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Research Profile

Prof Ewart Keep 


Selected Publications

Professor Ewart Keep's full list of publications can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Books, Monographs, Pamphlets

E. Keep, D. Finegold, D. Miliband, D. Raffe, K. Spours, and M. Young.  1990.  A British 'Baccalaureate' - Ending the Division Between Education and Training, Education and Training Paper No 1, London: Institute of Public Policy Research, 56pp.

E. Keep.  1992.  The Need for a Revised Management System for the Teaching Profession, National Commission on Education Briefing No 2, London: NCE, May. 8pp

E. Keep, K. Sisson, D. Finegold, D. Miliband, D. Robinson, and J. Ziman.  1992.  Higher Education: Expansion and Reform, London: Institute of Public Policy Research, 156pp. .

K. Evans, P. Hodkinson, E. Keep, M. Maguire, D. Raffe, H. Rainbird, P. Senker, and L. Unwin.  1997.  Working to Learn, London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 55pp.

A. Brown and E. Keep.  1999.   Review of Vocational Education and Training Research in the United Kingdom, EUR 19243, COST Action A11, Luxembourg: European Commission., 170pp.

E. Keep.  2000. Upskilling Scotland – A New Horizon Report, Edinburgh: Centre for Scottish Public Policy, 26pp.

E. Keep and A. Westwood.  2003.  Can the UK Learn…..to Manage?, London: SKOPE/Work Foundation.

I. Grugulis, E. Keep and C. Warhurst (eds.), 2004. The Skills That Matter, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

 

Forthcoming

E. Keep, K. Mayhew, J. Payne and C. Stasz (eds.),  2008. Education, Skills and The Economy: The Politics of Vocational Education and Training, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

 

Articles in Refereed Journals

P. Senker, H. Rainbird, K. Evans, P. Hodkinson, E. Keep, M. Maguire, D. Raffe, and L. Unwin.  2000.  ‘Working to learn: an holistic approach to young people’s education and training’, European Journal of Vocational Training, No 20, May/August, 37-46.

E. Keep.  2002.  ‘The English VET Policy Debate – Fragile ‘Technologies’ or Opening the ‘Black Box’, Two Competing Visions of Where We Go Next’, Journal of Education and Work, Vol 15, No 4, 457-479.

J. Payne and E. Keep.  2003.  ‘Re-visiting the Nordic Approaches to Work Re-Organization and Job Redesign: Lessons for UK skills policy’, Policy Studies, Vol. 24, No. 4, 205-225.

D. Gleeson and E. Keep.  2004.  ‘Voice without accountability: the changing relationship between employers, the State and education in England’, Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 30, No. 1, 37-63. 

E. Keep and K. Mayhew.  2004.  ‘The Economic and Distributional Implications of Current Policies on Higher Education’, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 20, No. 2, 298-314.

E. Keep.  2005.   ‘Reflections on the curious absence of employers, labour market incentives and labour market regulation in English 14-19 policy – the beginnings of a change?’, Journal of Education Policy, Vol. 20, No. 5, 533-553.

E. Keep.  2006.  ‘State Control of the English VET System – Playing with the Biggest Trainset in the World’, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Vol. 58, No. 1, 47-64.    ISSN 1363-6820.

E. Keep, K. Mayhew and J. Payne.  2006.  ‘From Skills Revolution to Productivity Miracle – Not As Easy As It Looks?’, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol 22, No. 4, 539-559.

 

Book Chapters

E. Keep and H. Rainbird.  2000.  ‘The Learning Organization’, in S. Bach and K. Sisson (eds.) Personnel Management, (third edition), Oxford: Blackwell, 173-194.

E. Keep.  2001.  ‘The Skills System in 2015’, in Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, The Future of Learning for Work, London: CIPD, 25-32.

E. Keep. 2002.  ‘Management Skills for the Third Millenium: management education, Training and Development’, in P. Jeffcutt (ed.), The Foundations of Management Knowledge, London: Routledge.

E. Keep and J. Payne. 2002. ‘Policy Interventions for a Vibrant Work-Based Route – Or When Policy Hits Reality’s Fan (Again)’, in K. Evans, P. Hodkinson and L. Unwin (eds.), Working to Learn, London: Kogan Page.

