Dr Tony Wall

Reader (Associate Professor) and Deputy Head of Department
Dr Tony Wall

As a specialist in transformational management learning and development, Dr Wall is passionate about enabling significant insights into management challenges and practices. He leads the CWRS Professional Doctorate, is the Associate Editor for the Higher Education, Skills & Work-Based Learning journal and Research Editor of the EMCC's International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring. His Amazon bestseller Leadership Assessment for Talent Development was endorsed by Peter Cheese (CEO, CIPD). He is the holder of three Santander International Research Excellence Awards to investigate the edge of experiential learning, and Ubuntu and Confucian perspectives on global management education. He is a visiting scholar at research centres in the UK, Australia and the US.

Qualifications

  • EdD, MA, PGC, PGD
  • MSc with Distinction (Lancaster University Management School)
  • BSc Hons Management Sciences First Class (Warwick Business School and Schulich School of Business, Toronto)
  • Certified NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Practical MindfulnessTM Coach.

Overview

After winning a scholarship to study at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Dr Wall graduated with a first class honours degree from Warwick Business School in the UK. His first major body of action-research created innovative approaches for organisational analysis at Lancaster University Management School with technology corporates. He was then invited to join Manchester’s Innovation Academy and researchers at The Revans Institute for Action Learning and Research (now at Manchester Business School), where he worked with entrepreneurs to inspire creativity and business performance.

Subsequently, he led and action-researched the creation of radical educational innovations on a regional level and contributed to a major European project to disseminate these practices amongst EU member states. As a result, he was invited to contribute to other national educational innovation projects funded by the UK government. His contributions were recognised through a prestigious HEFCE-funded fellowship and invitation to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Commerce & Manufactures (FRSA).

Dr Wall is now Reader (Associate Professor) and is the Professional Doctorate Programme Leader at the Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS). He is a specialist in transformational management learning and development, crossing the fields of applied psychology, tranculturalism, organisational development and work-based learning. He is invited to speak about his research internationally.

Dr Wall also works closely with businesses and training organisations internationally to boost their learning and development effectiveness. His clients have included Bank of America, Standard Chartered Bank, Lloyds TSB Bank, BT, TalkTalk, Chinese and American media groups, a Japanese logistics company, a South African University, The NHS, The Police, The RAF and Joint Forces HQ.


Roles

  • Deputy Head of Department, Centre for Work Related Studies
  • Professional Doctorate Programme Leader
  • Research lead, International Thriving at Work Research Group
  • Chair, Doctoral Programmes Team Committee
  • Chair, Doctoral Programmes Staff-Student Open Forum
  • Postgraduate and research degree supervision related to transformation, management and leadership, coaching and mentoring, transculturalism, provocative education, ideology critique, psychoanalytic practitioner research
  • Academic lead for corporate programmes in transpersonal coaching, leadership, facilitation and NLP practice

 


External research roles

  • Visiting Scholar, Centre for Research into Educational Futures and Innovation, Deakin University, Australia
  • Visiting Scholar, Professional Studies, College of Education, University of Wyoming, US
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University UK
  • Research engagement and education advisor, European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC), Norway
  • Research & Policy SIG, Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD), UK
  • Autoformation Symposium: Learning together in a society of acceleration, Angers, France - Honorary Member

 

Professional roles and memberships

  • Regional Branch Vice Chair, Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD)
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (US)

 

External examination:

  • Doctoral examination: PhD (manager identity, Chester), DProf (team functionality, Wales), PhD (mentoring, Roehampton), PhD (international employability, Deakin/Melbourne)
  • Seeking to exterminally examine doctorates in transformative practices and pedagogies including leadership, coaching and mentoring
  • Under- and post- graduate programmes in business: universities in Bath, London, Wales, Roehampton

 

Journal editing/reviewing:

