Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Steve Vincent

Professor of Work and Organisation


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. I took up my current role at Newcastle towards the end of 2012.

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 coalesces around the political economy of work, with specific interests in inter-organisational structures and social networks. I am also interested in critical realist philosophy and its applications in research and theory. My research explores workplace structures and how these affect workplace social processes, and how managers’ and employees' experiences and choices are affected by the specific organisational forms that they navigate within. My other research interests include skills, emotion at work and the work of freelancers or self-employed professionals.

To date I have published over 20 journal papers and book chapters. I have also recently developed an edited collection of contributions around the theme of Critical Realist research methods in business and organisational research. I have also published various reports and presented papers at many international conferences and workshops.  

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), seven workshops and three streams in conferences.


Major research awards, to date:

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).