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Dr Paul Davis

Teaching Fellow, Senior Lecturer

Worcester Business School

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 2227

A critical scholar with wide-ranging research interests across social and organisational development. Current inquiries examine many aspects of the relationship between government, business and society. Published research focuses on institutional and organisational values, the relationship between people and machines acting in networks and the factors that go to make up effective performances. Planned research will explore causality in the evaluation of emerging systems.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Sustainable development; performance management; strategic management; policy studies.

Sociotechnical networks; institutionsand organisation; ownership, controland publicness.



PhD Political Economy
BA (Hons) Political Economy class 1



DAVIS, P and West, K What is the public value of government action? Towards a (new) pragmatic approach to values questions in public endeavours, Public Administration. Forthcoming. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2010.01847.x

DAVIS, P and West, K What do Public Values mean for public action? Putting public values in their plural place, American Review of Public Administration, 2009, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 602-618.

DAVIS, P, 'The Effectiveness of Relational Contracting in a Temporary Public Organisation: Intensive Collaboration between an English Local Authority and Private Contractors', Public Administration, 2007, Vol. 85, No. 2, pp. 383-404..

DAVIS, P 'The limits of realist evaluation: surfacing & exploring assumptions in assessing the Best Value performance regime', Evaluation, 2005, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 275-295.

DAVIS, P and Wright, P A. 'A Realist Evaluation Approach to Understanding the Best Value Review Process', Local Government Studies, 2004, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 423-440.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Current PhD Projects


Business and Public Policy
Business Ethics and Deontological Systems
Sustainable Development
Pragmatist approaches to Managing and Governing

Current student projects:

Is it the people or the processes that make shared services in local government work?