  • Higher Education, Skills and Work Based Learning, Associate Editor International / Editor of Special Issue
  • Journal of Work Applied Management, Deputy Editor
  • International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring (EMCC), Research Editor
  • International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Editorial Board / Editor of Special Issue
  • Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning Journal, Editor of Special Issue
  • International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring in Education, Reviewer

Teaching

  • Professional Doctorates (DProf and DBA)
  • PhD (coaching, mentoring, facilitation, workplace learning, work based learning, resilience and thriving at work)
  • MBA, MA, MSc practitioner-research / project supervision
  • MSc/MA/PGCerts in Entrepreneurship and International Business Leadership
  • Academic lead for corporate programmes in transpersonal coaching, leadership, facilitation and NLP practice

Research

Key themes of research:

  • Leadership and management learning and development
  • Manager and researcher resilience and thriving at work
  • Transcultural approaches to learning and development (including Ubuntu and Confucian perspectives)

Recent research projects and awards:

  • Confucian Reformulations of Management Education - Santander International Research Excellence Award
  • The Edge of Experiential Learning (external visiting fellowship) - Santander International Research Excellence Award
  • The Edge of Experiential Learning (intenal visiting fellowship) - Santander International Research Excellence Award
  • Ubuntu Reformulations of Management Education - HEFCE Quality Research Grant
  • The Resilient Researcher: Harvesting Stories about Mobilising Resilience - LTI Research Grant
  • The Resilient Manager: Teaching Strategies, Tactics and Resources for Resilience - LTI Research Grant
  • Psychological Resilience - Erasmus+ mobility to Université Toulouse III (IUT Paul Sabatier)

Examples of recently supervised practitioner-research in areas of leadership and coaching:

  • Leadership development needs of senior executives in UK healthcare
  • Occupational stress in the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry
  • Impact of organisational storytelling projects

Examples of recently supervised practitioner-research in areas of entrepreneurship and marketing:

  • Developing profit performance in a technology group in Ghana
  • Assessing the contribution of social media marketing to a Chinese media group
  • Developing sales performance in an sustainable energy sales company
  • New product development for a private educational company in Nigeria
  • Predicting the potential impact of new financial instruments in a global bank in Dubai
  • Developing strategies for international customer retention

Doctoral research supervision / examination:

  • Ambidextrous organisational learning (supervision, Maher)
  • Ambidexterity in healthcare education management (supervision, Collins)
  • Manager as coach (supervision, Smith)
  • Satisfaction in private international higher education (supervision, Qureshi)
  • Managing international higher education (supervision, Jodlowski)
  • Professional legal education/apprenticeship (Westwood, completed)
  • Ministerial relationships (Stokes, submitted)
  • Mentoring transitions (Roehamton/London, examination)
  • Transcultural transitions and professionalism/employability (Deakin/Melbourne, examination)
  • High performance teams (Wales, examination)
  • Medial manager identity (Chester, examination)
  • Perceptions of technology adoption (Chester, examination)

Published work

Recent books (from 2010):

Wall, T. and Perrin, D. (2015) Slavoj Žižek: A Žižekian Gaze at Education, London: Springer.

Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan, LSRW. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/leadersn

Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Top 14 in the Amazon Best Seller’s Rank for training - and endorsed by Peter Cheese (CEO, CIPD), HR's Most Influential Thinker 2012 and 2013. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Rossetti, L. (2013) Story Skills for Managers: Nurturing Motivation with Teams, Charleston, SC: CreateSpace. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/ssfm (Top 1% highest position on the Amazon Best Seller’s Rank).

Wall, T. (2013) Leading Transformation in Prior Learning Policy & Practice, Second Edition, Charleston, SC: CreateSpace. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/ltpl (No.1 Amazon Best Seller’s Rank dedicated to prior learning, September 2013).

Wall, T. (2012) Transforming Prior Learning Practice (Kindle Edition), Scotts Valley,CA: CreateSpace, 978-1477500262.

