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About Prof Paul Manning

Paul Manning attended school in Liverpool, then studied history at the University of Birmingham. After graduation, he was self-employed for ten years and built up and sold a number of enterprises. He then embarked on a career in education and his first position in HE was as a lecturer at Liverpool University's LIPAM (Liverpool Institute of Public Administration and Management). His next appointment was as a lecturer at Northumbria University, which he left to become a senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University. Prior to his Chester appointment, he was Director of MSc Programmes at the University of Liverpool's Management School (ULMS).

Paul is an active researcher and regularly presents conference papers and publishes in leading journals. His research interests include socio-economics with a focus on social capital and social network theory. He also researches business ethics, knowledge management and various aspects of small business and enterprise.


Paul teaches and leads modules on the MBA, MSc and DBA programmes, he also supervises DBA and PhD dissertation students.


  • Business Ethics
  • Social capital
  • Social Network theory
  • Knowledge Management
  • Small Business

Published Work


Manning, P. (2017). ‘Embedding anti-corruption in the MBA curriculum: Reflections on a case history analysis of affinity fraud’. Journal of Global Responsibility,

Manning, P.  (2017). ‘The Social Capital Concept in Management and Organizational Literature: A Synthesis and Critical Discussion of Contemporary Applications and Research Directions’. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, DOI, 10.1108/IJOA-05-2017.

Manning, P. (2017). ‘Madoff’s Ponzi Investment Fraud: A Social Capital Analysis’. Journal of Financial Crime. DOI 10.1108/JFC-06-2017-0057.

Ayios, A., Jeurissen, R., Manning, P. and Spence. L.J. (2014). ‘Social Capital: A review from an ethics perspective’. Business Ethics: A European Review’, Vol 23, pp. 1: 108-124.

Manning, P. (2010). ‘Explaining and Developing Social Capital for Knowledge Management Purposes’. The Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol 14, no 1, pp. 83-99.

Manning, P. (2010). ‘Putnam and Radical Socio-Economic Theory’.  Special issue on Radical Economics of the ‘International Journal of Social Economics’. Vol 37. Iss 3, pp. 254-269.

Manning, P. (2008) ‘Social Capital: Origins, Meanings and Economic Significance’

BRESE Working Papers. Brunel University, No 23, June.  Available at:


Manning, P.  (2015) ‘The Humanistic Side of Social Capital Management: An Owner-Manager Perspective’. Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, Emerald, London.

Book Chapters

Manning, P. (2018) ‘The MBA Student and CSR: A Case Study of Attitudes from a European Business School’. In, Tench, R., Sun. W., and Brian Jones, (Ed), The Critical State of Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe, Emerald, London.

Manning, P. (2012) ‘Rational Management Theories and CSI: An Illustrative Review of Social Capital Theory’. In, Sun, W., (Ed), Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, Vol 2. Emerald Books, Bingley.

Manning, P. (2011) ‘Entrepreneurs and Friendship: the ties of Mutuality”. In, Kill, R. and O’Rourke, K’,Inspiring Enterprise: Transforming Enterprise Education at Leeds Metropolitan University. Leeds Met Press. Leeds, pp. 136-149.

Manning, P. (2010) ‘Social Capital and Malfeasance: Madoff the Bad Social Capitalist’. In, Sun, W., Stewart, J. & Pollard, D.(Ed) Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, Reframing Corporate Social Responsibility in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis. Vol 1. Emerald Books, Bingley, pp. 207-228.

Book Reviews

Manning, P. (2009) “The Entrepreneurial Personality: A Social Construction, by Chell, E. 2nd Ed.”. Reviewed in: The International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. Vol 15, Iss 6.

Manning, P.  (2003) On Mission and Leadership by Bennis, W. Reviewed in:  Leadership and Organization Journal. Vol 24, Iss 2.

Manning, P. (2002) “The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership by Sample, S.B.” Reviewed in:  Leadership and Organization Journal.  Vol 23, Iss 5.

Manning, P. (2002) “Bench learning: Good Examples as a Lever for Development by Karlof, B., Lundgren, K. & Marie Edenfeldt Froment”. Reviewed in: Leadership and Organization Journal. Vol 23, Iss 5.

Manning, P.  (2002) “Case Histories in Business Ethics by Megone, C. & Robinson, S. J.”. Reviewed in:  Leadership and Organization Journal. Vol 23, Iss 6.

Refereed Conference Papers

Manning, P (2017) “Madoff’s Investment Fraud: A Social Capital Analysis”,

European Business Ethics Network, Germany, 12th Talks at Zittau - The Ethical Dimension of Corruption.

Manning P. (2017) “The MBA student, business ethics and responsible management: attitudes and opportunities for development”, The University of Chester, Learning and Teaching Conference, 8th September.   

