Dr James Blackmore-Wright

Dr James Blackmore-Wright

Department of Management
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Leadership
Programme Director, Online MSc International Management

Contact details

Room 221
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TY
United Kingdom

James is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Leadership and Programme Director for the Online MSc International Management at Birmingham Business School.

He has extensive experience of leading high-performance management teams, management consultancy and developing effective learning & teaching strategies.

James blends insights from Management Science with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that are faced by organisations operating in complex environments.


  • PhD - University of Northampton, 2020
  • MBA- Aston University, 2012
  • PG Dip, Management - University of Leicester, 2007
  • Senior Fellow – HEA
  • Chartered Marketer - CIM


As Assistant Professor of Strategy and International Business, James is passionate about helping students and businesses achieve their goals through new ways of thinking.

James possess extensive experience of working across a number of diverse industries, from industrial engineering and software organisations to the automotive and financial sectors. He blends insights from the latest studies from across the Management Sciences with an in-depth understanding of the opportunities and challenges that are faced by organisations operating in complex environments.

His academic / practitioner background enables him to take an objective, structured and creative approach to problem solving and decision-making.

James believes that developing a culture of business excellence and high-performance teams should not be approached in isolation – every part of a business that contributes to its performance needs close attention, evaluation and continuous improvement.


  • Cross Cultural Management.
  • Corporate Issues in Management.
  • Advanced Leadership.
  • Corporate Governance & Organisation


James’s research interests lie in the area of medium-sized business development and the challenges faced by international expansion.

Additionally, James retains a long-term interest in the development of effective learning and teaching strategies and the impact that management education has on business performance.


Recent publications


Blackmore-Wright, J, Rice, P & Beeson, P 2019, 'Evaluating the Impact of a Quiz Question within an Educational Video', Tech Trends.

Conference contribution

Blackmore-Wright, J 2017, Better, Faster, Stronger? : An exploration of the impact of MBA education on problem solving and decision-making. in British Academy of Management 2017 Conference Proceedings.

Blackmore-Wright, J & Beeson, H 2016, Team Based Learning: Improving Results, Engagement and experience for International students. in WEI 2016 Harvard Conference Proceedings.


Blackmore-Wright, J 2014, 'Are we thinking ahead?', Paper presented at 2014 British Academy of Management Conference, 6/09/14.

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Media experience

Regular contributor to (Recent engagements):

  • BBC Radio 5 Live - Changing face of the UK high-street
  • BBC Radio 5 Live – M&S Retail Results
  • BBC Radio Northampton – Regional retail performance
  • BBC Television (Look East) – Business Trends