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.
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.
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.