John Blenkinsopp

John Blenkinsopp
Northumbria University · Newcastle Business School

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
John Blenkinsopp holds post at Bjørknes University College (Norway) and Northumbria University (UK) as Professor of Organisational Psychology. His research interests include career development, whistleblowing, and well-being at work, and a broader interest in the future of work.
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July 2016 - present
Northumbria University
Position
  • Professor
June 2013 - June 2016
University of Hull
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  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • Professor and Head of OB & HRM
March 2011 - May 2013
Teesside University
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  • Research Assistant

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Publications (61)
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Abstract This study focused on United Nations (UN) civilian volunteers serving in “hot spots”, and tested a model to predict their intentions to apply for a new UN assignment. These individuals have characteristics of both assigned expatriates and self-initiated expatriates. In-Role Behaviours (IRB) and Organizational Citizenship Behaviours towards...
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This article aims to investigate the impact of employee perceptions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on job embeddedness under the drastic circumstances of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This study also investigated the role of organizational identification as a psychological mechanism linking employee perceptions of corporate social...
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It has been recognized that whistleblowing is important to detect failings in many sectors within many nations. Many serious failings in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) are brought to light by the action of whistleblowers. However, analysis of the reports of public inquiries reveal how little the inquiries examined the role of the whistleblo...
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This Forum explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Higher Education (HE) sector through the experiences and perspectives in China, Malaysia and the UK, with schools and universities closed and teaching moved online with very short notice. Authors were given an open brief as to the nature of their contribution, reflecting the still evolv...
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Engagement with work has been one of the most influential management ideas of recent decades. A prevalent assumption is that engagement is inherently beneficial and disengagement is a problem to be addressed. Yet theory and research on disengagement show it may not have the assumed negative impact on organizations, and at times may be beneficial fo...
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Background People with cancer often have unidentified symptoms and social care needs. The Needs Assessment Tool-Cancer (NAT-C) is a validated, structured method of assessing patient/carer concerns and prompting action, to address unmet need. Aims Assess feasibility and acceptability of a definitive two-armed cluster randomised trial of NAT-C in pr...
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With crowd logistics becoming a crucial part of the last-mile delivery challenge in many cities, continued participation of crowd workers has become an essential issue affecting the growth of the crowd logistics platform. Understanding how people are motivated to continue their participation in crowd logistics can provide some clarity as to what po...
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Significant numbers of recent graduates continue to enter non-graduate roles. Against this backdrop, there is a need to consider how students and graduates can be prepared for the graduate labour market. Resilience is represented as a key attribute for successfully navigating this challenging and complex labour market. Drawing on empirical research...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate external whistleblowers’ experiences of workplace bullying by superiors and colleagues, and to analyze how the bullying was influenced by factors such as the support they received from government or NGOs, and whether colleagues understood the reasons for the whistleblower’s actions. For bullying by colle...
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Significant expansions in higher education over the last few decades have raised concerns about an over-supply of graduates in the labour market, such that a degree no longer seamlessly translates into a graduate career or occupation, with the increased life chances this could bring. In this paper, we report a study of undergraduates’ perceptions o...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to review existing research on whistleblowing in healthcare in order to develop an evidence base for policy and research. Design/methodology/approach A narrative review, based on systematic literature protocols developed within the management field. Findings The authors identify valuable insights on the factor...
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Our article focuses on anxiety, which is an integral but still often ignored aspect of human resource development (HRD). The context of our study is a particular HRD intervention in Higher Education (HE): the part‐time MBA, and here for a group of managers who had taken less‐typical routes into HE and for whom anxiety was often heightened. Drawing...
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Background Research to identify the role of primary care in cancer care is important. However, trials in primary care are difficult. Aim To understand how patients, families, and primary care clinicians view their role in cancer care and identify opportunities for cancer primary care research. Method Qualitative study embedded within a feasibilit...
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Background People with cancer commonly have unidentified palliative care needs. The NAT-C is a validated tool to identify and triage unmet needs. Aim To assess the feasibility and acceptability of a primary care cRCT of the NAT-C: 1) recruiting four GP-practices and 40–60 patients, 2) uptake of NAT-C, 3) questionnaire completion 4) acceptability o...
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore whether official inquiries are an effective method for holding the medical profession to account for failings in the quality and safety of care. Design/methodology/approach: Through a review of the theoretical literature on professions and documentary analysis of key public inquiry documents and r...
