Ruth Yeoman

Research Fellow

Saïd Business School

Ruth Yeoman is a Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School and Kellogg College. Her research centres on the ethics and practices of mutuality and meaningfulness. She works with public and private sector organisations on how to apply the values and principles of mutuality in governance, leadership and organisational change. For the Saïd Business School, Ruth is developing with Professor Colin Mayer an innovative research programme, Mutuality in Business, funded by Mars Incorporated. With a team of Oxford Associates, she created a Leadership in Mutuality programme for Rochdale Boroughwide Housing. For Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority, she is examining how the values and principles of mutuality may apply to the system governance of a transforming public service economy. Together with Professor Jonathan Michie, she has been commissioned by the Building Societies Association and the Association of Financial Mutuals to lead a strategic review of mutuality in the UK financial mutuals sector. Recently, she was awarded a John Fell grant to research the theory and practice of meaningful work in collaboration with Oxford and Sussex Universities.  Her book, Meaningful Work and Workplace Democracy: a philosophy of work and a politics of meaningfulness, is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Publications (selected)

Yeoman, R. (2015, February) Meaningful Work: creating a politics of meaningfulness for the Common Good. In: Geary & Pabst (eds.) Blue Labour and the Politics of the Common Good. I.B Tauris.
Yeoman, R. (2015, forthcoming) From Traditional to Innovative Multi-Stakeholder Mutuals: The Case of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing. In: Blazi, Borzaga & Michie (eds.) The Oxford Handbook for Co-operative and Mutual Business. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Yeoman, R. (2014) Meaningful Work and Workplace Democracy: a philosophy of work and a politics of meaningfulness. Palgrave Macmillan: UK
Yeoman, R. (2014) Conceptualising Meaningful Work as a Fundamental Human Need. Journal of Business Ethics, 125 (2), 235-251.
Yeoman, R. (2013) Governance and Voice: how mutuals and employee-owned businesses create stability, resilience and legitimacy. In: Making it Mutual. ResPublica Essay Collection.
Yeoman, R. (2013) How to Lead Successful Public Service Mutuals. In The Guardian.…
Davies, W. & Yeoman, R. (2013) Becoming a Public Service Mutual: understanding transition and change. Mutuo & The Cooperative Group.