Dr Matt Offord

  • Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management Education (Management)

Biography

Matt is a leadership scholar committed to teaching responsible and ethical leadership through ecopegagogy (fostering ecological awareness).  His approach to teaching is based on experiential learning which incorporates outdoor learning, games and case teaching to complement more traditional approaches.  Matt is an Associate Director for Learning and Teaching at Adam Smith Business school, part of the learning and teaching leadership team.  In this role, Matt focuses on the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoTL) and advocating the role of scholarship in business education.

Matt teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level focusing on 21st Century Leadership and Management which includes environmental sustainability and governance (ESG) as well as data and AI and its impact on modern leadership.  Matt works with business partners to develop professional education through innovative approaches, such as educational escape rooms.

Matt is a second-career academic, starting at Adam Smith Business School after 30 years service in the Royal Navy as a submarine officer and mine clearance diver.  

Research interests

Matt is a member of the School's Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.

Matt's study in sociocultural evolution was used to explain the importance of prestige in leadership and how leadership structures evolve.  More recently he used cultural phylogenetic analysis to explore academics' response to Covid-19 lockdowns by using flexible imitation to evolve new teaching techniques.  This led to an interest in Gabriel Tarde, a 19th Century sociologist who promoted microsociology and imitation as channels for cultural evolution

His specific interests are:

  • Computational Social Science
  • Cultural Evolution of Leadership and Higher Education
  • Imitation
  • Gabriel Tarde
  • Leadership in the 21st Century
  • Prestige
  • Social Networks

Publications

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Number of items: 24.

2024

Hall, H., Lewis, T., Garcia, J., Offord, M. , Hecking, M., Neubig, C. and Gervich, C. (2024) Educational Escape Room Games - Online Conversation with Designers. [Artefact]

2023

Offord, M. (2023) The great outdoors. Ambition, Dec 23(69), pp. 18-21.

Offord, M. (2023) Educational technology: a postdigital social tradition. Postdigital Science and Education, (doi: 10.1007/s42438-023-00445-1) (Early Online Publication)

Ryland, A. and Offord, M. (2023) The Value of Outdoor Learning. [Audio]

Offord, M. (2023) Educational Escape Rooms in Maritime Leadership Education. 2023 BAM MKE Teaching Practice Conference, UCL, London, 7 July 2023.

Karlsson, P. S. and Offord, M. (2023) Higher education during crisis: a case study on organic resilience. Continuity and Resilience Review, 5(2), pp. 185-197. (doi: 10.1108/CRR-10-2022-0030)

Karlsson, P. S. , Offord, M. and Enang, I. (2023) Guest editorial: resilience in a post-pandemic world – has anything changed? Continuity and Resilience Review, 5(2), pp. 113-115. (doi: 10.1108/CRR-07-2023-045)

Gray, M., Leeper Jr., M., Offord, M. and Porteous, R. (2023) The Growing Role of Games in Social Science Innovation. Sustaining and Scaling Impact through Commercial Routes and Gaming [Workshop] - Hope into Action: Social Sciences Impact Conference, 20-21 March 2023.

Karlsson-Brown, P. , Offord, M. and Enang, I. (Eds.) (2023) Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World – Has Anything Changed? Continuity and Resilience Review. [Edited Journal] (Accepted for Publication)

2022

Honeychurch, S., Barr, M., Quinn, N., Mullen, H. and Offord, M. (2022) The co-creation of a digital escape room designed to develop students’ digital confidence. Journal of Social Media for Learning, (Accepted for Publication)

Offord, M. (2022) Agent Based Modelling to Demonstrate Self-synchronisation at The Battle Of Trafalgar: A Demonstration of Computational Methods for Teaching Command and Control. In: 27th ICCRTS Information Central, Quebec City, Canada, 25-27 October 2022,

Offord, M. , Honeychurch, S. , Quinn, N. , Barr, M. and Mullen, H. (2022) The escape room: using a simple text-based game to promote business undergraduates’ digital self reliance. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 23, (doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi23.855)

Offord, M. , Gibb, A. and Quinn, N. (2022) Business Games for Environment, Sustainability and Governance (ESG). Learning Design and Education for Sustainable Development Bootcamp 2022, 24 March-20 June 2022.

Offord, M. (2022) Battle of Trafalgar - Self Organisation Demonstrator. [Artefact]

2021

Offord, M. (2021) Day1b: Cheating is inevitable in business games. [Website]

Honeychurch, S. and Offord, M. (2021) Developing a school-wide framework for blended and online learning and teaching (BOLT). Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 109-117. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.481)

Hunter, P., Mullen, H. , Offord, M. , Quinn, N. and Thompson, K. (2021) Early adoption in an agile online teaching environment: an intrapreneurial perspective. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 127-136. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.476)

Honeychurch, S. and Offord, M. (2021) Developing a School-wide Framework for Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT). 14th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, 18 Jun 2021.

