Robert Anthony Gorzynski

Email: abp746@bangor.ac.uk

Profile

I have spent 30 years in the field of strategy as a writer, practitioner and academic. During that time I have been fortunate to participate at senior level in strategic decision-making in both commercial (corporate and entrepreneurial) and not-for-profit organisations and I have taught a broad range of strategy and organisational development courses at both post-graduate (Bristol University) and undergraduate (Gloucestershire University) levels.

My key area of interest and academic research at Bangor University is strategic thinking, particularly in emergent social and community enterprises supporting the environment. This reflects my life-long passion for the natural world and my desire to contribute to developing alternative, sustainable, community-based social enterprise centred on the stewardship of all aspects of the environment.

I began my academic career with an Economics Degree at Lancaster University, progressed some years later with an MBA from York University in Toronto (Deans Honours List) and commenced my PhD at Bangor in September 2015. I also qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), which has not been the focus of my career but has provided a useful background for merging both the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ aspects of management practice.

I am the author of four published books on strategy, three of them on strategic thinking. I am currently preparing a third edition of ‘The Strategic Mind’ (first in the series) and commencing a new book on the critical role that connection to the natural world plays in building a sustainable future. In my spare time, I also enjoy writing creatively, both in prose and poetry.

Qualifications

  • MBA, York University, Toronto, Canada (Dean’s Honours List), 1986
  • BA Economics: Lancaster University, 1977

Research Interests

I am interested in all aspects of the relationship between strategy, ecology and human ecology. In addition to exploring the links between strategic thinking and our sense of connection to the natural world I am looking at alternative frameworks for supporting the growth for organisations focused on social purpose rather than profit (community, social enterprise and charities).

Current Research

An experiential approach to strategic thinking: studying the importance of the connection to the natural world and a sense of personal and community identity.

My research focus is likely to be on small community and social enterprises in Wales (perhaps extending to Scotland and some coastal regions of the United Kingdom, for the example, the Isle of Wight).

Supervisors

Dr Azhdar Karami
Dr Siwan Mitchelmore