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About Prof Paul Manning, PhD, MBA (with distinction), MA, PGCHE, BA.

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 several enterprises. 

He then embarked on a career in education and worked as Head of Humanities in a large South London comprehensive in Streatham for 5 years. 

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. He was then appointed as a senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, until he was promoted to the University of Liverpool's Management School (ULMS), to be MSc Programme Director; and Director of Studies for the MSc Management Pathway.

In 2014 he was appointed as Professor of Business Ethics and the Faculty Coordinator for the Research Exercise Framework (REF) 2021. Responsible for the REF strategy and organise all aspects of the faculty’s submission. 

Paul’s external engagement include chairing the Cheshire Constabulary’s Police and Crime  Ethics Committee. Paul co-wrote the terms of reference for this panel. 


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 has supervised 8 doctoral students to completion:

  • Andy Moore: How can the Organisational Ambidexterity concept be applied to the automotive industry as it aims to exploit current vehicles sale profit pools and explore autonomous electric mobility services?
  • Nigel Baker: Disruptive Philanthropy: Assessing the Challenges of Funding from “Big Tech” for a UK Charity
  • Gregory Aggrey Benn-Ohikuare: Category Management and Strategic Process in Local Government: A phenomenographic investigation of the lived experiences of procurement managers
  • 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.
  • Keith. Richardson: Factors affecting progress of the current National e-Health Strategy in the NHS in England: A Socio-technical Evaluation
  • Duncan Sheffield: How and why are hourly paid employees motivated to work in a family- owned manufacturing within the UK?
  • Wendy Wild: Thriving high flyers: Case Studies of the owners of growth companies in the North West of England

Paul has successfully written, led and taught a range of PG and UG courses and modules.

At Chester he has been module leader for ethics, research methods and strategy modules.

He has also published journal articles on MBA pedagogy and ethics.

Paul has tutored MSc and MBA students since 1999 at four different UK universities.


Paul is currently researching on the role of literature to develop understanding of business and management. He continues to research social networks and social capital in small business, financial crime and in other aspects of business and management.

Paul is a co-investigator of PETRA: (Prevention of diseases using trade agreements).

for research led by Professor Paul Kingston (UoC)  

Medical Research Council Award in the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) stream, entitled: ‘Prevention of Diseases using Trade Agreements’ (PETRA). Awarded £330,000 in 2019 to initially cover 3 years.

PETRA is a unique UK expert and user research and development network. It examines the evidence on the links between trade and health in respect of the prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). It also looks at how international trade can improve human health and prevent avoidable harm. PETRA aims to ensure that there is a solid base of applied research and development to inform public policy and funded research priorities.

QR bid for research on MBA student views on business ethics for £250

Proposals Reviewed for:

  • Business Ethics: A European Review;
  • International Journal of Innovation Science;
  • International Journal of Management Reviews;
  • International Journal of Organizational Analysis;
  • International Journal of Social Economics;
  • Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning Journal;
  • Journal of Business Ethics;
  • Journal of Global Responsibility;
  • Journal of Knowledge Management;
  • Journal of Public Affairs
  • Sustainability Journal;
  • Special Interest Group on Entrepreneurship for BAM Annual Conference.

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

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

Current and previous external examiner engagements

The University of Coventry in London:

  • external examiner for:  BA (Hons) Global Business Management; Global Business; and for MBA modules in Corporate Social Responsibility and Managing International Trade.

Leeds Becket University:

  • external examiner for MBA programme and have been external panel member for Leeds Beckett MSc and MBA programme re-validations.

The University of Huddersfield: doctoral examiner

  • UWS: doctoral examiner


Published Work


  1. Thow, A., Garde, A., Mabhala M., Smith, R., Kingston P., Manning P., Hunter, D., Winters, L.A., Lincoln, P., and R., Parish. (2020), Including public health considerations in trade and investment agreements, European Journal of Public Health, Volume 30, Issue Supplement_5, September.  ckaa165.834,
  2. Manning, P., Baker, N. T. & Stokes, P. (2020), The ethical challenge of Big Tech’s “disruptive philanthropy”. International Studies of Management & Organisation, 50(3), 271-290. Article with public access mandates: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  3. Manning, P., Stokes, P., Tarba, S. Y., & Rodgers, P. (2019), Entrepreneurial stories, narratives and reading – Their role in building entrepreneurial being and behaviour. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 21 (3), 178-190.
  4. Manning, P. (2018), "Behavioural economics and social economics: opportunities for an expanded curriculum", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 46 No. 8, pp. 992-003.
  5. Manning, P. (2018), Madoff’s Ponzi Investment Fraud: A Social Capital Analysis. Journal of Financial Crime, 25(2), 320-336.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Manning, P. (2012), Social capital processes: an owner-manager perspective, Royal Holloway, University of London. ISNI: 0000 0004 2717 8570
  12. Manning, P. (2010), Explaining and Developing Social Capital for Knowledge Management Purposes. The Journal of Knowledge Management, 14(1), 83-99.
  13. 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.
  14. Manning, P. (2008), Social Capital: Origins, Meanings and Economic Significance, BRESE Working Papers. Brunel University, No 23, June.  Available at:


