspection Reviews.
Links with industry
Stephen continues to build on prior senior management experience in the Middle East & SE Asia, which included a period as Corporate Representative in Beijing in 1987 for a Fortune 500 corporation headquartered in Massachusetts.
Examples of activities with industry have included the creation, delivery & quality assurance of cross-border business development programmes between Wales & Ireland, & Wales & Italy (with EU funding); & programmes for management development & Executive Education.
A major activity has been as academic supervisor on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with individual SMEs. These engagements, funded jointly by the Technology Strategy Board & Research Councils with financial contribution from the company, place a graduate in the company to work on a project of strategic significance. A portfolio of 12 projects (typically each of two years duration) have been completed across the spectrum from physical goods to pure services, for organizations serving individual consumers & corporate clients, operating on commercial & not-for-profit bases. These strategic interventions have included internationalisation, application of Internet-based solutions, new product development, & organizational optimization initiatives. Particularly satisfying have been contributions to the Welsh economy, language. culture & society through projects focusing on Welsh book publishing, the Welsh music industry, Welsh creative industry incubators & community initiatives, support to Welsh language broadcasting, & the diversification of Welsh agricultural products.