Dr Oliver Mallett
Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 1912081508
- Address: Room 4.05
Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
I joined Newcastle University Business School in 2016 having previously lectured in management at Durham University. I completed my PhD at the University of Leeds in 2007 where my research explored psychoanalytic approaches to social space. I have subsequently developed these ideas in theoretical and empirical articles on homeworking, employment relationships in small firms and narrative identity. Prior to joining academia, I spent nearly 10 years working as a civil servant for the UK Department for Work and Pensions.
My research-led, practice-based teaching seeks to enthuse and inspire students, drawing on my own passion for the study of organisational behaviour. I encourage further, inquiry-based learning to develop understanding as well as critical thinking. Students are encouraged to question underlying assumptions, both in terms of the academic work they read but also in the application of theory to practice. This supports the exploration of contemporary academic and practitioner debates, developing and disputing arguments in terms of both theory and practice.
I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I currently teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including contributions to the following modules:
BUS2018 Research Methods
NBS8384 Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management (ML)
NBS8159 Organisations and People Management (ML)
NBS8520 MBA Individual Projects (ML)
NBS8013 Leading Organisational Change (ML)
I am also Senior Tutor for Undergraduate Business Management students.
My research relates to three core areas of interest and I am happy to discuss PhD proposals relating to any of these areas.
- Employment relationships in small and medium-sized enterprises
- Enterprise policy: governments, SMEs and the self-employed
- Enterprise support and entrepreneurship education
- Narrative approaches to theory and research, particularly in relation to identity
I am currently editing a special issue for the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research on innovations in entrepreneurship support. The closing date for submissions is 30 April 2018, the call for papers is available here.
In 2012 I completed a post-doctoral research fellowship co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (RES-073-27-0023). This project explored employee experiences of leadership in a small firm. This research highlighted the complicated role of management humour in small firms and was featured in articles in the UK Sunday Times and FTAdviser. Full details and outputs for this project can be found at the Research Councils UK website.
I have researched and written extensively on employment relationships in small and medium-sized enterprises, for example producing a book published by Routledge, Managing Human Resources in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: Entrepreneurship and the Employment Relationship. This book has been described as 'a thoughtful, engagingly-written and compelling analysis of the importance of people to small firms and entrepreneurship'. Ideas from the book on the topic of employment relationships in start-ups featured in a Financial Times article.
My research has also explored identity challenges at work, for example in relation to the potential difficulties faced by older entrepreneurs marginalised and excluded by dominant conceptions of entrepreneurial legitimacy. I discussed this research on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed.
My current research focuses on government policy and other forms of influence on small businesses and their owner-managers. As part of this research agenda I have studied the impacts of regulation on smaller businesses, including a project funded by the UK government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. I am currently conducting a research project examining the interactions of formal and informal business support funded by the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Details of this project are available here.
I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (for which I was selected by publisher Taylor & Francis for an “Outstanding Editor" Award in 2016 and 2017). I am on the Editorial Boards of Organization Studies, International Small Business Journal and Personnel Review and the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research.
- Wapshott R, Mallett O. Managing Human Resources in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Entrepreneurship and the Employment Relationship. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015.
- Purchase S, Ellis N, Mallett O, Theingi T. Religious Social Identities in the Hybrid Self-presentations of Sikh Businesspeople. British Journal of Management 2018, 29(1), 99-117.
- Wapshott R, Mallett O. Small and medium-sized enterprise policy: Designed to fail?. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 2017, (ePub ahead of Print).
- Mallett O, Wapshott R. Small business revivalism: employment relations in small and medium-sized enterprises. Work, Employment and Society 2017, 31(4), 719-726.
- Mallett O. Identity as a category of theory and practice. ephemera 2016, 16(3), 161-169.
- Atkinson C, Mallett O, Wapshott R. 'You try to be a fair employer': Regulation and employment relationships in medium-sized firms. International Small Business Journal 2016, 34(1), 16-33.
- Mallett O, Wapshott R. Making sense of self-employment in late career understanding the identity work of olderpreneurs. Work, Employment and Society 2015, 29(2), 250-266.
- Mallett O, Wapshott R. Contesting the history and politics of enterprise and entrepreneurship. Work, Employment and Society 2015, 29(1), 177-182.
- Mallett O, Wapshott R. Informality and employment relationships in small firms: humour, ambiguity and straight-talking. British Journal of Management 2014, 25(1), 118–132.
- Wapshott R, Mallett O. The unspoken side of mutual adjustment: Understanding intersubjective negotiation in small professional service firms. International Small Business Journal 2013, 31(8), 978-996.
- Wapshott R, Mallett O. The spatial implications of homeworking: a Lefebvrian approach to the rewards and challenges of home-based work. Organization 2012, 19(1), 63-79.
- Mallett O, Wapshott R. Mediating ambiguity: Narrative identity and knowledge workers. Scandinavian Journal of Management 2012, 28(1), 16-26.
- Mallett O, Wapshott R. The challenges of identity work: developing Ricoeurian narrative identity in organisations. Ephemera 2011, 11(3), 271-288.
- Slutskaya N, Mallett O, Borgerson JL. Cruel optimism: the stories of entrepreneurial attachments. In: Fayolle A; Karatas-Ozkan M; Nicolopoulou K, ed. Philosophical Reflexivity and Entrepreneurship Research. London: Routledge, 2018. In Press.
- Wapshott R, Mallett O. Self-employment. In: Wilkinson, A. & Johnstone, S, ed. Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016, pp.395-396.
- Wapshott R, Mallett O. From entrepreneur to owner-manager. In: Swail, J. & Marlow, S, ed. Entrepreneurship for Managers: Strategic Decision-Making for Business Growth. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2016.
- Mallett O, Wapshott R. Entrepreneurship in a context of pending retirement: the lived experience of older entrepreneurs. In: Sappleton, N. & Lourenco, F, ed. Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment and Retirement. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2015, pp.67-89.
- Wapshott R, Mallett O, Spicer D. Exploring Change in Small Firms’ HRM Practices. In: Machado, C; Davim, JP, ed. Work Organization and Human Resource Management. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2014, pp.73-92.
- Warwick P, Mallett O. Teaching less popular modules, putting ideas into practice. Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2017, 12(3), 484-493.
- Mallett O, Porter G. Book review editorial. Personnel Review 2015, 44(1), 180-181.
- Mallett O, Wapshott R. Government policy and small and medium-sized enterprises: Introduction to the virtual special issue. Sage Publications Ltd, 2015. Available at: http://isb.sagepub.com/site/Virtual_Special_Issues/Government_Policy.xhtml.
- Mallett O, Wapshott R, Vorley T. Understanding the firm-level effects of regulation on the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2015.
- Wapshott R, Mallett O. Don’t try this at home: mapping the spatial implications of homeworking. Bradford University School of Management Working Paper Series 2009, 09/08.