Prof. Steve Cropper

Title: Professor of Management
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 7 34511
Email: s.a.cropper@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellor's Building : CBA 1.060
Role: Director of Professional Doctorate Programmes and MRes
Subject Lead EdD
Research Cluster Lead (Public Policy)
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Born in Canada, raised in Redhill, Surrey, and schooled in Croydon, I read Town and Regional Planning at Dundee University, graduating in 1980, and completed a PhD in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University.  Research into decision support methods followed, first in the Operational Research Group and Sussex University and then in the Department of Management Science at Strathclyde University. I joined Keele in 1991 as a Lecturer in Management in the Centre for Health Planning and Management. Having led and taught on MBAs in Health and Education since then, I now focus on research training, leading the MRes Social Sciences and a suite of Professional Doctorates, which includes the EdD.  I am Academic Adviser to Partners in Paediatrics, a regional association of children’s health services providers, was inaugural Chair of the NHS Research for Patient Benefit Grants Committee for the West Midlands (2007-2011), and chaired the Governance Committee of an Educational Partnership (2011- ).  

My research interests are in:

  •   the organization and governance of public services, and especially children’s services;
  •   inter-organisational relations – partnerships, alliances, networks, and meta-organization;
  •   public and community engagement in public policy and public services.

These are reflected in long-term projects funded by central and local agencies to evaluate and support a) partnership as a means of addressing health inequalities and promoting community health and wellbeing and b) the improved organisation of children’s health services through the development of managed clinical networks and other forms of integrated care.

 I am co-investigator on an evaluation (2016-17) of a programme of interventions to develop inter-agency capacities to prevent child sexual exploitation in Staffordshire, led by Staffordshire Police. My colleague Dr Sam Weston is PI and Professor Ronnie Lippens is also a Co-I.

Recent doctoral completions include:

  • Usman Zafar - An exploration of value creation and realization in managed clinical networks: a comparison between voluntary and mandated networks. (2015)
  • Tarry Asoka - The Feasibility of Clinical Networks in Nigeria. (2016)
  • Ken Mawomo - The Dynamics of Community Participation: Evidence from Practice. (2015)

I am first supervisor to eight continuing doctoral candidates in areas including:  educational leadership; knowledge use in health and social care; social worker identities in the field of child protection; the adequacy of incident investigation procedures in health care; health policy borrowing  (UK from US); the lay care coordinator role; and GP implementation of patient choice.

Selected Publications:

  • Cropper, S.A., Ebers, M. & Ring, P.S. (Eds) (2013) Major Work: Inter-organizational Relations. 5 Vols. 2000pp. London Sage
  • Spencer A, Ewing C, Cropper S. 2013. Making sense of strategic clinical networks. ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD, vol. 98(11), 843-845. link> doi>
  • Cropper SA, Ebers M, Huxham C, Ring PS. 2011. Packing more punch? Developing the field of inter-organisational relations. International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, vol. 2(3), 153-170. doi>
  • Carlisle S and Cropper SA. 2009. Investing in lay researchers for community-based health action research: implications for research, policy and practice. Critical Public Health, vol. 19(1), 59-70. doi>
  • Cropper SA and Palmer I. 2008. Change, dynamics and temporality. In The Oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations. Cropper S, Ebers M, Huxham C (Eds.). Oxford University Press, USA. 

Selected Publications

  • Ewing CI, Cropper SA, Horsburgh TB. 2016. Developing, implementing and evaluating integrated care models for infants, children, young people and their families. Arch Dis Child, vol. 101(9), 781-782. link> doi>
  • Spencer A, Ewing C, Cropper S. 2013. Making sense of strategic clinical networks. Arch Dis Child, vol. 98(11), 843-845. link> doi>
  • Cropper SA, Ebers M, Huxham C, Ring PS. 2011. Packing more punch? Developing the field of inter-organisational relations. International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, vol. 2(3), 153-170. doi>
  • Carlisle S and Cropper SA. 2009. Investing in lay researchers for community-based health action research: implications for research, policy and practice. Critical Public Health, vol. 19(1), 59-70. doi>
  • Cropper SA and Palmer I. 2008. Change, dynamics and temporality. In The Oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations. Cropper S, Ebers M, Huxham C (Eds.). Oxford University Press, USA.

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Books

  • CROPPER SA, Ebers M, Huxham CS, Smith PR. 2008. Handbook of inter-organisational relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • CROPPER SA, Porter A, Williams G, Carlisle S, Moore R, O'Neill M, Roberts C, Snooks H. 2007. Community health and wellbeing:action research on health inequalities. Policy Press. link>

