Professor Paul Thompson

Emeritus Professor

Management, Work and Organisation University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Paul Thompson

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About me

Before his arrival at Stirling Paul was Professor of Organisational Analysis, Department of Human Resource Management, Univesity of Strathclyde (1999-2015, including Head of department 2005-8); Vice Dean Research of Strathclyde Business School (2002-5; 2010-13); Professor of Management and Head of Department of Business Studies, University of Edinburgh 1995-9. Professor and Principal Lecturer, Department of Organisation Studies, University of Central Lancashire 1984-1995.  He is Consulting Editor to the joural Work in the Global Economy and serves on the Boards of New Technology, Work and Employment and Industrial Relations./Relations Industrielle. Paul is an internationally known theorist of the labour process and of changes in work, employment and organization. Amongst his single or co-authored books are The Nature of Work, Workplaces of the Future, New Technology@Work, Work Organisations, and Organizational Misbehaviour. He has over 70 articles in leading journals. His work has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hungarian and Swedish. He is Convenor of the Steering Group for the International Labour Process Conference.  Paul has led or been part of teams researching the commercial vehicle, hotel, call centre, spirits and supermarket sectors. With various colleagues, research grants have been secured from the ESRC (Management Innovation Programme, studentships and Seminar Programme), private companies (e.g. United Distillers and Allied Distiller Ltd), the Trades Union Congress, the Carnegie Trust and the Australian Research Council.

Research

My recent projects have been on global value chains and labour with Racel Parker at Queensland University of Technology) and social media and employment relations (with Paula McDonald of Queensland University of Technology). Longer term research interests have focused on managerial control and worker resistance/misbehaviour; and on the inter-relations between capitalist political economy, firms, technology and the labour process. Since the early 2000s I have been developing an account of the impacts of financialization on work and employment relations at firm/chain level. 

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Book Chapter

Ackroyd S & Thompson P (2016) Unruly Subjects: Misbehaviour in the Workplace. In: Edgell S, Gottfried H & Granter E (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment. London: SAGE, pp. 185-204. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook-of-the-sociology-of-work-and-employment/book241928

Book Chapter

Thompson P & Newsome K (2016) The Dynamics of Dignity at Work. In: Keister L & Roscigno V (eds.) A Gedenkschrift to Randy Hodson: Working with Dignity. Research in the Sociology of Work, 28. Bingley: Emerald Press, pp. 79-100. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/S0277-283320160000028008

Book Chapter

Thompson P, Parker R & Cox S (2015) Labour and Assymetric Power Relations in Global Value Chains: The digital entertainment industries and beyond. In: Newsome K, Taylor P, Bair J & Rainnie A (eds.) Putting Labour in its Place: Labour Process Analysis and Global Value Chains. Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 45-63. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/putting-labour-in-its-place-kirsty-newsome/?K=9781137410351

Article

Thompson P (2011) The trouble with HRM. Human Resource Management Journal, 21 (4), pp. 355-367. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2011.00180.x

Edited Book

Smith C & Thompson P (eds.) (2010) Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis. Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment. London: Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/working-life-paul-thompson/?isb=9780230222236

Book Chapter

Marks A & Thompson P (2010) Beyond the blank slate: identities and interests at work. In: Thompson P & Smith C (eds.) Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis. Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 316-338. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/working-life-paul-thompson/?isb=9780230222236

Book Chapter

Thompson P & Vincent S (2010) Labour process theory and critical realism. In: Thompson P & Smith C (eds.) Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis. Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 47-69. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/working-life-paul-thompson/?isb=9780230222236

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Newsome K, Thompson P & Commander J (2010) Time is money: supermarkets, suppliers and working-time. Work, Employment and Society Conference 2010, Brighton, 07.09.2010-09.09.2010. https://www.britsoc.co.uk/files/WES%20Programme%20FINAL%20with%20COVER.pdf

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Thompson P (2010) Re-visualising creative labour: a labour process perspective. 28th International Labour Process Conference, Rutgers, New York, 15.03.2010-17.03.2010. https://www.ilpc.org.uk/PreviousConferences/ILPC2010Papers.aspx