Paul Conville

LecturerPaul Conville

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BEd (QUB), MA (Warwick), PhD (Leicester)

Prior to joining the former Centre for Labour Market Studies in 2011, I worked as a Research Fellow at Warwick Business School. I have a BEd from Queen's University of Belfast and an MA in Organisation Studies from the University of Warwick. My PhD was completed at the University of Leicester.


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Module Leader


  • BSc Year 1 HRM & Training Policy
  • BSc Year 2 Management in Organizations
  • BSc Year 2 Personnel & HRM
  • BSc Year 2 Employee Relations
  • BSc Year 2 Culture & the International Context
  • BSc Year 3 Labour Market trends, Issues and Controversies
  • BAMS Year 3 Strategy


  • MBA Knowledge Management
  • MSc Elective Changing Nature of Skills, Production, Performance and Competitiveness


I am interested in understanding the emergence of institutions which are claimed to increase the ecological and/or social sustainability of capitalist systems (e.g. CSR, fair-trade, Ethical Trading Initiative, Social Stock Exchange, social venture capitalism, philanthro-capitalism, social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social innovation projects, micro-finance and so on). My specific interest is in examining the uses of language (or social-symbolic work) of the various actors involved as they seek to advance their interests, within the constraints of their context, while at the same time shaping the form of the emerging the institution. I am also interested in the discord and/or solidarity between diverse actors (large corporations, private foundations, think tanks, business school academics, policy consultants, state agencies, trade associations, pressure groups, international NGOs, political parties, trade unions, etc) in forming the ideas and terminology which underpin these institution, and how they change over time.


Nicolini, D., Powell, J., Conville, P. and Martinez-Solano, L. (2008) ‘Managing Knowledge in the Healthcare Sector: A Review’, International Journal of Management Reviews 10(3): 245-263.

Archibald, D., Conville, P., McDermott, R. and Parker, A. (2006) ‘Communities of Practice Benchmarking Report’, Knowledge and Innovation Network, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.

Archibald, D., McDermott, R., Conville, P. and Parker, A. (2006) ‘Using Communities of Practice to Improve Individual and Organizational Performance: Guidelines for Good Practice’.  Report available at:

Conville, P. (2009) "The Politics of Definition: The Case of Social Enterprise in the UK.” Spring Doctoral Conference, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, 17 April 2009 (Presentation).

Conville, P. (2008) “Critical Management Education as Institutional Disruption?” Doctoral School of Organisational Learning, DOCSOL, The Danish School of Education, 21-22 January 2008 (Presentation).

Conville, P. (with Professor John Powell, Warwick Medical School) ‘What practices for managing knowledge are used by the West Midlands Health Sector organisations? Illustration of the results of the phone survey’, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, 3 October 2006 (Presentation).


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