Professor Peter Stokes

Job: Professor of Leadership and Professional Development

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School


T: 0116 250 6103




Personal profile

Peter Stokes is Professor of Leadership and Professional Development at Leicester Castle Business School. His broad career path spans four decades and comprises, among other roles: a tractor factory industrial apprenticeship, computer programming, IT management based in Paris overseeing European marketing operations, sales management, business consultancy, academic department leadership and most recently, a professorship at the University of Chester Business School where, in addition to completing successful assignments as Faculty Deputy Dean (2012-2015), Acting Faculty Executive Dean (2012-2014), and, Faculty Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer (2014-2015) he also played a leading role in building the University’s national and international student recruitment in addition to developing research and knowledge transfer projects.

He has published a rich and varied body of work, and reviewed extensively for, world-class journals in the areas of, among others: Human Resource Management; Leadership Values and Behaviours; Business Ethics; Management Philosophy; Organizational Design, Critical Management Studies, and Research Methodology. His writing and ideas have appeared in,  for example: Human Resource Management; Organization; Studies in Higher Education; International Journal of Human Resource Management; Journal of Organizational Change Management; Employee Relations; Entrepreneurship and Regional Development; Group and Organization Management; International Business Review; and, Thunderbird International Business Review. In addition, he has published books on research methods, postgraduate research, critical management studies and organizational management. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Organizational Analysis (Emerald), Associate Editor of Journal of Creating Value (Sage) and serves on a number of international journal boards including the EuroMed Journal of Business (Emerald). He has regularly been invited as visiting professor and academic advisor to businesses and university business and management schools across a number of countries including: United Kingdom, France, Holland, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Vietnam, Morocco, Hong Kong, China, India, Ireland, Dubai, Mexico and Senegal (West Africa).

He has applied his work through national and international knowledge transfer and consultancy projects across a range of business sectors encompassing utilities, construction, publishing, aerospace, diplomatic bureaux, mental health facilities, emergency services and local government. He currently hold a number of positions on major international bodies including: Vice-President-Business Relations and UK Country Director for the EuroMed Research Business Institute (EMRBI); UK Ambassador for the Association Francophone de Gestion des Ressources Humaines (French Academic HR Association); Organizing Committee of the Research Methodology SIG – British Academy of Management; member of the British Standards Institute (BSI) Human Capital Standards Committee; member of the Steering Committee of the Spiritual Capital Development Company, and has been a guest speaker and lecturer with the MBRF Foundation and the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University) in Dubai.

Research group affiliations

Professor Stokes is actively involved in the work of a number of international bodies and associations:

EMRBI - Euromed Research Business Institute

AGRH - Association Francophone de Gestion des Ressources Humaines

BAM - British Academy of Management – Leadership SIG

SCDC - Spiritual Capital Development Company

Research interests/expertise

Peter Stokes undertakes inter-disciplinary research which involves a number of common themes and concerns around organizational behaviour, ethics and leadership and the strategic trajectories which choices (especially those made in the micro-moment) map out for individuals and organizations. This research has led to publications covering a range of areas, including: 

  • Leadership, organizational culture – values and ethics
  • Training and development
  • International business
  • Outdoor and adventure-linked management development
  • Research paradigms and methodology
  • Managing in organizational extremes
  • Human resource management
  • Strategic change management

Areas of teaching

Organizational behaviour and leadership

Research Methodology



Certificate in Executive and Organizational Coaching. University of Central Lancashire/ Pinna Consulting. 2009-2010

A1 NVQ Assessor Award. City and Guilds, London. 2008

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision. Edge Hill College (Lancaster University) 2000-2001

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Management. Brunel University, Uxbridge, London. 1995-2000

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Edge Hill College (Lancaster University) 1995-1996

Master of Business Administration. Strathclyde Graduate Business School (SGBS), Strathclyde University, Glasgow. 1990-1991

BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (2:1). University of Salford, Greater Manchester. 1986-1990

Advanced Certificate – French. Institute of Linguists. 1985

Higher National Certificate - Business Studies. Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry (part-time) 1979-1981

Ordinary National Certificate - Business Studies. Coventry  Technical College (part-time) 1977-1979

Business Management Trainee Articles of Apprenticeship. Massey Ferguson UK and Europe (full-time) 1976-1981

Certificate in Office Studies (Distinction - prize awarded). Henley College, Coventry (part-time) 1976-1977

Courses taught

LCBS5003 Leadership and Culture in Organizational Contexts

LBPG5018 Research Methods (Master class delivery)

Doctoral Supervision

Programme Leader - BSc Global Leadership and Management

Programme Leader – Executive MBA 

Honours and awards

Stokes, P and Oiry, E (2012) An Evaluation of the Use of Competencies in Human Resource Development – a Historical and Contemporary Recontextualisation, Euromed Journal of Business 7(1):4-23.

