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Dr Steven Parker

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Professional biography

Lecturer in Public Management in the Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE). Prior to joining the OU I worked in local government as a social worker and manager, and previously taught at INLOGOV, Birmingham University and De Montfort University. My teaching interests are public management, project management, and public services design.  

D.SocSci (Bristol); MA/CQSW (Leicester); BA Hons (Essex); PGCertHE; SFHEA.

I am chair of the MBA module 'Leadership and Management of Public Services' (BB852) and the apprenticeship work-based learning module 'Leadership in Practice' (BBXY876). I am also part of the delivery team for two undergraduate modules, 'Developing Leadership' (B208) and 'Leadership in a Changing World' (B329).

I am external examiner for undergraduate courses run by Norwich College/University of East Anglia and an INLOGOV Associate at the University of Birmingham.  

Research interests

Public management;

Public services;

Project studies.

Recent Conference Attendance

Social Outcomes Conference 2023 (SOC23); Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford (September 2023)



Leading for public value in multi-agency collaboration (2023-01)
Parker, Steven; Hartley, Jean; Beashel, Jim and Vo, Quoc
Public Policy and Administration, 38(1) (pp. 83-106)

After the applause: understanding public management and public service ethos in the fight against Covid - 19 (2023)
Shand, Rory; Parker, Steven; Liddle, Joyce; Spolander, Gary; Warwick, Lisa and Ainsworth, Susan
Public Management Review, 25(8) (pp. 1475-1497)

A typology of dis/value in public service delivery (2023)
Parker, Steven; Cluley, Victoria and Radnor, Zoe
Public Money & Management, 43(1) (pp. 8-16)

Editorial: Public value for all? Considering the parameters of public value co-creation (2023)
Cluley, Victoria; Parker, Steven and Radnor, Zoe
Public Money & Management, 43(1) (pp. 1-3)

New development: Expanding public service value to include dis/value (2021)
Cluley, Victoria; Parker, Steven and Radnor, Zoe
Public Money & Management, 41(8) (pp. 656-659)

Leading and recognizing public value (2019-06-27)
Hartley, Jean; Parker, Steven and Beashel, Jim
Public Administration, 97(2) (pp. 264-278)

New development: What is the meaning of philosophy for local government officers? (2019)
Parker, Steven
Public Money & Management, 39(3) (pp. 224-227)

New development: Reconnecting public service ethos and multi-agency collaboration. What are the possibilities and prospects for new local collaborative environments? (2016)
Parker, Steven
Public Money & Management, 36(1) (pp. 61-66)

Debate: Public service motivation, citizens and leadership roles (2015)
Parker, Steven
Public Money & Management, 35(5) (pp. 330-332)

Leading and recognizing public value (2024)
Hartley, J.; Parker, S. and Beashel, J.
In: Cook, B. J. ed. Challenges to Public Value Creation: Authority, Process, and Complexity
ISBN : 9783031460296 | Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan (In Press)

Understanding renewed Public Service Ethos (PSE) in public management: policy, purpose, and pedagogy (2022-11-18)
Shand, Rory; Parker, Steven and Elliott, Catherine
In: Diamond, John and Liddle, Joyce eds. Reimagining Public Sector Management: A New Age of Renewal and Renaissance?. Critical Perspectives on International Public Sector Management (pp. 103-112)
ISBN : 978-1802620221 | Publisher : Emerald

Elected Officials in an Era of Austerity: Stewards, Mediators, and Catalysts (2020-03-28)
Needham, C.; Mangan, C.; Bottom, K. and Parker, S.
In: Sullivan, H.; Dickinson, H. and Henderson, H. eds. The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant (pp. 1-19)
ISBN : 978-3-030-03008-7 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan, Cham

What Does Working in the Public Services Mean? Describing the public service ethos in practice (2016)
Parker, Steven
In: Lawton, Alan; van der Wal, Zeger and Huberts, Leo eds. Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A global research companion (pp. 239-256)
ISBN : 9780415725286 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon

Standardising multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASH): Building a framework to effectively identify and manage risk (2023-03-23)
Shorrock, Sarah; Parker, Steven; Addidle, Gareth; Dimelow, Mark; Liddle, Joyce; Martin, Douglas; Proctor, Tony and Olive, Philippa
Emerald Open Research

The Future of Local Councils (2023-01-25)
Giovannini, Arianna; Griggs, Steven; Jones, Alistair; Parker, Steven and Rose, Jonathan
The Society of Local Council Clerks

The Twenty-First Century Councillor – Lessons from the Literature (2016-10)
Parker, Steven; Bottom, Karin; Mangan, Catherine and Needham, Catherine
University of Birmingham

The 21st Century Councillor (2016-10)
Mangan, Catherine; Needham, Catherine; Bottom, Karin and Parker, Steven
University of Birmingham

Researching the values of participants attending strategic boards in public services: Semi-structured interviews, documentary research and observation (2015-01-01)
Parker, Steven
SAGE Publications Ltd