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Prof Matthias Beck

Matthias Beck


Cork University Business School
University College Cork
Cork University Business School ORCID profile


Matthias P. Beck, PhD (MIT), MUP March (Kansas), FRSA is Professor of Management at Cork University Business School, University College Cork.  Prof Beck joined UCC in 2017. Prior to coming to UCC he held professorial posts in public sector management at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of York in England, and a position as Professor of Risk Management at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Prof Beck has a keen interest in risk and health services research and is NIHR Journals Library Editor with the National Institute of Health Research, the main research funding and dissemination body of the UK National Health Service.


Risk and Risk Management

Health Management

Public Private Partnership

Public Sector Management


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Journal article

Year Publication
2018 EDGAR, V., BECK, M., BRENNAN, N. (2018). Impression management in annual report narratives: the case of the UK private finance initiative. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. Details
2019 MULCAHY, M., BECK, M., CARR, M., HOURIGAN, N. (2019). Novel approaches to the regulatory control of financial services providers: The importance of cultural context. British Accounting Review. Details
2016 SHEPPARD, G., BECK, M. (2016). The evolution of public–private partnership in Ireland: a sustainable pathway?. International Review of Administrative Sciences. Details
2018 MCGEOUGH, F., BECK, M. (2018). The failed implementation of performance management in Irish central government. Financial Accountability and Management. Details
2016 LINSLEY, P., LINSLEY, A., BECK, M., MOLLAN, S. (2016). Employing neo-Durkheimian institutional theory in cross-cultural accounting research. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. Details
2016 BECK, M. (2016). The risk implications of globalisation: An exploratory analysis of 105 major industrial incidents (1971–2010). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Details
2015 MELO, S., BECK, M. (2015). Intra and interorganizational learning networks and the implementation of quality improvement initiatives: The case of a Portuguese teaching hospital. Human Resource Development Quarterly. Details
2012 BECK, M. (2012). Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: a Canadian case-control study.. Details
2012 BECK, M. (2012). Chemical exposures of women workers in the plastics industry with particular reference to breast cancer and reproductive hazards.. Details
2013 BECK, M. (2013). The bright side of manufacturing-remanufacturing conflict in a decentralised closed-loop supply chain. International Journal of Production Research. Details
2012 BECK, M. (2012). UpLIFTIng PFI : does LIFT improve public-private procurement?.
2011 BECK, M. (2011). Accounting, regulation and profitability: The case of PFI hospital refinancing. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Details
2011 BECK, M. (2011). General practice after the introduction of the QOF. British Journal of Healthcare Management. Details
2011 BECK, M. (2011). Managing cultural diversity in healthcare partnerships: The case of LIFT. Details
2011 BECK, M. (2011). Regenerative medicine and New Labour life science policy: Rhetorics of success, narratives of sustainability and survival. Details
2010 BECK, M. (2010). Crucial silences: When accountability met PFI and finance capital. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Details
2010 BECK, M. (2010). New financial elites, or financial dualism in historical perspective? An extended reply to Folkman, Froud, Johal and Williams. Business History. Details
2008 BECK, M. (2008). NHS inquiries: A time series analysis. Public Money & Management. Details
2008 BECK, M. (2008). The shifting sands of uncertainty: Risk construction and BSE/vCJD. Details
2007 BECK, M. (2007). The failed promise of foreign direct investment: some remarks on ‘malign’investment and political instability in former Soviet states.
2007 BECK, M. (2007). The limitations of economic counterfactuals: The case of the Lancashire textile industry. Management and Organizational History. Details
2006 BECK, M. (2006). Chernobyl: Living with risk and uncertainty. Details
2006 BECK, M. (2006). Occupation and breast cancer: A Canadian case-control study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Details
2006 BECK, M. (2006). The economic costs of health service treatments for asbestos-related mesothelioma deaths. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Details
2005 BECK, M. (2005). Public administration, science, and risk assessment: A case study of the U.K. bovine spongiform encephalopathy crisis. Public Administration Review. Details
2004 BECK, M. (2004). Obstacles to the Evolution of Risk Management as a Discipline: Some Tentative Thoughts. Details
2004 BECK, M. (2004). End of Labour Quiescence-Industrial Unrest in Contemporary Lithuania, The. The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations.
2004 BECK, M. (2004). Evaluating train protection systems. Journal of the Operational Research Society. Details
2004 BECK, M. (2004). The Employment Relations Act 1999 and Partnership Union Recognition in Britain's Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. Industrial Relations Journal.
2004 WOOLFSON, C., BECK, M. (2004). Union recognition in Britain's offshore oil and gas industry: implications of the Employment Relations Act 1999. Industrial Relations Journal. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2338.2004.00318.x. Details
