Professor Steve Vincent
Professor of Work and Organisation
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1706
- Address: Room 6.05
Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
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.
- Chartered Member: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
- Member: British Universities Industrial Relations Association
- Member: British Sociological Association
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 Action – ESRC: 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).
- Brannan M, Fleetwood S, O'Mahoney J, Vincent S. Critical Essay: Meta-Analysis: A Critical Realist Critique and Alternative. Human Relations 2017, 70(1), 11-39.
- Edwards PK, O'Mahoney J, Vincent S. Concluding Comments. In: Edwards, PK; O'Mahoney, J; and Vincent, S, ed. Studying Organizations Using Critical Realism: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.318-326.
- Vincent S, Wapshott R. Critical Realism and the Organizational Case Study: A Guide to Discovering Institutional Mechanisms. In: Edwards, PK; O'Mahoney, J; Vincent, S, ed. Studying Organizations Using Critical Realism: A Practical Guide. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.148-167.
- O'Mahoney J, Vincent S. Critical Realism as an Empirical Project: A Beginner's Guide. In: Edwards, PK; O'Mahoney, J; Vincent, S, ed. Studying Organizations Using Critical Realism: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.1-20.
- Vincent S, Wapshott R, Gardiner J. Putting the Agent into Research in Black and Minority Ethnic Entrepreneurship: A New Methodological Proposal. Journal of Critical Realism 2014, 13(4), 368-384.
- Edwards P, O'Mahoney J, Vincent S. Studying Organizations Using Critical Realism: A Practical Guide. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Vincent S. The emotional labour process: An essay on the economy of feelings. Human Relations 2011, 64(10), 1369-1392.
- Thompson P, Vincent S. Labour Process Theory and Critical Realism. In: Thompson, P., Smith, C, ed. Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp.47-69.
- Vincent S, Grugulis I. Employment relations, cost minimisation and inter-organisational contracting. Industrial Relations Journal 2009, 40(1), 40-59.
- Grugulis I, Vincent S. Whose skill is it anyway? 'Soft' skills and polarization. Work, Employment and Society 2009, 23(4), 597-615.
- Vincent S. A transmutation theory of inter-organizational exchange relations and networks: Applying critical realism to analysis of collective agency. Human Relations 2008, 61(6), 875-899.
- Grugulis I, Vincent S, Hebson G. Jobs, discretion and skill. In: T. Redman and A. Wilkinson, ed. Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases. Financial Times: Prentice Hall, 2008, pp.131-134.
- Vincent S. Really dealing: A critical perspective on inter-organizational exchange networks. Work, Employment and Society 2005, 19(1), 47-65.
- Marchington M, Vincent S. Analysing the Influence of Institutional, Organizational and Interpersonal Forces in Shaping Inter-Organizational Relations. Journal of Management Studies 2004, 41(6), 1029-1056.
- Grugulis I, Vincent S. Changing Boundaries, Shaping Skills: the 'New' Organisational Form and Employee Skills. In: Marchington, M., Grimshaw, D., Rubery, J., Willmott, H, ed. Fragmenting Work in New Organisational Forms: Blurring Boundaries and Disordering Hierarchies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, pp.199-216.
- Vincent S, Grugulis I. Strategy, Contracts and Control in Government IT Work. In: Stewart, P, ed. Employment, Trade Union Renewal and the Future of Work: The Experience of Work and Organisational Change. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp.231-249.
- Cooke FL, Marchington M, Vincent S. The Role of Boundary-Spanning Agents in Inter-Organisational Contracting. In: Marchington, M., Grimshaw, D., Rubery, J., Willmott, H, ed. Fragmenting Work in New Organisational Forms: Blurring Boundaries and Disordering Hierarchies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, pp.135-156.
- Carrol M, Cooke F, Hassard J, Vincent S. The Strategic Management of Contracting in the Private Sector. In: Marchington, M., Grimshaw, D., Rubery, J., Wilmott, H, ed. Fragmenting Work in New Organisational Forms: Blurring Boundaries and Disordering Hierarchies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, pp.89-110.
- Grugulis I, Vincent S, Hebson G. The rise of the ‘network organisation’ and the decline of discretion. Human Resource Management Journal 2003, 13(2), 45-59.
- Rubery J, Earnshaw J, Marchington M, Cooke FL, Vincent S. Changing Organisational Forms and the Employment Relationship. Journal of Management Studies 2002, 39(5), 645-672.
- Grimshaw D, Vincent S, Willmott H. Going Privately: Partnership and Outsourcing in UK Public Services. Public Administration 2002, 80(3), 475-502.
- Grimshaw D, Cooke FL, Grugulis I, Vincent S. New Technology and Changing Organisational Forms: Implications for Managerial Control and Skills. New Technology, Work and Employment 2002, 17(3), 186-203.
- Grimshaw D, Vincent S, Willmott H. New Control Modes and Emergent Organisational Forms: Private-Public Contracting in Public Administration and Health Service Provision. Administrative Theory and Praxis 2001, 23(2), 407-430.