E. Keep and H. Rainbird.  ‘Training’, in P. Edwards (ed.), Industrial Relations in Britain, (third edition), Oxford: Blackwell, 392-419.

E. Keep and H. Rainbird.  2002.  ‘Towards the Learning Organization?’, in F. Reeve, M. Cartwright, and R. Edwards (eds.), Supporting Lifelong Learning, Volume 2 – Organizing Learning, London: RoutledgeFalmer, 64-90.

E. Keep.  2002.  ‘ICT and its Impact on Skills and Creativity – Transforming Catalyst or Dependent Variable?’, in B. Stanford-Smith, E. Chiozza, and M. Edin (eds.), Challenges and Achievements in E-business and E-work, Part 1, Oxford: IOS Press, 140-146.

A. Brown and E. Keep.  2003.  ‘Competing perspectives on workplace learning and the learning organisation’, in B. Nyham, M. Kelleher, P. Cressey and R. Poell (eds.), Facing up to the learning organisation challenge – Selected European writings, Volume 2, Thessaloniki: CEDEFOP, 73-91.

A. Brown and E. Keep.  2004.  ‘Paradoxes, pitfalls and prospects for a dynamic VET system’, in W. J. Nijhof and W. van Esch (eds.), Evaluation of the Dutch VET System, Den Hague: Ellsevere, 255-256.

I. Grugulis, E. Keep and C. Warhurst.  2004.  ‘Introduction’, in I. Grugulis, E. Keep and C. Warhurst (eds.), The Skills That Matter, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 1-18..

E. Keep and J. Payne.  2004.  ‘”I can’t believe it’s not skill”: the changing meaning of skill in the UK context and some implications’, in G. Hayward and S. James (eds.), Balancing the Skills Equation – Key issues and challenges for policy and practice, Bristol: Policy Press, 53-76.

E. Keep.  2004.  ‘After access: researching labour market issues’, in M. Osborne, J. Gallagher, and B. Crossan (eds.), Researching Widening Access to Lifelong Learning – Issues and approaches in international research, London: RoutledgeFalmer, 115-126.

E. Keep.  2005.  ‘Skills, Training and the Quest for the Holy Grail of Status and Influence’, in S. Bach (ed.), Managing Human resources – Personnel Management in Transition, (fourth edition), Oxford: Blackwell, 211-236, .

E. Keep and J. Payne.  2005.  ‘Promoting Workplace Development: Lessons for UK Policy from Nordic Approaches to Job Redesign and the Quality of Working Life’, in B. Harley, J. Hyman, and P. Thompson (eds.), Participation and Democracy at Work, Essays in Honour of Harvey Ramsey, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 146-165.  ISBN 1-4039-0004-3

E. Keep.  2006.  ‘Who can bring forward the education and training dimension of the National Action Plans?’, in M. Kuhn and R. Sultana (eds.), Homo Sapiens Europaeus?  Creating the European Learning Citizen, New York: Peter Lang, 149-165.  ISBN 0-8204-7600-5

E. Keep.  2006.  ‘Training and Skills: An Institutional Patchwork’, in L. Dickens and A. C. Neal (eds.), The Changing Institutional Face of British Employment Relations’, Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International, 49-61.  ISBN 90 411 2541 8

E. Keep.  2006.  ‘Training and skills: an institutional patchwork’, in L. Dickens and A. C. Neal (eds.), The Changing Institutional Face of British Employment Relations, Alpen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law, 49-62.

E. Keep.  2006.  ‘The main actors in the national action plans on employment – who can bring forward the education and training dimension of the NAPS?’, in M. Kuhn and R. G. Sultana (eds.) Homo Sapiens Europaeus?  Creating the European Learning Citizen, Oxford: Peter Land, 149-166.

