Ian Mercer

Ian Mercer

Assistant Professor of Management
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship



  • LLB (Hons) Law, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Bar of England and Wales, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  • MBA, MSIM, PhD, Management, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA


  • Business Ethics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior


  • Behavioral Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Religion and Spirituality in Organizations
  • Using games in Management Education and Research

Academic Profile

Ian S. Mercer joined Silberman College of Business in Fall 2022. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University in 2022 where he considered identity integration across multiple job holders and the impact on an individual’s well-being and ability to thrive. He has previously practiced at the Bar of England and Wales, and the Bar of the Cayman Islands. Prior to that, he served as a Royal Navy Human Intelligence Officer in the United Kingdom.

His current research interests include behavioral ethics, leadership, religion, and spirituality in the workplace and the use of gaming in management education and research. His research has appeared in the Journal of Business Research, the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. In addition, he serves as Co-Chair of the Experiential Learning Activity track of the Eastern Academy of Management, and he regularly presents work at academic conferences. He has been recognized with awards from the Academy of Management and Southern Management Association for his research and work within gaming and management.

Ian is highly involved in the board game industry working as a game developer and consultant for a number of leading US publishers and is a regular speaker at industry conferences promoting the use of gaming as experiential learning in higher education. He is a co-founder of the Association of Gaming Academics.

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