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Background Research to identify the role of primary care in cancer care is important. However, trials in primary care are difficult. Aims To understand how patients, families and primary care clinicians view their role in cancer care and opportunities for cancer primary care research. Methods Qualitative study embedded within a feasibility cluste...
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Background People with cancer commonly have distressing symptoms and unidentified palliative care needs. The Needs Assessment Tool:Cancer (NAT:-C) is a validated tool to improve needs-based access to palliative care. Aims To assess the feasibility and acceptability of conducting a definitive cRCT of the NAT:-C in primary care in terms of • Recrui...
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This paper addresses longstanding questions about how promise and obligation, two of the key conceptual building blocks for psychological contract research, are conceptualized and operationalized: How do employees understand these concepts? Would their understandings be congruent with the researchers’ and how would this knowledge inform future psyc...
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In modern healthcare systems, not all care is as good or as safe as it could be and there is growing evidence to suggest about one in ten patients admitted to hospital may be harmed as a result of their admission. This chapter draws on some recent work funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research to explore the ways in which front-line v...
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Background There is compelling evidence to suggest that some (or even many) NHS staff feel unable to speak up, and that even when they do, their organisation may respond inappropriately. Objectives The specific project objectives were (1) to explore the academic and grey literature on whistleblowing and related concepts, identifying the key theore...
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Fundamental changes in the nature of UK Higher Education have led to an increased emphasis on the notion of Higher Education (HE) investment ‘paying off’ for individuals and society with graduate labour market outcomes increasingly being used to evaluate and demonstrate the value of this investment. For example, one of the four UK Performance Indic...
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Civic entrepreneurship involves engagement between the state, business and civil society to produce economic growth for the public good. In the UK context a key initiative to encourage such engagement has been the creation of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs); these structures are intended to be a key delivery driver of regional economic growth....
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Surveys are a commonly used means of measuring transparency levels, but they are potentially vulnerable to perceptual biases. This study sought to examine perceptual differences by the respondents’ identities as general citizens or public employees, and the possible negative perceptions that one group may have of the other concerning responses to a...
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In their valuable discussion of whistleblowing in healthcare organisations, Mannion and Davies highlight the importance of organisational culture in influencing whether people raise concerns, and whether these concerns are listened to and acted upon. The role of leadership in shaping organisational culture is well-established1 and in this commentar...
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Research on organizational socialization has been strongly influenced by the literature on rites of passage but has paid limited attention to its key concept of liminality, the threshold state of being ‘betwixt and between’, in exploring the process by which outsiders become insiders. In traditional organizational careers liminality occurs only bri...
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This study examines the influence of an observer’s value orientation and personality type on attitudes toward whistleblowing. Based on a review of the literature we generated three hypotheses to explain the relationship between these two factors and attitudes toward whistleblowing, and these were tested using data collected from 490 university stud...
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Purpose ‐ This paper aims to examine the relationship between ethics programmes and ethical culture, and their impact on misconduct. Design/methodology/approach ‐ A theoretical model which posits ethical culture to be a mediating variable in the relationship between ethics programmes and misconduct was tested using data from a national ethics surve...
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In this chapter, we examine global careers in the context of the United Kingdom (UK) by synthesising perspectives from a range of disciplines to explore the behaviour and experience of individual actors who are pursuing global careers, either in the UK or from the UK.
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Theoretical models of stress have become increasingly sophisticated, recognizing the importance of context and history, yet the principal data-gathering method used by researchers remains the self-report questionnaire, a method which is conspicuously ill suited to obtaining data which would allow for exploration of these factors. In this article, w...
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This paper outlines the findings of a longitudinal study of knowledge transfer processes within a hotel chain in Iran. The company was of interest because it had adopted a deliberate strategy of bringing in new management ideas from other countries. We focused on their adoption of new HRM practices. Key findings were that cultural and religious fac...
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Drawing upon the organisational socialisation and sensemaking literatures, this article examines the implications of potential mismatches between prospective cruise workers' perceptions and their subjectively defined reality of working on board. The study reveals how individuals make sense of this mismatch and how they define their onboard experien...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to offer a systematic review of the literature that explores under-employment among recent graduates. Literature from a range of disciplines is reviewed in an attempt to further a theoretical understanding. In doing this, the secondary aim is to identify avenues for future research. Design/methodology/approach...
