Dr Matt Offord
- Lecturer (Technology-Enhanced L&T) (Management)
Dr Matt Offord is a leadership scholar at Adam Smith Business School. A former naval officer and leadership development consultant, Matt has accumulated considerable leadership and commerical experience. His background is using cultural evoltion theories to research informal leadership in military scenarios, investigating the role of prestige in decision making in Royal Navy warships. As the school academic lead on Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT), Matt has a keen interest in teaching, especially through technology. Matt's scholarship continues to draw on cultural evolution and computational social science to create interesting agent based models and simulations relevant to teaching and learning. Matt is also interested in games based learning and outdoor learning.
Matt is a member of the School's Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.
Dr Matt Offord is interested in an information processing paradigm of both leadership and social learning. His current focus is how cultural evolution can help us to understand human social learning and how this applies to Higher Education and Digital Education.
His specific interests are:
- Cultural evolution
- Social learning
- Social network analysis
- Games based learning
- Digital education
- RN Defence Fellowship (2010 – 2017)
- Hudson Fellowship (2016 - 2017)
- The cultural evolution of leadership
- Team development
- Free-riding and punishment in teams
- Mazid, Tasfia
The Role of Paradoxical Leadership in Influencing Followers to Deal with Multiple Contradictory Demands'
Matt has supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students preparing dissertations. Matt currently supervise three PhD students studying leadership and emotional intelligence.
Matt has taught management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also teaches risk management to postgraduate students and leadership in FutureLearn microcredentials. Additionally, Matt has taught experienced Scottish entrepreneurs in teaching leadership using the case study method.
Professional activities & recognition
- 2016 - 2017: RN Hudson Fellow (Oxford University)
- 2010 - 2017: RN Defence Fellow
Professional & learned societies
- 2021 - 2022: Member, The Cultural Evolution Society
- 2017: Fellow, The Institute of Leadership and Management
- 2021: Fellow, Recognising Excellence in Teaching (RET)