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Dr Nicholas Burton

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Nicholas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership and Human Resource Management (LHRM) in the Faculty of Business and Law.  Located in the 'Organization and Ethics' subject group, Nicholas is currently Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange and Convenor/Director of the Responsible Business hub (.Responsible Business)  

Research interests

Nicholas's research interests intersect strategic management, corporate responsibility, sustainability and ethics and current projects centre around the role of traditions and legacy in firms and how these entwine with familness, meaningful work and wellbeing. Nicholas publishes widely in top-tier journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, Industrial & Corporate Change, International Small Business Journal, Management Learning, Journal of Business Research, European Management Review, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and others.  

Nicholas also supervises both PhD and DBA students across the corporate responsibility, sustasinability and business ethics fields. He is currently interested in attracting further students to work on projects in the areas of tradition, legacy, meaningful work, and wellbeing, and is open to discussing projects connected to these themes.  


Nicholas has received funding for collaborative and contract research from a number of external institutions, and is currently working on funded projects that explore how meaningful work and wellbeing is experienced across a number of intersectionalities, including disdability, ethnicity and gender.   


Nicholas has held important academic leadership roles, elected by peers as co-chair of the Strategy SIG at the British Academy of Management (2016-18) and currently as Chair of the Academy of Management (MSR Division). Nicholas has also served recently as a trustee for the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, chaired the Investment Committee, and served as trustee on the Power and Accountability grant committee. Nicholas is regularly invited to consult with organizations and speak at public events. 

Teaching & Learning

Nicholas contributes to the undergraduate and postgradute teaching portfolio in the Department of Leadership and Human Resource Manasgement, in particular to modules and programmes with responsible business and business ethics emphasis. Nicholas also leads the Faculty Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offer, and contributes to executive education co-delivery. 

Engagement with business 

Nicholas has held director positions in the private and charitable sectors and, combined with research interests in corporate responsibility and ethics, is well-placed to discuss projects that address business needs. Nicholas is currently working with firms to address how the corporate responsibility commitments drive enhanced wellbeing, embedding the sustainable development goals into strategy processes, and creating inclusive decision-making apparatus. 

Nicholas Burton

Campus Address

Room 238, CCE1

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  • Beyond the Inclusion–Exclusion Binary: Right Mindfulness and Its Implications for Perceived Inclusion and Exclusion in the Workplace, Vu, M., Burton, N. 13 Jun 2023, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals as normative and instrumental acts: The role of Buddhist religious logics in family SMEs, Vu, M., Discua Cruz, A., Burton, N. 10 Jul 2023, In: International Small Business Journal
  • Guest editorial: Beyond rationality in organizations’ choices: exploring the dark and the bright sides of non-rational decision-making, Cristofaro, M., Bachkirov, A., Burton, N., Fodor, O., Julmi, C., Loia, F. 31 Oct 2023, In: International Journal of Organizational Analysis
  • Secular discernment: A process of individual unlearning and collective relearning, Burton, N., Vu, M., Hawkins, M. 1 Nov 2023, In: Management Learning
  • “We are Neither Commies nor Volunteers”: How National Culture Influences Professional Identity Construction of CSR Professionals in South Korea, Vu, M., Shin, H., Burton, N. 11 Jul 2023, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Bring Your Non-self to Work? The Interaction Between Self-decentralization and Moral Reasoning, Vu, M., Burton, N. Nov 2022, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Micro-processes of Moral Normative Engagement with CSR Tensions: The Role of Spirituality in Justification Work, Shin, H., Vu, M., Burton, N. 1 Aug 2022, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Modularity, value and exceptions to the mirroring hypothesis, Burton, N., Galvin, P. 1 Nov 2022, In: Journal of Business Research
  • Our social legacy will go on: Understanding outcomes of family SME succession through engaged Buddhism, Burton, N., Vu, M., Discua Cruz, A. 1 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Business Research
  • Quaker Business Ethics as MacIntyrean Tradition, Burton, N., Sinnicks, M. 1 Mar 2022, In: Journal of Business Ethics

  • Neil Harrison The influence of commercial and regulatory law on the economic development of Tyneside, with a particular focus on how and why certain individuals within the Tyne Improvement Commission (TIC) interpreted, enacted and enforced such law: A critical examination and investigation 1815-1939. Start Date: 04/04/2018
  • Mary Everlyne Owino Spiritual Leadership Conceptualization and Followership in Multiple Sectors Across Kenya. Start Date: 01/03/2020 End Date: 18/06/2023
  • Antony Froggett How do Quakers' experiences of 'leadership' illuminate the tensions, contradictions and (im)possibilities in the concept of leadership? Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Neil Harrison The influence of commercial and regulatory law on the economic development of Tyneside, with a particular focus on how and why certain individuals within the Tyne Improvement Commission (TIC) interpreted, enacted and enforced such law: A critical examination and investigation 1815-1939. Start Date: 04/04/2018
  • Kaynat Sheikh Start Date: 01/03/2017

  • Teacher Training PGCE September 01 2011
  • Business Studies MBA September 01 2006
  • Marketing MA September 01 1998
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

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