Robert MacIntosh is Head of the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University. He trained as an engineer and has researched strategy development and strategic change for twenty years in a range of public, private, family and charitable organizations. He co-chaired an SMS Special Conference in Glasgow in 2013 on the theme of strategy in complex settings. His work draws on complexity theory and dialogue and he has published extensively in top rank journals including Strategic Management Journal. He sits on the Council of the British Academy of Management, is a board member for the charity Turning Point Scotland and for Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered Management Institute. He has published three books in 2015: "Strategic Management: strategists at work" published by Palgrave and "Research Methods for Business and Management" (2nd Ed) and “Management in a Global Context” both published by Goodfellow. His status as a shareholder in Aberdeen Football Club demonstrates his sense of optimism.