Tony Ward

Tony Ward

Prof, Professor

Former affiliation

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Here are a few of the ideas I am currently interested in but if you have other ideas in within the broad painted scope contact me for a discussion.

Xtrapreneurship (defined as Entrepreneurship and/or Intrapreneurship)

Why do new ideas never go anywhere - The idea behind this project is to explore why ideas for possibly brilliant, innovative new products never get off the ground. Is it a person problem, a control over resources problem, a motivational problem, what and why?

Emotional Intelligence and its link to entrepreneurial intention - This project will explore the influence emotional intelligence might have on either Xtrapreneurial intent and/or Xtrapreneurial self-efficacy.

Does 6 thinking hats really work and why - simple question

Creative self-efficacy - Is there a creative self-efficacy metric and does it have value?

History of entrepreneurship - How has entrepreneurship been portrayed in English Literature? From dirty word to the sexy modern perhaps? Has there been any gender bias in the literature?

What sociological changes has entrepreneurship created over the past few decades?

Gender dimension to intrapreneurship - is there any?

Influence of the CEO's innovation style on organiational intrapreneurship - is there any correlation and lessons to be learned?

The impact of early years upbringing on later life Xtrapreneurial intention

The impact of early stage teaching on later life Xtrapreneurial intention

Are there discontinuities in the development of entrepreneurship interest across the education system?

Engineering Education

On what basis do students make option module choices?  Is choice made on rational future career intention choices or marks chasing or is there no underlying strategy?

Is current engineering education prepared for the student of 2020?  This project is primarily aimed at predicting the technological awareness of the student of 2020 and what they might expect of the engineering education system in terms of teaching and learning technologies.  This project could look at whether the current direction of Virtual learning environment development is going in the right direction.

Personal profile



It is very possible that, from the 1st October 2016, that my profile shows me as being a former or ex-employee of the University of York.  This would be due to a 'feature' of the PURE input data feed process.  I am still an active reesearcher in the Department and I am still publishing my research work as a full time employee in the Department of Electronics, University of York.



I have been a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer and from 1st October 2016 Professor in the Engineering Management group within the Department of Electronics at the University of York since 1993. I am the Research Group Leader with 8 current resdearch students and a number of successfully completed students.  Prior to that I spent 18 years in Industry as an electronic design engineer, technical manager and programme manager for a number of different companies.

In addition to lecturing and administration within the Department I am also lead the taught Masters in Engineering Management.

My research interests include the development, understanding and measurement of generic transferable skills, the education process, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and innovation in industry.

The Engineering Management research group comprises myself, a colleague and 8 PhD students.

In addition to my Departmental activities I am also:

  • Chair of the University Health Safety and Welfare Committee

Past roles include:

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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