Dr Joachim Timlon is an Assistant Professor of Strategy & International Business (SIB), Birmingham Business School (BBS) at the University of Birmingham.
Leads the SIB Department Corporate Governance modules in Birmingham, Dubai, and Singapore with a focus on how the board can contribute to firm value by taking strategic initiatives in innovation, sustainability, and digitalization. Prior he was Lead SIB Seminar (Teaching), Web Lead for the Research Excellence Framework (REF), SIB ED&I Representative, and Director, M.Sc. Advanced Engineering Management Program (AEMP) where he successfully promoted the integration of business-related knowledge and that of advanced engineering in the learning experience of the students, including the incorporation of AI into the syllabus.
- Corporate Governance & Strategy
- Innovation Strategy & Creativity
- Sustainable Growth & Inclusion
- Green Unicorns
Joachim has a rare track record which combines academic teaching and research with high-level management consulting and managerial responsibilities. Over the course of two decades, Joachim’s teaching and research has centered around organizations as dynamic innovation systems in state of creating value through continuous learning, adaptations, and improvements, bringing innovations to global dynamic markets. As a researcher, Joachim co-founded SOL (Society for Organizational Learning) in Sweden and the European Centre, engaging in sharing ideas and helping corporations to tackle common issues related to change and sustainability. He has an industry background with many years in management consulting, assisting CEOs to refine and renew their companies’ business models and supporting the transformation process required to develop and implement business strategies in practice with sustainable results. Joachim is also an experienced interim manager with recognized skills for co-creating strategies and action plans for bottom-line impact.
Joachim drives the development of the Corporate Governance discipline through disciplinary and pedagogic research. This amalgamated initiative seeks a better understanding of strategies that boards can use and resource allocations to be made with important trad-offs between cost efficiencies and differentiation as well as being right and being fast to create firm value. A special focus is on sustainable growth and long-term development in start-up tech companies, many of which are Unicorns, in the global climate tech ecosystem with explicit focus on reducing GHG emissions or addressing the impact of global warming; applying an institutional lens for how Unicorn companies shape and are shaped by institutions in different ecosystems. It is a careful selection with a variety of aspects including resilience, digital technology, ethics, scale, and inclusion. His practice-based research has been published as highly regarded peer-reviewed teaching cases that come with teaching instructions to ensure maximum learning impact.
With a lifelong love for learning, Joachim’s preferred teaching approach is one of full class member engagement in discussion and reflection by using case studies and other empirical material that has value in real-world learning. His teaching is informed by his own research and the use of the teaching cases. He is an effective, multi-lingual teacher, highly skilled in communication, listening, collaboration and cultural awareness with extensive experience of teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and executive classes in all continents of the world.
By bridging theory and practice, he seeks opportunities to collaborate nationally and internationally with partners to co-create work within his research areas that has significant value, is intellectually stimulating and relevant for the communities of practice engaged in research and business. The central aim of his teaching and research is to impact on and improve human condition in business and society, contributing to making the world a better place to live in.