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Prof. Matthias Beck

Prof. Matthias Beck


Professor of Management

Room 2.07, O’Rahilly Building Management and Marketing Cork University Business School, University College Cork

+353 (0)21 490 3719


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



(2019) ‘Novel Approaches to the Regulatory Control of Financial Services Providers: The Importance of Cultural Context’
Mulcahy, M. , Beck, M., Carr, M. and Hourigan, N. British Accounting Review (accepted, 13 October 2018)

(2019) ‘Managing Pharmaceutical Shortages: An Overview and Classification of Policy Responses in Europe and the USA’
Beck, M., Buckley, J., O’Reilly, S. International Review of Administrative Sciences (accepted, 30 October 2018)

(2018) ‘Impression Management in Annual Report Narratives: The Case of the UK Private Finance Initiative’ Edgar, V., Beck, M., Brennan, N., Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal (accepted, 2 November 2017)

(2018)   ‘The Failed Implementation of Performance Management in Irish Central Government’ McGeogh, F. and Beck, M. Financial Accountability & Management (accepted, 14 November 2016) print version scheduled for August 2018, issue 34:3

(2016)   ‘The Evolution of Public Private Partnership in Ireland: A Sustainable Pathway?’ Sheppard, G. and Beck, M. International Review of Administrative Sciences Online First

(2016)   ‘The Risk Implications of Globalisation: An Exploratory Analysis of 105 Major Industrial Incidents (1971–2010)’ Beck, M. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,  13(3): 1-21, 30

(2016)   ‘Employing Neo-Durkheimian Institutional Research in Crosscultural Accounting Research,’ Linsley, P., Linsley. A., Beck, M., Simon, M. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal 29(8): 1270 – 1293

(2014)   ‘Intra and Inter-organisational Learning Networks and the Implementation of Quality Improvement Initiatives - The Case of a Portuguese Teaching Hospital,’ Melo, S. and Beck, M. Human Resource Development Quarterly 26(2): 155-183

(2013)   ‘The Bright Side of Manufacturing: Remanufacturing Conflict in a Decentralised Closed-Loop Supply Chain,’ Zhou, Y., Xiong, Y. Li, G., Xiong, Z., Beck, M. International Journal of Production Research 51(9): 2639-2651

(2012)   ‘Breast Cancer Risk in relation to Occupations with Exposure to Carcinogens and Endocrine Disruptors: a Canadian Case-Control Study,’ Brophy, J., Keith, M., Watterson, A., Park, R., Gilbertson, M., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Beck, M., Abu-Zahra, H., Schneider, K., Reinhartz, A., Dematteo, R., Luginaah I. Environmental Health 11(87): 1-17

(2012)   ‘Chemical Exposures of Women Workers in the Plastics Industry with Particular Reference to Breast Cancer and Reproductive Hazards,’ DeMatteo, R., Keith, M., Brophy, J., Wordsworth, A., Watterson, A., Beck, M., Ford, A., Gilbertson, M., Pharityal, J., Rootham, M., Scott, D. New Solutions 22(4): 427-448

(2011)   ‘Regenerative Medicine and New Labour Life Science Policy: Rhetoric's of Success, Narratives of Sustainability and Survival,’ Kewell, B. and Beck, M. Prometheus  29(2): 105-119

(2011)   ’General practice after the introduction of the QOF [Quality and outcomes framework]’ Al Yahya, M. and Beck, M. British Journal of Health Care Management 17(8): 345-352

(2011)   ‘Managing Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Partnerships: the Case of LIFT,’ Mannion, R. Brown, S., Beck, M., Lunt., N. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 25(65): 645-657

(2011)   ‘Accounting, Regulation and Profitability: The case of PFI Hospital Refinancing” Critical Perspectives on Accounting,’  Critical Perspectives on Accounting 22(7): 668-681

(2010)   ‘Crucial Silences: When Accountability met PFI and Finance Capital,’ Asenova, D. and Beck, Critical Perspective on Accounting, 21(2): 1-13

(2010)   ‘New Financial Elites, or Financial Dualism in Historical Perspective? An Extended Reply to Folkman, Froud, Johal and Williams,’ Beck, M. Business History, 52 (7): 1027-1047

(2008)   ‘NHS Inquiries: A Time-Series Analysis’ Kewell, B. and Beck, M. Public Money and Management 28(6): 375-382

(2008)   ‘UpLIFTing PFI: Does LIFT Improve Public-private Procurement?’ Fitzsimmons, D, Beck, M., Toms, S., Brown, S., Mannion, R., N. Lunt The Systemist, 30(2): 117-136

(2008)   ‘The Shifting Sands of Uncertainty: Risk Construction and BSE/vCJD,’ Kewell, B. and Beck, M. Health Risk & Society 10(2): 133-148                                                                                                                   

(2007)   ‘The Limitations of Economic Counter-Factuals: The Case of the Lancashire Textile Industry,’ Toms, S., Beck, M.  Management and Organizational History, 2(4): 315-330