Dhillon, B. Felce, A., Minton, A. and Wall, T. (2011) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work: Accrediting Employer Led Learning, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/meup (Top 1% highest position on the Amazon Best Seller’s Rank).

Wall, T. (2010) Learning through Work, York: Flexible Learning Centre.

Recent articles (from 2010):

Wall, T. (2016, forthcoming) Author Response: Provocative Education: From Buddhism for Busy People® to Dismal Land ®, Studies in Philosophy and Education, forthcoming.

Wall, T. (2016, forthcoming) Žižekian ideas in critical reflection: the tricks and traps of mobilising radical management insight, Journal of Work Applied Management, forthcoming.

Wall, T. (2015) Global Perspectives on Profound Pedagogies, Higher Education, Skills & Work Based Learning, 5 (4), pp 417-419.

Thomas, L., Nutt, C. and Wall, T. (2009) Editorial: Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising: Improving Student Success, Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning: An International Journal, 11 (3), pp. 3-5.

Wall, T. (2014) Transforming the Research-Learning Performance of Professional Lifelong LearnersProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 116, pp. 189-193.

Wall, T. and Meakin, D. (2013) Co-delivered work based learning: contested ownership and responsibility, Higher Education, Skills & Work Based Learning, 3 (1).

Wall, T. (2013) Transcending the Relevance Gap: The Accelerated Practitioner Research Approach, The Macrotheme Review: A multidisciplinary journal of global macro trends, 2 (1).

Wall, T. (2012) Shattering Another Brick in the Wall Thinking, Innovation Excellence, April.

Wall, T. (2010) Enabling and disabling discourses in promoting RPLO policy and practice in Higher Education, EducatiOn-line, Leeds: British Education Index.

Wall, T. (2009) A Quest in Questions (Action Learning for Professional Development), Enquire Online, Issue 2.

Recent chapters (from 2010):

Wall, T. (2016) Turning practitioners into practitioner researchers, in Helyler, R. (Ed) Facilitating Work-Based Learning: A Handbook for Tutors, London: Palgrave. (Click here for Amazon link).

Wall, T. and Tran, L. (2016) A transcultural dance: enriching work based learning facilitation, in Helyer, R. (Ed) Facilitating Work-Based Learning: A Handbook for Tutors, London: Palgrave. (Click here for Amazon link).

Wall, T. and Tran, L. (2015) Learning to be an international work-based learner, in Helyer, R. (Ed) Work Based Learning Student Handbook, second edition, London: Palgrave

Knights, J. and Wall, T. (2015) Domande sul controllo delle emozioni, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Meakin, D. and Wall, T. (2015) Lo strumento Meakin Salvage Strategy, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Wall, T. (2015) Feedforward indiretto per la crescita imprenditoriale, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Wall, T. (2015) Introduzione, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Wall, T. (2015) Checklist dell’apprendimento nel progetto, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Wall, T. (2015) Strumento di controllo SCARF, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Wall, T. (2015) Il Triangolo della Mindfulness, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Wall, T. and Grant, D. (2015) Feedback e feedfoward per lo sviluppo del talento, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Wall, T. (2015) Progetto sul luogo di lavoro per I comportamenti empatici, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Wall, T. and Meakin, D. (2015) Progetti sul luogo di lavoro per lo sviluppo del talento, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2015) Leader si nasce: Come trovare quello di successo, Milan: LSRW.