  1. 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

  1. Manning, P. (2018), The MBA Student and CSR: A Case Study of Attitudes from a European Business School. In R. Trench., R. Sun. W & B. Jones (Eds.) Critical State of Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe, Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited, pp.207 – 222. ISBN: 978-1-78756-150-2 eISBN: 978-1-78756-149-6.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. ISBN 978-1-907240-22-5
  4. 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
  5. Manning, P. (2009), "The Entrepreneurial Personality: A Social Construction, 2nd ed.", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 15 No. 6, pp. 626-28.  Emerald Group Publishing Limited
  6. Manning, P. (2003), "On Mission and Leadership", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 115-116.
  7. Manning, P. (2002), "The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 293-294.
  8. Manning, P. (2002), "Benchlearning; Good Examples as a Lever for Development", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 294-295.
  9. Manning, P. (2002), "Case Histories in Business Ethics", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 23 No. 6, pp. 353-354.

Refereed Conference Papers

  1. 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.
  2. 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.   
  3. 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.
  4. Manning, P. (2015) ‘Expanding the Entrepreneurial Learning Perspective: Entrepreneurial Reading’, Association of Business Schools, Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference, 28th - 29th April 2015, York.
  5. Manning, P. (2013) ‘The Creation of Entrepreneurial Social Capital’, British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Liverpool, September.
  6. 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.
  7. Manning, P. (2009) ‘Knowledge Management and Social Capital: Case Studies from the IT Sector’, British Academy of Management Annual Conference. September, Brighton.
  8. Manning, P. (2009) ‘Social Relations in Start-ups: Expanding the Social Capital Perspective’, British Academy of Management Annual Conference. September, Brighton.
  9. 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.
  10. Manning, P., and Warnock, N. (2008) ‘Entrepreneurial Social Capital: Examples from the cutting Edge’.  BAM Annual Conference. September. Harrogate.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Manning, P. (2005) ‘Social Capital Processes in SMEs’. Brunel PhD Conference. June. Awarded prize for best PhD paper. Brunel.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Manning, P. (2003) ‘Innovation Processes in Small Businesses.’ ‘Third International Conference, on ‘Management of Small and Medium Businesses.’ Sevastopol Technical University, September, Sevastopol.
  17. Manning, P. (2003) ‘Entrepreneurship as a Lifestyle.’ ‘Third International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Employment and Beyond’. Krakow University. September. Krakow.

Additional Presentations

  1. P. Manning, (2017) Ethics for PR Professionals, CIPR, 5th October.
  2. P. Manning, (2016) Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Socio-Economics and Social Capital: Challenges to Rational Choice Orthodoxies, April 4th (Available at:
  3. P. Manning, (2016) Ponzi Investment Fraud: A Social Capital Analysis. Research Hub Presentation.

Proposals Reviewed for:

  • Business Ethics: A European Review;
  • International Journal of Innovation Science;
  • International Journal of Management Reviews;
  • International Journal of Organizational Analysis;
  • International Journal of Social Economics;
  • Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning Journal;
  • Journal of Business Ethics;
  • Journal of Global Responsibility;
  • Journal of Knowledge Management;
  • Journal of Public Affairs
  • Sustainability Journal;
  • Special Interest Group on Entrepreneurship for BAM Annual Conference.

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



2012                                        PhD, ‘Social Capital Processes: An Owner-Manager

                                                 Perspective’, Royal Holloway College, The University of

                                                 London. Supervised by Laura Spence, Professor of Business     

                                                 Ethics; external examiner Alistair Anderson, Professor of

                                                 Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University

2003                                        Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (with   

                                                 Distinction), The University of Liverpool.

1998-99 (f/t)                           MBA (with Distinction), The University of Liverpool.

1997-99 (p/t)                          MA in Creative Writing, John Moores University.

1992-1995 (p/t)                      Master of Arts in History, The University of Greenwich.

1981-1984 (f/t)                       BA Hons in History and Economics. The University of Birmingham.

1974-81 (f/t)                           Campion School. Salisbury Street, Everton, Liverpool.

1981                                        ‘A’ Levels: (A) History, (B) Government and British Politics, (C) English.