[Awarded best paper in journal at 2013 EuroMed Conference]

Smith, S and Stokes, P (2014)Exploring the impact of Investors in People: A Focus on Training and Development, Job Satisfaction, and Awareness of the Standard, Employee Relations, 36(3): 266-279.

[CABS level 2* journal – Highly Commended Paper Award – Emerald Publishing Awards 2015]

Nominated in the 2015 University of Chester Student Awards for the following categories:  ‘Most helpful feedback’, ‘Most innovative lecturer’, ‘Outstanding postgraduate supervisor’

Leading Journal Editor Award (2012)

for Editor-in-Chief Role on International Journal of Organizational Analysis. Awarded by Emerald Publishing.

Outstanding Reviewer Award (2012)

For EuroMed Journal of Business. Awarded by Emerald Publishing.

Membership of external committees

2015-present: Board member of the Spiritual Capital Development Company (London)

2014-2015: Institute of Directors (IOD)

2014-present: British Standards Institute/Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – Member of Human Capital Standards Committee

2017-present: British Standards Institute – Steering Group Member - (PAS 3002 – Specification on the management of employee health and wellbeing)

2006-present: UK Country Director of the EuroMed Research Business Institute

2006-present: Vice-President of the EuroMed Research Business Institute

2010-present: Senior Fellow of the EuroMed Research Business Institute

2016: Invited member (non-attending) of Program Committee at the 4th International Conference on Management and Organization: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: CHALLENGES AND DEVELOPMENT, Slovenia, Brdo pri Kranju at June 9-10

2016: Invited member (non-attending) of International AdvisoryCommittee (IAC) of the ICOM2016 - 2nd International Conference on Organization and  Management on at Abu Dhabi, UAE in association with Asia Academy of Management (AAOM), the Asia Chapter of the AOM USA, November 20-21 

2015: Invited member (non-attending) of the Advisory Committee of 2nd HR Summit & International Conference”  on “Emerging Challenges for HR: VUCA Perspectives”, Indian Institute of Management Raipur, August 21-22

2015: Invited member (non-attending) of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of International Conference on Organization and Management (ICOM) Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 22-23

2014: Invited member (non-attending) of the Scientific Committee of the 2nd International Conference on Contemporary Marketing Issues (ICCMI), Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece and Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, Athens, Greece, June 18-20

2014: Sponsored invitation to the Arab Knowledge Summit, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Educational Foundation, Dubai, UAE

2014: Invited member (non-attending) of The ITSC2014 Organizing Committee – International Conference on Information Technology and Smart City (TSC 2014) Sanya, China, Dec 19-21

2013: Invited member (non-attending) of the Technical Program Committee of the International Conference on Economics (ICE2013), Juijang, Jiangxi, China, July 21-33

2013: Invited member of the Scientific Committee of the 6th EuroMed Conference, Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal, September 23-24 

2013: Invited member (non-attending) of The Third International Conference on Consumer Electronics, Communications and Networks (CECNet2013), Hubei University of Science and Technology, China, November 20-22

2010: Invited member (non-attending) of the Advisory Committee for the International Conference on Strategy and Organization ICSO 2010, Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, India, May 6-7

2009-present: Editor in Chief of the Editorial Board - International Journal of Organizational Analysis (Emerald Publishing)

2016-present: Associate Editor - Journal of Creating Value (Sage Publications)

2016-present: Editorial Board Member - International Journal of Managerial Studies and Research 

2016-present: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Management Sciences and Business Intelligence (JMSBI), Houston (Texas), USA

2015-present: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Energy and Management (based School of Petroleum Management, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat)

2014-present: Member of Comité d’Orientation, Revue Management & Avenir 

2014-present: Editorial Board Member, Asia-Pacific Studies, Developing Country Think Tank Institute (DCThink), California, USA

2014-present: Editorial Board Member, Management et Science Sociales, Kedge Business School (Bordeaux/Marseille, France)

2013-present: Editorial Board Member, Questions de Management? ESSEC,  Paris, France

2013-present: Editorial Board Member Consumption and Development, Institute for Market, Consumption and Business Cycles Research, Warsaw     

2011-present: Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Economics and Management Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, China

2011-present: Editorial Board Member of book series: Critical Studies on Corporate Responsibility, Governance and Sustainability, Emerald Publishing (Series Editor, Dr Sun)