Knights, J. and Wall, T. (2013) Emotion check questions, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Meakin, D. and Wall, T. (2013) The Meakin Salvage Strategy Tool, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. (2013) Diversity through negotiation, in Bridger, K., Reid, I. and Shaw, J. (Eds) Inclusive Higher Education, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon@ http://tiny.cc/inche

Wall, T. (2013) Indirect feeding-forward for entrepreneurial growth, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. (2013) Introduction, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. (2013) Project learning question checklist tool, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. (2013) SCARF check tool, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. (2013) The Mindfulness Triangle, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Grant, D. (2013) Feeding (back and) forwards for talent development, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Meakin, D. (2013) Workplace projects for empathetic behaviours, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Meakin, D. (2013) Workplace projects for talent development, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Grant, D. (2011) Facilitating Faster Growth with Small Enterprise, in Dhillon, B. Felce, A., Minton, A. and Wall, T. (2011) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work: Accrediting Employer Led Learning, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/meup

Wall, T., Douglas, J. and Lord, J. (2011) Transforming Leadership, Learning and Life through Work Based Learning, in Dhillon, B. Felce, A., Minton, A. and Wall, T. (2011) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work: Accrediting Employer Led Learning, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/meup

Moran, C. and Wall, T. (2011) Issues, Challenges and Joys of Accreditation, in Dhillon, B. Felce, A., Minton, A. and Wall, T. (2011) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work: Accrediting Employer Led Learning, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/meup

Wall, T. (2010) University models for work based learning validation, in Roodhouse, S. and Mumford, J. (Eds) Understanding Work Based Learning, Farnham: Gower, pp.41-54. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/uwbl

Shaw, J. and Wall, T. (2010) Quality assurance, enhancement and risk management in employer engagement – bitesize demonstrator project, in Tallantyre, F., Kettle, J. and Smith, J. (2010) Quality and responding to employer needs, York: Higher Education Academy.

Recent conference presentations (from 2007):

Konrad, J. and Wall. T. (2010) What can we learn from Europe?, European APL / RPLO Conference, June, York.

Meakin, D. and Wall, T. (2011) Co-Delivery of Higher Level Learning and Role Perceptions: A Practitioner Research Study, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Vienna.

Meakin, D. and Wall, T. (2011) Contesting Ownership and Responsibility: A Practitioner Research Study, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Vienna.

Wall, T. (2007) Aspirations: Are We Helping or Hindering?, Academic Advising Conference: An International Perspective, UK Higher Education Academy / US National Academy for Academic Advising, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University.

Wall, T. (2007) Stripping Socrates: Using Socratic Questioning for Learning, June, Shaping & Understanding the Student Experience Conference, Chester, University of Chester.

Wall, T. (2007) The Aspirational Heart of Work Based Learning, Work Based Learning Symposia, AimHigher Research Network, Lancaster, Lancaster University.

Wall, T. (2008) Deconstructing the Joint/Single Binary, Multiple Subject Studies Conference, November, Newcastle, UK.

Wall, T. (2008) Judging Quality in First Person Action Research (in Work Based Learning), Manchester Conference, September, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Wall, T. (2008) Stripping Socrates: Using Socratic Questioning for Learning, Academic Practice and the Student Learning Experience Conference, May, University of Chester.

Wall, T. (2009) Breathing Inquiry: Lifelong Inquiry as Lifelong Learning, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, November, Athens.

Wall, T. (2009) Imagining A Beautiful Mosaic - Flexible Practices for Access, Diversity and Participation, FACE Conference 2009, July, Staffordshire University.

Wall, T. (2009) Imagining a Beautiful Mosaic: Flexible Learning Practices for Diversity, CAEL (Council for Adult & Experiential Learning) International Conference, November, Chicago.

Wall, T. (2009) Practical Theories of Change for Enhancement, Multiple Subject Studies Conference, December, York, UK.

Wall, T. (2009) Seeking ‘quality’ in first person action research, International Conference on Professional Doctorates, November, London.

Wall, T. (2009) Visioning/realising whole Honours degrees through action inquiries, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, November, Athens.

Wall, T. (2010) Eupneic inquiry and 'quality' in first person action research, ALARA World Congress (Action Learning, Action Research Association), September 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

Wall, T. (2010) Innovation in quality perspectives, European APL / RPLO Conference, June, York.