2003 BECK, M. (2003). Achieving best value in private finance initiative project procurement. Construction Management and Economics. Details
2003 BECK, M. (2003). Lithuania's new labour code: collective industrial action and the ILO.
2003 BECK, M. (2003). Obstacles to best value in nhs pfi projects: Evidence from two hospitals. Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services.
2003 WOOLFSON, C., BECK, M. (2003). Occupational health and safety in transitional Lithuania. Industrial Relations Journal, 34 (3), 241-259. doi: Details
2003 BECK, M. (2003). Outsourcing the Risk Analysis Function in Private Finance Initiative Projects. Journal of Construction Procurement.
2003 BECK, M. (2003). Problems and Limitations of Institutional Investor Participation in Corporate Governance. Corporate Governance: an international review. Details
2003 BECK, M. (2003). Scottish Local Authorities and the Procurement of Private Finance Initiative Projects: A Pattern of Developing Risk Management Expertise?. Details
2003 BECK, M., WOOLFSON, C. (2003). Teisė streikuoti Lietuvoje: kritinis komentaras. Pinig? studijos, 2, pp. 23-26.
2003 BECK, M. (2003). The UK financial sector and risk management in PFI projects: A survey. Public Money & Management. Details
2003 BECK, M., WOOLFSON, C., AUDRIUS, S. (2003). Workplace health and safety in pre-accession Lithuania: a survey. Policy and practice in health and safety, 1 (1), 59-81. doi:10.1111/1468-2338.00271. Details
2002 BECK, M. (2002). Exploring health, safety and environment in central and eastern Europe.
2002 BECK, M. (2002). Partnership, Value for Money and Best Value in PFI Projects: Obstacles and Opportunities. Public Policy and Administration. Details
2002 BECK, M. (2002). Remapping labour rights: The case of transitional Lithuania. Details
2002 BECK, M. (2002). The right to strike, labor market liberalization and the new labor code in pre-accession Lithuania. Details
2001 BECK, M. (2001). An economic analysis of the proposed reform of the law on involuntary manslaughter.
2001 BECK, M. (2001). Learning from disasters: an organisational memory management perspective.
2001 BECK, M. (2001). Teaching quality performance indicators – key influences on the UK universities’ scores. Quality Assurance in Education. Details
2001 BECK, M. (2001). The failure of hindsight revisited.
2000 WOOLFSON, C., BECK, M. (2000). The British Offshore Oil Industry after Piper Alpha. Details
2000 BECK, M., WOOLFSON, C. (2000). The regulation of health and safety in Britain: from old Labour to new Labour. Industrial Relations Journal. Details
2000 BECK, M. (2000). Afterword—Loaded Dice: Multinational Oil, Workers, and the State. Details
2000 BECK, M. (2000). Child labor. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Details
2000 BECK, M. (2000). Introduction: Social Responsibility and Big Oil—The Last Maginot Line?. Details
2000 BECK, M. (2000). Maintaining corporate dominance after decolonization: The 'first mover advantage' of Shell-BP in Nigeria. Review of African Political Economy. Details
2000 BECK, M. (2000). Unprotecting workers.
1999 BECK, M. (1999). Accidents at work: the Scottish anomaly.
1999 BECK, M. (1999). Safety culture-One concept too many-Matthias Beck and Charles Woolfson with a contentious viewpoint on a vogue item on the safety menu.
1998 BECK, M. (1998). Dualism in the German labor market? A nonparametric analysis with panel data. American Journal of Economics and Sociology. Details
1998 BECK, M., WOOLFSON, C., FOSTER, J. (1998). Oil multinationals:'citizens' or criminals? International Union Rights, 5 (1), pp. 22-23.
1998 BECK, M. (1998). Optimal standards of proof in anti-discrimination suits: A comparative analysis of US and UK doctrines. Management Research Review.
1998 BECK, M. (1998). Safety and the paper wall.
1996 BECK, M. (1996). The Evolution and Demise of the Postwar Concept of Job Quality: an Analysis of Theories of Employment Segmentation. Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. Details
1995 BECK, M. (1995). Public Policy Exemptions, Whistleblower Statutes, and Government Worker Layoffs: A Case of Adverse Effects?. Details
1994 BECK, M. P., ALLEN, J. G. (1994). Union Agendas and the Disintegration of Job Stability—an Institutional Perspective. Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. Details
2019 , BECK, M., BUCKLEY, J., O'REILLY, S. (2019). Managing pharmaceutical shortages: an overview and classification of policy responses in Europe and the USA. International Review of Administrative Sciences. Details
2019 CARR, M., BECK, M. P. (2019). Clinician responses to management control: Case evidence from a university hospital during the fiscal crisis. Financial Accountability & Management: in governments, public services and charities. Details
2020 BECK, M. (2020). The 2019/2020 Novel Corona Virus Outbreak: An International Health Management Perspective. The Open Public Health Journal. Details
2021 BECK, M., TOBIN, D., SHEPPARD, G. (2021). The 2020 Novel Corona Virus Outbreak: One Year On. The Open Public Health Journal. Details
2020 SHEPPARD, G., BECK, M. (2020). Stakeholder engagement and the future of Irish public–private partnerships. International Review of Administrative Sciences: an international journal of comparative public administration. Details
2003 WOOLFSON, C., BECK, M., AUDRIUS, S. (2003). Workplace health and safety in pre-accession lithuania: a survey. Policy and practice in health and safety, 1 (1), 59-81. doi:10.1080/14774003.2003.11667630. Details
2003 WOOLFSON, C., BECK, M. (2003). Occupational health and safety in transitional Lithuania. Industrial Relations Journal, 34 (3), 241-259. doi: Details
2003 BECK, M., WOOLFSON, C. (2003). Teisė streikuoti Lietuvoje: kritinis komentaras. Pinigų studijos, 2, pp. 23-26.