2011-2016: Editorial Board Member – University of Chester Press

2008-present: Editorial Board Member of the EuroMed Journal of Business (Emerald)

2008-present: Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the Slovenian Academy of Management - Dynamic Relationships Management Journal

2014-present: Advisory Board HR & OB Group IIM Raipur, India

2014-present: Advisory board member - Corporate Governance and Sustainability International Group (CGSIG)

2014-present: Team Member of the Research and Publishing Pathway Initiative - Emerald Publishing

2011-2014: Track Chair for the Sustainable and Responsible Special Interest Group -British Academy of Management   

2006: Nominated member of the Advanced Institute of Management - ESRC Research Development Initiative (RDI)

Conference attendance

Stokes, P. (1999) ‘Stories as Research’, Paper delivered to the Doctoral Programme Research Seminar, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 18 March. 

Stokes, P. (1999) ‘Observations as a Lived Experience’, Paper given as part of the Research Methodology Programme (Masters in Management Development), Edge Hill (Lancaster University) 25, March.

Stokes, P. (2001) ‘The Tortured Domain: Oppression and Narratives in Outdoor Management Development Communities’, Paper presented at the “Narratives of Oppressors and Narratives of Oppressed” Stream at the International Critical Management Studies Conference, UMIST, Manchester, July 11-13.

Stokes, P. (2001) ‘Perilous Journey: The Odyssey of Narrative in Outdoor Management Development’, Double refereed paper presented in “Sub Theme 1: Narratives We Organize By” in the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 17th Colloquium, Université de Lyon (II & III), Lyon, France, July 5-8.

Stokes, P. (2002) ‘Politicising Mountains: Comparative Anglo-Saxon and Gallic Action and Reaction to the Use of the Outdoor Management Development Programmes.’, Double refereed paper presented at the Standing Workgroup No.2 “Management Ideas and Organizational Politics”(Profs, L.Engwall/M.Kipping) in the European Group  for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 18th Colloquium, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, July 4-6.

Stokes, P. (2002) ‘OMD ‘Technologies’: Accelerating Organizational Effectiveness or Just Orchestrating Manoeuvres in the Dark?’, 20th Anniversary Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism: Speed: Research and Representation in the Age of the Instantaneous Organization, International Business School, Budapest, Hungary, July 10-13.

Greenbank, P. Mercer, J and Stokes, P. (2002) ‘Undergraduate Work Experience: An Alternative Approach’, poster presentation and accompanying paper, The Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 3rd Annual Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 26-28 June.

Stokes, P. (2002) ‘The Reflexive Learner, Personal Journals, Portfolios and Narratives’ PG Certificate in Research Degree Supervision Programme, Edge Hill College, Lancaster University, 29 October.

Stokes, P. and McCulloch, A. (2003) ‘Lived Experience on Doctoral Programmes’, Knowledge and Management Stream, British Academy of Management Conference, Harrogate, September.

Stokes, P. (2004) ‘Outdoor Management Development – Pourquoi Pas?: An Anglo-French Comparative Study of “Alternative” Human Resource Development Approaches’, Human Resource Management/Culture and Comparative Management Stream, Irish Academy of Management Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 1-3 September.

Dereli, C. and Stokes P (2004) ‘Exploring the Tension Between the Scientific and the Spiritual in the Age of Modernism: Implications for Management Theory in the Era of Postmodernity, Art of Management and Organization Conference, ESCP-EAP European School of Management, Paris, 7-10 September.

Martin, L and Stokes, P. (2005) ‘Reading lists: A Study of Tutor and Student Perceptions, Expectations and Realities’, Third International Conference of the Centre for Learning and Teaching Research, 21 January, Edge Hill College (Lancaster University).

Stokes, P and McCulloch, A (2005) ‘Student Doctoral Process: A Re-Focusing of the “How to…(Get a Ph.D) Literature’, Third International Conference of the Centre for Learning and Teaching Research, 21 January, Edge Hill College (Lancaster University). 

Stokes, P (2005) ‘Outdoor management development and Anglo-Saxon representations: - stories exploring the sense-making boundaries of physical and psychological excess’, The Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism XXIII, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 8-10 July.

Stokes, P. (2005) ‘The “Militarizing” of Organization and Management Studies: Reconnoitring the Terrain – Possibilities for Reshaping the Battlefield?’ in the stream: “Militarizing Organizations: Recontextualising and Reconceptualising the Military in Organizational Theory and Lives”, 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge, July.  

