Scholarly Papers and Teaching Materials
Rory deposits all his academic works in the Sheffield Hallam University Research Archive (SHURA).
Rory has deposited about 90 documents (articles and teaching materials) in the Scribd Document Repository.
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Rory is a regular contributor to national and international conferences on governance and management in co-operative and social enterprises. To date, the following books and articles have been accepted for publication. More articles are currently going through the peer-review process.
Leading Social Enterprise Text Book
Rory's leading textbook is Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice co-authored with Mike Bull at Manchester Metropolitan University for Sage Publications. This work has received many endorsements from leading figures in the cooperative and social enterprise community, and positive reviews in several academic journals. It has been adopted as the core text for social enterprise courses in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany, France, Greece, Switzerland and Indonesia. He has acted as a British Council consultant to universities and policy makers in Ukraine, Indonesia and Montenegro, and been an invited speaker to university hosted events on social economy in Denmark, Ireland, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Indonesia and Japan. The authors have signed a contract to produce a new edition for publication in 2015.
For independent reviews by users/readers of the book see the publisher's website. The following comments are from pre-publication reviews by the academic community.
"Social enterprises are 'stakeholder owned' rather than 'shareholder owned'. With the champion of the 'shareholder value' movement, Jack Welch, describing it as 'the dumbest idea in the world' following the credit crunch, the time for stakeholder value has arrived, and this book sets out exactly what that will mean in practice."
Professor Jonathan Michie, President, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
"This book represents an important contribution to social enterprise scholarship that will also be of considerable interest to practitioners and policy makers. Its integration of management frameworks, social theory, and public policy approaches provides a fresh set of perspectives and insights on this increasingly influential sector."
"The authors have raised the bar. This book is well written, necessary, comprehensive, intellectually stimulating and informed by practical experience. This will aid student understanding of the key debates and issues relating to social enterprises, explores the likely challenges facing social enterprises and offers insights to the evolution of the sector. Packed with examples, case studies and student revision tasks, this is a fine addition to the existing literature and is sure to be a core text."
Declan Jones, Head of Student Enterprise, Caledonian Business School, Glasgow Caledonian University
"Combining a thorough study of the current state of literature and a deep understanding of working with social enterprise, the authors present an excellent overview of the state of thinking that will be of use to those studying and those working with social enterprises. It presents the key challenges and different views found within the practice, research and policy community and sets out the debates for future years. This is a valuable contribution to our understanding of this rapidly changing sector."
Professor Fergus Lyon, Director of ESRC/OCS Social Enterprise Research Cluster, Middlesex University
"A good thorough analysis of social enterprise and its context, drawing on a range of relevant theory and evidence. It should become an essential text on the field."
Roger Spear, Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Co-Operatives Research Unit, the Open University
"This is a well written, well researched, and above all, critical investigation into the notion of social entrepreneurship. It is essential reading to any student or practitioner who wishes to understand how social entrepreneurship has developed, its intellectual antecedents, and why it is so important to contemporary society."
Tim Curtis, Senior Lecturer, Unltd & HEFCE Ambassador for Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, University of Northampton
"A valuable and timely book which is relevant to academics and practitioners alike. There is a welcome emphasis on providing practical learning activities grounded in a discussion of both historical and contemporary concepts of social enterprise."
Dr Linda Shaw, Head of Research, The Co-operative College
"This book is important reading for students of social enterprise, both inside and outside the academy. It illuminates the social and political impulses underpinning current trends in this field, and provides nuanced comparative insights into how practice has developed in different world regions. The book is a rare combination; theoretically informed and practically applicable to the establishment and management of businesses that trade for a social purpose."
Dr Jo Barraket, Associate Professor of Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Queensland University of Technology
Rory's first book Silent Revolution: Creating and Managing Social Enterprises, grew out of debates in management seminars at the worker co-operative Computercraft Ltd (London). It captures some of the management thinking that informed the development of social enterprise during the period 1999-2001. The book was not published until early 2002 and received little publicity at the time (it served mainly as an internal management text). Nevertheless, electronic copies and a few printed copies influenced leading practioners of workplace democracy and the Employee Ownership Association. It led to a PhD Studentship that allowed Rory to establish his academic career.
Rory's second book Emotion, Seduction and Intimacy: Alternative Perspectives on Organisation Behaviour is a product of Rory's doctoral research: a scholarly examination of the way emotional life contributes to social structures and inter-personal behaviour inside and outside the workplace. This ground-breaking book helps managers and consultants at all levels rethink the application of democratic principles in the modern workplace and is now available in print and Kindle versions from Booktrope (formerly Libertary).