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Steve Reeve

Mr, Deputy Head of School Research and Enterprise, Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator


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Research interests

Steve has been at the forefront of action research in the field of Change. Active in high pressure change and transformation environments, he leads academic consultancy and development teams in large high profile organisations. His action research approach integrates the worlds of published academic research; research led action processes; and commercial and public practice, which allows him to generate effective solutions at client organisations. His policy interest in public/private activity was forged in the emergent period of public private partnership where he conducted research on leadership in this newly evolving business form, in collaboration with Government and KPMG. Still fascinated by the tacit and overt politics behind such practice, Steve is a regular contributor of change-in-action experience and critical academic evaluation to the International Research Society for Public Management. Author of a significant impact case study rated at 4* in the 2014 REF, he continues to collaborate with organisations where interventions have taken place to generate case based learning.

Supervisory Interests

Steve is an active supervisor and currently supervises 3 PGR students. He has supervised 10 students to completion and provides mentoring support to supervisory staff based on a wealth of experience as a School Director of Postgraduate Studies; Social Sciences Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies, and Postgraduate Student Research Coordinator. He has extensive experience as Examiner and Chair at viva examiination stage. Although specifically interested in the field of Change Management and Leadership, Steve is keen to collaborate with other supervisors on areas including partnership more generally defined; arts-commerce-public arena; and the politics of governance and assurance.

Knowledge exchange

A long term advocate of business school academia engaging directly with organisations in the wider economy, Steve has championed research based change interventions in client organisations. He has led enterprise engagement with organisations including London Probation, the Ministry of Defence, Barclays, the Local Government Staff Commission, and Network Rail. He is experienced in responding to ITT, commercial bidding, change programme development, change intervention consultancy and the provision of bespoke executive education.


  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • leadership
  • management development
  • public private partnership
  • critical

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Research Output

Occupational health and wellbeing initiatives: A brief overview of the evidence

Sawyer, A., Ola, A., Reeve, S. & Sherriff, N., 1 Sep 2020, 40 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  • Turnaround strategy in a large public service organisation: a consideration of successful synergy between effective leader and clarity of strategy

    Reeve, S., 1 Sep 2014, British Academy of Management.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

    Employee engagement, programmatic change and organizational development: Bermuda Triangle or Golden Triangle? Alan Moon Prize - Best Paper Award

    Reeve, S. & Hughes, M., 7 Jun 2013, UFHRD Conference “HRD in Turbulent Seas – Continued Global Economic Uncertainty: Challenges and Opportunities”, University of Brighton.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

    Realising the full Potential of Principles-Based Corporate Governance: the development of a model for active engagement with risk and its management

    Kowzun, J. & Reeve, S., 15 Sep 2009, British Academy of Management. 2009 Proceedings.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

    Innovative managerial approaches to partnership working: action research amongst practitioners

    Reeve, S., 2008, British Academy of Management Conference 2008.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN


    • 2 Consultancy
    • 1 Personal board membership of professional/academic bodies

    Network Rail

    Steve Reeve (Consultant) & Mark Hughes (Consultant)

    28 Mar 201728 Mar 2019

    Activity: Consultancy


    Steve Reeve (Consultant)

    28 Mar 200928 Mar 2019

    Activity: Consultancy

    Academic Appointments (Event)

    Steve Reeve (Chair)

    30 Sep 199327 Mar 2019

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesPersonal board membership of professional/academic bodies