Stokes P. (2005) ‘Militarization and Management” The Annual Research Seminar Series, Edge Hill (Lancaster University), 20 October.

Stokes, P. (2006) ‘The Cross-Cultural Transfer of Outdoor Management Development – A Critical Commentary on the Consequences of the Marginalisation of Anglo-Saxon representations in Outdoor Pursuits and Outdoor Education’, paper presented at The Third International Outdoor Education Research Conference, UCLan-Penrith, 4-7 July.

Stokes, P. (2006) ‘Effecting Genocide: A Call for a Deeper Questionning of ‘Ugly’ Silences on Genocidal Acts and Episodes in Organization and Management Studies’, paper presented at the SCOS XXIV The Good, the BAD and the Ugly: Organizations and Demons, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 12-15 July.

McCulloch, A. and Stokes, P. (2006) ‘Supporting Doctoral Training for All Researchers: The Possibilities of E-Delivery’, paper presented at Workshop 5, UK GRAD Fifth Annual Conference – Profiting from Postgraduate Talent, Guoman Tower, London, E1, September 7.

Stokes, P. (2006) ‘Outdoor Management Development as Organizational Transformation: An Anglo-French Comparative Study of Paradoxical Experience in the Application of Alternative Human Resource Development Approaches’ paper presented at the XVII Congrès Annuel de l’Association Francophone de Gestion des Ressources Humaines, RMS-IAE de Lille, November 16-17.

Stokes. P. (2007) ‘Competencies in the United Kingdom – An Organization and Management Theory Historical Contextualisation’ paper presented (in French) at AGRH-GRACCO, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris, March 16.

McCulloch, A. and Stokes, P. (2007) ‘Power Relations and the Research Student Experience: Unexplored Dimensions’, paper presented at Leading the Way – Postgraduate Skills Training in the NW Conference (UK Grad Programme-NW Hub), Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, 25th May.

Stokes, P. (2007) ‘Lessons from Genocide – Recontextualising Organizational Misbehaviour in Organization and Management Studies’ paper presented at: ‘Genocide, Individuals and Organization - Choices, Actions and Consequences for Contemporary Contexts’ Sub-theme no.10 at the 23rd EGOS Colloquium, Wirtschaftuniversitat Wien, Vienna, Austria, ‘Beyond Waltz: Dances of Individuals and Organisations’, July 5-7.

Stokes, P. (2007) ‘A Consideration of Issues in the Application of Theoretical Tools and Models in Human Resource Development Approaches: A View from the Field’ XVIII Congrès Annual de l’Association Francophone de Gestion des Ressources Humaines (AGRH) Université de Fribourg, Switzerland, 19-21 September.

Stokes, P. (2008) ‘Theoretical Models, Practical Tools and Actors – A Consideration of Relationships in Experiential Human Resource Development Approaches: A View from the Field’, 8th European Academy of Management (EURAM) – Managing Diversity: European Destiny and Hope, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia/IDEC Bled School of Management, 14-17 May.

Stokes, P., and Martin, L. (2008) ‘Reading Lists: A Study of Tutor and Student Perceptions, Expectations and Realities’, 7th CLTR conference – Transformations: Developing Learners and Learning Environments, Edge Hill University, 4 June.

Stokes, P. and McCulloch, A (2008) ‘Representation, Narrative and the Doctoral Process’, The Narrative Practitioner - 2nd International Conference, North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, Wrexham, 23-25 June. 

Stokes, P. (2009) ‘An Evaluation of the Emergent Management Approaches in Relation to the Use of Competencies in Human Resources Development in the United Kingdom – a Historical and Contemporary Contextualisation’, XX Congrès de l’Association Francophone de Gestion  des Ressources Humaines, Université Toulouse -1/ESC Toulouse, 9-11 September. 

Stokes, P. and McCulloch, A. (2010) ‘A Generational and Construct Analysis of the “How to Get a PhD…” Literature: Towards a Classification of the Genre’, 9th Quality of Postgraduate Research: Educating Researchers for the 21st Century, Graduate Research School, Edith Cowan University, Adelaide, Australia 13th-16th April.

Stokes, P and Oiry, E. (2010) ‘An investigation into the lived experience of competences in human resource development in the United Kingdom -  A historical and contemporary contextualisation, 3rd Annual EuroMed Conference at the EuroMed Academy of Business – Business Developments Across Countries and Cultures, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, 4th-5th November.

Cockrill, C, Counsel, N. and Stokes, P. (2011) ‘The Influence of Servicescape on Counterfeit Purchasing: An Exploratory Study’, World Marketing Congress, Reims, France, 19-23 July.

