Ed Gonsalves
Pathway Leader

Email: gonsalvese@regents.ac.uk
Subject(s): Business & Management

Professional Biography

Edward specializes in the design, development and delivery of senior executive programs for high performance teams in entrepreneurial and large firms.

He holds a number of directorships, advises, consults and publishes in the area of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Learning. He is currently working in the area of Corporate Play and Decision-Making in uncertain and ambiguous settings.


  • M.Ed. Foundations of Open and Distance Education, Open University Business School, UK, 1998 – 2000
  • M.Sc. Management Science and Operations Research, Warwick University Business School, UK, 1990 – 1991
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies, Bournemouth University, UK, 1986 – 1990

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2011 – current, Partner, The Cooplexity Institute
  • 2007 – current, Director, Training Games, Spain.
  • 1997 – current, Co-chair, Director of Education, Yaa Asantewaa Arts Centre, London
  • 2011 – 2012, Director, My Cinnamon Girl, UK
  • 2007 – 2012, Founding Member, Barcelona Entrepreneurship City Project, Barcelona
  • 1999 – 2003, Director, BreakThrough Networks, London (VoIP provider)
  • 1992 – 1994, Market Analyst, Michelin Tyres, London
  • 1987 – 1990, Operations Analyst, Foreign Exchange and Money Markets Division, SG Warburg Investment Bank, London

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Accredited Belbin Team Roles Facilitator
  • Certified Enterprise ProfitAbility Facilitator
  • Accredited Complexity Institute Partner

Teaching & Course Development

MA Entrepreneurial Management Pathway Leader and MBA Module Leader European Business School, London:

  • Entrepreneurship and Planning New Ventures;
  • Family Business;
  • Managing the Growing Firm;
  • Strategy in Action

Associate Professor Human Resources & Entrepreneurship, Toulouse Business School, Barcelona:
Masters Level:

  • Change Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Family Business
  • Strategic Human Resources
  • Supply Chain Negotiation
  • Talent Management

1994 – 2000, Research Associate and Research Fellow, Strategic Management and Organizational Learning, Centre for Strategy & Policy, Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, UK

Research Supervision

  • Supervised Approximately 50 MBA & MA dissertations by research since 2005

Research Interests

  • The Development of Emancipatory Pedagogy in Enterprise learning.
  • Connectivist learning designs as a means to engage the learners with our wider public and the delivery of beyond-the-classroom 'product' that are meaningful to he day-to-day life of the learner
  • The potential for Dramaturgical learning approaches to encourage co-production of learning between 'teacher & student'
  • The use of VLEs, Social Media and Blended-Learning designs to release all of the above in Enterprise Education
  • The role of play in reducing the risk of dysfunctional learning in modern HE institutional and Corporate settings.


Lead Researcher and Publication: Strategic Management and Organizational Learning since 1994 (for full list please request).

Most recent peer reviewed publications:

  • Gonsalves, E. & Zamora, R. (2012 in press), Cooplexity: A model of collaboration for managing complexity in times of uncertainty and change, Madrid: LULU.COM
  • Gonsalves, E. & Helwig-Larsen, B. (2012 in progress), ‘All Work & No Play: Dysfunctional Learning in Corporate Training Programs', White Paper, Cooplexity Institute, Oxford, UK.
  • C.W.J.A., Gonsalves, E. (2008) Entrepreneurial Resource, Organizational Learning and Strategy-Making: Linking Theory and Empirical Design. In R. T. Harrison, & C. M. Leitch (Eds.), Entrepreneurial Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Applications. London: Routledge.
  • Gray, C.W.J.A., Gonsalves, E. (2002) 'Organizational learning and entrepreneurial strategy', International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 27-33

Other Outputs

  • Current, Delivery of senior executive training programs to blue chip clients including Santander Bank and T-Mobile
  • 2005 – current, Strategic Consultant and Lead Facilitator on Carnival Village and Enterprise Cluster project: London (GBP10 million capital program)
  • 2005 – 2008, Facilitator/Moderator: Park Royal Partnership Trust's ‘SME Mentoring & Learning' program with the London Development Agency and European Business School.
  • 2003 – 2006, Enterprise & Learning advisor to the board of the Milton Keynes Enterprise Hub & Hatchery for start-ups

Conference Papers Given

  • Gonsalves, E.& Zamora, R. (2011) SYNERGY: Simulating Executive Play,  Decision Making & Entrepreneurial Learning in Growing Firms, Games and Learning Alliance & European Network of Excellence Conference, ESADE Business School, Barcelona.
  • Willetts, J., Dhanji, A. & Gonsalves, E. (2011) Exploring Entrepreneurial Synergies, ISBE Conference, Sheffield University, Sheffield.
  • Gonsalves, E. (2010) Constructing Vicarious Experiences in the Entrepreneurial Classroom – A Response to the Perennial Question: "Can Entrepreneurship be Taught?", MBS International Week Conference, Munich