Personal profile


Dr Graham Manville has been an academic for more than 20 years. He is a Visiting Academic at Norwich Business School, UEA and a full-time Associate Professor at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates since 2020. He was formerly an Associate Professor in Business and Management (2013-2020), Director of Employability (2015-2020), Director of Enterprise (2016-2020) and formerly the Associate Director for Learning and Teaching Quality (2014-2016) within NBS. Prior to joining UEA Graham was Assistant Dean and a Senior Fellow at the University of Southampton (2007-2013) and before that a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University (2000-2007).

He is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a Certified Management Consultant, a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and an Incorporated Engineer since 1993. His PhD is in strategic performance management within hybrid organisations and joined UEA in 2013.

His past industry and management consulting experience coupled with a 20+ year academic career enables him to deliver teaching in Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting and Strategy that leads to excellent graduate outcomes for his students. He has also published collaboratively with several of his students at UG, MSc and MBA levels in peer reviewed international journals and conferences.

Graham is passionate about work integrated learning and all of his modules have work integrated authentic assessment whilst maintaining strong academic rigour. Graham’s subject matter expertise is focused on entrepreneurship and strategy across a variety of sectors to improve business performance. He also has a track record of publishing with business leaders in North America and across the United Kingdom.

During the course of his career, Graham has established and maintains a considerable international teaching and research network of collaborative academics in leading universities in the UK, Europe, South East Asia, New Zealand, Australia and the Middle East which has delivered high quality practice informed scholarship outputs in the high ranking CABS, ABDC, Scopus and Scimago journals.

His research and practice informed scholarship has won awards in several of the leading business conferences and research bodies including: The British Academy of Management (BAM) in 2015 & 2023, The European Academy of Management (EURAM) in 2017, Emerald Literati outstanding paper award in 2008 , Innovate UK Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership award in 2008, A Centre for Management Consulting Excellence (CMCE) Management Consulting (Finalist) in 2020 & 2021 & an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Early Career Researcher (finalist) in 2009.

He established and grew two International Academic and Student Exchange Programmes including a five year work integrated learning student exchange with Deakin University, Australia (2017-2022) and an Erasmus Exchange with Bulgaria's No.1 University, Sofia University (2013- Present).

His pedagogy and practice informed scholarship has won awards in several of the leading business conferences and research bodies including: BAM, EURAM, Emerald Literati, Innovate UK KTP, CMCE Management Consulting (Finalist) & ESRC Early Career Researcher (finalist).

As Director of Employability he led, developed and executed a strategy that  mobilised the staff and student body to achieve transformative change to make Norwich Business School among the top 20 business schools in the UK for graduate outcomes.

As Director of Innovation he has led on developing an annual portfolio of business breakfast and evening receptions that showcase subject matter expertise within Norwich Business School.

Graham has successfully examined 2 PhD candidates and 2 DBA candidates and is open to invitations to exam further PhD and DBA candidates.

During his academic career he has secured £400K of research, teaching and enterprise income.


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2023 - Winner of the British Academy of Management Best Paper Award  in the Human Resource Management SIG Track

2021 - Finalist in the Center for Management Consulting Excellence (CMCE) Research Awards

2020 - Finalist in the Centre for Management Consulting Excellence (CMCE) Research Awards

2017 – Winner of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Best Paper Award in the Entrepreneurship Track

2015 - Winner of  British Academy of Management  Best paper Award in the Operations, Supply Chain & Logistics Track

2013 – Nominated for Outstanding Lecturer of the year at the University of Southampton

2011 Inducted into Marquis' Who's Who in the World

2009 - ESRC Michael Young Early Career Researcher Award   – Shortlisted Finalist

2008 - Emerald Literati Award  – Outstanding Paper Award

2008 - Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award   – South West of England

2006 – Certified Management Consultant – Institute of Consulting



I have held external examiner roles in the following institutions:


Greenwich University:  2005 - 2009


Kings College London University:  2009 - 2012


Glasgow Caledonian University: 2010 - 2014


Northampton University: 2014 - 2018


University of Surrey: 2015 - 2019


University of Kent: 2020 - Present




I am a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) which is the ultimate accolade for consultants. My status as a Certified Management Consultant demonstrates my experience in delivering impartial, professional interventions and is an endorsement which illustrates that I meet the standards demanded for preferred supplier status.


