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Prof Ron Beadle


Department: Newcastle Business School

Ron Beadle Nbs Staff ProfileProfessor Ron Beadle is a Professor of Organization and Business Ethics. He has been widely published in the field of virtue ethics in business and regularly invited to lecture in universities across the UK and internationally. The main focus of Ron's empirical work is the travelling circus. In addition to ethics Ron has taught and published across a wide range of subjects including HRM, organization theory / behaviour and reward management. Ron is an experienced Doctoral Supervisor and is keen to discuss research proposals involving ethics in business and organizations.

Beyond the University Ron has been a local Councillor in Gateshead since 1996 and is a regular columnist for 'The Journal' newspaper.  

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Virtue Ethics, Organizations, Circus.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Can Finance Be a Virtuous Practice? A MacIntyrean Account, Rocchi, M., Ferrero, I., Beadle, R. 1 Jan 2021, In: Business Ethics Quarterly
  • Corporate philanthropy as a context for moral agency, a MacIntyrean enquiry, Nicholson, H., Beadle, R., Slack, R. 1 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Trade Unions and the 2016 UK European Union Referendum, Fitzgerald, I., Beadle, R., Rowan, K. 27 Jan 2020, In: Economic and Industrial Democracy
  • Institutions and moral agency: the case of Scottish Banking, Robson, A., Beadle, R. 1 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Institutional Economics
  • Work, Meaning and Virtue, Beadle, R. 15 Jan 2019, Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work, Oxford University Press
  • MacIntyre on virtue and organization, Beadle, R., Moore, G. 15 Mar 2018, Virtue Ethics, Abingdon & New York, Routledge
  • On Running Away to the Circus, Beadle, R. Jun 2018, In: Politics & Poetics
  • Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity – An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning and Narrative, Beadle, R. 1 Aug 2017, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Individual and Organisational Virtues, Beadle, R. 26 Aug 2016, The Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue Ethics and the Common Good, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • The Man in the Red Coat: Management in the Circus, Beadle, R., Konyot, D. 18 Mar 2016, The Routledge Circus Studies Reader, Abingdon & New York, Routledge

PGR Supervision

  • Helen Nicholson Corporate Philanthropy: The Decision Making Process and Employee Involvement. A Single-Case Study The John Lewis Partnership Start Date: 01/08/2012 End Date: 31/01/2015
  • Pamela Croney Undergraduate Student Expectations of Role Requirements and Pedagogic Relationships in a Business School: A Psychological Contract Approach Start Date: 01/10/2012 End Date: 26/05/2016
  • Saidat Ajao The Question of African Leadership: Leadership Styles and International Development. A Case Study of Nigeria Start Date: 14/02/2013 End Date: 01/08/2013
  • Angus Robson Leader Narratives in Scottish Banking: An Aristotelian Approach Start Date: 26/09/2011 End Date: 24/07/2014
  • Caitlin Hudson A Contemporary Focus on a Traditional Aristotle Theory Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 30/06/2021
  • Beth Picton An Examination of Accounting Ethics Education in University Undergraduate Accounting Programmes in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Start Date: 06/10/2014
  • KATHARINE DAVIES Start Date: 01/03/2016
  • KATHARINE DAVIES Start Date: 01/03/2016


  • Management PhD October 30 2008
  • Industrial Relations MSc November 15 1989
  • Politics BSc (Hons) August 01 1987
  • Chartered Fellow (FCIPD) Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 2014

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