Stokes, P. (2011) The Janus Dialectic of Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Unsustainability - Micro and Macro-Perspectives on Choice and Responsibility in Change and Transformation The Second Chester Forum -  Sustainable Business and Public Affairs, Bank of America/University of Chester,  19th-20th May.

Stokes, P. and Harris, P, (2011) The Janus Dialectic of Sustainability and Unsustainability – Micro-Moments, Choice, Responsibility and Change, The Sustainability Challenge: Organisational Change and Transformational Vision, Ashridge International Research Conference.

Stokes, P. (2013) ‘Sustainable and Responsible Organizational Behaviour for the Twenty-First Century: Trajectories, Challenges and Grey Zones and the role of Micro-Moments, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, University of Chester, 26th November.

Lichy, J., Merle, K. Stokes, P. and Groelich, V. (2014) ‘Catching the technology wave: an enquiry into perceptions and usage of ICT in higher education – Implications for HRD’, XVeme Congres de l’Association de Gestion des Ressources Humaines, University of Chester, Chester, UK, 5-7 November.

Kraus, P., Britzelmaier, B., Moore, N. and Stokes, P. (2015)A Critique of the Business Case Logic for Sustainability: Attitudes towards Sustainability in Germany from a Consumer Point of View’,  Pforzheim Hochschule, Germany, NIBES, 2015 Research session: Thinking Sustainable Future.

Brown, T. and Stokes, P. (2015) ‘Event Management Models: Problems and Perspectives’, Association for Events Management Education, Falmouth, 16-17 July.

Moss, D., Sriramesh, K., Stokes, P.,Aparecida- Ferrari, A., Likely, F., Regeer, B. (2015) ‘Awakening a Sleeping Issue :Communication Department  Structure’, An International Study, 22nd International Public Relations Research Symposium
BLEDCOM 2015 - July 3 – 4.

Liu, Y., Cooper, C., Sarala, R., Stokes, P., Tarba, S. Xing, Y. (2015) Professional Development Workshop (PDW): ‘The Human Side of Collaborative Partnerships’, American Academy of Management Conference (AOM), Vancouver, August 2015.

Stokes, P. (2015) ‘Putting pen to paper – starting out in research’, Chester Business School Research Conference, University of Chester, September 7.

Scott, T., Scott, P., Stokes, P., Moore, N., Smith, S., Ward, T. ‘Reconceptualising the Consumer Journey in the Digital Age – An Exploratory Study of the United Kingdom Retail Sector’, EuroMed Conference – University of Verona, Italy, September 18-20.

Rowland, C., Hall, R. and Stokes, P. ‘New Thoughts on Leadership in Turbulent Times’, EuroMed Conference – University of Verona, Italy, September 18-20.

Hickman, M., Gray, P., Inkster, A., Passenger, N., Stokes P., and Beard, C. (2015) ‘Improving employability through research Informed Learning: enhancing student engagement on a vocational outdoor degree’, Inspire: Sharing great practice in Social Science teaching and learning Annual Social Sciences Conference2015, Higher Education Academy, The Studio, Manchester, 3-4 December.

Stokes, P. (2015) ,The Idea of Strategic Ambidexterity: Recognition, Understanding, Application and the Role of the Micro-Moment, Visiting Professor Guest Speaker Seminar Series, Edge Hill University, 20 October.

Stokes, P. (2016) ‘Emergent Oppositions, Dialectics and Juxtapositions in the Literature in Relation to Business Schools and Responsible Leadership’, British Academy of Management - Responsible Leadership Collaboratory (A joint initiative with BAM Leadership & Leadership Development and Sustainable Responsible Business SIGs), Tuesday 19th July, 2016 Henley Business School, Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames.


Conference Stream and Round Table Design, Convenorships and Chairing.

Stokes P., Bishop, R and Phillips, J. (2005) Design, Co-Convening and Organization for the stream: ‘Militarizing Organizations: Recontextualising and Reconceptualising the Military in Organizational Theory and Lives’, 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge, July.  

Gabriel, Y., Hilaire, C., Stokes P. and Wilson, J. (2007) ‘Genocide, Individuals and Organization - Choices, Actions and Consequences for Contemporary Contexts’ Sub-theme no.10 at the 23rd EGOS Colloquium, Wirtschaftuniversitat Wien, Vienna, Austria, ‘Beyond Waltz: Dances of Individuals and Organisations’, July 5-7.

