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Professor Phil Whyman

Prof. Phil B Whyman

Professor of Economics Director of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research (LIEBR)

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Greenbank Building, GR047

+44 (0) 1772 89 4693

Subject Areas: Business and Management

Professor Whyman was educated at the University of Bradford and he has worked in both public and private sectors, including a period spent as researcher for the trade union USDAW. Initially appointed as research assistant and Lecturer in Economics at the University of Bradford, he spent a year as Research Fellow at the Statsvetenskapliga Institutionen of Stockholm University. Phil is Director of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research.

Full Profile

Phil joined the School of Business in 1999 as Senior Lecturer in Economics, was appointed Reader in 2002 and was awarded a personal Chair in 2006.

He is currently active in various professional bodies and undertakes research and consultancy for government, corporations and charitable bodies, advising on various aspects of economic policy and European integration.

Phil is a Director of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research.


  • PhD Economics, University of Bradford, 1996
  • BSc (single hons) Economics, 1987


2015… Workplace Flexibility and Corporate Performance: Evidence from the British Private Sector, accepted for publication by British Journal of Management (with Baimbridge, M., Buraimo, B. and Petrescu, A.)

2015… Keynes and the International Clearing Union: a possible model for Eurozone reform?, Journal of Common Market Studies , Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 399-415

2013… Partnership, Flexible Working Practices and the Realisation of Mutual Gains: Evidence from the British WERS 2004 Dataset, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Special Issue: Partnership, Collaboration and Mutual Gains: an International Perspective, pp. 1-23 (with Petrescu, A.)

2012… Co-operative Principles and the Evolution of the ‘Dismal Science’: The Historical Interaction between Co-operative and Mainstream Economics, Business History, Vol. 54, Issue 6, pp. 833-854

More publications




£800,000, LEAD leadership development programme, funded by the NWDA. Joint bid co-ordinated by the LBS business services team (2009-11)

£47,705 EU-funded project establishing a European Studies Centre at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China. Joint bid between myself, Professor J. Wilson (Director of IIB, UCLan), Dr. R. Miller (UCLan), the GUFS and the University of Aix-le-Chappelle. Funding (over 2 years) totalled €300,000 of which UCLan received €70,000.

£9,000 DTI-financed study examining the relationship between EMU, FDI and Labour Market Flexibility in the UK. This project received funding under the DTI Labour Market Flexibility Small Grants Scheme (2003-4).

£6,000 Entrepreneurship in the Public Sector – part of a larger project managed by colleagues at Salford University (2002-3).

Research Degree Supervision

Iatridis Konstantinos (MPhil/PhD, 2007-2011)

Anthony Michael (PhD, 2002-2011)

Richard Weekes (MA by Research, 2006)


Areas of research interest

  • Economic Policy
  • Post Keynesian Economics
  • Economics of European Integration
  • Labour Economics


  • Workplace Flexibility and performance
  • SMEs and flexibility
  • UK and EU
  • Regional economic development

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • British Academy of Management
  • Royal Economic Society
  • American Economic Association
  • Post-Keynesian Study Group
  • Association of Heterodox Economists
  • British Universities Industrial Relations Association
  • International Industrial Relations Association

External Activities

Founding member and Director of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research (LIEBR)

Founding member of the Institute for International Business (IIB)

Economics advisor to the Forum of Private Business

Economics advisor to Global Britain

Associate of the Oxford Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business, Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Associate of the European Economies Research Unit (EERU), University of Bradford

Associate Editor, European Management Journal (EMJ)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Professor Whyman currently teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in economic theory and economic policy, together with supervising dissertations on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

In addition, he currently supervises a number of research degree students, and has acted as examiner for the award of PhD.

Teaching – Economic Policy, European Economic Integration