Dr Nicholas Snowden

MBA Academic Director

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


01482 463789

Nicholas Snowden, the Academic Director for the Hull MBA, has more than 20 years of experience as a lecturer, management trainer and business consultant.

Having started working life as an entrepreneur, he progressed to sharing his time between his business interests and education.

Dr Snowden's research interests revolve around the role of storytelling in organisations.

He has taught in a number of local universities and colleges, delivering degree and masters level business and management education in a range of contexts, focusing on organisational change, strategic management and leadership programmes.


Research Interests

  • The use of storytelling in leadership, managing organisational culture, and organisational problem-solving

  • Understanding whistleblowing in healthcare (NIHR funded research, due for release in 2018)

  • Entrepreneurship skills


Blenkinsopp, J; Snowden, N. 2016. 'What about Leadership? Comment on “Cultures of Silence and Cultures of Voice: The Role of Whistleblowing in Healthcare Organisations”'. International Journal of Health Policy Management, 5 (2), pp.125-127

Snowden, N. 'Connecting Narrative and Antenarrative to Solving Organizational Problems', in Storytelling and the Future of Organizations: An Antenarrative Perspective, Boje D, Routledge, 2011

Snowden, N. 'Solving Organisational Problems Through Antenarrative And Narrative Processes', conference paper – presented at the HUBS PhD Colloquium, 2010

Snowden, N. 'Book review of Occupy management! Inspirations and ideas for self-organisation and self-management by Monika Kostera (2014)', conference paper – presented at the CEGBI/CSWL/WRCEO Summer Conference, 2014. Also published in Action Learning: Research and Practice, 12:1, pp 112-115 (2015)

Johnson S., Fletcher B., Mukhuty S., Snowden N. and Williams, T. (2015) Entrepreneurship skills: literature and policy review, Department for Business Innovation and Skills Research Report  no. 236, September


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Leadership and Organisational Change

  • Managing in Organisations

Research PhDs

Dr Snowden welcomes applications for research and PhD supervisions in the area of organisational storytelling.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Exploring Leader Behaviours in the Management of Change (Alenezi, H)

  • Voice And Silence Among Healthcare Professionals On Patient Safety Concerns In Surgical Departments Of Ghanaian Hospitals (Mawuena, E)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • PGC Research Training, University of Hull (2006–2011)

  • PGC in Education, University of Huddersfield (2007–2009)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Management, University of Hull (part-time)

  • MBA, Henley Management College (distance learning)

  • BSc in Agriculture, University of Newcastle

External roles

  • Delivered and developed training material for a range of executive education programmes, working with many SMEs, including a 'Selling with Stories' workshop for Google, delivered by international training partners

  • Keynote Speaker - Leadership Development Conference, Office For Nuclear Regulation, November 2017