 

Forthcoming

E. Keep and C. Stasz.  2007  ‘The Employers’, in E. Keep, K. Mayhew, J. Payne and C. Stasz (eds.), Education, Skills and The Economy: The Politics of Vocational Education and Training, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

E. Keep and K. Mayhew.  2007.  ‘Supply, Or Demand, Or Both?’, in E. Keep, K. Mayhew, J. Payne and C. Stasz (eds.), Education, Skills and The Economy: The Politics of Vocational Education and Training, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

E. Keep and K. Mayhew.  2007. ‘How Much Progress, and in What Direction(s)?’, in E. Keep, K. Mayhew, J. Payne and C. Stasz (eds.), Education, Skills and The Economy: The Politics of Vocational Education and Training, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

D. Ashton and E. Keep.  2007. ‘The State’, in E. Keep, K. Mayhew, J. Payne and C. Stasz (eds.), Education, Skills and The Economy: The Politics of Vocational Education and Training, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

E. Keep.  ‘The Paradoxes of State Power in English VET’, in L. Clark and C. Winch (eds.), Vocational Education: International Perspectives and Developments, London: Routledge.

 

Articles in Practitioner and Policy Journals

E. Keep.  2000.  ‘New dynamics to encourage social inclusion and lifelong learning’, College Research, Vol 3, No 2, June, 9-10.

P. Huddleston and E. Keep.  2000.  ‘What do employers want from education – a question more easily asked than answered?’, Centrelink, Issue 7, April, 3-5.

E. Keep.  2000.  ‘The future of work may not be highly-skilled’, The Edge, Issue 5, November, 16-17.

E. Keep.  2001.  ‘La impaciencia del capital’, Organizaciones que aprenden, No 42, May, 18-20.

E. Keep.  2001.  ‘Ewart Keep talks to LSC chief John Harwood’, Parliamentary Brief, Vol 7, No 7, July, 16-17.

E. Keep.  2001.  ‘Researchers on tap but never on top: working with the Cabinet Office’, Social Sciences, September, Issue 49.

E. Keep.  2002.  ‘Joined up thinking’, People Management, September.

E. Keep.  2003.  ‘The trouble with training’, People Management, Vol. 9, No. 7, 3 April, p27.

E. Keep.  2003.  ‘We have been here before…..’, Adult Learning, July, Vol. 14, No. 11, 16-17.

E. Keep.  2004.  ‘Trapped on the low road’, Adult Learning, Vol. 15, No. 6, February, 16-17.

E. Keep.  2005.  ‘New Labour’, New Humanist, July/August, 14-15.

E. Keep.  Live and learn: viewpoint’, People Management, 27 July.

E. Keep.  2006 ‘Adult learning in the balance’, Adults learning, Vol. 18, No. 1, September.

E. Keep.  2006.  ‘Market failure and public policy on training: some reasons for caution’, Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 20, No. 6, October.

E. Keep.  2006.  ‘Live and learn is a better strategy’, Talisman, Issue 57, December.

E. Keep.  2007.  ‘Both Leitch and Gordon Brown are over-optimistic about what skills and education alone can deliver’, Adults learning, Vol. 18, No. 5, p15.

E. Keep.  2007 ‘Skills equals success?  If only it were that simple’, Parliamentary Brief, Vol, 11, No. 1, February, p.9.

E. Keep.  2007. ‘Unless we link skills policies to economic development, much effort will be wasted’, Adults learning, Vol. 19, No. 1, p.15.

E. Keep.  2007.  ‘Balls no one is likely to catch’, Parliamentary Brief, Volume 11, No. 7, October, p29-30.

 

Working and Other Papers

E. Keep. 2000.  National Skills Task Force Research Project Report No 15 - Employers’ Attitudes Towards Adult Training, Sheffield: DfEE, pp36.

E. Keep.  2000.  ‘Learning Organisations, Lifelong Learning and the Mystery of the Vanishing Employers’, SKOPE Research Paper, No 8, Coventry: University of Warwick, SKOPE, 18pp.

E. Keep.  2000.  ‘Creating a Knowledge-Driven Economy – Definitions, Challenges and Opportunities’, SKOPE Policy Paper, No 2, Coventry: University of Warwick, SKOPE, 23pp.

D. Costley, T. Fettes, J. Fiehn, R. Foweather, D. Gleeson, S. Harper, P. Huddleston, E. Keep, S. Neill, and S. Stillwell.  2001.  ‘Independent Research to Evaluate the Key Skills Support Programme (KSSP) – Stage One’, Coventry: University of Warwick, Centre for Education and Industry (mimeo), 86pp.

S. Coleman and E. Keep.  2001.  ‘Background Literature Review for PIU Project on Workforce Development’, London: Cabinet Office/PIU, (mimeo and website), 48pp.

