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Dr Nicholas Burton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

Nicholas Burton Nbs Staff ProfileNicholas teaches across final-year Undergraduate and Postgraduate portfolios and leads modules in Strategic Management & Corporate Responsibility. Nicholas has research interests in strategic management and management history, with a particular emphasis on spirituality in management and law. 

Campus Address

Room 238, CCE1

0191 227 3319


PhD, MBA, MA, Chartered Marketer, PGCE 

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Quakers in Business


Management & Spirituality


Product development

Professional Activity

Scholarly positions held

  • Convener of the Spirituality in Management and Law research group at Northumbria University, within the Responsible Business research community. Details can be located at
  • Convenor of the Academic Research Working Group at Quakers & Business. Details can be located at
  • Co-chair of the Strategy Special Interest Group at the British Academy of Management. Details can be located at

  • Visiting lecturer on the Executive MBA program at Curtin School of Business, Australia, and International Executive MBA program at the University of Sheffield
  • Reviewer for Journal of Management & Organisation
  • External examiner across a range of UG/PG programs at De Montford University (DMU)

Other external positions held

  • Director and trustee of Bootham School, York – an independent Quaker school
  • Management Committee member of Quakers & Business
  • Track Chair of the Strategy and Strategy-as-Practice Special Interest Groups at the British Academy of Management annual conference to be held at Warwick Business School, 2017
  • Associate Editor, Academy of Management Conference 2017
  • Convener of the Quaker Studies Research Association annual conference, to be held in Birmingham in 2018, with co-editorship of a special issue of Quaker Studies in December 2018  



2019 (forthcoming) – Invited to convene a 1-day conference on Quaker Business Method at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham

2018 – Convenor and speaker at a British Academy of Management funded ½ day seminar titled: “Management history and strategy in conversation: can movements inform responsibility?”, to be held at Northumbria University (1 March)

2018 – Keynote at Quaker Britain Yearly Meeting (4-7 May)

2018 – Keynote at Quaker Centres Gathering (8 Feb)

2018 - Invited to convene a weekend course on Quaker values and ethics in business at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham (11-13 May)

2017 – Speaker at a Royal Society of Arts conference entitled: “In conversation on Business Ethics: Can it Pay? (3 October 2017)

2017 - Keynote Quaker Schools Conference on the Quaker Business Method (4 June 2017)

2017 - Co-convener of the Quakers & Business Spring Gathering in Cambridge (May 2017) and Quakers & Business Annual Conference (December 2017)

2016-2017: Co-organiser and speaker of a ‘responsible business’ seminar series funded by Northumbria University and Northern Initiative on Business Ethics

2016 - Keynote at the annual Platform and Pensions Conference – a premier industry event for financial services professionals in the life and pensions, asset management and wealth management professions. Talk titled “The death of open architecture platforms: What next for pensions?”

2015 - Keynote at the Tax-Incentivised Savings Association (TISA) conference on pensions

Key Publications

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·         Papers

Burton, N. (2019, forthcoming). Forward to Quaker Studies, Quaker Studies.  

Burton, N,. & Galvin, P. (2018). Simultaneous mirroring and misting: the combined role of product complexity and the rate of technological change, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management

Burton, N. (2018). The Thatcher government and (de)regulation: modularisation of individual personal pensions, Journal of Management History, Special Issue: Chronologies, Periods and Events in Management and Business History, 24(2). 

Burton, N., & Galvin, P. (2017, accepted), Product architecture evolution: modularisation and (re)integration as process, American Journal of Management.  

·         Books

Burton, N., & Turnbull, R. (eds), (2018, forthcoming), Quakers and responsible business: lessons and cases in Corporate Social Responsibility, Springer Press. 

·         Book chapters

Burton, N. (2017). The Quaker Business Method, past, present & future, in Dandelion, & Angell, S (Eds), Quakers, Business & Technology, Friends Association in Higher Education, United States.

Burton, N., & Hope, A. (2018, forthcoming), What can we learn from the Quakers?  in Ross, D (ed), Quakers, Politics and Economics, Friends Association of Higher Education, United States

·         Conference proceedings

Burton, N . (2018). What can learn from the Quakers: a case study on the Scot Bader Commonwealth. Submitted to the Academy of Management, Chicago, August 10-14.

Burton, N (2017). The decline of the Quakers in the world of business: the role of corporate ethics and the law, American Academy of Religion, Boston, November 7-11.

Brigham, M, Burton, N & Kavanagh, D, (2017), Quakers: a forgotten model of good governance, European Group of Organisation Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark, July. 6-8.

Burton, N., & Myers, J. (2017). Lessons from the Quakers: a contemporary approach to multi-stakeholder business practice, The International Association of Management, Spirituality & Religion, Arkansas, May 18-20.   

Burton, N., & Koning, J, (2017). Constructing a spiritual research method in management and organisation research: the case of the Quakers. The International Association of Management, Spirituality & Religion, Arkansas, May 18-20.   

Nyuur, R., Burton, N., & Amankwah-Amoah, R. (2017). Product modularity and internationalisation: a conceptualisation and extension, British Academy of Management, Warwick, 6-8 September. 

Burton, N., & Hope, A.. (2016). Re-thinking business models: lessons from the Quaker approach to responsible business, The European Business Ethics Network, Nottingham.

Burton, N, (2016). The Quaker business method: past, present & future. Friends Association in Higher Education/Quaker Studies Research Association, Birmingham, June 11-13.

Burton, N., & Galvin, P. (2016). Mirroring or misting: a contingent perspective, British Academy of Management, Newcastle, September. 

Burton, N., & Galvin, P. (2016). Misting the mirror: the value characteristics of product components and organising for innovation, British Academy of Management, Newcastle, September. 

Burton, N & Nyuur, R (2015). A product architecture based view of product market internationalisation, presented at the AIB conference, Nottingham.

Burton, N, (2015). Product complexity, the speed of component change and the mirroring hypothesis, presented at the Strategic Management Society, Denver, October.  

Burton, N & Nyuur, R (2015). A product architecture based view of product market internationalisation, presented at the British Academy of Management, Belfast, September.

Burton, N., & Galvin, P. (2015). Mirroring or misting: on the role of modularity, product complexity, and the rate of product component change, DRUID, Copenhagen, January.   

Burton, N. (2013). Mirroring hypothesis: a transaction cost and real options perspective, British Academy of Management, Liverpool, September.

·         Guest editorship

Spring 2019 issue of Quaker Studies

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Subject Group

Strategic Management and International Business

Economic rationalisation, socio-cultural and technological change, sustainability and environmental pressures together with the rapid rise of new economic powers outside of the western hemisphere have focussed the attention of managers, academics and those involved in public policy on the areas of strategic management and international business in an unprecedented manner. 

Firms urgently need to transform their businesses and take a long-term strategic perspective to adequately adapt to the realities of an increasingly interconnected global business environment that invariably brings heightened levels of competition. Against this background, the Strategic Management and International Business subject group has a range of research and practice-based expertise to assist organisations and prepare students for the challenges presented in the contemporary business world. Current research projects centre on macro issues, including institutional and regulatory structures, in the UK, Europe and China.

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