Professor Stephen Procter
Alcan Chair of Management, Head of Human Resource Management, Work and Employment (HRMWE) Subject Group

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Roles and Responsibilities

    Stephen Procter is the Alcan Chair of Management and Head of the Business School's Human Resource Management, Work & Employment (HRM, W & E) Subject Group.

    He joined Newcastle University in 2001 from St Andrews University, where he was Reader in Organizational Analysis.  He had previously been Lecturer at the Universities of Keele and Nottingham.

    Stephen Procter has served as an elected member of the Council of the British Academy of Management (2008-10) and as Chair of the British Academy of Management Special Interest Group (SIG) on HRM (2007/08-2010/11). 

    He is the Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of Personnel Review and was co-founder of the International Workshop on Teamworking (IWOT), which convened for the 15th time in September 2011 in Leuven.


    PhD, University of Bristol, 1990

    MSc (Econ), University of London (Queen Mary), 1985

    BA, University of Warwick, 1984 

    Research Interests

    Stephen Procter's research interests are in three main areas:

    •  Changing Patterns of Work and Organization in the Public Sector

    The restructuring of work and organizations is a central research interest, initially focussing on the concepts of flexibility and teamworking.  A recent major project has evaluated the development of new job roles in the NHS mental health services workforce.  With funding from the Department of Health, a Newcastle University team used ideas of flexibility, temaworking and identity to understand these new roles.

    •  Management of Change

    Running alongside the concern with structures of work and organization is an interest in the way in which these and other changes are most successfully effected.  With funding from the British Academy a recent project examined the cultural and people management aspects of the merger between the UK's Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise.  Fieldwork was undertaken in a key area of the newly formed HM Revenue & Customs.

    •  Management and Organizational History

    The way in which historical analysis can and should be applied to work and organizations is a third key research theme.  Stephen Procter was part of a team that, as part of the ESRC's 'Evolution of Business Knowledge' programme, studied the use that organizations make of their own history.  A recent paper has examined how fresh light is cast on debates about the link between HRM and performance by considering them in their historical perspective.