Journal Articles

  • Ewing CI, Cropper SA, Horsburgh TB. 2016. Developing, implementing and evaluating integrated care models for infants, children, young people and their families. Arch Dis Child, vol. 101(9), 781-782. link> doi>
  • Spencer A, Ewing C, Cropper S. 2013. Making sense of strategic clinical networks. Arch Dis Child, vol. 98(11), 843-845. link> doi>
  • Cropper SA, Ebers M, Huxham C, Ring PS. 2011. Packing more punch? Developing the field of inter-organisational relations. International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, vol. 2(3), 153-170. doi>
  • Carlisle S and Cropper SA. 2009. Investing in lay researchers for community-based health action research: implications for research, policy and practice. Critical Public Health, vol. 19(1), 59-70. doi>
  • CROPPER SA, Ashton R, Brandreth M, Hague L. 2005. A simulation-based study of a NHS Walk-in Centre. Journal of the Operational Research Society, vol. 56(2), 153-161. doi>
  • CROPPER SA and Spencer A. 2004. Establishing managed clinical networks in paediatric services: experience of partners in paediatrics. Current Paediatrics, vol. 14(4), 347-353. doi>
  • CROPPER SA, Hopper A, Spencer SA. 2002. Managed Clinical Networks: multi-lateral collaboration. Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 87, 1-4. doi>
  • Knight T, Smith J, CROPPER SA. 2001. Developing sustainable collaborations: learning from theory and practice. Primary health care research and development, vol. 2, 139-148. doi>
  • Spencer A and Cropper S. 2001. Partners in paediatrics a model for future service provision. Midland Medicine, 116-120.
  • Cropper S, Freeman B, Hopper A, Spencer A. 2001. Partners in paediatrics developing in collaborative strategic planning framework for improvement in paediatric and child health service. journal of integrated care pathways, 18-19.
  • Spencer SA and CROPPER SA. 2001. Partners in paediatrics: A model for future service provision. Midlands Medicine, vol. 3(22), 116-120.
  • Cropper S. 2000. When things go wrong: Organizational failures and breakdowns. HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, vol. 8(2), 151-152. link> doi>
  • Ong BN, Boaden M, Cropper S. 1997. Analysing the medicine-management interface in acute trusts. J Manag Med, vol. 11(2-3), 88-95. link> doi>
  • HUXHAM C and CROPPER S. 1994. FROM MANY TO ONE, AND BACK - AN EXPLORATION OF SOME COMPONENTS OF FACILITATION. OMEGA-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE, vol. 22(1), 1-11. link> doi>
  • ROSENHEAD JV, CROPPER S, GREGORY EW, MANGHAM I. 1993. THE NATURE OF PROBLEM-SOLVING INTERVENTIONS - DISCUSSION SUMMARY. JOURNAL OF THE OPERATIONAL RESEARCH SOCIETY, vol. 44(6), 579-583. link>
  • ACKERMANN F, CROPPER S, EDIN C. 1993. THE ROLE OF DECISION-SUPPORT IN INDIVIDUAL-PERFORMANCE REVIEW. IFIP TRANSACTIONS A-COMPUTER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol. 26, 43-55. link>
  • EDEN C, ACKERMANN F, CROPPER S. 1992. THE ANALYSIS OF CAUSE MAPS. JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES, vol. 29(3), 309-324. link>

Chapters

  • Cropper SA and Palmer I. 2008. Change, dynamics and temporality. In The Oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations. Cropper S, Ebers M, Huxham C (Eds.). Oxford University Press, USA.
  • Cropper SA, Ebers M, Huxham CS, Smith PR. 2008. Introducing Inter-organizational relations. In The Oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations. Cropper S, Ebers M, Huxham C (Eds.). Oxford University Press, USA.
  • Carlisle S and Cropper SA. 2008. Investing in lay researchers for community-based health action research: implications for research, policy and practice. In The Oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations. Cropper S, Ebers M, Huxham C (Eds.). Oxford University Press, USA.
  • Cropper SA, Ebers M, Huxham CS, Smith PR. 2008. The field of inter-organizational relations: a jungle or an Italian garden?. In The Oxford handbook of inter-organizational relations. Cropper S, Ebers M, Huxham C (Eds.). Oxford University Press, USA.
  • CROPPER SA, Snooks H, Evans A, Pinder J, Shales K. 2007. Action research partnerships: contributing to evidence and intelligent change. In Community Health and Wellbeing: Action Research on Health Inequalities. al SCE (Ed.). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • CROPPER SA and Goodwin M. 2007. 'Policy experiments': policy making, implementation and learning. In Community Health and WEllbeing: Action Research on Health Inequalities. al SCE (Ed.). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • CROPPER SA and Stone G. 2003. Structure, process and texture in the development of 'equal partnership' relationships- a case of a partnership for neighbourhood regeneration. In Co-creating emergent insight: multi-organisational partnerships, alliances and networks. Hibbert P (Ed.). Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.
  • CROPPER SA, Forte P, Boldy D. 2002. Enhancing collaborative health services planning and management: the role of decision support systems. In Evidence-based management in health care: the role of decision support systems. Boldy D, Braithwaite J, Forbes I (Eds.). Sydney: University of New South Wales.
  • CROPPER SA. 2001. Changing Institutional Frameworks: Formalisation as a Means of Institutionalising Collaborative Activity. In Organisational Behaviour in Health Care . Ashburner L (Ed.). Palgrave Macmillan.

Other

  • CROPPER S, GREENSALL J, FORTE P, SPENCER SA. 2004. Managed Clinical Networks in Paediatric Care: Organisational Conditions and Development Issues. 5th International Integrated Care Conference 2004.
  • ACKERMANN F, CROPPER S, EDIN C. 1993. THE ROLE OF DECISION-SUPPORT IN INDIVIDUAL-PERFORMANCE REVIEW. DECISION SUPPORT IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (vol. 26, pp. 43-55). link>

My teaching focuses on aspects of organisation, management and leadership for professionals in public services, including organisational behaviour and development, strategic management, management science and research methods.