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Alex Murdock

Prof. Alex Murdock

Emeritus Professor

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    020 7815 7886
  • School/Division:
    Business / Management, Marketing and People

Professor Alex Mudock is an Emeritus Professor. His specialist areas include:

  • Charity management
  • Government management
  • Not for profit leadership
  • Social enterprises

Alex is an experienced academic and researcher with extensive professional knowledge and experience across both charity and not for profit sectors, as well as national boundaries.

He also has successful Board level and organisational development experience (including two Chair roles) in social service and social enterprise, as well as senior level management and professional career in social services.

Alex is culturally and geographically adaptable having lived and worked in the USA, Denmark and France. I have also worked with universities in Italy, Switzerland , Germany, Norway, Spain and China.

He is also a proficient public speaker and organiser, as well as being successful in securing financial and other resources

Strategic Management (UG and PG)

  • Social Enterprise
  • Public Administration
  • Civil Society Management
  • Governance
  • Organisational Development
  • Dissertation supervision (PhD, Masters and Undergraduate)

Current research and work

  • Charities and Third sector organisations successful in austerity
  • Interaction and overlap between private , public and third sector
  • Values based leadership

Publications in process

  • Public Management in the 21st Century - trends, ideas and practices
  • (co-editor and contributor of 3 chapters)
  • Submitted and to be published by Universitetsforlaget (Scandinavian University Publisher)
  • Value-based leadership Book in preparation for Palgrave - Macmillan
  • Joint with Tor Busch (South Trondelag University, Norway)
  • Social Enterprise and the Delivery of Public Services: A Laboratory for Developing Social Enterprise in Alaska under revision to Social Enterprise Journal
  • Policy on Personalisation, user empowerment, the market and the third sector with Sarah Carr (Social Care Institute for Excellence ) in preparation for submission to Evidence and Policy
  • Partnership and Contracting by the Third Sector: A cross national comparison and analysis of the partnership phenomena in preparation for Public Management Review with Janelle Kerlin ( Georgia State University, USA ) and Carmen Parra (University Abat Oliba, Spain)

Research and consultancy projects

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Construction Youth Trust: Impact evaluation of work with young people (awarded Jan 2013 value £120,000)
  • Evaluation des engagements et pratiques de solidarité (Evaluation of Solidarity for Emmaus International) Led project with Spanish and French academic colleagues April 2011- Dec 2011 14,000 Euro
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership with RNIB (Outcomes and Impact model in employment) - Dec 2009 - Feb 2012 - value £120,000
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership with RNID/RNIB (Outcomes and Impact model in Social Care) - Oct 2009 - Dec 2011 - value £120,000
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Community Action Network ( Social return on Investment) - Started Oct 2009 completed Feb 2010- value £30,000
  • Mapping Need for children and families in Southwark (commissioned research project) Nov 2008 - Jan 2009 (value £8000)

Journal editorial boards

  • Social Enterprise Journal (UK)
  • International Public Management Review (USA)
  • Journal of Social Entrepreneurship (associate editor)
  • International Journal of Public Management (guest editor)
  • Previously, Guest Editor Mecosan - leading Health Management Journal in Italy (issue on Public Private Partnerships)
  • Book Reviewer for Charity Times
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  • Membership of Professional Bodies
  • Royal Society of Arts (Fellow)
  • International Public Management Network
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Member: International Society for Third Sector Research and ARNOVA

Other professional activities

  • Honorary Research Fellow, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham
  • Invited member of advisory group to SERCO Institute (2011-12)
  • Associate member , MAPS (Monde Anglophone : Politiques et Sociétés) Research Group at Sorbonne, Paris
  • Fellow of Potsdam Center for Policy and Management, University of Potsdam , Germany
  • Visiting Professor, North and South Trondelag Universities , Norway
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Cambridge ( MA Social Enterprise)
  • UK co-ordination for Sino-Swiss Senior executive programme for Chinese public managers ( since 2008)
  • Member of Advisory Board and Visiting Lecturer , University of Abat Oliba, Barcelona, Spain
  • Co-ordinator of International Social Innovation Research Conference
  • Contributor to conferences organised by Westminster Briefing and Westminster Explained ( including annual Coming Year in Parliament 'conference - 3 times)