Almost a decade ago, in 2009, I decided to experiment with blogging as a way of engaging with public policy and management debates.
It wasn’t easy.
I was an academic employed by Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.
I said I wanted to start a blog. They said – no you can’t. I asked why? They said, first we don’t know how to and second we don’t want you freelancing and possibly “damaging the brand”.
Let’s back-track a bit to see how I got to this point.
I am not a conventional academic. I left school at 16 with only 5 “O” Levels and went to work as a Lab Tech with what was then ICI Pharmaceuticals research in Alderley Edge.
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