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Professor Paul Hibbert

Professor Paul Hibbert


Professor of Management

Head of School

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462201
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462812

Teaching 2013/2014

  • MN4310 Scenario Thinking
  • MN5501 Scenario Thinking and Strategy


Paul came to academia after a career in industry and management consultancy. His primary research focus is on collaboration, particularly in relation to knowledge and learning issues in the context of inter-organisational relationships and networks. He is also interested in methodological issues relating to how research is produced and used, and the transfer of research insights to and from educational arenas.

Research Specialisms

Inter-organisational Relations
Knowledge and Learning

Selected Recent Publications

Sydow, J., Lerch, F., Huxham, C. and Hibbert, P. (2011) A Silent Cry for Leadership: Organizing for Leading (in) Clusters. Leadership Quarterly 22: 328-343.

Huxham, C. and Hibbert, P. (2011) Use Matters … and Matters of Use: Building Theory for Reflective Practice. Public Management Review, 13:2 273-291.

Hibbert, P. and Huxham, C. (2011) The Carriage of Tradition: Knowledge and its Past in Network Contexts. Management Learning, 42:1 7-24.

Hibbert, P., Huxham, C., Sydow, J. and Lerch, F. (2010) Barriers to Process Learning: Authority and Anomie in Regional Clusters. Management Learning, 41:4 453-471.

Hibbert, P. and Huxham, C. (2010) The Past in Play: Tradition in the Structures of Collaboration. Organization Studies, 31:5 525-554.

Hibbert, P., Coupland C. and MacIntosh, R. (2010) Reflexivity: Recursion and Relationality in Organizational Research Processes. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 5:1 47-62.

Beech, N., Hibbert, P., McInnes, P. and MacIntosh, R. (2009) ‘But I Thought We Were Friends?’ Life Cycles and Research Relationships. In Ybema, S., Yanow, D., Wels, H. and Kamsteeg, F. (eds.) Organizational Ethnography. London: Sage.

Huxham, C. and Hibbert, P. (2008) Manifested Attitudes: Intricacies of Inter-Partner Learning in Collaboration. Journal of Management Studies, 45:3 502-529.

Simpson, B. and Hibbert, P. (2008) Tradition and Identity Change in Public Sector Science Organizations. International Journal of Public Administration 31:9 1110-1126.

Hibbert, P., McInnes, P., Beech, N. and Huxham, C. (2008) Characters in Stories of Collaboration. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 28:1/2 59-69.

Ellis, N. and Hibbert, P. (2008) Collecting Collaboration: Understanding Collaboration through Stories. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 28:1/2 5-8.

Hibbert, P., Huxham, C. and Ring, P. (2008) Managing Collaborations. In Cropper, S., Ebers, M., Huxham, C. and Ring, P. (eds.) Handbook of Interorganizational Relations. Oxford: OUP.

McInnes, P., Beech, N. and Hibbert, P. (2007) Exploring the Complexities of Validity Claims in Action Research. Management Research News, 30:5 381-390.

Hibbert, P., Macintosh, R. and McInnes, P. (2007) Identity Trajectories in Participative Organizational Research. In: Beech, N., Linstead, A., & Sims, D. (eds.) Researching Identity: Concepts and Methods. London: Routledge.

Hibbert, P. and Huxham, C. (2007) Collaboration, Knowledge and Learning: Integrating Perspectives. In: Gössling, T., Oerlemans, L. and Jansen, R. (eds.), Inside Networks: A Process View on Multi-organisational Partnerships, Alliances and Networks. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Hibbert, P. and McQuade, A. (2005) To Which We Belong: Understanding the Role of Tradition in Interorganizational Relations. M@n@gement, 8:4 73-88.

Hibbert, P. and Huxham, C. (2005) A Little About the Mystery: Process Learning as Collaboration Evolves. European Management Review, 2:1 59-69.

Selected Other Information

  • Associate Editor, Management Learning.
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Management Education.
  • Co-guest editor, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy issue on "Storying Collaboration".
  • Reviewer for Academy of Management Learning and Education, Academy of Management Review, British Journal of Management, Human Relations, Leadership Quarterly, Organization, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Public Management Review..
  • Recipient of an outstanding reviewer award from the Management Education and Development division of the Academy of Management in 2011, 2010 and 2009.