(2006)   ‘Occupation and Breast Cancer: A Canadian Case-control study,’ Brophy, J., Keith, M., Gorey, K., Luginaah, I., Laukkanen, E., Hellyer, D., Reinhartz, A., Watterson, A., Abu-Zahra, H., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Schneider, K., Beck, M., Gilbertson, M. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences  1076: 765 – 777

(2006)   ‘Chernobyl: Living with Risk and Uncertainty,’ Abbott, P., Wallace, C., Beck, M., Health Risk and Society 8(2): 105-121

(2006)   ‘The Economic Costs Of Health Service Treatments for Asbestos-Related Mesothelioma Deaths,’ Watterson, A., Gorman, T., Malcolm, C., Robinson, M., Beck, M           Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1076: 871 – 881

(2005)   ‘Public Administration, Science and Risk Assessment: A Case Study of the U.K. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Crisis,’ Beck, M., Asenova, D., Dickson, G. Public Administration Review  65(4): 396-408 (winner of the Marshall Dimock award for best lead article published in PAR in 2005)

(2004)   ‘Obstacles to Best Value in NHS PFI Projects: Evidence from two Hospital Projects’ Asenova, D., Beck, M., Akintoye, A., Hardcastle, C., Chinyio, E., Journal of Finance and Management in the Public Secto 4(1): 33-50

(2004)   ‘Evaluating Train Protection Systems,’ Riddington, J., Beck, M., Cowie, J. Journal of the Operations Research Society, 55(6): 606-613.

(2003)   ‘Partnership, Value for Money and Best Value in PFI Projects: Obstacles and Opportunities,’ Asenova, D., Beck, M., Akintoye, A., Hardcastle, C., Chinyio, E.  Public Policy and Administration  17(4): 5-20                                                                            

(2003)   ‘Best Value In Private Finance Initiative Project Procurement,’ Construction Management and Economics  21(2): 461-470

(2003)   ‘Outsourcing The Risk Analysis Function In Private  Finance Initiative Projects,’  Akintoye, A. Hardcastle, C. Beck, M., Chinyio, E., Asenova, D., Journal of Construction Procurement 9(1): 15-30

(2003)   ‘The UK Financial Sector and Risk Management in PFI Projects: A Survey,’ Asenova, D., and M. Beck Public Money and Management 23(3): 195-203                      

(2003)   ‘Scottish Local Authorities and the Procurement of Private Finance Initiative Projects: A Pattern of  Developing Risk Management Expertise,’ Asenova, D. and Beck, M. Public Works Management and Policy 8(1): 11-27

(2003)   ‘Occupational Health and Safety in Transitional Lithuania,’ Woolfson, C. and Beck, M. Industrial Relations Journal 34(3): 241-260.



(2018) ‘Hazardous Waste,’ Beck, M. Oxford Bibliographies in Environmental Science,  ed. Wohl, E. New York: Oxford University Press


(2017)   Risk and the Politics of Public Health: A Critical Review, Beck, M., Singapore and London: World Scientific Publishing/Imperial College Press (ca 300 pgs., forthcoming)

(2014)   Quality Management and Managerialism in Healthcare. A Critical Historical Survey, Melo, S. and Beck, M., London: Palgrave Macmillan (217 pgs.).

(2014)   Risk: A Study of Origins, History and Politics, Beck, M. and Kewell, B., Singapore and London: World Scientific Publishing/Imperial College Press (318 pgs.)

(2012)   The Elusive Search for Job Security: A Historical Inquiry into Dismissals in the United States Workplace, Beck, M., New York: Nova Science Publications (147 pgs.)

(2005)   Paying for the Piper: Capital and Labour in Britain's Offshore Oil Industry, Woolfson, C., Foster, J., Beck, M., London: Routledge (470 pgs.) re-print of 1996 book.


(2016)   Public Private Partnership: An International Review, Akintoye, A., Beck, M., Kumaraswamy, M., Abingdon: Taylor and Francis (432 pgs)

(2013)   Understanding Risk: Recent Contributions from the Journal of Risk and Governance, Beck. M. New York: Nova Science Publications (220 pgs.)

(2013)   Understanding Risk: Contributions from the Journal of Risk and Governance, Beck. M. New York: Nova Science Publications (323 pgs.)

(2008)   Policy, Management and Finance of Public-Private Partnerships, Akintoye, A., Beck, M., Oxford, New York: Wiley-Blackwell (504 pgs.)

(2004)   Corporate Social Responsibility Failures in the Oil Industry,  Woolfson, C. and Beck, M., Amityville: Baywood Publishers, London: Routledge (170 pgs.)

(2003)   Public Private Partnerships: Managing Risks and Opportunities, Akintoye, A., Beck, M., Hardcastle, C., Oxford: Blackwell  Science (448 pgs.)