Dr Colm Fearon

Dr Colm Fearon

Department of Management
Senior Lecturer in Business Education

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
B15 2TT

Colm joined Birmingham Business School in September 2019. He was previously at Canterbury Christ Church University and he taught for several years at Queen’s University Belfast between 1998 and 2008. Colm has also worked in various consultancy positions and has been involved mainly with postgraduate and executive education over the past 4-5 years.


  • PhD in Management (Queen’s University of Belfast)
  • PG Certificate in HE (Queen’s University of Belfast)
  • MBA (Ulster)
  • MSc Computing and Information Systems (Ulster)
  • BA Information Management (Queen’s University of Belfast)
  • Academic Member CIPD
  • Senior Fellow HEA


  • Organisational Behaviour (MSc Management)
  • Business Organisation and Management (Undergraduate)
  • Distance Learning (Postgraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

Colm has supervised, co-supervised and examined several PhD’s.


Research interests

Colm has interests in the wider area of organisational studies and the transformative effects of higher education (HE) in particular.

He has recently published in topical areas such as:

  • experiential learning and business simulations
  • information systems in HE
  • career decision-making for HE students
  • self-determined learning (heutagogy) for business school students.
Current projects

Colm is working on various collaborative HE research projects, including:

  • success factors associated with ‘Young Enterprise’ programmes (e.g. in the Netherlands)
  • comparing attitudes to (graduate) digital competency among UK and European employers.

Other activities

Recent Memberships and Activities (2018-19):

  • Co-Chair, Organisational Studies Track (British Academy of Management, BAM Conference)
  • Session Chair, Learning in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) stream, University Forum for Human Resource Development, UFHRD (2019) Conference
  • Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) member - European Journal of Training and Development
  • EAB member - Development and Learning in Organisations Journal
  • Editorial Review Board (ERB) member - Journal of Management Development (until 2019).


Recent Journal Articles

Iannacci, F., Fearon, C. and Pole, K. (2020). From acceptance to adaptive acceptance of social media policy change: A set-theoretic analysis of B2B SMEs. Information Systems Frontiers (accepted/forthcoming). 

Fearon, C., Furlotti, M., van Vuuren, W. and McLaughlin, H. (2019). Developing new opportunities, entrepreneurial skills and product/service creativity: A ‘Young Enterprise’ (YE) perspective. Studies in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1672643

Fearon, C., van Vuuren, W., McLaughlin, H. and Nachmias, S. (2019). Graduate employability, skills development and the UK’s universities business challenge (UBC) competition: a self-determined learning perspective. Studies in Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2019.1576166


Jackson, S., Vanteeva, N. and Fearon, C. (2018). An investigation of the impact of data breach severity on the readability of mandatory data breach notification letters: evidence from U.S. firms. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (formally Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, JASIST). ISSN 2330-1635.

Fearon, C., Nachmias, S., McLaughlin, H. and Jackson, S (2018). Personal values, social capital, and higher education student career decidedness: a new ‘protean’-informed model. Studies in Higher Education, 43(2), pp. 269-291.

Recent Book Chapter(s)

McLaughlin, H. and Fearon, C. (2018). The workforce and the labour market. In Fei, J. ed. Managing Human Resources in the Shipping Industry: Aspects of HRM and Knowledge Management. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138825406 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315740027

Recent Conference Articles

Iannacci, F., Fearon, C. and Pole, K. (2019). Exploring the acceptance of social media: a set-theoretic analysis approach. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, 3-5 September, Aston University (Birmingham), England.

McLaughlin, H., Fearon, C. and Nachmias, S. (2018). Measuring HE learning gain: a holistic self-reporting approach. In: Chartered ABS' Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference, 24-25 April, Glasgow, Scotland.

Nachmias, S., Kougiannou, K. and Fearon, C. (2018). Meaningful work in times of recession: a mixed method analysis of the Greek journalists’ commitment to unpaid work. In: Latin American and European Organization Studies Conference (LAEMOS 2018), 22-24 March, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Pole, K. and Fearon, C. (2018). Evaluating and interactive PR and marketing simulation: a communities of practice approach. In: Academy of Marketing Conference, 2-5 July, Stirling University, Scotland.

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