Tim Butcher is a Senior Lecturer in People Management and 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 has an Engineering Doctorate qualification from Cranfield University. Previously, Tim worked as a Manufacturing Engineer in the aerospace industry.
Tim is 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 interested in how we organise everyday life and work to sustain a sense of place and belonging. Using visual ethnographic methods, Tim researches the organisation of sport with remote Aboriginal communities in central Australia. He was a co-Chief Investigator on the Wellbeing not Winning project, funded by the Australian Research Council between 2015 and 2017. Tim’s previous research 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.