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Professor Arthur Francis

PositionEmeritus Professor of Management
LocationUniversity of Bradford School of Management
Emm Lane
West Yorkshire
DepartmentSchool of Management

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Arthur currently teaches in the areas of strategic management and technology and innovation management and contributes to research training on the PhD and DBA programmes.

Administrative Responsibilities

Arthur is Dean of the School of Management and chairs the university's external relations committee.


Arthur was previously professor of corporate strategy at the University of Glasgow, where he was also director of research at the business school, and associate dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Before Glasgow, he was head of the business policy and marketing group at the Imperial College Management School. His career has also included time at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a period of secondment to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as co-ordinator of its research programme on the competitiveness of British industry.

He has been adviser to a number of bodies, including the Institute of Directors, KPMG NV and the European Commission. He has served on a number of ESRC boards, commissions and committees, and chaired a European Union collaborative programme on management and new technology.

He is married to Jan who was a lecturer in human nutrition at Glasgow Caledonian University and is now working part-time as a dietician in the community, advising people with diabetes. They have three grown-up children.

Arthur's interests include music, the cinema and local history, and he is involved in various church-related activities. Although an Episcopalian, he was on the advisory committee of the Church of Scotland's society, religion and technology project and, when previously in England, was on various church synods and parish councils. He is the Bishop of Bradford's appointee as chair of the advisory Council of Bradford Cathedral.

Professional Activities

Arthur is a member of the US Academy of Management, the British Academy of Management (BAM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). He is a one-time council member of BAM, of which he has been elected a fellow. In 2000 was invited to become a companion of the CMI. He is currently vice-chair, and chair-elect, of the Association of Business Schools.

Research Areas

Strategy generally, and specifically insofar as it relates to technology, innovation, design and major organizational change.

Current Projects

Arthur is collaborating with medical scientists and industry in an EPSRC-funded project concerned with the development of a major innovation in minimally invasive orthopaedic procedures.


Refereed Journal Articles

Francis, A. and Salaheldin, I., (1998) 'A Study of MRP Practices in Egyptian Manufacturing Companies', International Journal of Operations and Production Management18 (6) pp 588-611

Francis, A. and MacIntosh, R., (1997) 'The Market, Technological and Industry Context of Business Process Re-Engineering in the UK', International Journal of Operations and Production Management17 (4) pp 344-364

Francis, A. and Southern, G., (1995) 'Epochs and Institutions: Contextualising BPR', New Technology, Work and Employment10 (2) pp 110-120

Francis, A., (1992) 'The Process of National Industrial Regeneration and Competitiveness', Strategic Management Journal13 pp 61-78

Francis, A., (1990) 'Organization Design - Some Theoretical Considerations', The Annuals of the School of Business Administration34, Kobe University

Francis, A. and Winstanley, D., (1988) 'Managing New Product Development: Some Alternative Ways to Organise the Work of Technical Specialists', Journal of Marketing Management4 (2) pp 249-260

Francis, A. and Wainwright, J., (1984) 'Office Automation - Its Design, Implementation, and Impact', Personnel Review

Francis, A., Budde, A. et al, (1982) 'Corporate Goals, Managerial Objectives, and Organisational Structures in British and West German Companies', Organisation Studies

Francis, A. and Willman, P., (1980) 'Microprocessors: Impact and Response', Personnel Review

Francis, A., (1980) 'Company Objectives, Managerial Motivations and the Behaviour of Large Firms', Cambridge Journal of Economics

Francis, A., (1980) 'Families, Firms and Finance Capital: the Development of UK Industrial Firms with particular reference to their Ownership and Control', Sociology14 (1) pp 1-27, Guest Editor, Human Relations, Vol 29, 5, 1976, on industrial democracy

Francis, A. and Child, J., (1976) 'Strategy Formulation as a Structured Process', International Studies of Management and Organisation and Revue Francaise de Gestion

Francis, A. and Davies, C., (1976) 'Perceptions of Structure in NHS Hospitals', Sociological Review Monograph on the National Health Service, M Stacy (ed)

Francis, A. and Davies, C., (1975) 'The Many Dimensions of Performance Measurement', Organisational Dynamics

