Mark Ellis

Dr Mark Ellis PhD, MBA, PGCLTHE, PgC Res, FHEA

Senior Lecturer


Following over 20 years as a leader in the commercial and non for profit sectors I joined Sheffield Business School in 2012.  I teach in the areas of Strategy, Enterprise, Leadership and Innovation, my research is focused on Responsible Leadership and ethical business practice.



Within my areas of expertise, I teach across a range of undergraduate and post graduate courses in the Department of Management, I also supervise post graduate and doctoral students whose research is aligned with my expertise.  I have developed numerous modules in the areas of strategy, innovation and leadership and have also led the development of a range of courses (e.g. BA (Hons) Enterprise and Management, MBA and Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship).  As well as providing traditional approaches in teaching and learning I have also developed and delivered experiential learning interventions for the university and am a qualified instructor of climbing, mountaineering, kayaking and ski-ing. My research interests are around ethical business practice and through my PhD I developed a process theory of Responsible Leadership, detailing the nature of this approach as a higher purpose form of leadership.

I work with local and national employers in developing their leaders and managers through the university’s executive education provision and business support activities such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.  Much of this work capitalises on my experience as a management consultant where I have advised numerous organisations from new start high growth SMEs to multinationals such as EDF Energy, IMI PLC and Corus PLC.  My consultancy experience focused on strategy and enterprise along with leadership and management development.  I continue this work within my role at Sheffield Business School working with our business clients such as Equitrek, SIG PLC and the Post Office.

My previous leadership experience includes roles such as Head of Department for a regional Management Consultancy.  I am also the founder and former CEO of 'SFEDI Awards', the UK's Awarding Organisation for professional qualifications in business support and enterprise.  I have also established and led my own consultancy business, The Rubicon Partnership Ltd. Within the non for profit sector, I have held management positions with charities such as The Princes Trust and Raleigh International and have provided consultancy to a number of humanitarian aid organisations in Europe and Asia.



Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

Strategic Management, Enterprise and Change.



Journal articles

Ellis, M., & Dean, D. (2024). Stakeholder exclusion practices of responsible leaders: an investigation into the application of responsible leader values in stakeholder inclusion and exclusion. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.

Conference papers

Ellis, M. (2017). Responsible Leadership in SME’s.

Ellis, M. (2016). Researching Responsible Leadership in Action.

Ellis, M. (2010). Why enterprise must be seen as a qualified professional career.

Book chapters

Johnson, S., & Ellis, M. (2023). How pracademics can help to address the rigour-relevance gap in business and management schools (13). In Dickinson, J., & Griffiths, T.-.L. (Eds.) Professional Development for Practitioners in Academia. Knowledge Studies in Higher Education. (pp. 165-178). Springer:

Theses / Dissertations

Ellis, M. (2020). A Process Theory of Responsible Leadership. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ridley-Duff, R.

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