Tyson is currently undertaking his second year at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His research applies the concept of ‘social imaginaries’ to the domains of organizational theory and business strategy. A social imaginary is the common background understanding that members of a community share and use to make sense of their collective practices, values, and goals. The social imaginary is a community’s shared vision of what human flourishing looks like.
He argues that work organizations are communities and have distinct, particularized social imaginaries which are shaped by their shared routines and practices, which shape their ability to enact business strategies proposed by their leaders. With this research, Tyson hopes to contribute not just a better understanding of organizational change - which organizations need acutely as they and the people working in them confront ever more rapid forces of globalization and technological disruption - but also to bring a human orientation to issues of meaning, context, and wellbeing back into scholarship on organizations and strategy.
Last August, Tyson abandoned his successful management career in the high-tech industry to become an academic because he believed this was the best way for him to promote wellbeing for people who work in organizations, and, even more, for people who want to work but the system is not currently working for them.
He is also passionate about developing people through teaching and coaching; teaching interdisciplinary humanities and rhetoric at a local high school, coaching high school mock trial (moot court) teams in the USA, and has trained over one-hundred first-time rowers in Oxford. Combining his vision for wellbeing in organizations with his orientation to teaching, Tyson currently volunteers with the International Humanistic Management Association to lead a reading group for PhD students, who seek to place human dignity at the centre of management research and practice. Tyson also sits on the board of directors for the CiRCE Institute, a US-based non-profit which creates resources for classical education—training students in wisdom and virtue through the liberal arts—promoting his belief that education is essential for improving society.