Dr Paul Richter
DPD - MA Arts Business & Creativity and MSc Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
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Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
I am a Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a longstanding member of the KITE research centre.
My research interests centre on the relationship between organisational change, technologies and identity, and the function of language and materiality in constituting those phenomena. I have explored these issues in several empirical contexts: small firms and entrepreneurship in multiple sectors, including cultural and creative settings; trends in the delivery of public services; and higher education.
Current/Recent research activities
I am a Co-Investigator on a project (Captured), initially funded by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which explores the ways that ‘anchor institutions’, such as universities and business schools, in conjunction with large regional organizations, can support regional small firms to develop leadership and entrepreneurship skills.http://www.ncl.ac.uk/business-school/business/workwithacademics/captured/#aboutcaptured
I am also involved in an action-oriented research project – in conjunction with academic colleagues based in the School of Arts & Cultures and Architecture, Planning & Landscape – examining the current state and future potential of a Newcastle-based artist-led community – http://thenewbridgeproject.com/. The principal aim is to support the organization in mapping and articulating its value in terms of inter alia; creative activity, public engagement with the Arts, graduate retention, and affordable artist space.
I was a Co-Investigator on an ESRC funded project (£234K) in conjunction with Prof. Simon Down (Anglia Ruskin University), Prof. Jane Pollard (Newcastle University), and Prof. Monder Ram OBE (Birmingham University). The study (2009-2012) adopted a longitudinal, multi-method framework to explore how small firms understand and respond over time to different forms of regulation in contrasting sectoral (bio-processing, film and media and security) and geographic contexts. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/kite/research/project/5404
As a KITE-based researcher, I have won a series of funding awards (£50K) from Newcastle University to carry out research into various aspects of the HE student’s experience (2008-2012). These studies have included researching the factors underpinning student satisfaction, exploring the notion of 'student engagement' among undergraduates, and an investigation of students' experience of learning resources and spaces. These investigations form a valuable empirical base for generating theoretical contributions to debates around the shifting HE landscape and student and institutional identities. I also led on a project (2012) that provided an independent assessment of the impact of key Staff Development Unit (Newcastle University) programmes. In related activity, I and KITE colleague Prof. Rob Wilson won an Innovation award from the University's Teaching & Learning Committee (2009) to carry out a study entitled 'Developing the teaching of Research Methods: Students as researchers and co-producers of knowledge into ‘Student Satisfaction’. Its’ principal aim was to develop a more participative and engaging approach to the delivery of social science research methods teaching that has pedagogic benefits for the wider academic community.
This work builds on a number of projects I worked on earlier in my research career investigating different dimensions of ICT deployment in HE settings. These included a study into the deployment, use and identity implications of a set of newly-developed student relationship management systems. Funded by the host university, this research project sought to generate useful knowledge for the university management and to develop KITE's research agenda around the deployment/exploitation of ICTs in a HE setting.
In 2009, I led an exploratory project funded by Newcastle University's HaSS Faculty Research Fund entitled 'Shared Services and Higher Education sector transformation: Processes and Outcomes'. It aimed to develop a social science perspective on shared services in order to critically question their implications for higher education and to develop research capacity in relation to shared services.
During 2010, I was a researcher on an EU-funded (FP6 IST programme) international, multi-disciplinary project developing e-services for older people. Also during 2010, I was a Co-Investigator on a research project funded by The North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (NE-IEP) investigating information governance and management across the north east region.
My PhD (Newcastle University Business School) study, primarily involving qualitative data collection, employed a narrative approach to organisation and technology and was concerned with how concepts associated with ‘customer-focus’ are being realized in UK local government service delivery via processes of organizational restructuring, technological implementation, and narrative re-ordering.
Visiting Fellow: The Institute for International Management Practice, Anglia Ruskin University
Reviewer for submissions to:
International Small Business Journal
Public Money and Management
Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations
E-Commerce Research and Applications
Electronic Commerce Research
and British Academy of Management and European Conference on Information Systems conference
Academic Referee for ESRC grant applications
Fully trained in NVivo 8
UKCES – Captured programme £133K
ESRC – Small firm regulation £234K
North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership £80K
Newcastle University Student Opinion Working Group (multiple funding awards) £50K
Newcastle University Staff Development Unit £9K
Newcastle University HaSS Faculty Research Fund £4K
Newcastle University Teaching & Learning Committee Innovation Award £5K
EPSRC – PhD studies
Current postgraduate teaching:
- NBS8214 Technology Change and Innovation Policy
- NBS8039 ICE dissertation
- NBS8241 ABC dissertation
Current undergraduate teaching:
- BUS3019 The representation of management and organisation in popular culture
I also supervise Masters and Doctoral students
- Wilson R, Baines S, Martin M, Richter P, McLoughlin I, Maniatopoulos G. Who is telecaring whom? Exploring the total social organisation of care work in an Italian municipality. New Technology Work and Employment 2017, 32(3), 268-282.
