Paul joined the Management School in January 2013 as Chair in Management, and was appointed as Deputy Vice-President (Education) in 2016, with an institution-wide remit for embedding individual learning and teaching development and support across the University. Prior to that he was Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching in the Management School, having previously undertaken roles as Director of Teaching Quality and Enhancement and Acting Head of the Management Division. An economist by training, he obtained both his BSc and PhD from the University of Warwick and subsequently worked at Swansea University for more than 20 years, latterly as Professor of Economics. Until shortly before coming to Sheffield, he was also founding Director of the Swansea Academy of Learning & Teaching.
Paul is currently a visiting professor at Westminster Business School’s Centre for Employment Research, a Research Fellow of the IZA, Bonn, an Associate of the (formerly Higher Education Academy (HEA)) Economics Network, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also Vice President (Europe) of the International Employment Relations Association, serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Organizational Leadership and the Journal of Experimental Economics and Management Science and, reflecting his research interest in workplace mediation, is a member of the Civil Mediation Council’s Workplace and Employment Steering Group.
Paul contributes to the teaching on two modules. He designed the MGT3001: Management Project, which provides final year undergraduates with the opportunity to undertake a desk-based piece of research addressing real business challenges ‘pitched’ by external organisations such as the Sheffield Steelers, PlusNet, Ben’s Centre and Museums Sheffield. He also teaches on MGT6128: Management Economics on the MSc Management programme. The latter module aims to equip potential managers with the key economic concepts and skills needed to understand both the internal economics of the organisation and its external context, and to formulate appropriate strategy.
Winner of multiple teaching awards, including nationally from the (then) Higher Education Academy (HEA) subject centre for Economics, and more recently a University of Sheffield Senate Award for Leadership in Learning & Teaching, Paul is a passionate, innovative and reflective educator. Adopting a constructionist orientation, he seeks to ensure students can see the practical applications of theoretical ideas and are exposed to teaching which is – to use Griffiths’ 2004 taxonomy – research-informed, research-led, research-oriented and, where appropriate, research-based.
Paul has led and contributed to several HEA-supported/sponsored workshops/seminars and projects, the most recent focusing on inclusivity in relation to disability and (with Bill Lee) on the teaching of research methods. He is currently working on pedagogical papers looking at the use of Twitter in teaching (with Dawn Alderson, Chris Hall and Stuart McDonald), and on feedback, student satisfaction and performance (with Dermot Breslin).
In addition to papers on learning-related issues, he has contributed a number of practice-based case studies for the Economics Network and, with Steve Greenlaw from Mary Washington University, edited the chapter on ‘Creative uses of in-class technology’ for the Network’s Handbook for Economics Lecturers.
Paul’s research comprises several, sometimes interconnected strands crossing disciplinary boundaries between labour economics, HRM, employment relations and employment law. A member of the Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) at the University of Sheffield, his main area of expertise concerns individual workplace conflict and its resolution. A particular focus has been on Employment Tribunals (ETs), including the factors associated with settlement and pre-hearing resolution, the role of representation, outcomes at hearings, and the consequences for claimants of bringing cases. An ESRC-funded project with Susan Corby from Greenwich University looked at the role of lay/non-legal members and included a unique survey of judges and lay members at both the ET and its appellate counterpart.
During 2008-9 Paul was the ESRC Visiting Research Fellow at Acas, working on a series of pieces around conflict at work, from which developed the strand exploring the role of workplace mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. An ESRC-funded seminar series with Richard Saundry in 2012-13 brought together academics, policymakers and practitioners to examine these issues in greater depth and from a variety of perspectives. This formed the basis of a Palgrave volume entitled Reframing Resolution – Innovation and Change in the Management of Workplace Conflict, co-edited with Richard Saundry and Ian Ashman and published in 2016. Paul is currently working with Richard on a project evaluating the delivery of conflict resolution skills training for managers in an NHS trust, having recently completed a seminal Acas-funded piece looking at a conflict management system in the UK.
