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Professor Kevin Orr

Professor Kevin Orr

Professor of Leadership and Governance

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 1998

Teaching 2018-2019

  • MN1001 Organisations and Society
  • MN3102 Organisation Studies
  • MN5002 Contemporary Conceptual Issues in Management

Biography and research interests

Kevin Orr is Professor of Leadership and Governance. He is a Senior Fellow in the Institute for European Studies, University of California, Berkeley . Orr is a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the Louis Brownlow Prize from the American Society for Public Administration for work on academic-practitioner collaborative research. His scholarship engages with theories at the intersections of organisational studies, public administration and politics. It addresses aspects of leading, managing and organising, most often in political settings.

Orr's interpretive research on local governance appears in journals such as Public Administration Review, Organization Studies, Public Administration, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and Policy and Politics. His work on the politics of academic-practitioner research coproduction can be read in Public Administration Review and Management Learning. He is co-editor of Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations, Routledge (2016). His recent ethnographic writing explores organisational ghosts – examining how inheritances of the past haunt the relations and struggles of the present.

Orr's work is connected with international research leadership roles. He is past chair of the Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities research community, and continues to serve on its Executive Board. He is interested in wider intellectual engagement and has carried out research for the International City Managers Association (USA), the British Council, the Scottish Parliament, and a range of public bodies in the UK. He is an experienced university leader, most recently serving as Co-Head of the School of Management at the University of St Andrews.

Selected publications

Books

Knowledge and practice in business and organisations
Orr, K. M. (ed.), Nutley, S. M. (ed.), Russell, S. L. (ed.), Bain, R. (ed.), Hacking, B. (ed.) & Moran, C. (ed.), 26 Apr 2016, New York: Routledge. 256 p. (Routledge advances in organizational learning and knowledge management; vol. 2)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Chapters

How do local government chief executives engage with policy dilemmas?
Orr, K. M. & Bennett, M., 1 Sep 2018, Narrative policy analysis: Cases in decentred policy. Rhodes, R. A. W. (ed.). PalgraveMacMillan, p. 197-219 23 p. (Understanding Governance). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76635-5_9
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Exploring and mapping the knowledge and practice terrain
Nutley, S. M., Bain, R., Moran, C., Orr, K. M. & Russell, S. L., 3 May 2016, Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations. Orr, K., Nutley, S., Russell, S., Bain, R., Hacking, B. & Moran, C. (eds.). New York and London: Routledge, p. 234-246
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Power, Knowledge and Practice
Mueller, C., Baluch, A. M. & Orr, K. M., Apr 2016, Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations. Orr, K. M., Nutley, S. M., Russell, S. L., Bain, R., Hacking, B. & Moran, C. (eds.). New York, London: Routledge
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Coproducing Knowledge and Practice
Orr, K. & Jung, T., 2016, Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organisations. Orr, K., Nutley, S., Bain, R., Hacking, B. & Russell, S. (eds.). Routledge
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ironic localism and a critical history of English 'Reform'
Bennett, M. & Orr, K., 2013, New Century Local Government: Commonwealth Perspectives. Sansom, G. & McKinlay, P. (eds.). London: Commonwealth Secretariat
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Talent Management in the UK
Swailes, S. & Orr, K., 2008, Reward Management - Trends in Europe. Berlin: PABST, 18 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Articles

What is business school research for? Academic and stakeholder perspectives, politics and relationality
Johnson, S. & Orr, K., 10 Jan 2019, In : Studies in Higher Education. Latest Articles, 48 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2018.1564901
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Relational leadership, storytelling and narratives: practices of local government chief executives
Orr, K. & Bennett, M., Jul 2017, In : Public Administration Review. 77, 4, p. 515-527 13 p. https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.12680
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Local government partnership working: a space odyssey. Or, journeys through the dilemmas of public and private sector boundary-spanning actors
Nicholson, J. & Orr, K., Apr 2016, In : Policy & Politics. 44, 2, p. 269-287 https://doi.org/10.1332/030557314X14079343076927
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Local government chief executives’ everyday hauntings: towards a theory of organizational ghosts
Orr, K., Jul 2014, In : Organization Studies. 35, 7, p. 1041-1061 21 p. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840614526182
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Down and Out in the British Library and Other Dens of Coproduction
Orr, K. M. & Bennett, M., Sep 2012, In : Management Learning. 43, 4, p. 427-442 https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507612440409
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Public Administration Scholarship and the Politics of Coproducing Academic-Practitioner Research
Orr, K. M. & Bennett, M., Jul 2012, In : Public Administration Review. 72, 4, p. 487-495 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6210.2011.02522.x
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Editorial: The politics of co-produced research
Orr, K. & Bennett, M., May 2010, In : Public Money & Management. 30, 4, p. 1 6 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2010.492171
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Traditions of Local Government
Orr, K. M. & Vince, R., Sep 2009, In : Public Administration. 87, 3, p. 655-677 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2009.01770.x
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Local Government and Structural Crisis: An Interpretive Approach
Orr, K. M., Jan 2009, In : Policy & Politics. 37, 1, p. 39-55 https://doi.org/10.1332/147084408X349747
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reflexivity in the co-production of academic-practitioner research
Orr, K. & Bennett, M., 2009, In : Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. 4, 1, p. 85-102 18 p. https://doi.org/10.1108/17465640910951462
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Three Patterns to Understand E-Government in the Information Society
Pachon, J. R. & Orr, K., 2009, In : International Journal of Public Sector Management. 22, 33
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Interpreting narratives of local government change under the Conservatives and New Labour
Orr, K., 2005, In : British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 7, p. 371-385 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Three versions of Stoker
Orr, K., 2005, In : Public Administration. 83, 5, p. 297-321 25 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle