Professor Martin Kitchener

Dean and Head of School
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Professor Martin Kitchener BSc (Econ) Hons MBA PhD has served as Dean and Head of Cardiff Business School since October 2012. In addition to exercising his responsbility for the strategic direction and leadership of the School, Martin continues to conduct research, teach, and supervise students.

Martin’s academic research concentrates on issues of organisation, performance, and policy in health and social care. In the UK, he has led externally-funded studies of settings including hospitals, residential children’s care, and mental health. Martin is currently leading a major NHS SDO-funded study of organisational features associated with the successful implementation of hospital patient safety/improvement initiatives.

Between 1999 and 2007, Martin worked at the University of California (Berkeley and San Francisco) where he studied the organisation of long-term care, academic health centres, and dentistry. The outputs of his research are published widely and have had considerable impact on practice and policy.

Teaching profile

  • Management Theory & Practice, BSc Econ, Module Leader
  • Strategic Leadership, MPA, Module Leader

Research interests

  • Public sector management and policy
  • Health care organisation and performance
  • Patient safety
  • The organisation of long-term care
  • Professional work control
  • Organisation theory
  • Social movement studies.

Current Research Funding

2011-14, Kitchener, M. (PI), J. Waring, and A. Herepath. Hospital Patient Safety: A Realist Analysis. National Institute for Health Research Service, Delivery and Organisation (SDO) £322,829.

2010-13, J. Gray (PI), M. Kitchener et al. Registered Research Group in Patient Safety. Welsh Assembly Government £375,000.

2008-12, Kitchener, M., Consultant (C. Harrington, P.I.). Meeting the Nation's Needs for Personal Assistance Services: Center for Personal Assistance Services. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, $40,000 (from $4.5 million).

Research projects

Martin led, or is currently leading the following projects:

Duration: 30th September 2011 to 31st December 2013
Sponsored by National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health
Award type: Research

Martin has contributed, or is currently contributing to the following projects:

Healthcare Management: The management of patient safety

Duration: 30th April 2010 to 29th April 2012
Sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Led by Professor Rick Delbridge with Professor Martin Kitchener, Dr W Fear (formerly Cardiff Business School)
Award type: ESRC Management and Business Development Fellowship

Related news stories

Professor Martin Kitchener at the Shanghai alumni event

Thursday 27th February 2014

The Dean of Cardiff Business School, Professor Martin Kitchener, Associate Dean of Engagement Professor Kent Matthews and Alumni Relations and Communications Officer Laura Stephenson visited China in December 2013 and hosted alumni events in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai.

Tuesday 1st October 2013

Three members of Cardiff Business School received significant honours at this year’s British Academy of Management (BAM) conference, hosted by the University of Liverpool Management School.

Assembly Member and Cardiff Business School Dean Join Forces for Wales

Tuesday 30th April 2013

Vaughan Gething AM and Cardiff Business School's Dean, Professor Martin Kitchener, have joined forces to share their experiences and knowledge for the benefit of the University, for the local community and for Wales.


Additional activities

  • 2007-2013 External Examiner, Nottingham University, MBA in Public Services
  • 2000-2007 Professor, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2003 Services Employees International Union (SEIU), Research Recognition Award
  • 1999-2000 Harkness Research Fellowship in Health Policy at University of California, Berkeley
  • 1990-1993 Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Management Teaching Fellow

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