Wall, T. (2010) Prefiguring higher education as action inquiry, ALARA World Congress (Action Learning, Action Research Association), September 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

Wall, T. (2010) Two Experiential Pedagogies: Meticulous Accountant and Creative Sculptor, Council for Adult & Experiential Learning International Conference, San Diego, September 2010.

Wall, T. (2011) Accelerated Practitioner Research Approach (APRA), Work Based Learning Futures V Conference, Derby, September 2011.

Wall, T. (2011) Commodfication in Training Accreditation, International Qualitative Summer Institute, September, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Wall, T. (2011) Commodification in Practitioner Research, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Vienna.

Wall, T. (2011) Rapid Management Development of Practitioner Research Capacity, 7th European Conference on Leadership, Management and Governance, Nice, October 6th / 7th.

Wall, T. (2012) Transcending The Relevance Gap: The Accelerated Practitioner Research Approach, Business and Social Science Conference: Paris 2012, Espace Vocation Paris, France, 27th-28th December.

Wall, T. (2013) Transforming research-learning performance with professional lifelong learners, World Congress on Educational Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, 5th-8th February.

Wall, T. (2014) Invited Research Seminar: Poignant Pedagogies for Discovery – or of Compliance? The Case of Negotiated, Work-Based Learning in Higher Education, Deakin University Centre for Research into Educational Futures and Innovation Research Seminar, Melbourne, August.

Wall, T. (2016) Invited Research Seminar: Why Educational Reform is Like 'looking for the Donkey whilst sitting on its back': provocations from a Zizekian analysis, Deakin University Centre for Research into Educational Futures and Innovation Research Seminar, Melbourne, February.

Wall, T. (2016) Invited Address: Provocative Education: From Buddhism for Busy People® to Dismal Land®, University of Wyoming College of Education Research Symposium, Laramie, March.

Wall, T. (2016) Invited Address: Towards a national-institutional policy for high-impact research, The Isle of Man Research Vannin, Douglas, Isle of Man.

Wall, T. and Hatchard, R. (2007) Raising Spring Chickens: Raising Spring Chickens: new practitioners' experiences with action learning in HE, Shaping & Understanding the Student Experience Conference, June, Chester, University of Chester.

Wall, T. and Hatchard, R. (2008) Spring Chickens: 1 Year After Action Learning, Academic Practice and the Student Learning Experience Conference, May, Chester, University of Chester.

Wall, T. and Leonard, D. (2011) Facilitating situated learning: A 'mode 2' pedagogical model, Work Based Learning Futures V Conference, Derby, September 2011.

Wall, T. and McCraken, P. (2010) What are the strategic benefits of professional learning through work and APL in difficult times? European APL / RPLO Conference, June, York.

Wall, T. and O’Dea, M. (2009) Towards Our Own Community (of Practice) in Business, International Conference on Professional Doctorates, November, London.

Wall, T. and Parry, D. (2012) Towards Ultimate Flexibility in Professional Development, HE & Skills Conference, London: Government Knowledge.

Wall, T. and Talbot, J. (2010) How do we judge the 'quality' of action research – and what are the challenges of embedding it?, CARN Study Day: Envisioning and Embedding  ‘Prior/Present’ Action Inquiries in Higher Education, York St John University, 17th September 2010.

Wall, T., and Dhillon, B. (2009) Work Based Learning Frameworks, fdf / EBTA (Employer Based Training Accreditation) Conference (Innovating Workforce Development), December, Birmingham, UK.

Wall, T., and Dhillon, B. (2009) Working with Employers and Employer Responsive Provision, National fdf Conference (Innovating Workforce Development), November, London.

Wall, T., Konrad, J. and McCraken, P. (2010) Innovation in employer engagement and e-perspectives, European APL / RPLO Conference, June, York.

Wall, T., Leonard, D. and Talbot, J. (2011) Practitioner Enquiry for Busy Professionals: An Accelerated Learning Model, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Vienna.: