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Prof Paul Thompson


Graham Hills Building

Tel : +44 (0)141 548 3284


Personal Statement


Paul is an internationally known theorist of changes in work and organisation. His book The Nature of Work (Macmillan 1983, 1989) played a major role in the development of labour process theory and he continues to write influentially in this area. The best known of his other books is Organization Misbehaviour (Sage 1999), which broke new ground in the study of resistance and dissent at work. This followed paper in Sociology (currently the sixth most cited in its history) – ‘All Quiet on the Workplace Front: A Critique of Recent Trends in British Industrial Sociology’ . The other most-cited of the 50+ journal papers include We Recruit Attitude, drawn from research with George Callaghan into call centres , and a theory piece ‘Disconnected Capitalism or Why Employers Can’t Keep their Side of the Bargain’, that anticipated the growth and negative consequences of financialization .  He has published four editions of his well-known text Work Organizations (Palgrave, with David McHugh). Of the five co-edited volumes, the best known are Workplaces of the Future? (Plagrave 1998, with Chris Warhurst) and The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization, 2005, Oxford, Oxford UniversityPress (2005, with Stephen Ackroyd, Rose Batt and Pamela Tolbert). In total, there have been over 4000 citations to his work.

With various colleagues, research grants have been secured from the ESRC (Management Innovation programme, studentships and Seminars programme), private companies (United Distillers and Allied Distiller Ltd), the Trades Union Congress, the Carnegie Trust and the Australian Research Council. Professor Thompson is currently supervising four students and has previously supervised to completion eight PhDs. and one MPhil.

Amongst the professional roles he has undertaken are Business and Management member of the ESRC. Research Grants Board (2000-4); Research Notes, Debates and Controversies Editor of Work, Employment and Society (2007-2010). He is currently the Convenor of the Steering Group of the International Labour Process Conference; co-editor of the Palgrave Series - Management, Work and Organization; and serves on the Boards of the Journal of Management Studies, New Technology, Work and Employment and Journal of Industrial Relations.

At Strathclyde, he has been the Vice Dean Research in SBS from 2011-14 and 2002-5. He was Head of the Department of HRM from 2005-8. Prior to Strathclyde, he was Professor of Management and latterly Head of Department of Business Studies at The University of Edinburgh (1995-1999); and before that Director of the Centre for Research on Employment and Work (CREW) and Director of Research in the Business School at the University of Central Lancashire.  

He has been an External Examiner at the University of Glasgow; Edge Hill University; Aston University; University of Humberside; and Bradford and Ilkely College.

Outside the UK, Professor Thompson has been a Visiting or Adjunct Professor/Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria; the Institute for Business, Beijing, China; University of Wollongong, Australia; Department of Industrial Relations and Organisation Behaviour, University of New South Wales, Australia, Department of Work and Organization, University of Sydney, Australia;  University of Southern California, USA; School of Management, Queensland University of Technology. Australia. Outside the university sphere, Professor Thompson was Editor of Renewal:  A Journal of Labour Politics from 1993-2006.




    Thompson, Paul (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-Oct-2005 - 30-Sep-2008

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