Dr Adam Nix

Dr Adam Nix

Department of Management
Lecturer in Responsible Business

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TY
United Kingdom

Adam is a Lecturer in Responsible Business and an Associate of the Lloyd’s Centre for Responsible Business. His research employs historical approaches to management and organization studies, with a particular focus on understanding misconduct and corruption as organizational issues.


  • PhD in Management, 2019
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016
  • MSc in International Business, 2012
  • BA (Hons) in Business and Law, 2011


Adam joined the University of Birmingham in July 2021. He holds a PhD in Management from Aston Business School, and his thesis explored the role social relationships have in facilitating corruption as an organizational activity, focusing particularly on deregulated markets and the utilities sector. His interests also include historical research methods, the preservation and access of digital company records, and practice approaches to management and organizational research. He is a Book Reviews Editor for Business History and a Co-editor of the Organizational History Network.

Recent research projects include an AHRC-funded international collaboration, Contextualising Email Archives. Set up to develop AI-based solutions to searching email archives, this explores the early dotcom economy via historical company email records. Through this work, Adam has worked with key heritage stakeholders, including the National Archives, the British Library and the Digital Preservation Coalition. 

Before joining the University of Birmingham, Adam worked first at Aston Business School and then at De Montfort University where, in addition to his research activities, he taught CSR and business ethics, research methods, management, and international business. Adam’s teaching currently centres around responsible business, and related themes of business ethics, sustainability, and governance.


Adam’s teaching is focused on Responsible Business, which he delivers at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level:

  • Responsible Business: Theory and Practice (UG)
  • Principles of Responsible Business (PG)


Research interests

  • Responsible business in the utilities sector
  • Organisational misconduct and corruption
  • Management of digital-era organizational records
  • Historical organisation studies and business history


Co-investigator, Contextualising Email Archives (CEA). Full title: “Historicising the dot.com bubble and contextualising email archives”. Award: £100,000, Arts and Humanities Research Council (February 2020 - February 2022).

Other activities

  • Book Reviews Editor, Business History (Journal)
  • Committee Member, Business History Collective
  • Co-editor, Organisational History Network



Nix, A & Decker, S (2021) Using digital sources: the future of business history? Business History, (Ahead of print) DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2021.1909572.

Other outputs

Nix, A., and Decker, S., (2020). €55 billion cum-ex trading scandal has scary parallels with Enron. The Conversation, February.

Nix, A., (2020). ‘History in the age of abundance? How the web is transforming historical research.’ Business History, (ahead-of-print), pp. 1–2. DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2020.1724651.

Nix, A., Decker, S., Wolf., and Vaidya, K., (2017): The Social Foundations of Organizational Corruption. Academy of Management Proceedings.

Nix, A. (2018). Risk and ruin: Enron and the culture of American capitalism. Business History, 63:1, 159-160, DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2018.1527431.

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