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Professor Terry McNulty PhD, BA (Hons)

Professor of Management and Corporate Governance & Associate Dean (International) Strategy, IB and Entrepreneurship


Personal Statement

Terry McNulty is Professor of Management and Corporate Governance at the University of Liverpool Management School and Associate Dean (International). He has sustained a track record of research excellence and institutional leadership developed over two decades in Russell Group Universities and Business Schools (Warwick, Leeds, Liverpool). In 2016 he has was awarded funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to undertake a 2 year study about Corporate Governance and the Law, with colleagues from the University of Leeds Law School.

At Leeds he was Head of Management Division and appointed to a personal chair in 2003. He joined the University of Liverpool in 2006 and as the Management School’s Director of Research from 2006-2014 led the development of the School research strategy, culture and performance during a significant phase of growth in its research capability and reputation. Under his research leadership Liverpool Management School developed into highly ranked first entrant at RAE2008. The School improved on this position at REF2014 attaining 100% 4&3* impact (ranked 13th for impact in the UK) and 88% 4&3* research environment. His leadership informed the School’s successful accreditation by AACSB. He has been twice nominated for an ‘Inspiration Leader Award’ by staff for his work developing the School's research environment. He chaired the European Academy of Management Annual Conference in Liverpool (EURAM 2009). He has represented the School and University with key partners such as XJTLU in China.

Professor McNulty is a leading academic researcher about governance, board behaviour and effectiveness. Professor McNulty has achieved policy influence and research impact over two decades at the highest levels of both the public and private sectors, through engaging with board members, senior practitioners, civil servants, media and opinion-formers. His research informed the work of professional bodies and government departments such as: the Law Commission: the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; Institute of Company Secretaries (2011); Higgs review and UK Code of Corporate Governance; Department of Health; and inquiries such as those into BBC governance and Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry. He also works with companies and consultancies using a research based approach to evaluating and developing board and governance effectiveness.

Professor McNulty teaches on Executive, MBA and MSc and Undergraduate programmes. He is an external examiner of the MBA at the Judge Institute, University of Cambridge and an examiner for the Institute of Director’s (IoD). He is a member of the Council of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and advises professional institutes and companies on matters of board process and effectiveness. He in an Advisory Board Member for the research project: ‘Learning from leadership changes made by boards of hospital NHS trusts and foundation trusts following the Francis Inquiry report'. Department of Health, National Institute for Health Research, the Nuffield Trust, the University of Birmingham and the University of Manchester. He is also a member of the Academy of Management, European Group for Organisation Studies, British Academy of Management, and International Corporate Governance Society.

Prizes or Honours

  • Research Paper of the Year (Runner-up). McNulty, T., Florackis, C., & Ormrod (2013) Boards of Directors and Financial Risk during the Credit Crisis. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 21,1, 58-78. (Corporate Governance: An International Review, 2015)
  • Medical Management Book of the Year (British Association of Medical Managers, 2004)