Year Publication
2015 AKINTOYE, A., BECK, M., KUMARASWAMY, M. (2015). Public Private Partnerships: A Global Review. Taylor and Francis Inc.. Details
2014 MELO, S., BECK, M. (2014). Quality Management and Managerialism in Healthcare. Palgrave Macmillan. Details
2014 BECK, M. (2014). Risk: A study of its origins, history and politics. World Scientific Publishing Co.. Details
2012 BECK, M. (2012). The elusive search for job security: A historical inquiry into dismissals in the US workplace. Nova Science Publishers.
2003 BECK, M. (2003). Public-Private Partnerships: Managing Risks and Opportunities. Managing Risks and Opportunities. Wiley Blackwell. Details
1997 WOOLFSON, C., FOSTER, J., BECK, M. (1997). Paying for the Piper: capital and labour in Britain's offshore oil industry. Routledge. Details
2009 AKINTOYE, A., BECK, M. (2009). Policy, Finance and Management for Public-Private Partnerships. Wiley-Blackwell. Details
1997 WOOLFSON, C., FOSTER, J., BECK, M. (1997). Paying for the Piper: capital and labour in Britain's offshore oil industry. Routledge.

Book chapter

Year Publication
2005 BECK, M. (2005). ‘Blind Bargaining’ and the Effects of Foreign Direct Investment on Recipient States: The Case of Post-Soviet and Eastern European Countries. Details
2015 BECK, M. (2015). An overview of public private partnerships. Routledge.
2015 BECK, M. (2015). Perspectives on the future of public private partnership in the UK. Routledge.
2015 BECK, M. (2015). Plastics Industry Workers and Breast Cancer Risk: Are We Heeding the Warnings?. UBC Press.
2014 BECK, M. (2014). Connected Health, Personalised Medicine and the End of Managerialism?. Palgrave Macmillan. Details
2014 BECK, M. (2014). Managerialism: A Historical Overview. Palgrave Macmillan. Details
2014 BECK, M. (2014). Models of Patient Safety and Critique. Palgrave Macmillan. Details
2014 BECK, M. (2014). Quality Management in Healthcare. Palgrave Macmillan. Details
2014 BECK, M. (2014). Risk in Medicine: Early Developments to the 1980s. Palgrave Macmillan. Details
2013 BECK, M. (2013). Does the UK Local Finance Improvement Trust (Lift) Initiative Improve Risk Management in Public-Private Procurement?. Nova Science Publishers.
2013 BECK, M. (2013). Foreign Direct Investment and Country Risk: Is There Evidence of Malign Investment in the Former Soviet States.
2013 BECK, M. (2013). Implementing Risk Management::A Study of Major Malaysian Corporations.
2012 BECK, M. (2012). Shackled States::Finance Capital and the Global Evolution of Public Private Partnerships. Taylor and Francis Inc..
2012 BROPHY, J. T., BECK, M., WATTERSON, A., KEITH, M. M., GILBERTSON, M. (2012). Farm work in Ontario and breast cancer risk. University of Toronto Press.
2013 BECK, M. (2013). Oil and Dependency::The Case of Kazakhstan. Nova Science Publishers.
2013 BECK, M. (2013). Risk in Private Finance Initiative Projects::A Public Sector Perspective. Nova Science Publishers.
2013 BECK, M. (2013). UK Public Private Partnerships and the Credit Crunch: A Case of Risk Contagion?. Nova Science Publishers.
2010 BECK, M. (2010). Beyond PFI: Procurement of public sector infrastructure and the evolving plurality of methods in the UK.
2009 BECK, M. (2009). Accounting Disclosure and Human Rights in the Oil Industry. Details
2009 BECK, M. (2009). Introduction: Perspectives on PPP Policy, Finance and Management. Details
2009 BECK, M. (2009). Obstacles to Accountability in PFI Projects.
2009 BECK, M. (2009). Refinancing and the Profitability of UK PFI Projects.
2005 BECK, M. (2005). Corporate social responsibility in the international oil industry.
2004 BECK, M. (2004). Contextualising Bank Failures. Details
2004 BECK, M. (2004). Loaded Dice: Multinational Oil, Due Process and the State.
2003 BECK, M. (2003). A Financial Perspective on Risk Management in Public-Private Partnership. Details
2003 BECK, M. (2003). A Framework for the Risk Management of Private Finance Initiative Projects. Details
2003 BECK, M. (2003). Private Finance Initiative Uptake in UK Local Authorities. Public?Private Partnerships: Managing Risks and Opportunities. Details
2000 BECK, M. (2000). The political economy of risk: Piper Alpha and the British offshore oil industry. Details
1999 BECK, M. (1999). The law and economics of dismissal regulation: a comparative analysis of the US and UK systems. Law and Economics and the Labour Market. Edward Elgar Publishing.
1996 BECK, M. (1996). Deregulation: the contemporary politics of health and safety.

