Biography

Bibliographical note
Barry teaches strategic management, general and change management. He is a leading European expert on hoshin kanri, a Japanese form of strategic management. He lectures and consults extensively in the UK and overseas on strategy implementation. He is also the Programme Director for Norwich Business School's Masters' degrees. Barry began his working life as a bank economist in the City of London, and afterwards lived for some years in Scotland where he helped establish the Scottish Trout Marketing Association, and provided management support to community cooperatives in the Western Isles. Afterwards, at Durham University, he founded and directed the Centre for Quality and Change, and set up one of the first social science faculty's doctoral training programmes in the UK. Barry has supervised a substantial number of successful PhD students, and has held a number of positions at Strathclyde, Stirling, Teesside, and Durham Universities. He has also organised and presented courses at several overseas universities.

Reseach Interests
Barry conducts research in international firms and organizations in strategic and performance management. The focus of his research is on how senior executive levels use organization-wide frameworks to implement and execute strategic change and control in daily management. This includes the delivery of strategic priorities in the public sector. The work takes an integrated view of organizational management, and includes all those subjects and fields listed under 'Supervision Topics' below. Research and writing is theoretically positioned within the resource based view of strategy, especially the idea that strategic management should be a managed organization-wide dynamic capability. Related papers, grants, extension events, such as research seminars, are showcased at: www.hoshin-kanri.co.uk

Academic Background

Recent Books

Witcher B. J. & Chau V. S. (2010), Strategic Management: Principles and Practice, South-Western, Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781844809936

Witcher B. J. (2010), Encyclopaedia of Strategic Management, on-line resource, Cengage Learning, pps. 500
 

Selected international journal articles

Witcher, B.J. with Chau, V.S. (2008). ‘Strategic and Performance Management Balanced Scorecards at EDF Energy and Tesco’, Strategic Change (Journal), in press.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2008). ‘Dynamic Capabilities for Strategic Team Performance Management: The Case of Nissan’,Team Performance Management, 14(5/6).

Witcher, B.J. Chau, V.S. & Harding, P. (2008). ‘Dynamic Capabilities: Top Executive Audits and Hoshin Kanri at Nissan South Africa’, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 28(6), 540-561.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2007), Balanced scorecard and hoshin kanri: dynamic capabilities for managing strategic fit,Management Decision, 45(3), 518-538.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2007), ‘Balanced Scorecard and Hoshin Kanri: Managing Strategic Priorities’, Emerald for Managers – Feature of the Month, (abridged version of former publication in: Management Decision, 45 (3), pp. 518-538), May

Witcher, B.J. and Chau, V.S. (2007), Top Executive Audits: Strategic Reviews of Operational ActivitiesManagerial Auditing Journal, 22 (1), 95-105.

Chau V. S. & Witcher, B.J. (2005), Longitudinal Tracer Studies: Research Methodology of the Middle RangeBritish Journal of Management 16 (4), 343-355.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2005), Implications of Regulation Policy Incentives for Strategic Control: An Integrative ModelAnnals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 76 (1), 85-119.

Witcher, B.J. (2003), Hoshin Kanri hos Hewlett-Packard, Ledelse I Dag, 53 (2), 126-136.

Witcher, B.J. (2003), 'Policy Management of Strategy: Hoshin Kanri'Journal of Strategic Change, 12 (1), 83-94.

Witcher, B.J. (2002), Hoshin Kanri: A Study of Practice in the UKManagerial Auditing Journal, 17 (7), 390-396.

Witcher, B.J. & Butterworth, R. (2001), Hoshin Kanri: Policy Management in Japanese-owned UK SubsidiariesJournal of Management Studies, 38(5), 651-674.

Butterworth R. & Witcher, B.J. (2001), Realising the Vision: Translating Strategy into Action through Policy ManagementJournal of the Institution of British Telecommunications Engineers, part 3, August.

Witcher, B.J. & Butterworth, R. (2000), Hoshin Kanri at Hewlett-PackardJournal of General Management, 25(4), 70-85.

Witcher, B.J. & Butterworth, R. (1999), Hoshin Kanri: How Xerox ManagesLong Range Planning, 32(3), 323-332.

