Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Steve Vincent

Professor of Work and Organisation


Before I came to Newcastle in 2012, I studied Sociology at Manchester University (1997) before then taking a Masters in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations at the Manchester School of Management (UMIST). My first academic post was as Research Assistant on a UMIST-based Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project titled "Changing Organisational Forms and the Reshaping of Work". Whilst developing this project I also worked towards my PhD, titled "A labour process analysis of inter-organisational exchange networks", which I eventually submitted in 2004. When my research contract at UMIST ended, in 2002, I took a post as a Teaching Fellow at Leeds University Business School. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007.

Whilst at Leeds University Business School I undertook various roles, including Programme Director of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in HRM, Director of Student Education (HRM) and finally, Deputy Head of Division. Whilst at Newcastle I have acted as Programme Director for the Masters level programme in Global Human Resource Management. I was also Head of Group [Leadership, Work and Organisation] and am now acting as Research Community Leader in the area of HRM, Work and Employment. 

Professional Affiliations:

- Chartered Member: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

- Member: British Universities Industrial Relations Association

- Member: British Sociological Association

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My research interests include organisational forms and their consequences for employment; critical perspectives on Human Resource Management; professional self-employment; skills and soft skills; and, various diversity-based issues. I often use critical theories, such as Labour Process Theory, Critical Realism, and Bourdieusian Sociology, and consider the implications for critical perspectives for applied social research about contemporary work and organisational issues. I have edited one book on Critical Realism and research methods, and have edited various special issues of peer review journals. I have also published widely, including a range of book chapters in edited collections and peer review journals, including papers in teh following journals: Administrative Theory and Praxis; Human  Relations; Industrial Relations Journal; Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Critical Realism; Journal of Management Studies; Work, Employment and Society, Public Administration; and, New technology, Work and Employment. 

I am also an active academic organiser. I was a member of the Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society journal between 2006 and 2010. I am also currently a member of the steering group of the International Labour Process Conference. I have organised one International conference (the International Labour Process Conference, 2011), various workshops and streams in conferences, 


Major research awards, to date:

2019: Best Symposium Prize, American Academy of Management, Careers Division. Reimagining career Boundaries: Alternative Theoretical perspectives [Boston, MA]

2009-2010: Critical Realism in ActionESRC: Seminar Series – co-applicant with Prof. Paul Edwards (Warwick) and Dr Joe O’Mahoney (Cardiff) £13, 416 (ref: ES/H002197/1), £13, 416.

2008-2010: Enhancing the effectiveness of Clinical Directorates, £118,655, ESRC: Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Northern Way and Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust - Consultant, under Principal Investigator: Prof. Ian Kirkpatrick, £118,655.

Key words: Inter-organisational relations and networks, employment relations, work organisation, freelance workers, critical realism, labour process theory


I have taught modules across a wide range of areas, including organisation theory, research methods, the sociology of work and employment relations, as well as HRM. I have also taught at all levels, from year one to research students and executive education.

Whilst developing my modules I have managed various initiatives to improve the student experience, including funded projects titled 'Developing Management Research Practice amongst HRM students' (£4000), 'Research into Teaching: Strategies for HRM students' (£1200) and 'Developing Case Studies to support Learning and Teaching' (£1200).