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Dr Chi Maher

Programme Director - Charity Management

Tel: 020 8240 8222

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Dr Chi Maher has an MSc in Health Education from Kings College - University of London, MSc Management and Business Studies Research and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kingston University, London. Dr Maher is an award winner of the Westfocus Enterprising Business Award. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and with it HEA fellowship.

At St Mary’s, Dr Maher teaches on a number of modules across the undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Business Management. Since joining St Mary’s University in 2013 she has set up the Social Enterprise Knowledge Exchange Network (SEKEN). SEKEN promotes social entrepreneurship, through awareness-raising events, workshops, research and peer networking for new and existing small and micro social enterprises to grow and to develop products and services.

Current PhD supervision

Reference No: 167255
Thesis title: Social enterprises and Value creation
Date: 2017 - 2020

Chi welcomes PhD enquiries in any of the following areas:

  • Social enterprise/entrepreneurship
  • Public policy
  • International Nonprofit management
  • Public sector management
  • HRM
  • Civil society


External activity

  • Open Science Journal Editorial Board Member
  • Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly reviewer (on-going)
  • Journal of Business Research Methods reviewer (on-going)
  • Caritas Westminster Social Enterprise Advisory Committee (on-going)
  • University of Chichester – External Examiner (from 2018 - 2021)
  • NHS Non-Executive Director (1998-2008)

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Management Institute
  • EMES: Emergence of Social Enterprises in Europe
  • Social Enterprise UK
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • The Chartered Management Institute

Selected publications

  • Maher, C. (2019a). (BOOK)  Social Value and Public Services Procurement. Handbook of Research on Value Creation for Small and Micro Social Enterprise. IGI Global.
  • Maher, C. (2019b). Public Policy and the Sustainability of Third Sector Social Enterprises. International Journal of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility (IJSECSR), 4(1), 42-56.
  • Maher, C. (2018a) (BOOK) Understanding Managerial Career Anchors and Career Path Preferences: A Case Study of Third Sector Social Enterprise Managers. Scholar’s Press.
  • Maher, C. (2018b) Public Services Procurement: Third Sector Social Enterprises Perspectives in Creating Business Value and Competitive Advantage With Social Entrepreneurship. IGI Global, USA.
  • Maher, C.  (2017a). Influence of Public Policy on Small Social Enterprises: Emerging Research and Opportunities: Emerging Research and Opportunities. IGI Global.
  • Maher, C. (2017b). Understanding the impact of organisational culture on social enterprise managerial careers in Exploring the Influence of Personal Values and Cultures in the Workplace. IGI Global, USA.
  • Maher, C. (2017c). Investigating factors influencing third sector social enterprise manager’s career orientations: A Conceptual Framework in Handbook of Research on Emerging Business Models and Managerial Strategies in the Nonprofit Sector, IGI Global, USA.
  • Maher, C. (2016a) ‘Career anchors of social enterprise managers in the UK – an empirical analysis’, J. International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, Vol. 9, No. 4,pp.398–416.
  • Maher, C. (2016b). Public policies impact on third sector social enterprises in UK regions. In Handbook of research on entrepreneurial success and its impact on regional development (pp. 246-266). IGI Global.
  • Maher, C. (2015a). Public Policies Impact on Third Sector Social Enterprises in UK Regions. IGI Global, USA.
  • Maher, C. (2015b). Social enterprise manager's career path preferences. International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 7(1), 59-72.
  • Maher, C. (2015c). Students as Active Participants in Curriculum Design: Exploratory Implications for Career Path Choices, ReflectED, (Ed). 5, 2015.
  • Maher, C. (2013). A Qualitative Case Study approach to understanding Third Sector Managers’ Career Orientations; Work Based Learning e-Journal International, Vol. 3, Issue, 2. 
  • Maher, C. (2009). Managing Career Development in the NFP sector; Business Leadership Review, Vol. 6, Issue 4, 2009.
  • Understanding and Coping with Mental Distress; Community Health Council, 2005.
  • Maher, C. (1990). Doctor/ patient relationship: A conversational analysis: Trinity College; The University of Dublin, 1990 (Awarded Best Paper).
  • Maher, C. (1989). Book: Sex Education and Health Matters for Girls; Attic Press, Republic of Ireland, 1989.

Selected recent conference papers

  • An examination of the relationship between manager‘s career orientations and their career path preferences: EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise: Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) - July 3-6, 2017.
  • Managerial careers in small social enterprise organisations: Contextual issues: The 9th Annual Conference of the EuroMed Academy of Business (EMAB) Warsaw, Poland, September 14th-16th, 2016.
  • Partnership arrangements to support Victims of Human Trafficking: An exploratory study: European Social Science History Conference: Valencia 30th March - 2nd April 2016
  • Understanding Career Anchors of Social Enterprise Managers at the EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise: Helsinki Deaconess Institute Helsinki (Finland) June 29th to July 3rd, 2015.
  • Social Enterprise Manager’s Career Path Preferences: Future Directions: 7th Annual Conference of the EuroMed Academy of Business, Norway: 17th – 19th September 2014.
  • Managerial Preferred Career Paths in Small Third Sector Organisations: 3rd International Network of Business and Management Journal Conference, Lisbon: 17th-19th June 2013.
  • Understanding Careers of Third Sector Social Enterprise Managers: 4th International Social Innovation Research, University of Birmingham: 13 -16 September 2012.
  • Case Study Research Method: Doctoral Research Associates symposium, London- April 2012.
  • Not-For-Profit Sector Manager’s Career Orientations: the 20th EDAMBA Research Academy, Soreze, France- July 2011.
  • Managing Career Development in the Not-For-Profit Sector: DBA conference (2009): University School of Business, Maastricht.

In the news

St Mary’s Academic Publishes Handbook of Research for Social Enterprises

Academic at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Dr Chi Maher, has this Spring published ‘The Handbook of Research on Value Creation for Small and Micro Social Enterprises’. Find out more...

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Influence of Public Policy on Small Enterprises Explored in Latest Book from St Mary’s Academic

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St Mary's Hosts Teaching and Learning Conference

The Teaching and Learning team at St Mary’s University, Twickenham hosted the annual Teaching and Learning Conference on the 30th June. Find out more...

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