Professor Paul A. Phillips is Professor of Strategic Management at Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK. He served as Director of Kent Business School and held academic appointments at Cardiff Business School and University of Surrey, UK.

In 2001, Paul was appointed to the Charles Forte Chair of Hotel Management, University of Surrey. His earlier business career was as a qualified accountant and a Senior Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse. Professor Phillips holds an MBA and PhD from Cardiff Business School and is a qualified marketer. He has acted for a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors, which included providing strategic advice to organisations such as the UK Government; Deputy Prime Minister’s Office; Northern Ireland Government; Ministry of Defence (UK); China People’s Liberation Army; World Bank; China Development Bank; Caribbean Development Bank; BT; Shell; Guinness; hospitality and tourism organisations; and an increasing number of for-profit, non-profits and global higher education institutions.

Strategic Development and Advisory Committees
During his term as Director of Kent Business School, he provided strategic, academic and operational leader which increased revenue by 56%, UK student numbers by 17%. He formulated and implemented new strategic partnerships in Mainland Europe, Middle East, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Africa and Brazil.

Paul has served as Chair of the UK Association of Business Schools (ABS) Research Steering Committee (2008-2011) and Member of the ABS Executive Committee (2008-11). He chaired the 2010 ABS Annual Research Conference and the 2010 ABS Annual Doctor of Business Administration Conference. Paul has served on the Institute of Business Ethics UK Advisory Council (2010-2017) and Westminster Business School Advisory Board ( 2010-2016), Founder and Inaugural Chair of the ABS International and External Relations subcommittee (2011-2013).

Training and Facilitation
Paul has completed the Experienced Deans’ and New Deans’ Seminar Series, Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB) International. In addition, he completed the International Deans’ Programme, Association of Business Schools/European Foundation for Management Development, and the Leading Change and Organisational Renewal Programme at Harvard Business School, Harvard University.

He has assisted Universities by creating strategic development plans and helped Faculties, Schools, and Departments pivot in repositioning strategies and building and enhancing research capacity and capability. He has been used as an external advisor for the Research Assessment Exercises, UK and more recently, Research Excellence Framework 2014 and 2021 for all levels of research intensity Universities. In addition, Paul has been used as an external advisor for Professorial appointment panels in several countries worldwide, so he is well qualified to offer insights into shaping academic-related strategies. In the global university research ecosystem, to challenge their Institutional approaches to impact the status quo. Professor Phillips brings about change through agile strategic management, innovation, design thinking, visual techniques and technology to help (re)shape and drive impact transformation across universities, businesses, governments, processes and people.

Honorary Appointments and Publications
Professor Phillips has served as a Visiting Professor at three universities in China: The School of Business Administration, Hunan University, Changsha; International Business School, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing; School of Economics, Shandong University, Ji’nan.

Paul has recently written three books: Newman, V. and Phillip, P. A., (2023) The Research Impact Strategy Playbook; Phillips, P. A. Subramanian, K V and Newman, V. (2019) Management Consultancy Through an Academic and Practitioner Perspective, and Phillips, P. and Moutinho, L (2018) Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management (Routledge).

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