McCulloch A, Reynolds, P. and Stokes P. (2007) Organisation, Seminar Convening and Discussion Leadership for the Graduate Education and the Role of the Intellectual – 2nd Annual Seminar of the International Journal of Graduate Education, Edge Hill College University, 28 September.  Research Methods to Business and Management Students’, Manchester Business School, 5th May.

Stokes, P. Lee, B and Cassell, C. (2008) ‘The British Academy of Management Research Methodology Special Interest Group Third Annual Workshop on Teaching, UCLan, 

Stokes, P, Ryding, D, Harry, W. and Winterton, J. (2008) Stream Co-Convenorship ‘Cross Cultural Interactions and Transformations in Learning, Training and Development in the Mediterranean Region: Implications for Practice, The EuroMed Academy of Business 1st Annual EuroMed Conference - European and Mediterranean Trends and  Challenges in the 21st Century, Marseille, France, November 17-18.

Stokes, P, and Lichy, J. (2009) ICAR Research Seminar – Organizational Change and Development, IDRAC Université Professionelle International Rene Cassin (UPIL), Lyon, France, April.

Stokes, P. and Dereli, C. (2009) Workshop ‘Revisiting CMS Manifestos: Challenging to Re-Build – A Debate and Workshop’, International Critical Management Studies Conferences, Warwick University, July.

Worthington, F. Boden, R, Waring, M and Stokes, P (2009) Stream Convenorship on Academic Identities and work Organization at the European Academy of Management, University of Liverpool, July.

Stokes, P. (2009) Organizational Behaviour in Mediterranean Contexts Stream, 2nd EuroMed Conference of the EuroMed Academy of Business, University of Salerno, Italy, October 25-28.

Stokes, P, and Lichy, J. (2010ICAR Research Seminar – Blended Learning, IDRAC Université Professionelle International Rene Cassin (UPIL), Lyon, France, April 14.

Stokes, al. (2010) Guest journal editor on ‘Meet the Editors Session’ panel at the International Association of Cross-Cultural Management Conference, UCLan, Preston, 23 June.

Stokes, P. (2010) Organizational Behaviour in Mediterranean Contexts Stream, 3rd EuroMed Conference of the EuroMed Academy of Business, University of  Nicosia, Cyprus, November 4-5.

Stokes, P. (2011) ‘The Trouble with Management and Organization: Recontextualising Perspectives on Culture, Values and Attitudes’, GLION. Les Roches-Gruyères, Bulle, Switzerland, March 9.

Stokes, P. (2011) ‘Collaborating for Business Success: Working with Business Schools’ Presentation to the Institute of Directors (Cheshire Branch), November 25.

Stokes, P. (2011) ‘Re-Engineering Organisations as Sustainable Business’, The Second Chester Forum - Sustainable Business and Public Affairs, Bank of America/University of Chester, 19th-20th May.

Stokes, P et al (2012) ‘Organizational Changes for Dynamic Stability’, 2nd International Conference on Management and Organization, - The Slovenian Academy of Management, June 8–9, 2012 Congress Center Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia.

Brooks, S, Caulfield, P, Stokes, P. (2012) ‘Sustainable and Responsible Business Track’, British Academy of Management: Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in a Challenging Environment, University of Cardiff, 11th-13th September.

Stokes. P. and Visser, M. (2012) Co-Chairs for the Track: Organizational Behaviour: ‘Re-assessing Theory, Analysis, Cases and Practice’, 5th Annual EuroMed Conference, Glion-Montreux, Switzerland, October 4th-5th.

Stokes, P, Potts, C, Wells, J. (2012) ‘How Can Chester Businesses Benefit From the City’s New Theatre’, University of Chester, 6th November.

Stokes, P et al (2014) The 3rd international conference: ‘Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning’, 6-7 June at Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia – member of programme committee.

Stokes et al. (2014) Conference Chair and Organiser - XVeme Congres de l’Association de Gestion des Ressources Humaines, University of Chester, Chester, UK, 5-7 November.

Yipeng, L., Cooper, C., Sarala, R., Stokes, P., Xing, Y., Tarba, S., Junni, P., Ahammad, M. (2015) ‘The Human Side of Collaborative Partnerships’, Professional Development Workshop, British Academy of Management conference, Portsmouth September.

Yipeng, L., Sarala, R., Stokes, P., Yijunjing, Tarba, S., Junni, P., Ahammad, M. (2015) Professional Development Workshop – ‘The Human Side of Collaborative Partnerships’, Academy of Management Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 7-11.

