Before Paul's arrival at Stirling I 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 co-editor of the Palgrave Series - Management, Work and Organization; and serves on the Boards of the Journal of Management Studies and New Technology, Work and Employment.
Paul is an internationally known theorist of the labour poricess 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 Organization Misbehaviour. He has over 60 articles in leading journals. His work has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hungarian and Swedish. He isConvenor of the Steering group for the Interntional 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.
My current research is focused on the organisational characteristics of the global value chain in creative and technology-intensive industries (with Professor Rachel Parker and Dr Stephen Cox of Queensland University of Technology); and the uses and abuses of social media at work (with Professor Paula McDonald of QUT).
More broadly, my long term research interests have focused on managerial control and worker resistance; and on the inter-relations between capitalist political economy, firms 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.
Pulignano V, Thompson P & Doerflinger N (2020) Workplace change and institutional experimentation: a case study of service-sector work in Europe. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1024258920918483
Parker R, Cox S & Thompson P (2018) Financialization and Value-based Control: Lessons from the Australian Mining Supply Chain. Economic Geography, 94 (1), pp. 49-67. https://doi.org/10.1080/00130095.2017.1330118
Parker R, Cox S & Thompson P (2017) The dynamics of global visual effects and games development industries: lessons for Australia’s creative industries development policy. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 23 (4), pp. 395-414. https://doi.org/10.1080/10286632.2015.1064118
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
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
McDonald P, Thompson P & O'Connor P (2016) Profiling employees online: shifting public-private boundaries in organisational life. Human Resource Management Journal, 26 (4), pp. 541-556. https://doi.org/10.1111/1748-8583.12121
McDonald P & Thompson P (2016) Social Media(tion) and the Reshaping of Public/Private Boundaries in Employment Relations. International Journal of Management Reviews, 18 (1), pp. 69-84. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12061
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
Parker R, Cox S & Thompson P (2014) How technological change affects power relations in global markets: Remote developers in the console and mobile games industry. Environment and Planning A, 46 (1), pp. 168-185. https://doi.org/10.1068/a45663
Newsome K, Commander J & Thompson P (2013) Labouring under the supply chain: work and employment in the UK supermarket supply chain. British Universities Industrial Relations Association 63rd Annual Conference, Glasgow, 27.06.2013-29.06.2013.
Thompson P, Newsome K & Commander J (2013) 'Good when they want to be': Migrant workers in the supermarket supply chain. Human Resource Management Journal, 23 (2), pp. 129-143. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2011.00186.x
Thompson P (2013) Financialization and the workplace: Extending and applying the disconnected capitalism thesis. Work, Employment and Society, 27 (3), pp. 472-488. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017013479827
Newsome K, Thompson P & Commander J (2013) 'You monitor performance at every hour': Labour and the management of performance in the supermarket supply chain. New Technology, Work and Employment, 28 (1), pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12000
Hurrell S, Scholarios D & Thompson P (2013) More than a 'humpty dumpty' term: Strengthening the conceptualization of soft skills. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 34 (1), pp. 161-182. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X12444934
Thompson P & Harley B (2012) Beneath the Radar? A Critical Realist Analysis of 'The Knowledge Economy' and 'Shareholder Value' as Competing Discourses. Organization Studies, 33 (10), pp. 1363-1381. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840612457614
Newsome K, Thompson P & Commander J (2011) 'You monitor performance at every hour': labour and the management of performance in the retail supply chain. 29th International Labour Process Conference, Leeds, 05.04.2011-07.04.2011. https://www.ilpc.org.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=6135&absid=335
Thompson P & Harley B (2011) Knowledge economy or shareholder value? A critical realist framework for understanding discourse. 29th International Labour Process Conference, Leeds, 05.04.2011-07.04.2011.
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
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
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
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
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
Findlay P, McKinlay A, Marks A & Thompson P (2009) Collective bargaining and new work regimes: 'too important to be left to bosses'. Industrial Relations Journal, 40 (3), pp. 235-251. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2009.00523.x