Nestor Valero-Silva

Nestor Valero-Silva

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Human Resource Management

Role

Néstor is a Principal Lecturer in HRM; he also leads the PhD Programme, as NBS Postgraduate Research Tutor.

Néstor has taught business ethics (CSR; sustainability; diversity), research methods, human resources, and systems thinking in several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UK and overseas (including China and Mexico).

As Programme Leader, he led the Full-Time MBA (2008-2010), followed by the DBA - Open (2010-2013).
Néstor is a member of the College's and the University's Research Degrees Committees (CRDC/URDC), and of the Business School's and the College's Research Ethics Committees (SREC/CREC). He chaired the University's Professional Doctorate Committee (PDREC).

He is a Board member of the Standing Committee for Organisational Symbolism (SCOS). He led the SCOS 2015 Conference at NBS (with Scott Lawley).

Néstor is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Career overview

After graduating as a chemical engineer Néstor worked in the petrochemical and ceramics industries then read for a PGDip in HRM followed by an MA and a PhD in Management Systems at the University of Hull.

He held academic posts at the Universities of Hull and Lincoln before joining the Nottingham Business School.

Research areas

Stakeholder Engagement and Systems Thinking (SEST)

Néstor's research interests emerged from his Doctoral studies into systems thinking and management. He has explored and applied systemic thinking in the fields of business ethics (including CSR/sustainability/diversity); systems thinking and practice; human resource management; social housing, information systems, and more recently, in service design.

Néstor has worked on several multi-disciplinary projects that focus on improving the quality of the interaction between stakeholders with diverse and sometimes conflicting perceptions and interests; addressing such factors contributes to the strategic decision-making and information management capabilities.

For example, in a recent project on social housing, he was able to bring together the views and interests of various stakeholders, such as the local crime and drugs partnership; the police; the social housing provider; building contractors and architects; local residents, and several GP surgeries so as to evaluate and maximise the impact of a £300 million housing regeneration investment in the city. This systemic and participatory approach allowed, firstly, the definition of certain areas of common interest, such as: crime reduction; energy efficiency, fuel poverty and sustainability; the measurement of resident satisfaction, and health and well-being.

Secondly, it provided a framework for the definition of priorities and action plans that addressed the needs of the service users (residents); improved mutual understanding, trust, and cooperation among stakeholders, and contributed to the social housing service provider’s strategic decision-making and information management capabilities. This systemic approach not only supported the strategic objectives of different stakeholders; it also had a positive impact in the redesign of the services provided, improving users’ participation, engagement, and satisfaction.

Finally, it allowed the service provider to demonstrate how this investment could contribute to improvements along certain social indicators (policing, health, and the local economy), and to various strategic objectives of the city (e.g., carbon reduction and apprenticeships). The impact of the project has been acknowledged in several fora including debates in the Houses of Parliament, and on the Department of Communities and Local Government's website.

Néstor has supervised several DBA and PhD students in different fields, incorporating qualitative (including soft systems) and poststructuralist (including critical systems) approaches.

He has been awarded research grants by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) – see external activity tab.

Néstor co-authored, with Professors Colin Fisher and Alan Lovell, the fourth edition of the book: Business Ethics and Values, Pearson, Financial Times. 2013.

He also co-authored, with Alice Jones and Dan Lucas, the book: The Effects of ‘Secure Warm Modern’ Homes in Nottingham: Decent Homes Impact Study. Nottingham: Nottingham City Homes. 2016.

Service Design

Néstor is currently collaborating with colleagues across the University to develop the area of Service Design.

External activity

Nottingham City Homes
Néstor has worked on several multi-disciplinary projects. He initiated, and later developed with Alistair Mutch, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Nottingham City Homes. This was aimed at evaluating the social impact of a £300 million housing regeneration investment in the city. The project contributed to NCH's strategic decision-making and information management capabilities. The main areas covered by the project are: crime reduction; energy efficiency, fuel poverty and sustainability; the measurement of resident satisfaction; health and well-being, and information systems. The £127,000 project was sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Technology Strategy Board. The impact of the project has been acknowledged in several fora including debates in the Houses of Parliament, and on the Department of Communities and Local Government's website.

Néstor and Alistair's project was selected as one of the three impact case studies submitted by the Business School to REF.

Nottingham Contemporary
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in 2013 awarded Néstor £5,000 to study the potential of developing an archiving system at Nottingham Contemporary (one of the largest arts centres in the UK), where he is a member of its academic advisory group. Future collaborations are currently explored.

External examiner
He has held a number of appointments as External Examiner in British Business Schools (Lincoln; Liverpool; London; Coventry), and has been invited as Visiting Professor to ITESM (Mexico) and to Los Andes University (Bogotá, Colombia).