Mullen, H. , Quinn, N. , Offord, M. and Tasler, N. (2021) SoTLcast Podcast: Transitioning into HE from Private Sector. [Audio]

Honeychurch, S. , Offord, M. , Quinn, N. , Barr, M. and Mullen, H. (2021) The Co-Creation of a Digital Escape Room Designed to Develop Students’ Digital Confidence. SocMedHE21, 14 Dec 2021.

2020

Offord, M. (2020) Objections and Solutions to Online Learning. Online Learning Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) Festival, Online Only, 15 Sep 2020.

2019

Offord, M. , Gill, R. and Kendal, J. (2019) The effects of prestige on collective performance and information flow in a strictly hierarchical institution. Palgrave Communications, 5, 4. (doi: 10.1057/s41599-018-0211-8)

2017

Offord, M. (2017) The Effects of Prestige on Collective Performance and Information Flow in a Strictly Hierarchical Situation. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference, Paris, France, 6-8 April 2017.

2016

Offord, M. , Gill, R. and Kendal, J. (2016) Leadership between decks: a synthesis and development of engagement and resistance theories of leadership based on evidence from practice in Royal Navy warships. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 37(2), pp. 289-304. (doi: 10.1108/LODJ-07-2014-0119)

This list was generated on Fri Mar 1 01:16:08 2024 GMT.
Number of items: 24.

Articles

Offord, M. (2023) The great outdoors. Ambition, Dec 23(69), pp. 18-21.

Offord, M. (2023) Educational technology: a postdigital social tradition. Postdigital Science and Education, (doi: 10.1007/s42438-023-00445-1) (Early Online Publication)

Karlsson, P. S. and Offord, M. (2023) Higher education during crisis: a case study on organic resilience. Continuity and Resilience Review, 5(2), pp. 185-197. (doi: 10.1108/CRR-10-2022-0030)

Karlsson, P. S. , Offord, M. and Enang, I. (2023) Guest editorial: resilience in a post-pandemic world – has anything changed? Continuity and Resilience Review, 5(2), pp. 113-115. (doi: 10.1108/CRR-07-2023-045)

Honeychurch, S., Barr, M., Quinn, N., Mullen, H. and Offord, M. (2022) The co-creation of a digital escape room designed to develop students’ digital confidence. Journal of Social Media for Learning, (Accepted for Publication)

Offord, M. , Honeychurch, S. , Quinn, N. , Barr, M. and Mullen, H. (2022) The escape room: using a simple text-based game to promote business undergraduates’ digital self reliance. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 23, (doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi23.855)

Honeychurch, S. and Offord, M. (2021) Developing a school-wide framework for blended and online learning and teaching (BOLT). Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 109-117. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.481)

Hunter, P., Mullen, H. , Offord, M. , Quinn, N. and Thompson, K. (2021) Early adoption in an agile online teaching environment: an intrapreneurial perspective. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 9(2), pp. 127-136. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v9i2.476)

Offord, M. , Gill, R. and Kendal, J. (2019) The effects of prestige on collective performance and information flow in a strictly hierarchical institution. Palgrave Communications, 5, 4. (doi: 10.1057/s41599-018-0211-8)

Offord, M. , Gill, R. and Kendal, J. (2016) Leadership between decks: a synthesis and development of engagement and resistance theories of leadership based on evidence from practice in Royal Navy warships. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 37(2), pp. 289-304. (doi: 10.1108/LODJ-07-2014-0119)

Edited Journals

Karlsson-Brown, P. , Offord, M. and Enang, I. (Eds.) (2023) Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World – Has Anything Changed? Continuity and Resilience Review. [Edited Journal] (Accepted for Publication)

Conference or Workshop Item

Offord, M. (2023) Educational Escape Rooms in Maritime Leadership Education. 2023 BAM MKE Teaching Practice Conference, UCL, London, 7 July 2023.

Gray, M., Leeper Jr., M., Offord, M. and Porteous, R. (2023) The Growing Role of Games in Social Science Innovation. Sustaining and Scaling Impact through Commercial Routes and Gaming [Workshop] - Hope into Action: Social Sciences Impact Conference, 20-21 March 2023.

Offord, M. , Gibb, A. and Quinn, N. (2022) Business Games for Environment, Sustainability and Governance (ESG). Learning Design and Education for Sustainable Development Bootcamp 2022, 24 March-20 June 2022.

Honeychurch, S. and Offord, M. (2021) Developing a School-wide Framework for Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT). 14th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, 18 Jun 2021.

