Visiting Academic Dr Graham Manville conferred as an Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes

After 7.5 years at UEA, former Associate Professor Graham Manville made the change to relocate to the United Arab Emirates in December 2020. He now teaches in Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates in an AASCB accredited business school. His teaching philosophy is a fusion of research, teaching and business impact which leads to excellent teaching, impactful research and high-quality graduates. For more than 20 years Graham has developed collaborations with his alumni from UEA as well as his other former universities, Bournemouth University (2000-2007) and the University of Southampton (2007-2013).

Shortly before leaving UEA at the end of 2020, Graham completed a project with NBS alumna Carola Valente a Management Consultant who works for a global strategy consultancy in their Milan offices. Carola already has an impressive track record as she was featured by Graham as a Graduate of Global Distinction back in 2018 and was also Graham’s student and finalist for his 2016 Employability prize linked to his final year UG Entrepreneurship module sponsored by NatWest Business Banking.

Carola graduated from UEA in 2016 and now works for global strategy management consultancy, Simon Kucher and Partners which has 41 offices across the world and revenues of over €350 Million. Carola and Graham’s research was  published in a peer reviewed journal article in the Management Consulting Journal, the house journal of the Institute of Consulting which has leading Russell Group university academics on the editorial board. Their research employed a case based analysis of how companies can respond innovatively and use the ongoing challenges of the Covid pandemic to employ omni-channel approaches to increase revenue generation, re-engineer their business processes and business models to increase profitability and for multi-national organisations, to realign international corporate structures and realign their transfer pricing processes. Our journal article was subsequently a shortlisted finalist for the prestigious Centre for Management Consulting Excellence awards in the category of “Changing environment for the consultant” held in November 2021. Unfortunately, we did not win the top prize but we are pleased that our research was recognized and disseminated to a wider academic and business audience.

Left to right: Alumna Carola Valente (BSc Business Management,2016) and Dr Graham Manville former Associate Professor at NBS and UEA alumnus (MA in Academic Practice, 2017).

As one door closes another door opens and in October 2021 Graham was conferred as an Academic Fellow in the 2021 intake of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI).

“in recognition of the recipient’s significant contribution to thought leadership within the management consulting profession, supported by exemplary teaching and applied research”

The ICMCI is responsible for the national management consulting institutes of more than 48 countries with over 9,000 Certified Management Consultants (CMC).

Graham has had a career in management consulting in practice and in academia for more than 20 years. He is a CMC who has consulted in many sectors over the years including: Investment Banking, SMEs, Engineering and Not-for-Profit organizations. In academia he has taught at UG and MBA level and specializes in work integrated learning using either live clients and/or authentic assessment i.e. setting academically rigorous assessment which replicates business practice. As well as being based in a vibrant country in the Middle East, he has worked internationally in Greece, the Channel Islands and 3 leading UK universities during which time he established management consultancy education Programmes with partner universities in Australia.

In 2018 he co-authored an edited book with Julian Campbell from Norwich Business School on Management Consultancy with contributions from global and awarding winning consultancy practices as well as world class academics with a proven track record of publishing in A an A* ABDC ranked journals. The book bridged the gap between theory and practice and his research resulted in his team being shortlisted finalists in 2019 by Centre of Management Consulting Excellence.

Graham’s AF-CMC (Academic Fellow) status means he joins esteemed academics from the QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2022 & Times Higher Education 2022 top 100 world ranked universities including: University of Toronto, Canada (18), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (46); University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (55); University of Bristol, UK (62); Københavns Universitet – University of Copenhagen, Denmark (79) and The University of Auckland, New Zealand (85) to name but a few.

Graham says that he is “honored and privileged to be able to use my award as a platform to fly the flag for Zayed University to raise Management Consulting in United Arab Emirates, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) & Globally using his extensive international network.”

For more information on his research, check out his Google Scholar page or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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