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Dr Jan Myers

Senior Lecturer, Leadership & Organisational Development

Department: Newcastle Business School

Jan joined Newcastle Business School, in Autumn 2015 where she leads a range of modules relating to leadership and organisational development.


She has been a senior lecturer/assistant professor in business and management, organisational behaviour and HR, and leadership, individual and organisational development in both the UK and Canada. Before moving into academia, Jan was a senior manager, trainer and consultant working in and with third sector and public sector organisations, both in the UK and internationally.

Campus Address

CEE1, Room 408a



  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BA Joint Hons

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Jan's research interests include: member-based and member-owned organisations, individual and organisational learning& sensemaking; social change leadership; and participatory mechanisms in and across organisations. She has recently completed funded research as part of the Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network (Atlantic Canada) exploring policies and frameworks supporting the social economy in the Atlantic provinces. She is a member of the Universities Forum for HRD, EMES International Research Network, European Group for Organisational Studies, International Society for Third Sector Research, and the UK Society for Co-operative Studies. She is editor of the Journal of Co-operative Studies. She is part of the Organisational Behaviour & HR subject group, the Public Management & Public Policy research interest group and contribute to key research signature themes on responsible business and civil entrepreneurship.

Professional Activity

Jan is an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management. 

Sponsors and Collaborators

Jan works with colleagues regionally as part of the Responsible Business North East network and also USENET – a network of academics and practitioners looking at research, policy and practice in reference to social enterprise.  She continues to work with academics, practitioners, and professional bodies across the UK and in Canada.

Current/Recent Projects

  • 2014: RAE Top-slice research funding (University of Gloucestershire) – employability & graduate identity
  • 2012: Learning & teaching project awards (University of Westminster) - transformational leadership qualities of executive and professional cohorts of students
  • 2012: Higher Education Innovation Fund (University of Westminster) - development of collaborative action learning and co-coaching materials
  • 2011-2013: Knowledge Transfer Partnership – organisational design & competencies (University of Westminster and Concentra)
  • 2011: Evaluation of Farmers’ markets in UK – Cardiff Institute of Co-operative Studies and Plunkett Foundation, with Molly Scott Cato & Barbara Kennedy
  • 2009-2010: ‘Realising the Potential’ – credit unions in Wales (Cardiff Institute of Co-operative Studies sand Welsh Assembly Government)
  • 2007-2011: Social Economy & Sustainability Research Network – policy frameworks and provincial infrastructure support for social economy organisations

Key Publications

  • 2016: ‘New Development: Mutual solutions to shaping public service’, with Maddocks J., Public Money and Management, 36 (1), pp 57-60 (forthcoming)
  • 2015: ‘Public Service Mutuals: Supporting employee engagement’, with Maddocks, J. in CIPFA (ed) Transforming Public Services, London: CIPFA
  • 2014:‘Teaching in the Open: Widening access or homogenising learning opportunities’, International HETL Review, Vol 4, Article 12 (Best Paper award International HETL conference 2014)
  • 2014: Reciprocal Relationships: the role of government and the social economy in co-production of social policy in Atlantic Canada’, with MacDonald, M, Canadian Public Policy, 40(s1), pp 17-25
  • 2013:At the Sharp End of the Crisis: profile of Valleys Credit Union’,with Cato, M.S. and Howlett, S., Local Economy, 28(6), pp 539-552
  • 2013: ‘Tools, Techniques and Tightropes: the art of walking and talking private sector management in non-profit organisations’ with Sacks, R. in Osborne, S. (ed.) Voluntary and Non-Profit Management: Key managerial challenges, strategic management and marketing, and accountability and performance,  Vol. 2, Part 1, London: Sage

PGR Supervision

  • 2015 – current: Alex  James: Public entrepreneurship, safeguarding and risk aversion during austere times: an analysis of the negotiated practices of enterprising social workers (RDF PhD studentship)
  • 2013- current: Elias Shahda: The impact of the external environment on public service motivation: Evidence from the Lebanese civil service (FT PhD candidate)
  • 2013- current: VivianIkechukwu-Ifudu: An exploration of the psychological contract during downsizing in the Financial Services Industry, with specific reference to downsizing survivors (FT PhD candidate)
  • 2011 – current: Kathryn Addicott: Study of the characteristics, roles and impact of entrepreneurial women in the voluntary sector (Part-time PhD candidate)
  • 2011 – current:  Horatio-Cristian Cojan: Innovative housing models for a sustainable future: co-housing options in Wales (FT Phd Studentship, sponsored by Bron Afon Community Housing Mutual, Wales).


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