Nicholas is an experienced strategist and ethicist with an interest in the role of Quakers in Business.
With 20+ years of commercial experience in strategy, product development and marketing, Nicholas is currently programme leader in the Undergraduate Portfolio and teaches strategy and corporate social responsibility.
Campus AddressRoom 238, CCE1
0191 227 3319
PhD, MBA, MA, Chartered Marketer, PGCE
Research Themes and Scholarly Interests
Quakers in Business
Management & Spirituality
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 https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/newcastle-business-school/nbs-research/responsible-business)
- Convenor of the Academic Research Working Group at Quakers & Business. Details can be located at www.qandb.org
- Committee member of the Strategy Special Interest Group at the British Academy of Management. Details can be located at www.bam.ac.uk
- 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
Burton, N, On mirroring: how the role of product architecture, complexity and the rate of product component change affects correspondence, with Peter Galvin (Curtin Graduate School), submitted to Industrial and Corporate Change, currently review and resubmit
Burton, N, Simultaneous mirroring and misting? The role of product architecture and knowledge boundaries, with Peter Galvin (Curtin Graduate School), submitted to Technology Analysis and Strategic Management
Burton, N, Product architecture evolution: modularisation and (re)integration as process, submitted to Journal of Management & Organisation
Burton, N, Template analysis and time: a methodological perspective, with Nigel King (Huddersfield University), submitted to Journal of Management & Organisation
Conference papers (delivered)
Burton, N & Galvin, P, (2016). Mirroring or misting: a contingent perspective, presented at the British Academy of Management conference, Newcastle University.
Burton, N, & Galvin, P, (2016). Misting the mirror: the value characteristics of product components - a perspective on organising for innovation, presented at the British Academy of Management conference, Newcastle University.
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.
Burton, N & Nyuur, R (2015). A product architecture based view of product market internationalisation, presented at the British Academy of Management conference, Belfast.
Burton, N & Galvin, P (2015), Mirroring or misting: on the role of modularity, product complexity, and the rate of product component change, presented at the DRUID conference, Copenhagen Business School.
Burton, N, (2013). Mirroring hypothesis: a transaction cost and real options perspective, presented at the British Academy of Management Conference, Liverpool.
Burton, N & Myers, J, forthcoming, Lessons from the Quakers: a contemporary approach to multi-stakeholder business practice, to be presented at The International Association of Management, Spirituality & Religion conference, Arkansas, United States, May 18-20, 2017
Burton, N & Koning, J, forthcoming, Constructing a Spiritual Research Method in Management and Organisation Research: the case of the Quakers, to be presented at The International Association of Management, Spirituality & Religion conference, Arkansas, United States, May 18-20, 2017
Burton, N & Hope, A. (2016). Rethinking business models: lessons from the Quaker approach to responsible business, presented at The European Business Ethics Network conference, Nottingham.
Burton, N, (2016). The Quaker business method: past, present & future, presented at the Friends Association in Higher Education/Quaker Studies Research Association conference, Birmingham.
Book Chapters (published)
Burton, N, (forthcoming, 2017), The Quaker Business Method, Past, Present & Future, in Dandelion, B and Angell, S (Eds), Quakers, Business & Technology, Friends Association in Higher Education, United States.
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.