- Pollard JS, Richter P, Down S, Ram M. Financialisation and small firms: A qualitative analysis of bio-science and film and media firms. International Small Business Journal 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Mallett O, Richter P, Whitehurst F, Sear L. Reconceptualising anchor institutions: a new direction for regionally-focused small firm support. In: ISBE 2016 Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 2016, Paris, France.
- Whitehurst F, Richter P, Sear L. Anchor institutions and small business development and learning: A role for university business schools?. In: The 5th Engage HEI Conference: 'Engaged Scholarship: impact, policy and practice‘. 2016, Preston, uclan.
- Richter P, Down S, Pollard J. The emotionality of regulation: emerging thoughts. In: ESRC Seminar Series, Regulation of work and employment: Towards a multidisciplinary, multilevel framework. 2015, Newcastle, UK.
- Richter P, Wilson R. ‘It's the tip of the iceberg’: the hidden tensions between theory, policy and practice in the management of Freedom of Information in English local government bodies—evidence from a regional study. Public Money and Management 2013, 33(3), 177-184.
- Richter P, Down S, Pollard J. Socio-economic contexts of SMEs’ entrepreneurialism: the performativity of regulation. In: Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. 2012, New York.
- Pollard J, Down S, Richter P, Walsh S. Regulating entrepreneurial behaviour: context, routines and managerial practices. In: Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. 2011, Seattle.
- Pollard J, Down S, Richter P, Walsh S. Regulating entrepreneurialism: context, routines and managerial practices. In: Regional Studies Association conference. 2011, Newcastle upon Tyne.
- Wilson R, Martin M, Walsh S, Richter P. Re-Mixing Digital Economies in the Voluntary Community Sector? Governing Identity Information and Information Sharing in the Mixed Economy of Care for Children and Young People. Social Policy and Society 2011, 10(3), 379-391.
- Wilson R, Baines S, Martin M, Jacucci G, Maniatopoulos G, Richter P, McLoughlin I. Who is Telecaring Whom? The Total Social Organisation of Labour in the context of an EU Telecare Project. In: Transforming care: Provision, quality and inequalities in late life. 2010, Danish National Centre for Social Research, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Martin M, Richter P. Governing information between sectors. In: ESRC Seminar Series: Re-mixing the economy of welfare: what is emerging beyond the market and the state?. 2010, University of Birmingham: ESRC.
- Richter P, Walsh S, Wilson R. The student as confused customer?: Competing models of the Higher Education ‘student experience’. In: SRHE Annual Conference: Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?. 2010, Newport, South Wales.
- Richter P, Cornford J. Customer Relationship Management and Citizenship: Technologies and Identities in Public Services. Social Policy and Society 2008, 7(2), 211-220.
- Cornford J, Richter P. Customer focus in UK e-government: Or, putting the politics back into e-government. International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management 2007, 2(1), 34-46.
- Richter P, Cornford JR, McLoughlin IP. The e-Citizen as talk, as text and as technology: CRM and e-Government. Electronic Journal of e-Government 2004, 2(3), 207-218.
- Richter P. Study of PGR students’ attitudes towards and experience of teaching-related activities. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Newcastle University, 2013.
- Richter P, Pagan V. An evaluation of the Staff Development Unit’s CASAP/ITLHE Programmes at Newcastle University. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: KITE Research Centre, Newcastle University, 2012.
- Richter P, Walsh S. Practice-oriented learning contexts as sites of social and academic engagement. London: NUS Connect, 2011.
- Richter P, Walsh S. Making NSS data count: Using qualitative data-gathering to illuminate NSS results and stimulate institutional action. In: HEA Surveys for Enhancement Conference. 2011, Nottingham, UK.
- Wilson R, Richter P. Teaching young pups, old tricks in new ways: Co-producing research methods teaching and learning via the student experience. In: BMAF Annual Conference, Assessment and Assessment Standards: Challenges for Business Education. 2010, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: The Higher Education Academy.
- Cornford J, Richter P, Wilson RG, Down S. Coding the student-customer: Technology, conflict and change in higher education. In: Management Conference 2006; 6th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations. 2006, Prato, Italy.
- Richter P, Cornford J, Wilson R, Down S, Martin M. Enterprise Systems and ‘Enterprise’ in UK Higher Education: Friend or Foe?. In: IAMOT: 15th International Conference on Management of Technology. 2006, Beijing, China.
- Richter P, Cornford J. Customers to order? Enacting customer-focus in UK local government. In: 21st EGOS Colloquium: Unlocking Organizations. 2005, Berlin, Germany.
- Richter P, Cornford J. The e-Citizen as talk, as text and as technology. In: 6th International Conference on Organizational Discourse: Artefacts, Archetypes and Architexts. 2004, Amsterdam, Netherlands: London: KMCP.
- Richter P, Cornford J. The e-Citizen as talk, as text and as technology. In: 4th European Conference on E-Government. 2004, Dublin, Ireland: Reading: Academic Conferences Ltd.