Dr Beth Patmore

Management School

Senior University Teacher in Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Full contact details

Dr Beth Patmore
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Beth works in the Executive and Professional Education team as Senior University Teacher in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is also a member of the Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business (ESIB) Division in the Management School. She is the programme director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management for Social Work.

Her career in HE started as a Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University 10 years ago where she worked individually and in collaboration with others to secure and deliver over £500,000 of applied, client driven research. This research was for private, third and public sectors exploring areas like organisation behaviour, coaching and mentoring, leadership development and public service innovation. In 2013, she took a leading role in delivering research methods teaching to postgraduate students (full-time, international, professionals and doctoral) in Sheffield Business School. In 2016, she became a Senior Lecturer in Organisation Behaviour (OB) and Human Resource Management (HRM) teaching organisation behaviour and research methods at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels in the UK and in Hong Kong. 

Beth achieved her MRes in Social Science Research Methods - Business from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012, earning the course prize and faculty price for best applied research postgraduate degree. She completed her PhD – Working across boundaries: A micro-institutionalist perspective on public service innovation – in 2019 from Sheffield Hallam University. 

Research interests

During her time working a research fellow, Beth was involved in the National Evaluation of Futurebuilders – a UK central government policy initiative commissioned by the Office of the Third Sector. She also lead many consultancy based research projects aimed at improving organizational and individual performance in organisations such as Robert McBride plc, National Skills Academy for Social Care, NHS trusts, NHS Leadership Academy, River Island, Lloyds Bank Trust Foundation and the Cooperative. In addition, she also designed and delivered a number of state of the sector surveys in fields like the voluntary sector, facilities management and HR. As a result, she has gained extensive experience in managing and conducting complex and longitudinal research projects, conducting systematic reviews, delivering a wide range of fieldwork (e.g. large scale surveys, interviews and focus groups), analysing quantitative and qualitative data and report dissemination to both practitioner and academic audiences. 

Currently, Beth is researching the value of small and medium sized charities in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic for Lloyds Bank Trust Foundation in collaboration with the Centre for Regional, Social and Economic Research at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Wolverhampton.

Beth’s academic research uses key concepts from the organizational behaviour literature (institutional theory) to explore the role of frontline workers in the design and delivery of innovative public services. 


Journal articles

  • Patmore B, Dayson C, Bennett E, Damm C, Rees J, Jacklin Jarvis C, Baker L, Terry V & Turner K () The distinctiveness of smaller voluntary sector organisations providing welfare services. Journal of Social Policy. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

Within Executive and Professional Education, Beth is the programme director Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership in Management in Social Work. This unique programme develops the management and leadership practice of senior social workers across Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Lincolnshire. Her teaching and module leadership are focused in the following areas: innovation and entrepreneurship on the Executive MBA, research methodology on the Executive MBA and MSc in Strategic Management and Leadership, and organisation behaviour on the PG Cert in social work. Beth has also delivered short courses on innovation and coaching and mentoring. For example, she helped to design and lead the Leading to Grow Programme aimed at increasing digital adoption and innovation of microbusinesses in South Yorkshire. 

Beth is interested in providing new pathways into higher education by designing teaching and learning that blends academic qualifications with advanced apprenticeship schemes. In her teaching, Beth combines her research experience with case studies and peer-learning to blend academic theory with management and leadership practice. She acts an academic and practice mentor for Executive MBA and MSc students and a mentor for students on the PG Cert in Social Work. 


Voluntary Sector Services Network (VSSN) and National Council for Voluntary Sector Organisations (NCVO) 6th Annual Conference in September 2010, New Researchers Session (Leeds), Procurement Environment and Market Effects on Futurebuilders Investments)

European Mentoring and Coaching Conference (EMCC) Mentoring and Coaching Research Conference, 27-28 June 2013, Dublin, Ireland (presentation and full paper in the Developing Mentoring and Coaching Research and Practice Session) - What is the impact on service users of developing a coaching culture for health service managers? Stokes, P., Patmore, B., Hodgson, A.J., & Hill, T.  Sheffield Hallam University, UK and  5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Warrington, UK.

33rd European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Copenhagen 2017. Subtheme 05: Communicative Constitution of Organising: Toward and Beyond (Formal) Organization. Patmore, B & Dick, P. 'Making little differences and achieving small wins - The reauthoring of social care scripts in the context of public sector reform’.

46th Association for Research on Nonprofit Organisation and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Grand Rapids Michigan. Bennett, E., Coule, T.M., & Patmore, B. 'Bridging the logic divide in public service delivery? The case of place based early action interventions in the UK’. 

47th Association for Research on Nonprofit Organisation and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Austin, Texas 2018. Bennett, E., Damm, C., Dayson, C., & Patmore, B. 'The distinctiveness of small NPOs working within communities experiencing multiple disadvantage: revisiting the theory of comparative advantage’.