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Research Team Members

Dr Chris Bamber is currently OLC’s Managing Director and is one OLC’s most senior researchers. Although his interests originated in the Aeroanautics industry, he is currently an active contributor to journals such as The British Journal of Education. His research interests include knowledge management, entrepreneurial mindsets and aspects of quality management.

Professor John Sharp is the OLC Emeritus Director of Academic Affairs and a founding father of OLC (Europe) where he retired from in October 2020. John has had an outstanding career in Engineering and Higher Education where he has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, presented over 70 conference papers and supervised to completion over twenty PhD graduates. John is continuing as Director of Studies for PhD supervision at the University of Bolton, Institute of Management with continuing research interest in Organisational Excellence, Higher Education and Business Improvement. John holds an Engineering Doctorate from Bradford University and held until 2009 a Professorial Chair in Organisational Excellence at the University of Salford.

Dr Dave Bamber is an acknowledge scholar and Professor of Marketing Research with over 30 peer reviewed journal articles on the subject. His PhD research critically examined the interrelationships of Personality within Organisational Learning and Learning Organisations. He is an educational psychologist with over 40 years teaching and learning practice under his belt. Dr Dave Bamber is currently Director of Studies for PhD Research in the Institute of Management at the University of Bolton. Dr Bamber helps drive research within OLC and provides support for PhD candidates, final year students, staff and the OLC post doctoral research group. Dave provides insights into marketing research for OLC strategic teams and acts as higher education sector advisor to the OLC board of directors.


Graduating with a doctorate from the University of Greenwich in 1993 Allan has spent many years working in industry in a number of senior managerial positions where he has developed a number of theoretical frameworks specifically relating to the theory and practice of competitive advantage. Apart from his position as a senior lecturer at OLC Allan continues to develop his links with industry current sitting as a director at Projects Beyond Borders and working as an external assessor of project applications for the European Commission.

Dr Tony Auchterlounie is Professor of Construction ManagementDr. Tony has a account is currently Dean of Academic Affairs at Oryx Universal College with Liverpool John Moores University. He has been the principal driver for the creation, opening and direction of the University of Bolton, campus in Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai, UAEwhere he led a team of academics and administrators. Tony has been involved with all aspects of OLC teaching and learning and taught specifically on the HND in Business and Management as well as on the top up degree programme. His research interest includes project management, construction management and all aspects of contract management. Tony has been involved as external examiner for PhD students under the supervision of Dr Chris Bamber and Dr Dave Bamber and he fully supports the OLC post doctoral research group.

Enis has worked with OLC for a number of years. He has recently published a paper under the guidance of Dr Chris Bamber looking at the development of knowledge management within organisations. He is currently developing research papers in the area of motivation and the workplace.

Bruce is currently in the final stages of his PhD in business management. Having worked in the filed of Quality and Management for many years working with such establishments as Pearson. Bruce has recently been working on educational partnerships and together with Dr Bamber is in the advance stages of an exciting development with a major football club and a Chinese University.

Ernest Kwateng as well as being the Director of OLC Seven Sisters campus is lead academic with over twenty years experience working in the London Higher Education sector. He has completed his MBA in Higher Education Leadership and Governance and his research interest spans across Organisational Excellence, Quality Management and Business, Management, Governance and Leadership in Higher Education.  Ernest supports a team of post doctoral and doctoral researchers at the London campus and facilitates empirical and real world research activities.


Having graduated with a degree in Health and Social Care Sarah then progressed to work 19 years in the field culminating working in a senior management position in a forensic laboratory. Returning to her first passion of education Sarah has qualified as a lecture and currently is completing a Masters in Inclusive Education. As part of this program Sarah hopes to publish her research on inclusivity in due course.


Nicola has spent many years working in the retail hospitality sectors developing her own business in the Managed Public house sector. In more recent times she has studied at Bolton University for her BA in Business Management and has completed a PGCE Level 7 Qualification. Nicola is currently working towards a MA in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on recruitment and development and will seek to publish her research on human resource management in due course.


Having achieved a Bachelor of Business in Management Olu then went on to complete a Level 7 qualification in Teaching.  He is currently completing an MSc in logistics and supply chain management and is currently researching the effects of hardware and software development on the competitiveness of the supply chain.


Faical Chanour is studying for PhD at the University of Bolton under the supervision of Dr Chris Bamber. His research areas of expertise are the Psychology of Marketing and Market Research in the Higher Education Sector. He has published peer reviewed articles and promotes his research and research findings at international conferences. Faical is a Moroccan Entrepreneur and is founder of a Higher Education and Academic Consultancy with branches all over Morocco. He has worked in partnership with many UK higher education institutes including Universities, Private Colleges and Professional Training Organisations.


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Members of the research team currently span a number of different interests, but almost all exclusively involve the Higher Education sector. They vary from knowledge transfer and quality management, to marketing and leadership strategy.

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World leading research has been conducted by Dr Chris and his OLC research teams since 1999 with the publication of “Factors Affecting Implementation of Total Productive Maintenance1”. That article received the highly coveted Literati Award from MCB Press and Emerald Publications for Dr Chris Bamber. Many publications have followed that have been published on the back of OLC’s cutting edge ‘Real World’ research such as ‘Developing management systems towards integrated manufacturing: a case study perspective2’ and ‘Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into ISO management systems – in search of a feasible CSR management system framework3’. The OLC publishing machine hasn’t stopped for over 20 years and recently ‘Knowledge management factors affecting educational partnerships within the British HE/FE sector4’ was published. In fact, Dr Chris has published books, chapters in books, journal papers, and conference papers for the last 22 years and achieved a land mark number of publications, in excess of 100 academic peer reviewed publications.

OLC currently supports 24 PhD research students and they have the opportunity to both study and research with the mentoring from established researchers such as Dr Chris Bamber, Dr Dave Bamber and Professor John Sharp. The research community at OLC are a mix of OLC financially supported students, Government funded sponsored students, University of Bolton candidates, post doctoral research fellows and senior staff member and Professorial lecturers. The research community at OLC is involved in collaborative research that leads to article writing for a number of different journals such as European Journal of Social Sciences and the International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies.

1. Factors affecting successful implementation of total productive maintenance. A UK manufacturing case study perspective Bamber, C.J.; with Sharp, J.M.; Hides, M.T. Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering; Volume 5 No. 3; 1999

2. Developing management systems towards integrated manufacturing: a case study perspective, Bamber, C.J.; with Sharp, J.M.; Hides, M.T. Integrated Manufacturing Systems; Volume 11 No. 7; 2000

3. Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into ISO management systems – in search of a feasible CSR management system framework, with P Castka, D Bamber, J Sharp, Volume 16, Number 3, The TQM Magazine, 2004

4. Elezi, E and Bamber, C, Knowledge management factors affecting educational partnerships within the British HE/FE sector, International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2018 24.

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