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Neil Stott

Faculty (Professor level) in Management Practice
Director of the Master of Studies in Social Innovation Programme
Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation
Fellow and Director of Studies in Management Studies at Lucy Cavendish College

BA (Bradford University), PG Cert (Anglia Ruskin University), MSt (University of Cambridge), DProf (Middlesex University)

Research interests

Social and community innovation; organisational socialisation; organisation and institutions; social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and extrapreneurship.

Subject group: Organisational Theory & Information Systems

Professional experience

Neil Stott was Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust until April 2015. Keystone is one of the largest development trusts in the country delivering community development, social enterprises and property development.

Neil is a Fellow of the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, a Fellow in Clayton State University’s Center for Social Innovation & Sustainable Entrepreneurship, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University, Newfoundland.

Previous appointments

Previously Neil was Head of Community Development at Canterbury City Council, Principal Officer (Community) at Cambridge City Council, a Senior Associate of Locality’s consultancy, and a youth and community worker for a number of children’s charities including Mencap, Elfrida Rathbone and Contact-a-Family in London.

Neil has managed a wide variety of public and social sector services including community safety, racial harassment investigations, race equality, grants, tenant participation and children, youth and community projects.

Neil has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (SFIPM), and a Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University.

Awards & honours

  • University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award, 2017

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Neil Stott’s publications. Please see the “Selected publications” tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Prieto, L.C., Phipps, S.T.A., Giugni, L. and Stott, N. (2021) “Teaching (cooperative) business: the ‘Bluefield experiment’ and the future of Black business schools.” Academy of Management Learning and Education (DOI: 10.5465/amle.2020.0127) (published online Jun 2021)

Stott, N. and Fava, M. (2020) “Challenging racialized institutions: a history of black and minority ethnic housing associations in England between 1948 and 2018.” Journal of Management History, 26(3): 315-333 (DOI: 10.1108/JMH-08-2019-0053)

Stewart, J., Giugni, L. and Stott, N. (2019) “Equality in the US military: men may be sensitive after all.” In: Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society Biennial Conference, 8-10 November 2019, Reston, VA, USA.

Stott, N., Fava, M. and Slawinski, N. (2019) “Community social innovation: taking a long view on community enterprise.” In: George, G., Baker, T., Tracey, P. and Joshi, H. (eds.) Handbook of inclusive innovation: the role of organizations, markets and communities in social innovation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.145-166

Stott, N. and Tracey, P. (2018) “Organizing and innovating in poor places.” Innovation: Organization and Management, 20(1): 1-17 (DOI: 10.1080/14479338.2017.1358093)

Tracey, P. and Stott, N. (2017) “Social innovation: a window on alternative ways of organizing and innovating.” Innovation: Organization and Management, 19(1): 51-60 (DOI: 10.1080/14479338.2016.1268924)

Journal articles

Stott, N. and Tracey, P. (2007) “Between a rock and a hard place? Exploring the strategic tensions experienced by development trusts.” Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services, 6(3): 45-56

Tracey, P. and Stott, N. (2017) “Social innovation: a window on alternative ways of organizing and innovating.” Innovation: Organization and Management, 19(1): 51-60 (DOI: 10.1080/14479338.2016.1268924)

Stott, N. and Tracey, P. (2018) “Organizing and innovating in poor places.” Innovation: Organization and Management, 20(1): 1-17 (DOI: 10.1080/14479338.2017.1358093)

Stott, N. and Fava, M. (2020) “Challenging racialized institutions: a history of black and minority ethnic housing associations in England between 1948 and 2018.” Journal of Management History, 26(3): 315-333 (DOI: 10.1108/JMH-08-2019-0053)

Prieto, L.C., Phipps, S.T.A., Giugni, L. and Stott, N. (2021) “Teaching (cooperative) business: the ‘Bluefield experiment’ and the future of Black business schools.” Academy of Management Learning and Education (DOI: 10.5465/amle.2020.0127) (published online Jun 2021)

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Wiles, C., Stott, N., Holman, D., Schneider, C. and Collis, A. (2008) Migrants on the move: migrant workers, growth and housing in the eastern region. Thetford: Keystone Development Trust.

Stott, M., Stott, N. and Wiles, C. (2009) Learning from the past? Building community in new towns and growth areas. Thetford: Keystone Development Trust.

Collis, A., Stott, N. and Ross, D. (2010) Workers on the move 2: European migrant workers and health in the UK: a review of the issues. Thetford: Keystone Development Trust.

Collis, A., Stott, N. and Ross, D. (2010) Workers on the move 3: European migrant workers and health in the UK. Thetford: Keystone Development Trust Publications.

Collis, A., Stott, N., Crozier R. and Martin, K. (2011) Work matters: work, worklessness and community: a review of the issues. Thetford: Keystone Development Trust Publications.

