Beech, Nic


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1994 …2023
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Nic is Vice-Principal (Academic Planning & Performance). He provides academic leadership and vision to the University’s Schools, with a particular focus on academic strategy, planning and performance.

Nic’s field is Management and he has contributed to this field through original research, research leadership and leadership of the learned society, the British Academy of Management (BAM). He has pursued interdisciplinary work with music academics and he has collaborated and published with practitioners.

His research has explored the social construction of identities at work and the impact that constructions have as people and organisations go through change. He has made contributions to the theory of identity work, the processes by which people claim and account for identities whilst engaged in work.  Nic has expanded the theory to incorporate novel understandings of liminality, dialogue, paradox, struggle and contestation. In the main, his empirical work has been in the music industry and health care. He adopts an engaged, ethnographically-informed method, working collaboratively with practitioners. As a result, his funding includes both research council and organisational sources, such as: ESRC, AHRC, EU, NESTA, and orchestral and healthcare partners.

Nic’s publications include 6 books, 4 journal special issues, 29 book chapters, 49 articles in peer reviewed journals and 8 practice-oriented publications and his work has been highly cited measured against discipline benchmarks.

Having been elected as chair of BAM an unprecedented three times, Nic has led a range of developments for the society including: internationalisation, so that there are now members in over 40 countries; expansion of membership by over 40%; establishing a completely new area of Management Knowledge and Education; expanding the main conference to 1000 participants; an increase from 15 to over 50 workshops and symposia p.a.; and a growing impact of the two BAM journals with increased citations of 26% and 38% and one now being ranked 5th in the world.

Nic was Lead Fellow of the ESRC Advanced Institute of Management which conducted a nation-wide study of management practices across a range of industries with a team from 7 universities. He founded the BAM Special Interest Group (SIG) on identity, which was the first of its kind in the field, and has chaired over twenty conference tracks and symposia at international conferences (such as EGOS, EURAM and CMS). Nic is on the organising board of the International Conference on Organizational Discourse, a biennial conference which has been running for twenty years. Nic is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences Audit and Risk Committee and, having an interest in music, is a board member of Fife Cultural Trust, St Andrews Voices and ICON, the international network of conservatoires.

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Projects 2017 2023

Research Output 1994 2019

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Reconceptualising vulnerability and its value for managerial identity and learning

Corlett, S., Mavin, S. & Beech, N., 1 Nov 2019, In : Management Learning. 50, 5, p. 556-575 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
239 Downloads (Pure)

The talent paradox: talent management as a mixed blessing

Daubner-Siva, D., Ybema, S., Vinkenburg, C. J. & Beech, N., 2018, In : Journal of Organizational Ethnography. 7, 1, p. 74-86 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
international organization
Talent management
process management

Delivering Diversity: Race and ethnicity in the management pipeline

Beech, N., Cornelius, N., Gordon, L., Healy, G., Ogbonna, E., Sanghera, G., Umeh, C., Wallace, J. & Woodman, P., Jul 2017, London: Chartered Management Institute. 44 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Beech, N. & Broad, S., Dec 2017, The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods. Cassell, C., Cunliffe, A. L. & Grandy, G. (eds.). London: SAGE Publications

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

4 Citations (Scopus)

Identity at Work: An Enquiry-based Approach to Therapeutically Inspired Management

Beech, N., 23 Jul 2017, In : International Journal of Management Reviews. 19, 3, p. 357-370 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Management practices
Expectations theory
Practical relevance