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Prof Ron Beadle

Professor of Organization and Business Ethics

Department: Newcastle Business School

Professor 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.

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.  


PhD, MSc (Econ), BSc(Econ) PGCED, Academic FCIPD

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Virtue Ethics in Business
Reward Management

Sponsors and Collaborators

British and Irish Travelling Circuses, Members of the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry

Current/Recent Projects

Section Editor, Springer Handbook of Virtues in Business Ethics (to be published October 2016) with Prof. Geoff Moore (Durham University)

Guest Editor: Virtues and Virtuosity: Will the Twain Ever Meet.  Special Edition of Business Ethics: A European Review (Published August 2015) with Prof. Alejo Sison and Prof. Joan Fontrodona (both University of Navarra, Spain)

Key Publications

Beadle, R; Sison, A and J. Fontrodona, (2015). “Introduction: Virtue and Virtuousness: When will the twain ever meet?” Business Ethics: A European Review, 24: S2, S67-77.

Moore, G; R. Beadle and A. Rowlands. (2014). “Catholic Social Teaching and the Firm. Crowding in Virtue: a MacIntyrean Approach to Business Ethics”. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 88: 4, 779-805

Beadle R. (2013). Managerial work in a practice-embodying institution - The role of calling, the virtue of constancy. Journal of Business Ethics, 113(4), 679-690

Beadle R., Knight K. (2012).Virtue and Meaningful Work , Business Ethics Quarterly , 22(2), 433 - 450

Beadle, R., Moore G. (2012). MacIntyre on Virtue and Organization, In Crane, A & Matten, D. (Eds.) New Directions in Business Ethics. London: Sage.

Beadle R., Moore G. (2011). MacIntyre, Neo-Aristotelianism and Organization Theory, Research in the Sociology of Organisations, 32, 85-121

Beadle, R. (2008). Why business cannot be a practice,  Analyse and Kritik, 30(1), 227-241

Coe S., Beadle R. (2008). Can we know a practice embodying institution if we saw one?, Philosophy of Management, 7(1), 9-19 

Further Information

Recent Awards, Invited Lectures, Seminars and Keynote Addresses:

Moral Leadership and the role of the Head Teacher. Presented to the Annual Conference of the Girls School Association, November 2013

Voted 'Most Inspiring Lecturer' by Newcastle Business School graduates 2012

Voted 'Most Respected Lecturer' by Newcastle Business School graduates 2012

Managerial Work in a practice-embodying institution - The role of calling, the virtue of constancy.  Presented To: Durham University Business School Research Seminar, UK, December 2012

Virtue at Work.  Presented To: Kingston Philosophy Café, UK, October 2012

Work, Virtues and Flourishing - The Role of Meaningful Work. Plenary Panel Speaker, European Business Ethics Network 25th Annual Conference, IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain September 2012

Could Organizations be Virtuous? Lecture to the Graduate Student Association, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, August 2012.

On the distinction between virtue and skill. Keynote Paper presented to the Inaugural meeting of the Contemporary Aristotelian Studies Special Interest Group of the Political Studies Association. London Metropolitan University, June 2012

Could an organisation be virtuous? Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture Series, Roehampton Institute, March 2012


Ron's profile on Academia.Edu:


External Activity

Executive Member, International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry, 2011+

Editorial Board Member, Philosophy in Management, 2006+

Councillor for Low Fell (Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council), 1996+

Vice-Chair of Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, 2012+

Columnist: 'The Journal' (North East Daily Newspaper), 2006+


Completed Doctoral Supervisions

Nicholson, H (2015) Corporate Philanthropy: The decision making process and employee involvement. PhD

Robson, A (2014) Leader Narratives in Scottish banking: An Aristotelian Approach. PhD

Fitzgerald, I (2014) Labour market regulation and Polish migrants, social justice, trade unions and integration into UK society. PhD by Published Work

Farran, S. (2013). Vanuatu: land in a sea of islands. Northumbria University, PhD by Published Work

Ghasem, N. (2011). How does dissatisfaction with supervisors affect workers in Libyan Manufacturing Organisations? Northumbria University, PhD

Hughes, P. (2010). Decision making processes in the context of ethical dilemmas; a study of accountants in training. Northumbria University, DBA

Slack, R. (2010). Voluntary Disclosure Narrative: Reporting Content, Stakeholders, External Materiality and Usefulness, Northumbria University, PhD by Published Work

Brown, G. (2010). How do public sector employees perceive the effects of changes to organisational aesthetics upon innovation? Northumbria University, DBA

Hussein, R. (2009). Cultural Perspectives on the Meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility in a Third Sector Organisation. Northumbria University, PhD


Current Doctoral Supervisions

Croney, P (DBA) Academic Adjustment: from secondary school to University within Business and Economics Education (from 2012-13)

Picton, B (DBA) An examination of the practice of ethics education on undergraduate accounting programmes in UK universities; identifying what drives practice (from 2014-15)

Hudson, Caitlin. (PhD) The future of business: Exploring young business leaders through their practice of virtues (from 2015-16)

(v) Under Further Information heading: Recent Awards, Invited Lectures, Seminars and Keynote Addresses add the following:

What Business Ethics Is and Is Not. Presented To: North East Initiative for Business Ethics / Institute of Insurers, February 2016

The Virtues in Business Ethics. Presented To: The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham, July 2015

Virtue and Meaningful Work. Presented To: Symposium: Prospects for Meaningful Work in Twenty First Century Economies; Said Business School, University of Oxford, March 2015

The self-understanding of Circus Artists. Presented To: Montreal Circus Research Group Seminar; National Circus School of Canada,  February 2015

Knowing, Being, Doing: How novices become practitioners. Circus Conservatory of America Public Lecture, Portland, Maine, February 2015

Moral Hazards and how to resist them. Providence College, Rhode Island February 2015

The Problem with Happiness.  The Friends of St. Ann’s Annual Lecture, Newcastle, October 2014

Individual Virtues and Organisational Virtues. Presented to: University of Reading Inter-Disciplinary Symposium on Business Ethics, June 2014

The Only Way is Ethics. Presented To: Chartered Institute of Public and Financial Accountants North East Regional Conference, Gateshead, March 2014

Virtue at Work: What everyone can learn from the circus. Professorial Inaugural Lecture. Northumbria University, January 2014

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