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Dr Richard Breese

Senior Lecturer


Richard became a full-time academic in 2009, after a career in town planning and regeneration programme management. He was awarded a DBA in 2007, with his thesis title being 'Joining up public services - a critical realist framework for holistic governance'. Richard has a particular interest in project management, and first joined the Association for Project Management (APM) in 2000 to help with his role as a regeneration programme manager. In this work he was primarily concerned with benefits realisation, and reflections on this experience are included in his 2012 article in the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM). Richard is a member of the APM Benefits Management SIG Committee, and has collaborated with other experts in this field in a variety of academic and practice-orientated publications. Richard's other research interests include critical realism, organisational resilience/turnaround and the translation of management ideas. Richard's teaching is mainly on strategy and change management at Masters' level, with students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including technology and engineering, as well as general management. He is also the joint DBA Collaborative Course Leader for Sheffield Business School, covering courses delivered in Sheffield and internationally.  



  • 2007: Doctorate of Business Administration, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 1983: MA Town & Regional Planning, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1981: BA Geography, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

Strategic Management


Journal articles

Bostock, J., & Breese, R. (2021). Theorising organisational resilience for sport management research and practice. Managing Sport and Leisure.

Bostock, J., Breese, R., Ridley-duff, R., & Crowther, P. (2020). Challenges for Third Sector Organisations in cutback management: a sporting case study of the implications of publicness. Public management review, 22 (2), 184-205.

Breese, R., Couch, O., & Turner, D. (2020). The project sponsor role and benefits realisation: more than 'just doing the day job'. International Journal of Project Management, 38 (1), 17-26.

Nicholson, J.D., LaPlaca, P., Al-Abdin, A., Breese, R., & Khan, Z. (2018). What do introduction sections tell us about the intent of scholarly work: A contribution on contributions. Industrial Marketing Management, 73, 206-219.

Bostock, J., Crowther, P., Ridley-Duff, R., & Breese, R. (2017). No Plan B: the Achilles heel of high performance sport management. European Sport Management Quarterly, 18 (1), 25-46.

Breese, R., Jenner, S., Serra, C.E.M., & Thorp, J. (2015). Benefits management : lost or found in translation. International Journal of Project Management, 33 (7), 1438-1451.

Breese, R. (2013). Conceptualising the nature of work: revisiting Luther Gulick's theories of organisation. Journal of Management History, 19 (2), 279-294.

Breese, R. (2012). Benefit Realisation Management: Panacea or False Dawn? International Journal of Project Management, 30, 341-351.

Breese, R. (2008). Towards a holistic approach to regeneration: the importance of operational dimensions. Journal of urban regeneration and renewal, 2 (2), 173-187.

Conference papers

Breese, R., Issa, S., & Tresidder, R. (2021). Impact on Management Practice after Completing the DBA. In 2021 Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS) Conference, Miami, FL, 9 September 2021 - 12 September 2021.

Sibanda, M., Breese, R., & Price, I. (2021). Decision-making in English Clinical Commissioning groups: A mixed methods study. In Au-Yong-Oliveira, M., & Costa, C. (Eds.) 20th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, University of Aveiro, Portugal, 17 June 2021 - 18 June 2021 (pp. 280-289). ACI Ltd:

Case studies

Breese, R., Eyre, G., & Cogill, P. (2012). Change management - practising what we teach: successfully engaging international students in the teaching, learning & assessment process.Sheffield Hallam University.


Breese, R., Jenner, S., Serra, C., Thorp, J., Bademi, A., & Charlton, M. (2018). Measures for benefits realization. Report produced by Sheffield Hallam University for the Project Management Institute.

Breese, R., Jenner, S., Serra, C., Thorp, J., & Badewi, A. (2016). A unified view of benefits management/benefits realization management to be integrated into PMI standards. Report produced by Sheffield Hallam University for the Project Management Institute.

Breese, R., Gumber, A., & Allmark, P. (2013). Resilience in Health Services: Final Report.

Theses / Dissertations

Ekhart, G.C. (2019). Made @ Europe - Manufacturing location decisions forthe 21st century. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Breese, R.

Tapela-Mahube, U. (2019). Adaptability of Change Management Models: WhatWorks? A Botswana Case Study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Breese, R.

Turner, D. (2017). Variations of the project sponsor role and benefits realisation: A phenomenographic study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Breese, R.

Breese, R. (2007). Joining up public services : a critical realist framework for holistic governance. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Chandler, J.


Breese, R. (2020). Critical realism and the integration of Covid-19 research areas. Presented at: International Association of Critical Realism (IACR) Annual Conference, 2020, Warsaw, Poland

Breese, R. (2019). Local organisational histories from the late twentieth century: the reflective practitioner's contribution. Presented at: Association of Business Historians conference, Sheffield

Breese, R. (2018). Framing the contribution of your research study. Presented at: Sheffield Business School Annual Doctoral Conference, Sheffield Hallam University

Breese, R., & Waller, D. (2017). Benefits management: benefits for you. Presented at: Association for Project Management (APM) Midlands Branch, Lincoln

Breese, R., & Thorp, J. (2016). Benefits Management: it works, so why isn’t everybody doing it? Association for Project Management Webinar.

Bostock, J., Breese, R., & Ridley-Duff, R. (2016). Turnaround in response to extreme financial shocks: case studies of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB’s) in the UK (Development Paper).

Breese, R., & Nicholson, J. (2016). The nature of academic contributions in organisational change management (Development Paper).

Breese, R. (2016). Benefits Management: a core theme in management research and education? Introduction to the themes for the day. Presented at: Benefits Management: a core theme in management research and education?, Sheffield

Breese, R. (2015). The invasive concept of resilience - implications for the study of organisational change management. Presented at: Stability, change and organizational resilience, Sheffield

Breese, R. (2014). ‘Mediocre’ – a fair assessment of the record of organisational change management in practice? Presented at: 'The mediocre record of organisational change management in practice - getting a better understanding, Sheffield

Breese, R. (2013). Benefits management: practice makes perfect? Presented at: Sheffield Business School/APM Benefits Management Special Interest Group Event

Breese, R. (2013). Benefits Realisation Management, Project Management and Management Theory.

Breese, R. (2013). Resilience in Health Services.

Breese, R. (2013). Organisational Resilience: a critical realist perspective. Presented at: Annual Conference, Nottingham

Breese, R. (2012). The reasons organisations do, or don't do, benefits management.

Breese, R., & Darwin, J. (2012). Research methods based on critical realism and/or alethic pluralism.

Breese, R. (2012). Benefits realisation management: panacea or false dawn?

Breese, R. (2010). Towards a Holistic Framework for Conceptualising Sustainable Development.

Other publications

Breese, R., Jenner, S., Serra, C., & Thorp, J. (2016). Friends with benefits: why it is important for project and programme managers to translate benefits management into their organisations. Association for Project Management

Breese, R., & Jenner, S. (2013). The theoretical basis for benefits management - part of the solution or part of the problem?

Other activities

Competitve Research Award

  • 2018: PMI - follow on for SBS - 582, "Metrics for Benefits Realization", Project Management Institute, United States of America
  • 2016: Project Management Institute, Project Management Institute, United States of America

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