Clarkson, G., Stokes, P and Tarba, S. (2016) Publishing your Research Methodology Paper, Eighth ‘Sharing our Struggles’ Workshop, Research Methodology Special Interest Group – British Academy of Management, 9th December, Leeds University Business School.


Additional Conference/Seminar Attendance.

2002  ‘The Future of Business and Management Research in the United Kingdom, Association of Business Schools/British Academy of Management, UMIST Conference Centre, 30 April.

2002 Conference on Archive Resources in the North West in Association with the Regional Archive Council, Edge Hill, 25 January.

2002 Guest attendee at the inaugural lecture of Gabriel, Y. (Prof. of Organisation Theory) “Glass Palaces and Glass Cages: Organisations in Times of Flexible Work, Fragmented Consumption and Fragile Selves”, The Management School, Imperial College London, 12 March.

2003 4th Storytelling Seminar, Cass Business School, City University, London, 1 July.

2003 and 2004 NW Hub of the UKGRAD Conference, Manchester.

2004 British Academy of Management/Advanced Institute of Management, “Paper Publishing Two-Day Workshop”, London Business School, 4 April.

2006 Advanced Institute for Management Research Capacity Development Initiative, Leeds University, 17 March.

2006 Research Capacity Workshops, University of Central Lancashire, (29 and 30 March).

2006 Research Methodologies in Business and Management workshop, Sheffield University (6 April).

2006 ‘Circulation, Editorial and Promotions’ Conference, Manchester, 27 March as part of a familiarization process for the e-learning research methods project.

2006 GDR GRACCO ‘Attitudes, comportements et competences dans les sciences de la Gestion – quelles relations avec quels effets entre les quatre composantes de la gestion des Competences?’ at the  XVII Congrès Annuel de l’Association Francophone de Gestion des Ressources Humaines, RMS-IAE de Lille, November 16-17.

2006 GDR GRACCO, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris, March 16.

2006 ‘Lightening the Load, Increasing the Learning – Making Assessment Manageable’ Workshop by Professor Phil Race, 15 September, University of Central Lancashire.

2007 Stewart Clegg  ‘Theorising as if Power Matters’, Friday 20 April, 2-5pm, University of Liverpool Management School.

2009 Jonathan Adams of Evidence Ltd – ‘The Research Excellence Framework’, The UCLan University Conference, 23-27 June.

2010 Dr Jessica Lichy IDRAC,Lyon)  ‘Inner City vs Suburban Internet Use’, Chester Business School Research Seminar Programme, 15th December.

2011 Andy Lyon (CBS) ‘ Perceptions of Sustainable Tourism Development in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, S Africa, Chester Business School Research Seminar Programme, 12th January.

2011 Jon Talbot (CBS) ‘Being Clear about Practitioner Enquiry: The Logic of Situated Knowledge Generation’, Chester Business School Research Seminar Programme, 16th March.

2011 Dr Neil Moore (CBS) ‘The Football Match Day Event Life Cycle: Towards Management Model, Chester Business School Research Seminar Programme, 18th May.

2011 His Excellency Hatem Atallah, Ambassador of Tunisia to the United Kingdom, ‘Perspectives on Tunisia and Tourism’, Chester Business School, University of Chester, 24th June.

2013 Fanmakers’ Guild Annual Dinner, guest of honour, Skinners’ Guild Hall, London, 12th June.

2014  Reflections of a 2012 Lord Mayor: Jubilee, Olympics and All Other Stuff, Cass Business School – Haberdashers’ Hall, London, 14, May – invited guest of the event convenor and organiser.

2014 Sustaining Leadership: Ensuring Succession, Praesta Partners, The Royal Aeronautical Society, London, 15th October – invited guest of founding partner.

2015 Operations, Strategy and Risk: A Process Journey, Inaugural lecture by Professor Lawrence Bellamy, 22nd January, Warrington Management School, Warrington.

2016 World Traders’ Tacitus Lecture, ‘A New International Monetary System in a New World Order’ by Sir Paul Tucker, Guildhall, London, 25th February.

2017 Chartered ABD Diversity Workshop, De Montfort University, 19 January.

2018 World Traders’ Tacitus Lecture, ‘The world is Our Oyster? Britain’s Future Trading Relationships’ by Sir Simon Fraser, Guildhall, London, 23rd February, invited guest of the event convenor and organiser.

Key research outputs

Stokes, P. Moore, N, Mathews, M, Moss, D, and Smith, S., Liu, Y (2015) The Micro-Dynamics of Intra-Organizational and Individual Action and their Role in Organizational Ambidexterity, Human Resource Management (USA), 54(1): 63-86.

