Cardiff Business School People

Professor Rick Delbridge

Academic Lead for SPARK and University Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise
Professor of Organizational Analysis

+44 (0) 29 208 76644
F42, Aberconway Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Rick is the Dean of Research, Innovation and Engagement at Cardiff University. He is also academic lead for the Social Science Research Park (SPARK)

He is co author of the Nesta paper Social Science Parks - society's new super-labs. A discussion between Rick and co author Adam Price is available on the Cardiff University YouTube channel.

  • PhD
  • BSc (Econ)

Teaching commitments

  • Doctoral programme teaching and supervision

Research interests

  • organisation
  • Innovation
  • Organization
  • Work
  • Employment Relations
  • Japanese Management
  • Systems of Exchange - a resource for social science and management researchers, instructors, and students. It provides an introduction to an analytical framework for thinking about economic action and decision-making from a sociological perspective
  • Projects completed for Advanced Institute of Management Research

Rick has led the following projects

Meiji Research Fieldtrip

1 February 2013 to 28 February 2013

Sponsored by Meiji University

Led by Professor Rick Delbridge

Award type: Research

Healthcare Management: The management of patient safety

30 April 2010 to 29 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

Rick has contributed to the following projects

SKOPE Centre: Workers in the Knowledge Economy

30 September 2008 to 29 September 2013

Sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council

Led by Prof G Rees (Cardiff School of Social Sciences) with Professor Rick Delbridge, Prof E Keep (Cardiff School of Social Sciences)

Award type: Research

Cardiff Business Research Post

31 December 2010 to 30 December 2012

Sponsored by Cardiff County Council

Led by with Professor Rick Delbridge

Award type: Research

PhD supervision research interests

  • Organisation in theory and practice
  • Organization in theory and practice
  • Workplace employment relations

Book review: Reassessing the Employment Relationship

Thursday 6 March 2014

A book written and edited by Cardiff Business School academics has been reviewed by Brian Harney of Dublin City University Business School.

Recognition of Cardiff researcher's contribution to employee engagement in practice

Monday 27 January 2014

Employee Engagement in Theory and Practice, a book jointly edited by Professor Rick Delbridge, has won Best Engagement Book, 2013.

Business School Professors contribute to new book on employee engagement

Friday 1 November 2013

Professor Rick Delbridge and Honorary Professor Tom Keenoy are both featured in Employee Engagement in Theory and Practice

Editorial work

  • Associate editor, Academy of Management Review

Editorial board member

  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Organisation Studies

Media contributions

Professor Delbridge giving a presentation on management practices for a Advanced Institute of Management and Chartered Institute of Management event.

He was also involved in putting together Making the Case for Management for the Academy of Social Sciences.

Further information about Professor Delbridge's media work can be found on his expertise page.


  • Academician, Academy of Social Sciences
  • Academy of Management
  • Association of Business Schools Research Committee
  • British Academy of Management
  • Council of Society for the Advancement of Management Studies
  • European Group for organisation Studies