Other areas of research interest include the relationships between disability and work; occupational health and safety; vocational training; self-employment/entrepreneurship; and economic inactivity. He has published extensively on these issues in a range of leading international business and economics journals. However, the applied and policy-relevant nature of his research has provided opportunities to engage with policymakers and practitioners, and Paul has led and/or been involved in a number of projects for external organisations including the European Commission, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Ministry of Justice, the Low Pay Commission, Acas, the TUC and Welsh Government.
Paul has supervised two PhD students to completion, and from the start of the 2016/17 academic session, is supervising four students looking at topics as diverse as mediation and mediator values in universities, the evolution and selection of knowledge within user-generated content in social media and the transition of people with common physical and sensory disabilities into employment. Given other commitments and anticipated enrolments for 2017-18, he is not accepting new students for supervision.
Recent invited papers and keynote Lectures
“(Still) Unskilled and Unaware of It? Some Thoughts on First Year Transitions in HE”, Oxford Brookes L&T Conference: Identifying Best Practice in Academic Induction, Oxford, January 2017
“Conflict at Work: On Managers and Management” (co-authored with R. Saundry), Reframing Resolution – Innovation and Change in the Management of Workplace Conflict seminar, July 2016
“Formal Legal Requirements in the Context of Informal Employment Relations” (with R. Wapshott, co-authored with O. Mallett), ESRC Seminar: Labour Market Regulation in the Post(?)-Crisis Landscape, Sheffield, May 2016
“Managing Organisational Conflict: An Integrated Approach” (with S. Pestell), Health and Wellbeing at Work 2016, Birmingham, March 2016
“How to Do Conflict at Work”, Acas East Midlands Masterclass Conference, Nottingham, February 2016
“Towards a System of Conflict Management? Cultural Change and Resistance in a Healthcare Organization”, LERA 67th Annual Meeting, AILR/LERA Best Papers symposium, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2015
“Strange New Flesh? Beyond Workplace Mediation” [Workshop], Greenwich Symposium, London, June 2014
“Managing Conflict in the Workplace: The Encouragement and Support of Early Dispute Resolution”, Acas East of England Conference – The Challenges of the Changing Workplace in 2014, Cambridge, March 2014
“Resolving Conflict in Challenging Times”, Health and Wellbeing at Work 2014 (Management and Leadership Programme), Birmingham, March 2014
Key Projects / Grants
|Title/ Description||Awarding body||Dates||People Involved||Amount|
|Reframing Resolution – Managing Conflict and Resolving Individual Employment Disputes in the Contemporary Workplace||Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)||2012/13||R. Saundry, P. Latreille, P. Teague, P. Urwin and C. Irvine||£17,760|
|Lay Members as Judges in Employment Rights Cases||Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)||2010/11||S. Corby and P. Latreille||£99,075 (FEC)|
|A Place for Mediation in Workplace Conflict Management||Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) / Acas / Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)||2008/09||P. Latreille||£61,788|
Professional Activities, Recognition and Other Information
Co-editor, ‘Creative Uses of In-Class Technology’, in The Handbook for Economics Lecturers, Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy, 2013 (with S. Greenlaw)
Editorial Board member, Work, Employment and Society, 2012–2014; International Journal of Organizational Leadership, 2015–; Journal of Experimental Economics and Management Science, 2015–
The University of Sheffield, 2016 – Senate Award for Leadership in Learning and Teaching
EDUCAUSE, 2010 – recipient, Jane N. Ryland Fellowship
Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy, 2008 – winner, Student Nominated Award
Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy, 2007 – joint winner, eLearning Award
Economics LTSN, 2003 – commendation, Outstanding Teaching Award
Swansea University, 2002 – winner, University of Wales Swansea Teaching Fellowship
Current external chairs/boards memberships
Vice President (Europe), International Employment Relations Association (IERA), 2011 –
Member, Civil Mediation Council Workplace and Employment Steering Group, 2016 –
Current external examining:
University of Hull (2013-2017) and University of Birmingham (2014-2018)