Nic Beech

+44 (0)1382 38 41 77
Vice-Principal (Provost)
Contact: Lynsey McIrvine (Personal Assistant)


Nic is Vice-Principal (Provost). He provides academic leadership and vision to the University’s Schools, with a particular focus on academic strategy, planning and performance.

He previously held the roles of Vice Principal, Dean of Arts and Head of the School of Management at the University of St Andrews. He has also been the Lead Fellow of the ESRC Advanced Institute of Management and Professor of Management at the University of Strathclyde.

His research interests are in change management and leadership and the construction of identity in the music industry, health, financial services and creative industries. His recent publications include three books published by Cambridge University Press: Managing Creativity (with B. Townley, 2010), Managing Change (with R. MacIntosh, 2012) and Organising Music (with C. Gilmore, 2015). His research has been funded by the ESRC, AHRC, EU, NESTA and industry partners. He has been a senior editor of the leading journal Organization Studies, is Co-chair of the International Conference on Organizational Discourse, and is the Chair of the British Academy of Management.

Nic is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the British Academy of Management, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Academy of Social Sciences.