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Mr Alan Shipman

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Economics
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Economics
  • a.shipman

Research interests

Personal finance, currently focusing on the disintegration of insurance pools and the disincentives to household saving. Other active interests in: Chinese multinational business; impact of ‘academisation’ on knowledge; social economics; foundations of the market economy.

Knowledge Monopolies: The Academisation of Society (with M Shipman), Imprint Academic, 2006

University under siege? European Societies 7(1), 2005, 157-85 (with P Baert).

Lauding the leisure class: symbolic content and conspicuous consumption, Review of Social Economy 63(2), 2004, 277-289.

Coal liquefaction, Shenhua Group and China’s energy security, European Management Journal 22(2), 2004, 150-64 (with P Nolan and H Rui)

Pragmatism, realism and the economist/economy divide, Foundations of Science 8(1), 2003, 23-50.

Ignoring commercial reality, in E Fullbrook (ed), The Crisis in Economics London: Routledge, 2003

The Globalization Myth, Icon Books, 2002

Privatized production, socialized consumption? Review of Social Economy 59(3), 2001, 331-352.

Transcending Transaction, Routledge, 2001

The Market Revolution and its Limits, Routledge, 1999

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Teaching interests

Currently member of You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123) presentation team and Personal investment in an uncertain world (DB234) course team. On award board for DB123 and Economics and economic change (DD202). Tutor on DB123.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Financial Capabilities Research GroupGroupThe Faculty of Business and Law
Financial History GroupGroupThe Faculty of Business and Law


Introducton to the Special Issue: Towards a production-centred agenda (2018-11)
Andreoni, Antonio; Chang, Ha-Joon; Konzelmann, Sue and Shipman, Alan
Cambridge Journal of Economics, 42(6) (pp. 1495-1504)
Chinese expatriate management in emerging markets: A competitive advantage perspective (2017-06)
Rui, Huaichuan; Zhang, Miao and Shipman, Alan
Journal of International Management, 23(2) (pp. 124-138)
Relevant knowledge and recipient ownership: Chinese MNCS’ knowledge transfer in Africa (2016-09-30)
Rui, Huaichuan; Zhang, Miao and Shipman, Alan
Journal of World Business, 51(5) (pp. 713-728)
Accounting for productive investment and value creation (2014-08)
Mazzucato, Mariana and Shipman, Alan
Industrial and Corporate Change, 23(4) (pp. 1059-1085)
Restructuring and innovation in pharmaceuticals and biotechs: the impact of financialisation (2014-02)
Gleadle, Pauline; Parris, Stuart; Simonetti, Roberto and Shipman, Alan
Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 25(1) (pp. 67-77)
Capitalism without Capital: Accounting for the crash (2015)
Shipman, Alan
ISBN : 978-1-137-44244-4 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Personal Investment: Financial Planning in an Uncertain World (2010)
Mazzucato, Mariana; Lowe, Jonquil; Shipman, Alan and Trigg, Andrew
ISBN : 978-0-230-24660-7 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke, UK
The rise of the embedded intellectual: new forms of public engagement and critique (2013-11-28)
Baert, Patrick and Shipman, Alan
In: Thijssen, Peter; Weyns, Walter; Timmrman, Christiane and Mels, Sara eds. New Public Spheres: Recontextualizing the Intellectual. Public Intellectuals and the Sociology of Knowledge (pp. 27-50)
ISBN : 978-1-4094-6092-3 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham
Transforming the intellectual (2011-07-01)
Baert, Patrick and Shipman, Alan
In: Rubio, Fernando Dominguez and Baert, Patrick eds. The Politics of Knowledge (pp. 179-204)
ISBN : 978-0-415-49710-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Social science and the democratic ideal: from technocracy to dialogue (2009)
Baert, Patrick; Jeronimo, Helena and Shipman, Alan
In: Van Bouwel, Jeroen ed. The Social Sciences and Democracy
ISBN : 9780230224391 | Publisher : Palgrave
Financialisation As An Enabler Or Inhibitor Of Innovation? The Case Of UK Biotech (2012-01)
Gleadle, Pauline; Parris, Stuart; Shipman, Alan and Simonetti, Roberto
FINNOV, Milton Keynes.

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