Gloucestershire businessman Stewart Barnes, Managing Director of leadership and business strategy specialists QuoLux, has been named a Director of the Centre for Innovation and Productivity, part of the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Business & Technology.
A Visiting Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire since 2016, Stewart is a prolific author of academic chapters, peer-reviewed papers, and the 280-page widely acclaimed book LEADing Small Business – Business Growth through Leadership Development.
“It’s a privilege to contribute to the vitally important body of work that explores the role of leadership in business,” explains Stewart. “This has been a passion of mine for many years; first through my own experience of the challenges of running, growing, and turning around businesses in the UK and internationally. Then, in supporting other firms, of all sizes and sectors, to develop their own leadership potential through our work together at QuoLux.
“The worlds of business and academia are very different, and yet each has so much to offer the other. We are particularly proud of the pioneering partnership that QuoLux has developed with the University of Gloucestershire. Since 2015, the University’s Business School has partnered us in our leadership programmes LEAD, GOLD and GAIN, accrediting the ‘real world’ learning of the local leaders who participate to the highest academic standards of Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MBA. It is the first work based learning MBA of its kind – the only ‘practical MBA’ designed specifically for the leaders of growing businesses.
“This year we’re taking Leading MBA to an international market, developing an entirely online version. We’re so proud to be a Gloucestershire business, partnering the University of Gloucestershire, to create a world-leading leadership programme.”
In addition to being academically published more than a dozen times, in his role as Visiting Fellow Stewart participated in the research team for the study Improving Productivity in UK Small-Medium Sized Enterprises. The first work to be published by the University of Gloucestershire’s Centre for Innovation and Productivity, the Improving Productivityreport prompted the first Productivity Summit to be held in Gloucestershire, earlier this year, involving the participation of more than 100 businesses.
Stewart is currently working on his PhD with the University of Gloucestershire researching leadership in small and medium-sized businesses.
Malcolm Prowle, Professor of Business Improvement and a Director of the Centre for Innovation and Productivity at University of Gloucestershire says, “To be relevant, an effective university business school requires a strong interface and collaboration between academics and experienced business practitioners. Stewart Barnes certainly provides this having had a wealth of experience of managing many types of businesses and of being a consultant/adviser to a varied range of businesses through his role in QuoLux. Moreover, Stewart also brings a good understanding of university business research in his role as PhD researcher and as a collaborator with myself and others on productivity research in business. I look forward to working with him in his new role in the Centre for Innovation and Productivity.”