- PhD (Cultural and Creative Industries), King's College London, UK
- MA (Business Administration) Westminster University, UK
- BA (Political Theory and Institutions) University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Jonathan Gander is an established academic with over 20 years of experience in research, teaching and management in UK universities including Westminster University, London, University of East Anglia, University of the Arts, London and Kingston School of Art. He has also held visiting professorships at universities in Moscow, Seville, Stockholm and Shanghai.
His academic management experience includes being Director of Employability at the University of East Anglia’s Business School, Director of Executive Education at the Fashion Business School at London College of Fashion and most recently, the inaugural Head of Department of Creative and Cultural Industries at Kingston School of Art. As part of this role, he wrote and launched several successful BA and MA programmes that blend creative practice with management skills and strategic thinking. Believing firmly in the benefits of supporting student entrepreneurship, he also established a student-led creative agency at Kingston School of Art that delivers commercially organised services to local businesses.
Having worked in business development for a fashion SME in London prior to becoming an academic, Dr Gander retains an interest in executive education and academic consultancy. In this capacity, Jonathan has delivered strategy workshops for management teams in New York, Moscow, London and Vienna, helping managers from fashion, design, and entertainment develop their strategic thinking.
Dr Gander’s specialism is strategy and innovation in the creative industries. He has published work on competitive advantage in the popular music industry, alliance management in design consultancies, digital business model innovation and entrepreneurship in the fashion industry. His textbook, Strategic Analysis: A Creative and Cultural Industries Perspective, is published by Routledge as part of Mastering Management in the Creative and Cultural Industries series.