Stott, N. and Longhurst, N. (2011) “Big society and poor places.” In: Stott, M. (ed.) The big society challenge. Thetford: Keystone Development Trust Publications, pp.100-111

Book chapters

Stott, N., Fava, M. and Slawinski, N. (2019) “Community social innovation: taking a long view on community enterprise.” In: George, G., Baker, T., Tracey, P. and Joshi, H. (eds.) Handbook of inclusive innovation: the role of organizations, markets and communities in social innovation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.145-166

Stott, N., Fava, M., Brenton, J. and Slawinski, N. (2021) “Partnerships and place: the role of community enterprise in cross-sector work for sustainability.” In: George, G., Haas, M., Joshi, H., McGahan, A. and Tracey, P. (eds.) Handbook on the business of sustainability: the organization, implementation, and practice of sustainable growth. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (forthcoming)

Conference papers

Stott, N. (2010) “Anticipating military work: digital games as a source of anticipatory socialization?” In: Annual Conference of the British International Studies Association Working Group on US Foreign Policy (5th), 14-15 September 2010, Leeds University, Leeds, UK.

Stott, N., Fava, M., Tracey, P. and Claus, L. (2018) “Playing well with others? Community cross-sector work in poor places.” In: Re-thinking Cross-Sector Social Innovation Conference, 6-7 April 2018, Social Innovation and Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Giugni, L., Stott, N. and Vona, R. (2018) “A social enterprise in Gomorrah-land: a tale of radical cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation management.” In: Transformative business strategies and new patterns for value creation: Sinergie-SIMA Conference, 14-15 June 2018, Venice, Italy.

Stott, N., Fava, M., Tracey, P. and Claus, L. (2018) “Leading urgent acts of categorisation: the construction of ‘community anchor organizations’.” In: Leading Social Innovation Symposium, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 10-14 August 2018, Chicago, IL, USA.

Stott, N. and Fava, M. (2018) “Researching community social organizing.” In: Development Trust Association Scotland Conference, 2-3 September 2018, Aberdeen, UK.

Stewart, J., Giugni, L. and Stott, N. (2019) “Equality in the US military: men may be sensitive after all.” In: Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society Biennial Conference, 8-10 November 2019, Reston, VA, USA.

Prieto, L., Phipps, S., Stott, N. and Giugni, L. (2021) “Teaching cooperative entrepreneurship: insights from Black history.” In: United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) conference, 5-8 January 2021, Online.

Saravanos, A.,  Zervoudakis, S.,  Zheng, D., Stott, N., Hawrluk, B. and Delfino, D. (2021) “The hidden cost of using Amazon Mechanical Turk for research.” In: Human-Computer Interaction International Conference, 24-29 June 2021, Washington, DC, USA.

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First of its kind

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Broadening perspectives

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Training people in Scotland to be community organisers

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Seven decades on

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Enterprising fellows

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Handy inclusion

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Social engagement

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Beneficial charging of beneficiaries

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Radical cultural entrepreneurship

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Social innovation, over time

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Addressing poverty through social innovation

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Vice-Chancellor’s awards 2017

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Organising ‘social innovation’

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Dealing with stigma in social enterprise

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‘Standing up for organisational principles’ in the face of stigma

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Generous social incubator donation

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Why social innovation must go beyond the social sector

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Cambridge Social Ventures

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Social innovation

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Revolutionary fervour

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The road to social change

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Dealing with the bureaucracy bogeyman

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New Cambridge Judge Business School centre seeks Honorary Fellows

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Charities: the pay debate

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The challenges for social enterprise

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Neil Stott joins Cambridge Judge Business School to teach social innovation

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Social enterprise in the field

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Cambridge Judge Business School supports regional development trust in inspirational work with students

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BME National: A history of BME housing associations

A new study from Cambridge Judge Business School examines how Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) housing associations in England developed and evolved…

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Gazette: Cambridge fellows

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My Science: The social enterprise greenhouse that helps businesses bloom

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Expartibus: The University of Naples meets academics from Cambridge Judge Business School

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Business Weekly: University honours new Cambridge ideas changing the world

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Innovation for innovation

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Standing up for organisational principles in the face of stigma

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City AM: The social impact MBA watershed: What is driving tomorrow’s business leaders?

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The Huffington Post: Welcome to the values revolution

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Growth Business: More than half of millennials would work harder if employer ‘was making a difference to others’

The new report published by Global Tolerance finds that millennials (those born between born between 1981 and 1996) would work harder for…

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The Guardian: It’s not just millennials: nearly half of Brits want jobs that change the world

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The Centre for Social Innovation blog: Public sector dinosaur

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Cambridge Network: Turning mission into reality – the Centre for Social Innovation website goes live

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Cambridge Network: Neil Stott joins CJBS to teach social innovation

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Contact details

Neil Stott
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 761825

[email protected]

@stott_n