Witcher B. J. (1995), The Changing Scale of Total Quality ManagementQuality Management Journal, Summer, 9-29.

Witcher B.J. and Whyte J. (1995) ‘Adoption of Total Quality Management in Scotland’The TQM Magazine, 6 (2), pp. 48-53,

Witcher, B.J., Craigen, J.C.G., Culligan, D. & Harvey, A. (1991),The Links Between Objectives and Function in Organizational Sponsorship, Internatinal Journal of Advertising, 10(1), 13-33.

Witcher, B.J. (1990), Total Marketing: Total Quality and the Marketing Concept, Quaterly Review of Marketing, 15(2), 1-6.

Selected international conference articles:

Witcher B.J. & Chau V.S. (2008), The Importance of Vision, Mission and Values in Approaches to Strategic Performance Management: Comparative Cases and a Conceptual Framework, British Academy of Management, Annual Conference, Harrogate.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2007), The Effectiveness of Balanced Scorecards in Non-Market Industries: The Case of UK regulated Monopoly Network Utilities, 27th Strategic Management Society’s Annual Conference, San Diego, USA, November.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2007), Top Executive Audits: Building Dynamic Capabilities at Nissan South Africa, British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Warwick, September.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2007), Dynamic Capability at Nissan: Hoshin Kanri, Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, May, Paris.

Witcher, B.J. , P. & Chau V.S. (2006), Top Executive Audits: Senior Management Involvement in Strategic Reviews of Organization-wide Performance and Processes, 26th Strategic Management Society’s Annual Conference, November, Vienna.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V,S. (2006), Top Executive Audits: Senior Management Review at an Operational Level, British Academy of Management, Annual Conference, September, Belfast.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2006), Hoshin Kanri and the Balanced Scorecard: A Dynamic Capability for Strategy and Operational Effectiveness, Academy of Management, Atlanta, August.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2006), POSIES: A Balanced Scorecard / Hoshin Kanri Dynamic Capability Framework for the Management of Strategy and Operational Effectiveness’, Proceedings of the 6th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, May, Oslo, Norway.

Witcher, B.J. & Harding P. (2005), Top Executive Audits and Review in Strategic Management, 25th Strategic Management Society’s Annual Conference, October, Orlando, Florida.

Witcher B.J. (2005), Balanced Scorecard and Hoshin Kanri: An Integrative Approach for the Management of Strategy and Operational Effectiveness, British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Oxford, September.

Witcher B.J. & Chau V.S. (2005), Reflexivity and the Activity-Based View of Management: Longitudinal Tracer Studies in UK Regulated Monopoly Network Utilities, British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Oxford, September.

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2004) ‘CAQDAS and Longitudinal Tracer Studies: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back or Two Steps Back for One Step Forward?’, Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management, September, St Andrews University (St Andrews, Scotland).

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2004) ‘Tracing the Adaptation Progress of Policy Innovations in the Strategic Management of Objectives in UK Regulated Utilities’, Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference of the Irish Academy of Management, September, Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland).

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2004) ‘Tracer Methodological Rigour and Practical Organisational Propinquity: The Hoshin Kanri Research Case Exemplar’, Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management, September, St Andrew’s University (St Andrews, Scotland).

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2003) ‘Tracing Effects of Regulation Policy Innovation on Strategic Control in the Management of UK Regulated Utilities: A Preliminary Assessment’, Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management, September, Leeds Metropolitan University (Harrogate, UK).

Witcher, B.J. & Chau, V.S. (2003) ‘Longitudinal Tracer Studies: Transcending the Boundaries of Research Methodologies for a Better Middle Way’, Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management, September, Leeds Metropolitan University (Harrogate, UK).

All Publications

Witcher, B.

(2014)

Hoshin Kanri,

in Perspectives on Performance

11

(1)

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B., Chau, V. S.

(2014)

Strategic Management: Principles and Practice 2nd Edition,

Cenage Learning

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Witcher, B.

(2014)

The Hoshin Kanri Bibliography,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Witcher, B.

(2014)

Encyclopaedia of Strategic Management,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Witcher, B.