I am a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting (FIC)


I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


I am a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI)


I am an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

Key Research Interests

Corporate Performance Management

My research is cross-disciplinary and centres around organisational performance management and is multi faceted. 


Industry 4.0 and Organisational Effectiveness within SMEs: 2020 onwards

I am working on a number of projects in the high performance precision engineering sector in disruptor companies as well as transitioning conventional companies into this new sphere.

Career and Creative Self-Efficacy: 2019 to date

In my role as Director of Employability for Norwich Business School, I have developed and implemented a strategy to improve employability prospects of our students. It includes several themes including embedding employability within the curriculum and promoting and developing self-efficacy within our students and alumni. This has opened up a rich vein of research with performance improvement implications and development of pedagogy. I am currently working on two projects in this area.

  • The first project is a literature review of creative and team self-efficacy
  • The second is a longitudinal study of student and alumni career self efficacy.

 Social Housing Bond Funding: 2014 to date

Since the GFC, housing associations have faced a rapidly changing environment. This project examines the increased use of capital markets to fund social housing provision and maintenance in the UK. The study seeks to investigate contemporary issues and challenges in this market as it evolves and adapts following the GFC, in addition to changes in welfare budgets and regulation. This research is being undertaken in collaboration with colleagues at Royal Hollloway, University of London, UK.

 Supply Chain Performance: 2011 - 2019

Completed a project on  lean supply chain performance within SMEs and Aerospace Prime Contractors. This project specifically looks at a multiple case study investigation within the defence aviation industry. The research was undertaken in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Kent, UK and the University of Padua, Italy.

 Leadership in Social Enterprises 2013 - 2017

Completed a project on  follower and leader behaviour in a dyadic study involving case studies in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada. The project was completed in 2017 with colleagues from Monash University, Deakin University and Swinburne University, Australia.

Award Winning Management Consulting Book Published in 2017 (Routledge)

Lead editor of edited book with colleagues from UEA, UK and Bradford University, UK. Included contributions from academics and international consultancy practices from around the world. Co-author of three chapters.

Management Consultancy Insights & Real Life Consultancy Projects  ISBN 978-1-4724-7929-7

Teaching Interests

I was the module Leader for the following modules:


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

NBSF7009X: Management Consultancy Projects - Full Time

NBSE7052X: Management Consultancy Projects - Exec

Master of Science (MSc)

NBS-7031X: Management Skills & Personal Development



Bachelor of Science (BSc)

NBS- 6010Y: Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management - Final Year UG


Visiting Academic Roles

University of Santo Tomas, Philippines 2019 - Present

University of Otago, New Zealand, 2013 - Present

University of Sofia, Bulgaria 2009 - Present

Bournemouth University, United Kingdom 2008 - 2012

BPP University, United Kingdom  2009 - 2011



Work History (Academia)

Current Post:

2020 - Present: Associate Professor, Zayed University, UAE 

2020 - Present: Visiting Academic Norwich Business School, UEA, UK


Former Posts:

2013 - 2020: Associate Professor, UEA, UK

2007 - 2013: Senior Fellow & Asst Dean, University of Southampton, UK

2000 -2007: Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University, UK


Work History (Industry)

1999 - Independant Management Consultant, Hampshire UK

2006 - 2012: Non-Executive Director Sequal Solutions Ltd, Social Enterprise, Dorset, UK

1996 - 1999: Spares Logistics Manager, Dickinson Legg Tobacco, Hampshire, UK

1993 - 1996: Project Planning Engineer, VT Group, Hampshire, UK

1988 -1993: Graduate Management Trainee, Area Outfit Manager, Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Ltd, Merseyside, UK



Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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