Neil Shepherd, Dr



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    Contact Details

    Phone: +44(0)121 204 3093 
    Room: ABS423

    Research Interests

    Strategic decision-making, mergers and acquisitions, strategy implementation

    Research Interests

    Top management teams

    Research Interests

    Social psychology

    Research Interests

    SME internationalization


    Neil is a Chartered Accountant, and prior to pursuing an academic career he worked for KPMG in London, in both their mergers and acquisitions and audit practices. He has worked for Aston Business School since 2009, teaching on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

    His research interests lie in the broad domain of strategy. In particular, he is interested in senior executives and the strategic decisions that they make. His recent research has looked at the processes (e.g. rational, intuitive, political) by which senior executives make strategic decisions—and whether certain processes are more, or less, successful than others. This programme of research has also studied the effects of context (e.g. the characteristics of the decision-makers, the external environment) on decision processes and outcomes. Related research interests include mergers and acquisitions, and strategy implementation.


    • Ph D, Aston University, 2014. Subject: Strategic Management
    • MSc, Aston University, 2010. Subject: Strategic Management

    • BSc, Aston University, 2004. Subject: Managerial and Administrative Studies

    Teaching Activity

    • BSM992 Crafting Organizational Strategy (Executive MBA)
    • BM3399 Strategic Management (UG, final year)

    • MBAPROJA, MBA Project

    • MSCDISS, MSc Dissertation

    Funding Applications and Awards

    Neil’s PhD research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). (2007 - Present)   


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