[CABS level 4* journal]

Stokes, P, Liu, Y., Smith, S., Leidner, S., Moore, N. and Rowland, C. (2015) Managing talent across advanced and emerging economies: HR issues and challenges in a Sino-German strategic collaboration, International Journal of Human Resource Management.

[CABS level 3* journal].

Stokes, P., Baker, C., and Lichy, J. (2016) The Role of Embedded Individual Values, Belief and Attitudes and Spiritual Capital in Shaping Everyday Postsecular Organizational Culture, European Management Review, 13, 37-51.

[CABS level 3* journal] 

Rao-Nicholson, R., Khan, Z., Stokes, P. (2015) Making great minds think alike: Emerging market multinational firms’ leadership effects on targets’ employee psychological safety after cross-border mergers and acquisitions, International Business Review, 25:103-113.

[CABS level 3* journal] 

Cooper, C., Stokes, P., Liu, Y, and Tarba, S. (forthcoming 2017)

Micro-Foundations of Organizational Behavior and Sustainability:  Issues, Drivers and Trajectories? Journal of Organizational Behavior (JOB-USA)

[CABS level 4* ranked USA journal]

Consultancy work

2011-2014: Institutional Project Director - Knowledge Action Network (KAN) - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Consortium bid on employment development in SME’s in the North West, UK 

2011-2013: Project Manager - Yamato Corporation (Tokyo, Japan), member of bid and negotiation team for leadership programme development 

2008-2010: LEAD Project – North West Development Agency (NWDA) – SME management learning and leadership development programme – member of core team

2006: ‘Customer Service NVQ Level 3 Competency Framework for United Utilities - member of core bidding and delivery team working at operational and board level

1991 Blackwell Publishers Ltd (Oxford, United Kingdom) - External Business Advisor/Consultant: Remuneration and HRM and pay systems

1990 Manchester Olympic Bid Organising Committee (Manchester, United Kingdom) - Merchandising Team Manager

1989 Salford Technology Ltd (Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom) - External Consultant – Translator/Interpreter: Aerospace industry international market research project co-ordination

1988-1989 Senegambian Confederation Diplomatic Bureau (Dakar, Senegal, West Africa) - Report Co-ordinator/Translator-interpreter and Academic Advisor

1988 INESCOP Research Institute (Alicante, Spain) -Business Project Co-ordinator: European Funding Reports /Translator-interpreter

Current research students

Professor Peter Stokes is currently supervising theses on: 

  • Events, Learning and Knowledge Management
  • Working Mothers and Part-time Postgraduate Study
  • Meanings in Branding
  • Lean management
  • Value Based Management in SMEs in Germany 
  • Indian-Japanese Cross-Cultural Understanding and Spirituality
  • Learning Patterns in International Student Cohorts

He welcomes exploratory discussions and expressions of interest from prospective doctoral candidates on areas related to, among others, organizational behaviour and leadership, management and organizational philosophies, training and development, values, beliefs and attitudes in organizations and strategic choice and vision.

Internally funded research project information

2009: ‘Narrative Marketing Histories’ with Professor Nigel Holden (UCLan) (£1,500) 

2004: ‘Lived Experience in Student Teaching and Learning’ linked to award of competitive Fellowship in Teaching and Learning, Edge Hill College (Lancaster University) (£6,000)

2002: French Management Development - competitive bid from the Edge Hill College (Lancaster University) Teaching and Learning Fund (£2500)

1997: ‘Outdoor Management Development in the UK’ - competitive bid from the Edge Hill College (Lancaster University) Teaching and Learning Fund (£1000)

Professional esteem indicators

Personal Esteem Indicators

UK Country Director, Senior Fellow and Vice-President EMRBI

UK Ambassador – AGRH

Steering Committee Member – Spiritual Capital Development Company

Committee and Steering Group Member – British Standards Institute

Leading Editor Award (2012)- Emerald Publishing 

Fellow RSA

Freeman of the City of Coventry

Former SIG (S&R Mgt) Track Chair – British Academy of Management

Reviewer for leading international and global journals:

British Journal of Management

Californian Management Review

Human Relations

International Business Review

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Journal of Business Ethics

Journal of Management Studies

Journal of Organizational Behavior

Management Learning

Management et Avenir (French)


Thunderbird International Business Review

AOM Conference (Critical Management and Organization Management Theory)

AGRH Conference (French)

BAM Conference

EURAM conference

Sage Publications new books and journal proposals panel

Palgrave Macmillan new books and journal proposals

University College Cork (Ireland) Commissioned Research Review Programme


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