Honeychurch, S. , Offord, M. , Quinn, N. , Barr, M. and Mullen, H. (2021) The Co-Creation of a Digital Escape Room Designed to Develop Students’ Digital Confidence. SocMedHE21, 14 Dec 2021.

Offord, M. (2020) Objections and Solutions to Online Learning. Online Learning Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) Festival, Online Only, 15 Sep 2020.

Offord, M. (2017) The Effects of Prestige on Collective Performance and Information Flow in a Strictly Hierarchical Situation. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference, Paris, France, 6-8 April 2017.

Conference Proceedings

Offord, M. (2022) Agent Based Modelling to Demonstrate Self-synchronisation at The Battle Of Trafalgar: A Demonstration of Computational Methods for Teaching Command and Control. In: 27th ICCRTS Information Central, Quebec City, Canada, 25-27 October 2022,

Artefact

Hall, H., Lewis, T., Garcia, J., Offord, M. , Hecking, M., Neubig, C. and Gervich, C. (2024) Educational Escape Room Games - Online Conversation with Designers. [Artefact]

Offord, M. (2022) Battle of Trafalgar - Self Organisation Demonstrator. [Artefact]

Audio

Ryland, A. and Offord, M. (2023) The Value of Outdoor Learning. [Audio]

Mullen, H. , Quinn, N. , Offord, M. and Tasler, N. (2021) SoTLcast Podcast: Transitioning into HE from Private Sector. [Audio]

Website

Offord, M. (2021) Day1b: Cheating is inevitable in business games. [Website]

This list was generated on Fri Mar 1 01:16:08 2024 GMT.

Grants

Grant

Description

Amount

Innovation Audit 2024

Funding for the development and commercialisation of educational escape rooms for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training in the maritime industry£5000

Chancellor's Fund 2023 - 2025

The Ecopedagogy Teaching Project: Creating Sustainable and Affordable Impact for Future-Oriented Leaders  £1500 

Aspect Innovation Fellowship 2023

Development and evaluation of escape room games for teaching in maritime education£8000 

ASBS Research Reinvigoration Fund 2022

Research into free-riding in group work in business educaiton

£2000

Supervision

Matt is interested in supervising in the following fields:

  • Ecopedagogy
  • Experiential Learning Theory
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Agent Based Models in teaching
  • Business simulation games
  • Digital business education
  • Pedagogy of simulation
  • Sociocultural evolution in the leadership studies field
  • Mazid, Tasfia
    The Role of Paradoxical Leadership in Influencing Followers to Deal with Multiple Contradictory Demands'

Matt currently supervises three PhD students studying paradoxical leadership, post-heroic leadership and emotional intelligence.  Matt has also supervised undergraduate Business & Management students and MBA students.

Teaching

Matt is a Senior Fellow of Recognising Excellence in Teaching (RET) and Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE).  He is the School academic lead for Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT) and AI.  As an Associate Director of Learning and Teaching, with a focus on scholarship, Matt supports other teaching focuused academics to publicise their work and develop teaching focused careers. He also mentors early career learning and teaching academics and PhD tutors.

Matt specialises in the use of experiential learning theory in outdoor learning, serious games, simulations and case teaching.  He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and has delivered executive education around the world.  Matt has published research on the use of educational escape rooms and also works with business partners to use escape rooms in learning development programmes.

Interests:

  • Ecopedagogy
  • Experiential Learning Theory
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Serious Games
  • Business Simulation Games
  • Digital Educational Escape Rooms

 

 

 

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2024: Shortlisted for the Best Innovation Strategy Award (Association of MBAs and Business Graduates)
  • 2023: Shortlisted for the Innovation in Business Education Award 2023 by QS Reimagine Education 10th Anniversary Edition (QS)
  • 2023: Distinction in MSc (Digital Education) (University of Edinburgh)
  • 2021: Distinction in Post Graduate Certificate of Academic Practice (University of Glasgow)

Research fellowships

  • 2023 - 2023: Aspect Innovation Fellow
  • 2016 - 2017: RN Hudson Fellow (Oxford University)
  • 2010 - 2017: RN Defence Fellow

Editorial boards

  • 2022 - 2023: Continuity and Resilience Review (Special Edition)

Professional & learned societies

  • 2023: Member, British Academy of Management
  • 2022: Senior Fellow, Recognising Excellence in Teaching (RET)
  • 2017: Fellow, The Institute of Leadership

Selected international presentations

  • 2022: 27th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium (Quebec City)

Additional information

Matt was shortlisted for the Best Innovation Strategy Award 2024 at the Association of MBA & Business Graduates Association Excellence Awards for the Futures In Leadership Course (4th Year Honours - Business and Management)

Matt was also instrumental in Adam Smith Business School being shortlisted for the Innovation in Business Education Award by QS Reimagine Education in 2023