Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Charles Harvey

Professor of Business History and Management


Professor of Business History and Management and Director of the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Philanthropy


BSc (Bristol), Economics and Economic History
PhD (Bristol), International Business History

Previous Positions

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Newcastle University, (2008-15)

Dean, Strathclyde Business School (2005-08)

Dean, Bristol Business School (1999-2005)

Director, Royal Holloway School of Management (1990-99)

Chairman, Central Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust (1994-99)


Research Interests

Business strategy. Business elites. Entrepreneurship. Philanthropy. Historical organization studies. 

Current Work

I am currently engaged in three main sets of projects:

1. Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy conducted with various members of the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship Wealth and Philanthropy (REWP):

  • Inequality and large scale giving in the U.S. (with Gerhard Kling and Mairi Maclean)

  • Philanthropic identities (with Mairi Maclean).

  • Philanthropy, enterprise and society in the North East of England (with Mairi Maclean, Michael Price and Vesela Harizanova)

  • Cross-national diffusion of philanthropic models (with Frank Mueller, Ruomei Yang and Mairi Maclean)

  • Philanthropy and higher education (with Alison Gibson and Frank Mueller)

  • Events and elite philanthropic networking (PhD student Ruomei Yang, jointly supervised with Frank Mueller)

  • Philanthropy and socio-economic development in Pakistan (PhD student Muhammad Khan, jointly supervised with Michael Price).

2. Business Elites and the Field of Power conducted with Mairi Maclean and Gerhard Kling. This long standing project has entered a new phase focused on the survival strategies of business elites within the field of power using Boardex data for the U.S. and applying the original quantitative methodology we detail in ‘Establishing causal order in longitudinal studies combining binary and continuous dependent variables’, Organizational Research Methods, vol. 20(4), 2017: 770-799.  

3. Historical Organization Studies conducted with Mairi Maclean, Stewart Clegg, Roy Suddaby and Bill Foster: We define historical organization studies as ‘organizational research that draws extensively on historical data, methods and knowledge to promote historically informed theoretical narratives attentive to both disciplines’. Group members have written extensively on conceptual and methodological issues and are responsible for developing and applying key constructs such as dual integrity and rhetorical history.

Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Harvey has supervised fifty doctoral projects to a successful conclusion. He undertakes supervision in the fields of Strategy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Organization Studies, Philanthropy and Historical Organization Studies.

Esteem Indicators

Board member of the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. (2009-18). Visiting Professor Hunter Centre for Entreprenuership, Strathclyde University. Co-Editor, Association of Business Schools "Guide to Academic Journal Quality". Former joint editor (1988-2007) of Business History, Chairman (1994-99) of Central Middlesex NHS Trust, member (1993-97) Research Grants Board, ESRC.

Industrial Relevance

Professor Harvey has worked as consultant and management educator on major assignments for numerous organisations, including IBM, Sainsburys, J P Morgan, Babcock International, Bombardier Transportation and several NHS Trusts.


Research Methods

I contribute sessions to the Humanities and Social Sciences doctoral training programme on effectiveness in doctoral supervision and research design and the social-cultural theories of Pierre Bourdieu.