 E. Keep and K. Mayhew.  2001.  ‘Globalisation, Models of Competitive Advantage and Skills’, SKOPE Research Paper No 22, Coventry: University of Warwick, SKOPE.

E. Keep, K. Mayhew and M. Corney.  2002.  ‘Review of the evidence on the rate of return to employers of investment in training and employer training measures’, SKOPE Research Paper No 34, Coventry: University of Warwick, SKOPE.

E. Keep, K. Mayhew and M. Corney.  2002.  ‘Review of the evidence on the rate of return to employers of investment in training and employer training measures’, London: Department of Trade and Industry.

E. Keep.  2002.  ‘Organisation, Governance and Regulation’, in Nuffield Foundation, 14-19 Education – Papers Arising from a seminar series held at the Nuffield Foundation, London: Nuffield Foundation.

E. Keep.  2003.  Various contributions in R. Wilson and T. Hogarth (eds.), Tackling the low skills equilibrium: a review of issues and some new evidence, London: DTI.

E. Keep and J. Payne.  2003.  ‘What can the UK learn from the Norwegian and Finnish experience of attempts at work re-organisation?’, SKOPE Research Paper No. 41, Coventry: University of Warwick, SKOPE, pp.49.

E. Keep. and R. Wilson (eds.).  2003.  DTI Skills Seminar – An overview, London: DTI.

E. Keep.  2003.  ‘Training in the current economic climate’, in CIPD, Reflections on New Developments in Training, London: CIPD.

G. Hayward, A. Hodgson, J. Johnson, E. Keep, A. Oancea, R. Pring, K. Spurs and S. Wright.  2004.  The Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training Annual Report 2003-04, Oxford: The Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training. 169 pages.

E. Keep.  2004.  ‘The Multiple Dimensions of Performance – Performance as Defined By Whom, Measured in What Ways, To What Ends?’, Nuffield Review Working Paper Number 23, www.nuffield14-19review.org.uk

E. Keep.  2004. ‘Reflections on a curious absence – the role of employers, labour market incentives and labour market regulation in English 14-19 policy’, Nuffield Review Working Paper Number 22, www.nuffield14-19review.org.uk

E. Keep, P. Huddleston and others.  2004.  Education-Business Link Activity Structure and funding – Report for internal use by the Learning and Skills Council National Office, Coventry: University of Warwick, Centre for Education and Industry (mimeo).

E. Keep and K. Mayhew.  2004.  ‘Can Employers Be Persuaded That Training Pays?’, Glasgow: Future Skills Scotland/Scottish Enterprise.

G. Hayward, AQ. Hodgson, J. Johnson, E. keep, A. Oancea, R. Pring, K. Spours, and S. Wright.  2004.  The Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training Annual Report 2003-4, Oxford: Nuffield 14-19 Review.

P. Huddleston, E. Keep and L. Unwin.  2005.  ‘What Might the Tomlinson and White Paper proposals Mean for Vocational Education and the Work-Based Route?’, Nuffield Review Discussion paper No. 33, www.nuffield14-19review.org.uk

E. Keep.  2006.  ‘Market failure in skills’, SSDA Catalyst Series, No. 1, Wath-upon-Dearne: SSDA.

E. Keep.  2006.  The English Lesson, The Skill Ecosystem National project, Sydney, NSW: DETNSW, SKOPE and the Australian Government Department for Education, Science and Training.

E. Keep, K. Mayhew and J. Payne.  2006.  ‘Scoring better on skills, still trailing on productivity’, Work Foundation Briefing, London: Work Foundation.

E. Keep.  2007.  ‘Key Future Labour Market and Skills Issues in Scotland (and beyond)’, Futureskills Scotland Expert Briefings Series, Glasgow: FSS.

  

Newspaper Articles

E. Keep.  1992.  'Cure for a personnel problem', The Guardian, 5 May.

E. Keep and K. Mayhew.  1994.  'Companies put a low value on high skills', Financial Times, July 5, p.13.

E. Keep.  2003.  ‘No problem’, The Guardian, 16 December.

E. Keep.  2004.  ‘Tomlinson limousine requires a good motor’, Times Educational Supplement, 29 October.

E. Keep.  2005.  ‘Good dress sense – and poor pay – are in fashion’, Times Higher Education Supplement, 15 July, p. 12.