Professor Clarke is a distinguished leader bridging commerce (Tesco PLC, 1985-92) and higher education (1992 to date), with proven experience as a business school Dean (Newcastle, 2008-2012; Edinburgh, 2012-2016; and interim Dean at his alma
mater, The Australian National University, 2017). He led Edinburgh to the accreditation ‘Triple Crown’ (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA) and is an experienced international peer review team member for international business school accreditation bodies EFMD (EQUIS) as well as an active mentor for AACSB, having seen a number of Schools through to the AACSB ‘visit invite’ stage (e.g. Karlstad, Sweden; Kings Business School, London). As a member of the UK Association of Business Schools Executive (2010-13) Ian was Chair of its Research Committee, and at the British Academy of Management was President (2010), Vice-President (2009), and Chair (2008). In 2012, his leadership, capacity building and scholarly contributions were recognised with a Fellowship of the prestigious UK Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).
Ian has held chairs at leading schools of business and management, including Durham and Lancaster, where he was a Senior Fellow of the EPSRC/ESRC Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM) initiative. He has considerable success in obtaining research council funding (£1.79m to date), working across disciplines as a scholar with leading Strategy academics (Vaara, Alto, Finland) and Linguists (Wodak, Lancaster) on how language is used in senior management teams sensemaking.
His scholarship has been published in leading journals of Management (e.g. Organization Science, 2020, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations), Linguistics (e.g. Discourse & Society, Discourse & Communication, and Journal of
Pragmatics, 2020), and Social Sciences (e.g. Environment & Planning A). He was originally trained as a Human Geographer (Wales, 1980) and has a doctorate from the Research School of Pacific & Asian Studies (The Australian National University,
Professor Clarke’s work is extremely engaged with business and his expertise is therefore valuable in several key nonexecutive capacities: Strategic advisory experience — Ian applies his expertise in Strategy and Strategic Leadership widely. As Dean at Edinburgh, he designed and implemented a strategy to build a distinctive School. Under his leadership the School appointed 12 new chairs in areas of disciplinary shortage such as Accounting, Finance, Strategy, and Leadership from around the world and faculty grew from 53 to 105. These changes propelled the School’s research quality to 21st in REF 2014 and boosted
research power ranking from 21st to 16th. Under his leadership the School launched a novel Executive MBA and repositioned the Full Time MBA, which entered the Economist Top-100 MBA rankings in 2015 at 79th and the Financial Times ‘Global MBA’ rankings (73rd in 2018). Ian led Edinburgh to the accreditation ‘Triple Crown’ (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA) and progress of the School under his leadership was highlighted by the Financial Times. Under his leadership, executive education was shaped as a portfolio of ‘Masterclasses’ around the expertise of faculty on topics such as ‘Leading Strategic Change’, ‘Behavioural Finance’, ‘Strategic Communications’ and ‘Numbers, Governance and Leadership’.