Professor Martin Beirne

  • Professor of Management and Organisational Behaviour (Management)


Martin Beirne was appointed Professor of Management and Organizational Behaviour in 2007. He has more than twenty three years of experience in teaching and conducting research on work organization and employee relations, with particular attention to re-design and re-structuring initiatives. He has held Economic and Social Research Council funding (with Professor Harvie Ramsay of Strathclyde University) for work on the management of software projects and user-participation in the development of work technologies. Much of his recent research has concentrated on issues around the enhancement of practitioner insights and reflective abilities in promoting workplace innovation. Martin has published in a broad range of academic and practitioner journals, including The European Management Journal, Management Learning, Behaviour and Information Technology, New Technology, Work and Employment, The Software Quality Journal, The International Journal of Cultural Policy and The International Journal of Arts Management. He is author of Empowerment and Innovation: Managers, Principles and Reflective Practice, 2006.

Research interests

Areas of expertise:

  • Employee Relations 
  • Work Organization 
  • Employee Involvement, Participation & Empowerment 
  • Workplace Modernization 
  • Management and the Arts


2004-5: LTSN BEST and PALATINE Teaching Research Grant for collaborative research with Stephanie Knight of the Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh on The Performing Art of Management: Theatre, Drama and Active Management Learning (£4,000).

1994-97: Grant holder on ESRC project R000235289, Quality Management in Computing Design: The Social Organisation of Software Development. This was a collaborative project with Professor Harvie Ramsay of Strathclyde University (£87,000).


PhD supervision areas

Professor Martin Beirne is interested in supervising PhD researchers in the areas of job design, employee relations, organizational innovation and the management of people at work.  He is particularly interested in topics relating to employee participation and empowerment, especially if these involve action or applied research around redesign and restructuring initiatives. 

This area of interest can find expression in a broad range of specific project topics, including financial participation, the development of work technology, employment regulation, team working, organisational culture and reflective management development, to name just a few.

Current PhD students

Abdullah Al-Mahrouqi

Co-supervisor: Professor Phil Beaumont



Courses Taught: People in Organizations (MSc); Innovation and Participation at Work (Hons); Organization and Management (2B, non-hons); MSc Finance and Management Induction; Managing Work and Employee Participation (MSc in IML).