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- Job title:
- Assistant Dean (Research)
- Teesside University Business School
- Research institute:
- Health and Social Care Institute
About John Blenkinsopp
Before becoming an academic, Professor Blenkinsopp worked in various roles, starting life as an Administrative Officer in the old Dept of Health & Social Security, then spending several years as a lab technician at ICI Wilton. An allergy to acetone forced him to make a significant career change, via a Diploma in Personnel Management at Teesside.
Professor Blenkinsopp worked in HR for almost a decade, largely in the NHS. During this period he completed a degree in Psychology with the Open University, and an MSc in Occupational Psychology with Birkbeck College (University of London). He subsequently completed a PhD at Newcastle University, in which he examined coping strategies in careers.
He moved into academia in 1999, initially as a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Northumbria University and from 2002 as a Lecturer in Management at Newcastle University, where he was Executive MBA Programme Director before becoming Director of Postgraduate Programmes.
Professor Blenkinsopp joined Teesside University Business School as Reader in Management in 2007, and took on the role of Assistant Dean (Research) in 2011.
Collaboration is a key feature of Professor Blenkinsopp's research, with colleagues in Teesside University Business School, as well as academics at other universities in the UK and overseas.
He has published with researchers from Australia, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Turkey and the USA, and is a member of the Odette International research group, which comprises researchers from over a dozen countries examining issues of bullying and emotional labour. Given his own unusual career path, it is unsurprising that the main focus of Professor Blenkinsopp’s research is career development.
His work examines the influence of emotion on career, how people make sense of and cope with problems in their careers, and the implications of our sensemaking for organisations and wider society. Professor Blenkinsopp has also undertaken research on employee silence and whistle-blowing, management education, and cross-cultural management.
He is supervising six doctoral students, who are researching a range of topics. His research has been funded by the British Academy, the European Commission, and the Institute for Local Governance, and published in a variety of journals, including the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology and Personnel Review.
Career management and development Cultures of silence Whistle-blowing Workforce planning
Key recent publications: Mazzetti, A. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2012). Evaluating a visual timeline methodology for appraisal and coping research. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8325.2012.02060.x Power, J. L., Brotheridge, C.M., Blenkinsopp, J. et. al. (2011). Acceptability of workplace bullying: A comparative study on six continents. Journal of Business Research. Scurry, T. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2011). Under-employment among recent graduates: a review of the literature. Personnel Review, 40 (5), pp.643-659. Park, H., Blenkinsopp, J., Oktem, M.K. & Omurgonulsen, U. (2008). Cultural orientation and attitudes towards different forms of whistleblowing: A comparison of South Korea, Turkey and the UK. Journal of Business Ethics, 82 (4), pp.929-939.
In the news
- Teesside University coverage
BBC Radio4, Sunday, 28/10/2012, 07:43:38
Assistant dean at Teesside University Business School discusses the Jimmy Savile scandal with guests on Sunday.
- Rise in male part-time workers
BBC Tees, 17/05/2012
Teesside University academic John Blenkinsopp comments on the increasing number of men who are employed in part-time positions.