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Dr Tim Butcher

Dr Tim Butcher

Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer in People Mgmt & Organisation Studies
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for People and Organisations
  • tim.butcher

Professional biography

Tim Butcher is a Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies. Prior to joining The Open University in 2017, Tim held academic positions at Griffith University, RMIT University and the University of Hull. He holds an Engineering Doctorate qualification from Cranfield University. Previously, Tim worked as a Manufacturing Engineer in the aerospace industry.

Tim is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering Panasonic Trust, and is an alumnus of the Committee for Melbourne Future Focus Group.

Research interests

Tim is an Organisational Ethnographer researching collective organising and social learning processes. He also writes about research ethics and practice. Using visual ethnographic methods, Tim is currently researching everyday decolonial approaches to organising sport with the people of Papunya in central Australia. He is also co-investigator on the UKIERI funded Empowering Methodologies project in collaboration with The University of Delhi. Tim was co-Chief Investigator on the Wellbeing not Winning project, funded by the Australian Research Council between 2015 and 2018.

Tim’s previous ethnographic projects include: how entrepreneurial learning is organised in coworking spaces; how global supply chain managers organise their work, and how skilled machinists organise information. 

Teaching interests

Tim is an experienced supervisor of postgraduate research, and has lectured on subjects ranging from the history of management thought to entrepreneurship. Tim currently contributes to the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and MBA qualifications.


Learning everyday entrepreneurial practices through coworking (2018-07-01)
Butcher, Tim
Management Learning, 49(3) (pp. 327-345)
Supply chain management skills to sense and seize opportunities (2017)
Tatham, Peter; Wu, Yong; Kovács, Gyöngyi and Butcher, Tim
The International Journal of Logistics Management, 28(2) (pp. 266-289)
The aboriginal football ethic: Where the rules get flexible (2016)
Butcher, Tim and Judd, Barry
Griffith REVIEW, 53 (pp. 167-176)
Beyond equality: The place of Aboriginal culture in the Australian game of football (2016)
Judd, Barry and Butcher, Tim
Australian Aboriginal Studies(1) (pp. 68-84)
To play Papunya: the problematic interface between a remote Aboriginal community and the organization of Australian Football in Central Australia (2015)
Judd, Barry and Butcher, Tim
Sport in Society, 18(5) (pp. 543-551)
[Research Report] Aboriginal football and the Australian game (2015)
Judd, Barry and Butcher, Timothy
Australian Aboriginal Studies(2) (pp. 58-64)
Characterising spatial logistics employment clusters (2014)
Chhetri, Prem; Butcher, Tim and Corbitt, Brian
International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 44(3) (pp. 221-241)
Longing to belong (2013)
Butcher, Tim
Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 8(3) (pp. 242-257)
Co-working communities: Sustainability citizenship at work (2016-05-05)
Butcher, Tim
In: Horne, Ralph; Fien, John; Beza, Beau B. and Nelson, Anitra eds. Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and practice. Advances in Urban Sustainability (pp. 93-103)
ISBN : 9781138933637 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon
Traversing Ontological Dispositions: The Intersection Between Remote Indigenous Communities and Elite Urban-Based Men’s Football Organisation (2016)
Butcher, Timothy; Hallinan, Chris and Judd, Barry
In: Molnar, Gyozo and Purdy, Laura eds. Ethnographies in sport and exercise research (pp. 165-180)
ISBN : 9781317744566 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon
Cultural encounters with sporting organization: ethico-politics at the interface of Indigenous culture and organization (2015-05-28)
Butcher, Tim and Judd, Barry
In: Pullen, Alison and Rhodes, Carl eds. The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations. Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting (pp. 162-178)
ISBN : 9780415821261 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon
Coworking: A Transdisciplinary Overview (2016)
Waters-Lynch, Julian; Potts, Jason; Butcher, Timothy; Dodson, Jago and Hurley, Joe