Paul has spent his post-doctoral career in medical and business schools holding posts in Cardiff, Imperial College and Swansea. Formally an intensive care nurse, he considers himself to be an ethnographer having academic training in sociology.

His research focusses on ‘the social’, those spaces of relations and interactions between people, materials and ideas that shape our comprehension and conduct within everyday life.

His published work includes material written for professional and academic audiences and covers a variety of subjects from embodiment, dirt and incentivisation to rules and technology.

Areas of Expertise

  • sociology
  • ethnography
  • organisation studies

Publications

  1. White, P., Morgan, N., Pritchard, A., Heimtun, B. Framing the land of the Northern Lights Annals of Tourism Research 78 102739
  2. Bloom, P., White, P., White, P. The Moral Work of Subversion. Human Relations 69 1 5 31
  3. White, P., Pullen, A. Dispersing of Dirt: Inscribing Bodies and Polluting Organisation (Ed.), Dirty Work 143 164 London Palgrave Macmillan UK
  4. White, P., Hillman, A., Latimer, J., White, P. Ordering, enrolling and dismissing: moments of access across hospital spaces. Space and Culture 15 1 54 73
  5. Edwards, A., Evans, R., White, P., Elwyn, G. Experiencing patient experience surveys: qualitative study of the accounts of GPs British Journal of General Practice 61 585 157 166

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Teaching

  • MN-2551 Social Aspects of Organisation

    Much academic work in business, management and organisation studies derives from sociological and social science understandings of the social and organisational world. This Level 5 module aims to make explicit how individuals, organisations, management and business can be understood through broader social scientific analysis, critically engaging with contemporary business and management issues. The module acts as an introduction to key approaches to understanding social aspects of organisation and does not emulate the content or form of traditional business modules. Consideration is given to classic and contemporary sociological approaches to research and organisation. The module acts as an introduction to key approaches to understanding social aspects of work and organisation. The sociological approach of this module challenges students to think about some assumptions that pervade business, economics and organisations as cultural practice and how these impact upon individuals and society. Core skills in relation to academic writing and academic thought will be developed which will provide solid foundations for critical engagement that are crucial for level 6 study.

  • MN-3015 Power and Organisation

    Organisations are imbued with power. Power is integral to interacting and organising; it defines, constitutes and shapes both people and activities in organisations. As competition, power is intrinsic to our economic system. In the relationships between organisations and the wider society, power takes the forms of regulation of, influence on and ordering of human activities. Understanding the nature and dynamics of power is crucial for future managers. This module investigates the ways in which power takes form, functions and has effects in and through organisations. Students will be asked to identify, analyse and question power and power relations both in terms of theory and in organisational practice. Discussions on, for example, how power and rationality, power and knowledge or power and organisational routines are related inform our examination of power in the organisational context. We will explore a number of attempts to systematically conceptualise and analyse power to understand its heterogeneous nature. This module brings together developments on analysis of power from across the social sciences to management and organisations, and will appeal to students who want to critically explore power as a vehicle for improving their organisational and management skills.

  • MN-M050 Foundations of Management

    This module introduces learners to the key tools that a manager should possess within their arsenal in order to actively contribute to an organisation, enable effective decision making within global market dynamics, monitor and report on its performance, and capitalise on its greatest assets ¿ its people, by understanding, nurturing, listening to and fostering their development. The module will explore the principles of financial planning and control and reporting of results in accordance with IFRS, to then move to the analysis of financial statements and the key financial ratios for performance management, monitoring and strategic decision making, including company valuations and business development considerations. The basic economics concepts will be introduced; supply an demand, markets structure and dynamics, pricing and currency, to enable the evaluation of strategic options to achieve competitive advantage within a global marketplace. The Management of Human resources and the organisational behaviour theories and key concepts will be introduced and critically evaluated, to understand the individual and their relationship within organisations and to substantiate the claim of sustained competitive advantage that the implementation of HRM within firms can bring. Key functions of HRM will be introduced and considerations specific to international organisations will be made.

Supervision

  • The nature of employment within heritage hotels (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jocelyn Finniear
  • The impact of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects on community, worker and environmental wellbeing: Hinkley Point C, nuclear power station. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jocelyn Finniear