Manning, P. (2016) “Expanding the Anti-Corruption Perspective: Trans-Disciplinary Lessons from Business History and Criminology”, EBEN and PRME Joint Conference, 20-23rd June. Nottingham.

Manning, P. (2015) “Expanding the Entrepreneurial Learning Perspective: Entrepreneurial Reading”, Association of Business Schools, Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference, 28th - 29th April 2015, York.

Manning, P. (2013) “The Creation of Entrepreneurial Social Capital”, British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Liverpool, September.

Manning, P (2010) “Rationality and Non-Rationality in Social Capital: A Managerial Perspective” International Conference on Networks, Learning and Entrepreneurship, 15 and 16 September 2010, Aberystwyth, Wales.

Manning, P. (2009) “Knowledge Management and Social Capital: Case Studies from the IT Sector”, British Academy of Management Annual Conference. September, Brighton.

Manning, P. (2009) “Social Relations in Start-ups: Expanding the Social Capital Perspective”, British Academy of Management Annual Conference. September, Brighton.

Manning, P. (2008) ‘Building Identity forming Intangibles in the Non-Profit and Social Sectors: A Social Capital Perspective.’  Seventh International Colloquium on Non-Profit, Social and Arts Marketing. Academy of Marketing. September. College of the Arts, London.

Manning, P., and Warnock, N. (2008) ‘Entrepreneurial Social Capital: Examples from the cutting Edge’.  BAM Annual Conference. September. Harrogate.

Manning, P. (2008) ‘Social capital in a Start-Up’ EBEN-UK Annual Conference on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility; The Management of Ethics in Business? 1st and 2nd April.    Cambridge University, Cambridge.

Manning, P. (2007) ‘Small Firm Social Capital’, ‘Symposium: Engaging HEIs in business and the community: A learning perspective.  22- 23 May, 13:00 Lancaster University. Lancaster.

Manning, P. (2005) ‘Social Capital Processes in SMEs’. Brunel PhD Conference. June. Awarded prize for best PhD paper. Brunel.

Manning, P. (2005) ‘Social Capital Formation and Construction SMEs.’ 9th Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Network-UK Association (EBEN-UK).  Royal Holloway College, 31st March & 1st April, Royal Holloway.

Manning, P. (2004) ‘Business Ethics in UK SME’s’. European Business Ethics Network’s (EBEN) International Conference on ‘Ethics and Entrepreneurship.’ University of Twente 23rd-25 June. Twente.

Manning, P. (2003) ‘Innovation Processes in Small Businesses.’ ‘Third International Conference, on ‘Management of Small and Medium Businesses.’ Sevastopol Technical University, September, Sevastopol.

Manning, P. (2003) ‘Entrepreneurship as a Lifestyle.’ ‘Third International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Employment and Beyond’. Krakow University. September. Krakow.

Additional Presentations

Inaugural Professorial Lecture:

P. Manning, (2016) Socio-Economics and Social Capital: Challenges to Rational Choice Orthodoxies, April 4th

P. Manning, (2016) Ponzi Investment Fraud: A Social Capital Analysis. Research Hub Presentation.

P. Manning, (2017) Ethics for PR Professionals, CIPR, 5th October.


2016-17 QR Grant for £250 entitled: ‘The MBA Student and Business Ethics and Responsible Management: Attitudes and Opportunities for Development.’

Ongoing Bid

Network Partner and Member for, ‘UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) Network Award’ scheme, led by Prof Paul Kingston, entitled: ‘PETRA: Prevention of diseases using trade agreements’. Bid amount £555,069.

Proposal Reviewer (Journals)

International Journal of Innovation Science

International Journal of Management Reviews

The Journal of Business Ethics

The Journal of Global Responsibility

The Journal of Knowledge Management

Journal of Public Affairs

Special Interest Group on Entrepreneurship for BAM Annual Conference.

Proposal Reviewer (Books)

Book proposal reviewer for Palgrave, Routledge and Emerald Group Publishing.

Additional Roles

Leeds Metropolitan University External Reviewer as part of the University’s Postgraduate Review.

Member of editorial board of the Emerald book series on Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability.

Member of Chester Business Research Group focused on Family Business and SME’s

External Examiner for Coventry University in London.


2008                                        British Academy of Management Membership

2007                                        Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2007                                        Northern Leadership Academy Membership

2009                                        Fellow of Corporate Governance and Sustainability Research Group


  • PhD, Royal Holloway College, The University of London.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (with Distinction), The University of  Liverpool.
  • MBA (with Distinction), The University of Liverpool.
  • MA in Creative Writing, John Moores University.
  • Master of Arts in History, The University of Greenwich.
  • BA Hons in History and Economics, The University of Birmingham