(2013)

Hoshin Kanri through the Eyes of English Language Texts,

in Journal of Business Studies

53

(3)

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B., Chau, V.

(2012)

Varieties of Capitalism and Strategic Management: Managing Performance in Multinationals after the Global Financial Crisis,

in British Journal of Management

23

(SUPPL. 1)

pp. S58-S73

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B., Chau, V.

(2010)

Strategic Management: Principles and Practice,

Cenage Learning

ISBN 978-1-84480-993-6

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Chau, V. S., Witcher, B. J.

(2009)

The uses and usefulness of reflexive accounts in strategic performance management research: The case of UK regulated public utilities,

in International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

58

(4)

pp. 346-366

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Chau, V. S., Witcher, B. J.

(2008)

Dynamic capabilities for strategic team performance management: the case of Nissan,

in Team Performance Management

14

(3/4)

pp. 179-191

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B., Chau, V.

(2008)

Contrasting Uses of Balanced Scorecards: Case Studies at two UK Companies,

in Strategic Change

17

pp. 101-114

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B., Chau, V., Harding, P.

(2008)

Dynamic Capabilities: Top Executive Audits and Hoshin Kanri at Nissan South Africa,

in International Journal of Operations and Production Management

28

(6)

pp. 540-561

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B. J., Chau, V. S., Harding, P.

(2007)

Top executive audits: strategic reviews of operational activities,

in Managerial Auditing Journal

22

(1)

pp. 95-105

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B., Chau, V.

(2007)

Balanced scorecard and hoshin kanri: dynamic capabilities for managing strategic fit,

in Management Decision

45

(3)

pp. 518-538

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Chau, V. S., Witcher, B.

(2005)

Implications of Regulation Policy Incentives for Strategic Control: An Integrative Model,

in Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics

76

(1)

pp. 85-119

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B., Chau, V. S.

(2005)

Longitudinal Tracer Studies: Research methodology of the Middle Range,

in British Journal of Management

16

(4)

pp. 343-355

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B.

(2003)

Policy Management of Strategy (hoshin kanri),

in Journal of Strategic Change

12

(1)

pp. 83-94

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B.

(2002)

Hoshin kanri: A Study of Practice in the UK,

in Managerial Auditing Journal

17

(7)

pp. 390-396

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Butterworth, R., Witcher, B.

(2001)

Realising the vision: Translating strategy into action through policy mangement ,

in Journal of the Institution of British Telecommunications Engineers

2

(4)

pp. 24-30

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B., Butterworth, R.

(2001)

Hoshin Kanri: Policy Management in Japanese-owned UK Subsidiaries,

in Journal of Management Studies

38

(5)

pp. 651-674

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Witcher, B., Butterworth, R.

(1999)

Hoshin Kanri: How Xerox manages,

in Long Range Planning

32

(3)

pp. 323-332

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Research supervision topics


(1) Strategic management as a framework for the management of change.
(2) Hoshin kanri (policy management, deployment).
(3) The strategic balanced scorecard.
(4) Dynamic capabilities and organizational learning systems.
(5) Core capabilities (business models) and core competences (business philosophies and managing methodologies).
(6) Top executive audits of organizational effectiveness.
(7) Strategic control systems.
(8) Top management policies, execution & delivery in daily management.
(9) Total quality management (TQM, TQC), and related business philosophies such as continuous improvement.
(10) Strategy & operational effectiveness. Performance excellence (quality or self-assessment) models.
(11) Senior executive reviews (business audits) and the management of organization-wide review.
(12) The management of objectives (in constrast to management by objectives).
(13) Cross functional management structure.
(14) Critical and post-modern management.
(15) Public sector targets & delivery systems.

Research proposals should consider these topics from a strategic management perspective. Strategic management is defined as the overall and general management of a firm's or whole organization's longer-term purpose. The senior level's management of long-term purpose as short-term priorities is especially important.

References:
Witcher B. J. (1990), What Should a PhD Look Like? Graduate Management Research, 5(1), 29-36. Witcher B. J. (2008), Encyclopaedia of Strategic Management: Concepts and References, 500 pps.