Conference paper

Year Publication
2014 BECK, M. (2014). Falls Prevention at a Portuguese Teaching Hospital: A Case Study of a Non-Hierarchical, Employee-Centred Approach to Patient Safety.
2014 BECK, M. (2014). The UK PFI Policymaking Process::A Case of Punctuated Equilbria.
2010 BECK, M. (2010). The role of networks in improving patient safety – a case study.
2010 BECK, M. (2010). Improving patient safety through formal and informal learning.
2011 BECK, M. (2011). The Role of Physical Infrastructure in Patient Safety Improvement Initiatives:A Case Study.
2000 BECK, M. (2000). Offshore Risk Management: Myths, Worker Experiences and Reality. Proceeding.
2000 BECK, M. (2000). The Political Economy of Oil: Piper Alpha and the British Offshore Oil Industry. Proceeding. Details


Year Publication
1996 BECK, M. (1996). The law and economics of dismissal regulation: A comparative analysis of the US and UK systems.
1995 BECK, M., WOOLFSON, C. (1995). The Hidden Deregulation of Britain's Offshore Oil Industry. University of St Andrew's.

Edited book

Year Publication
2013 BECK, M. (2013). Understanding Risk: Contributions from the Journal of Risk and Governance.
1998 BECK, M. (1998). Piper Alpha Ten Years After.

Book review

Year Publication
2002 PRICE, L., BECK, M. (2002). Toxic Capitalism: Corporate Crime and the Chemical Industry. Risk Management. Details
1996 BECK, M., REIN, M. (1996). Labor's Capital: The Economics and Politics of Private Pensions. Labour Economics. Details

Conference abstract

Year Publication
2000 BECK, M. (2000). High-Tech Industry Expansion and Female Employment Conditions: A US Interstate Comparison.
2000 BECK, M. (2000). The Human Resource Implications for Call Centre Employees in Retail Financial Services.
1998 BECK, M. (1998). Employment insecurity and the law.

Conference poster

Year Publication
2010 BECK, M. (2010). Building safer systems through an accreditation process - a case study of an acute hospital.

Data set

Year Publication
2018 BECK, M. (2018). Hazardous Waste. Oxford Bibliographies Online Datasets. Details
2019 BECK, M. (2019). Technological and Hybrid Disasters. Oxford Bibliographies Online Datasets. Details


Year Publication
2002 BECK, M., DRENNAN, L., HIGGINS, A. (2002). Managing e-risk. Retrieved from Details
2010 BECK, M., TOMS, S., MANNION, R., BROWN, S., FITZSIMMONS, D., GREENER, I., LUNT, N. (2010). The Role and Effectiveness of Public – Private Partnerships (NHS LIFT) in the Development of Enhanced Primary Care Premises and Services:Report for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme. Retrieved from
2007 BECK, M., COOPER, C., COULSON, A., GORMAN, T., HOWIESON, S., MCCOURT, J. (2007). The ICL/Stockline Disaster: An Independent Report on Working Conditions Prior to the Explosion.
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