Books / Reports

Francis, A., Horte,S. and Pedersen, J.L., (1995) Design, Networks and Strategies, European Commission, Luxembourg, DG XIII

Francis, A. and Storey, J., (1992) The Structure of Organizations, Open University, Milton Keynes, (OU Course Unit)

Francis, A. (ed), and Tharakan, P.K.M., (1989) The Competitiveness of European Industry, Routledge

Francis, A. (ed), and Grootings, P., (1986) New Technologies and Work: Capitalist and Socialist Perspectives, Routledge

Francis, A., (1986) New Technology at Work, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Willman, P. and Winch, G. in collaboration with Francis, A. and Snell, M., (1985) Innovation and Management Control: Labour Relations at BL Cars, Oxford University Press

Francis, A. and Wainwright, J., (1984) Office Automation, Organisation and the Nature of Work, Gower

Francis, A. (ed), Turk, J. and William, P., (1982) Efficiency and Institutions, Heinemann

Book Chapters

Francis, A. and Fischbacher, M., (1999) 'Managing the Design of Health Care Services', in Davies, H.T.O., Tavakoli, M., Malek, M., and Neilson, A.R. (eds), Managing Quality: Strategic Issues in Health Care Management, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, pp 20-38, ISBN 0 7546 1004 7

Francis, A. and Fischbacher, M., (1999) 'Relationships in Health Care Commissioning: A Case Study of Glasgow', in Davies, H.T.O., Tavakoli, M., Malek, M., and Neilson, A.R. (eds), Controlling Costs: Strategic Issues in Health Care Management, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, pp 62-77, ISBN 0 7546 1110 8

Francis, A., (1998) 'Trends in Technology and Management Education and Training: The UK Experience', inProceedings of the Consultative Meeting on Technology Management Education and Training for developing countries in the ESCAP Region, 19-22 May 1997, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology, New Delhi, ISBN 81-86613-09-9

Francis, A., (1998) 'Strategic Aspects of Management and New Technology: What we have learned from COST A3', in Garcia, C.E. and Sanz-Menendez, L. (eds.), Management and Technology, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, ISBN 92-828-1564-1

Francis, A. with MacLean, D., (1997) 'The Development of High-Tech Industries: Optoelectronics in Scotland', in Campodall�Orto, S (ed.), Managing Technological Knowledge Transfer: proceedings from COST A3 workshop in Milan, Italy, February 1996, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities

Francis, A., (1995) 'Research Methods in Organisational Behaviour', in Nicholson, N., Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Organizational Behaviour, Blackwell, Oxford, pp 482-3

Francis, A., (1995) 'Introduction', in Horte,S. and Pedersen, J.L., Networks and Strategies, European Commission, pp 1-6, ISBN 2-87263-131-3, DG XIII


Francis, A. and Fischbacher, M., (1997) 'Managing Service Sector Product Design', Working Paper for BAM Conference

Francis, A. and Horte, S., (1997) 'Management and New Technology', Final Report EC COST A3 Action

Francis, A. and MacIntosh, R., (1997) 'A Review of Business Process Research Across the Process Industries Sector', A Consultancy Report for the Innovative Manufacturing Initiative, EPSRC

Francis, A., (1997) 'Innovation, Organizations, and Business Processes', Report to ESRC

Francis, A., (1996) 'Artificial Management or The Design of Management and the Management Design', Working Paper presented at the BAM Annual Conference

Francis, A., (1996) 'Managing Design in Service Sector', Virtual Organisations, Design Council Workshop

Francis, A., (1995) 'Improving the UK�s Industrial Competitiveness: do we know how and would we know if we were succeeding?', RSA Journal pp 25-39, (based on a talk given at the Royal Society of Arts, 5 April 1995)

Francis, A., (1995) 'In Pursuit of Prosperity', European Quality (The Official Journal of the European Organization for Quality)2 (4) pp 18-19

Francis, A., (1995) 'Moral Sentiments, Business Strategies and the Wealth of Nations', The Avenue pp 37-39

Francis, A., (1995) 'Commercialising the Scottish Science Base: The Corporate Perspective' pp 38, report commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, May 1995

Guest Editor, Human Relations, Vol 29, 5, 1976, on industrial democracy

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