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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.

Additional Roles

Editorial Board Member: for the the Emerald book series on Critical Studies on

Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability.

Editorial Board Member: Journal of Global Responsibility.

Editorial Board Member: International journal of

Organizational Analysis.

External Examiner for Coventry University in London.

External Examiner for doctorates for the University of the West of Scotland in


Leeds Beckett University: External Reviewer as part of the University’s

Postgraduate Periodic Review Accreditation.




2014                                        Expert Advisor to the Cheshire Constabulary’s Ethics Committee

2014                                        European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)

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





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


  • Business Ethics
  • Police Ethics
  • Social Capital
  • Social Network Theory
  • Knowledge Management
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • HE Pedagogy
  • Trade and health networks

Published Work


Manning, P. (in Press). Behavioural Economics and Social Economics: Opportunities for an Expanded Curriculum.  International Journal of Social Economics.

DOI: 10.1108/IJSE-04-2018-0225.

(1 star, ABDC: B)


Manning, P. (2018). Exploiting the social fabric of networks: a social capital analysis of historical financial frauds, Management & Organizational History. 13(2), 191-211. 

DOI: 10.1080/17449359.2018.1534595

(2 star)


Manning, P., Stokes, P., Visser. M., Rowland, C., and T. Y, Shlomo,

(2018). Dark Open Innovation in a Criminal Organizational Context: The Case of Madoff’s Ponzi. Management Decision. 56(6), 1445-1462.

DOI: 10.1108/MD-05-2017-0535.

(2 star, ABDC: B)


Manning, P. (2017). Embedding anti-corruption in the MBA curriculum: Reflections on a case history analysis of affinity fraud. Journal of Global Responsibility,  9(1), 111-129.

 (ABDC: C)


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, Vol. 25 Issue: 5, 875-89.,

DOI, 10.1108/IJOA-05-2017.

(1 star)


Manning, P. (2017). Madoff’s Ponzi Investment Fraud: A Social Capital Analysis. Journal of Financial Crime, 25(2), 320-336.



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

(2 star)


Manning, P. (2012). Social capital processes : an owner-manager perspective, Royal Holloway, University of London.

ISNI: 0000 0004 2717 8570



Manning, P. (2010). Explaining and Developing Social Capital for Knowledge Management Purposes. The Journal of Knowledge Management, 14(1), 83-99.

(2 star, ABDC: B)


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

(1 star, ABDC: B)


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

BRESE Working Papers. Brunel University, No 23, June. 

Available at:



Manning, P. C.  (2015). The Human Factor in Social Capital Management: The Owner-manager Perspective. Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, (Vol. 9). Bingley, UK:   Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

ISBN: 978-1-78441-584-6 eISBN: 978-1-78441-583-9.



Book Chapters

Manning, P. (2018). The MBA Student and CSR: A Case Study of Attitudes from a European Business School. In R. Tench., R. Sun. W & B. Jones (Eds.), The Critical State of Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe, Bingley, UK: Emerald. ISBN: 978-1-78756-150-2 eISBN: 978-1-78756-149-6.


Manning, P. (2012). Economic Rationality and Corporate Social Irresponsibility: An Illustrative Review of Social Capital Theory. In R. Tench, W. Sun, & B Jones (Eds.), Corporate Social Irresponsibility: A Challenging Concept: Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, Vol 4 (pp.111 – 134). Bingley, UK:  Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

SBN: 978-1-78052-998-1 eISBN: 978-1-78052-999-8.


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


Manning, P. (2010). The dark side of social capital: Lessons from the Madoff case. In W. Sun., J. Stewart & D. Pollard (Eds.) Reframing Corporate Social Responsibility: Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis: Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, Vol 1, (pp. 207 – 228). Binlgey, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

ISBN: 978-0-85724-455-0 eISBN: 978-0-85724-456-7


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

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


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


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


Journal Proposals Reviewed for:

Business Ethics: A European Review;

International Journal of Innovation Science;

International Journal of Management Reviews;

International Journal of Social Economics;

Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Global Responsibility;

Journal of Knowledge Management;

Journal of Public Affairs;

Special Interest Group on Entrepreneurship for BAM Annual Conference.


Book proposal reviewer:





Doctoral Supervision Completions:

Derek Knott: A qualitative investigation into practitioner perspectives of the role of customers within the design and delivery of local government contact centre services.


Phil Smith: An Investigation into the Influence of Social Media Message Context on Retailer-Consumer Interaction: A Case Study from the Lens of a UK Retailer.


Research Bids.

Co-investigator on the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP), proposed trade and health network. Bid Title: PETRA: Prevention of diseases using trade agreements. Shortlisted for the sum of £555,069.

QR bid for research on MBA student vies on business ethics for the sum of £250


  • 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