Dr Victor Newman BA, M.Ed., PGCE, PhD.

Industrial Fellow

Victor Newman is an Industrial Fellow at the University of Greenwich Business School, and innovation consultant; a public speaker, visiting professor to 3 universities on the subject of strategic knowledge management, leadership and innovation.

Former roles include: Chief Learning Officer, Pfizer Global Research University; Executive Chairman of Beneficial Environments; and Head of Innovation Strategy & Economics at InnovateUK.

He has undertaken consulting work for Deloitte, the Financial Services Authority, British Council, UEFA, regulatory, financial services, biopharmaceuticals, foreign government national innovation development strategies, manufacturing and telecoms. Victor has also led successful initiatives for establishing collaborations with entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized enterprises. He also contributes to several leadership development programmes.

Victor has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, contributed to the Harvard Business Review, and is on the Advisory Board for several organisations. He is the author of Made to Measure Problem Solving and his Knowledge Activist’s Handbook from Capstone/ Wiley & Sons has been cited as the “best management book within the last ten years”.

Responsibilities within the university

  • BUSI-1412 Creative Problem-Solving and Consulting module (MBA programme).

Critical Thinking for Researchers 1 and 2 (Doctoral programme).

Awards

LEAD award Cranfield 1995

Recognition

Victor has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, contributed to the Harvard Business Review, and is on the Advisory Board for several organisations. He is the author of Made to Measure Problem Solving and his Knowledge Activist’s Handbook from Capstone/ Wiley & Sons has been cited as the “best management book within the last ten years”. Included in Harvard’s “Fifty Lessons” interviews with 200 of the world’s most respected business leaders (now available via Skillsoft).

288 publications (18 books, 113 journals/ articles, 157 conference papers)

Research / Scholarly interests

Recent thought-leadership includes developing high-impact research methodologies for higher education to complement REF 2021; HE innovation ecosystem strategies, the development of innovation thinking techniques (Predator, Breakout Benchmarking, Baton-Passing, Resilience Engagement Profile, and SPIL (Snapshot Profile for Innovation Leadership to release emergent knowledge); the concept of Behavioural Waste; systemic and systematic consulting methodologies; value proposition simplification and the design and application of leadership placebos as a means of developing personal mastery.

Most recent publication:

(co-author) Newman, V., Elliott, G., Systematic and Systemic Consulting: Misunderstandings, Myths, Fads and the Future, in: Phillips, P.A., Subramanian, K.V., & Newman, V. (ed) Management Consultancy through an Academic and Practitioner Perspective. Notion Press: Chennai, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-64429-239-6.

Recent blog: Changing the Research Excellence Funding Game to Enable Return upon Investment.