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Reducing corruption and improving citizen satisfaction are important aims of government, yet the link between these two policy aims has rarely been explored. This article reports a study into the roles played by transparency and trust in the relationship between governmental corruption and citizen satisfaction with public services. The study was ba...
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The roles of transparency and trust in the relationship between corruption and citizen satisfaction Reducing corruption and improving citizen satisfaction are important aims of government, yet the link between these two policy aims has rarely been explored. This article reports a study into the roles played by transparency and trust in the relation...
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Purpose – The conceptual framework developed in the present study aims to highlight the importance of human resource (HR) practices as a mediator between national culture and employees' careers. Design/methodology/approach – The approach taken is a literature review and the development of a conceptual model. Findings – The paper contributes to the...
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Purpose – The paper aims to develop an expanded conceptualisation of copreneurship, locating it within the family embeddedness perspective on entrepreneurship. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws upon entrepreneurship and family business literatures in order to identify the concept of copreneurship within both traditions. Findings – Copre...
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Purpose – Issues of language in international business have been the focus of a growing body of theoretical and empirical work. This paper aims to contribute to this literature, focusing specifically on issues of translation. The role of translator will vary depending on the language strategy adopted, with strategies linked to differing perspective...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a research agenda to underpin leadership development activity in the social housing sector, in the light of an identified need for effective leadership in this sector owing to the continual reform and changes it faces. Design/methodology/approach – A literature review is conducted by searching a num...
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This paper is the first to explore the impact of culture on the acceptability of workplace bullying and to do so across a wide range of countries. Physically intimidating bullying is less acceptable than work related bullying both within groups of similar cultures and globally. Cultures with high performance orientation find bullying to be more acc...
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Given the lack of unequivocal findings on person-career fit, this investigation aims to gain insight into the role of cognitive styles in understanding students’ career preferences by two complementary studies. In study 1, we examined whether students (n = 84) with different cognitive styles differ in their entrepreneurial attitudes. Results showed...
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This article reports the findings of a cross-cultural study that explored the relationship between nationality, cultural orientation, and attitudes toward different ways in which an employee might blow the whistle. The study investigated two questions – are there any significant differences in the attitudes of university students from South Korea,...
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The growth of research into whistle-blowing has produced some compelling insights into this important organizational phenomenon, but a number of areas remain under-explored, particularly the role of emotion and our understanding of the far more common response to wrongdoing, namely inaction. In this chapter we seek to problematize current conceptua...
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This article examines through an autoethnographic account how career aspirations and constraints may lead individuals to endure emotionally aversive situations. It presents evidence that individuals in such situations engage in emotion‐focused coping through narrative, illustrated by the author’s autoethnographic narrative of a difficult working re...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the phenomenon of growing numbers of graduates in non-graduate occupations (GRINGOs), and to explore the HR issues and complexities that arise as a consequence. The article also suggests avenues for future research. Design/methodology/approach – A case study methodology was used to gather data from...
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‘Career’, describing an individual’s series of work activities, stems from the Latin carrara for a carriage traveling along a road. The latest stage in the journey of the career discipline and its literature is a proliferation of handbooks and collected readings and the growing wealth of material accessible through on-line initiatives such as Googl...
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Purpose – Martins and Terblanche developed a theoretical framework of the organisational factors that support creativity and innovation, and the current study aims to provide an empirical test of this framework. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a review of existing literature on national culture and previous research into Polish organisations...
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This article contributes to the growing acknowledgement and scholarly exploration of the emotional and spiritual dimensions of work and career. Presenting a theoretical framework which links emotion and career through narrative, the article examines loss of affective organisational commitment using the metaphor of loss of faith, through analysis of...
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Purpose – The paper provides initial findings on the causes and consequences of problematic mid-career work-role transitions – self-reported career mistakes described by individuals in terms of a mismatch between expectations and reality. Design/methodology/approach – This exploratory study uses in-depth interviews based on critical incident techni...
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This paper considers how Russian managerial values are developing in the context of the sweeping economic, political and social changes associated with the transition of Russia to a market economy.By replicating earlier research (Holt et al., 199417. Holt , DH , Ralston , DA and Terpstra , RH . 1994. Constraints on Capitalism in Russia: The Mana...
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The phenomenon of current practitioners moving into academia is generally welcomed in terms addressing recruitment problems and the perceived benefit of bringing practical experience into the academic setting. Yet the individual practitioner may encounter considerable difficulties with this career transition. This paper identifies the different sou...

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This is a British Academy/Leverhulme Funded research project which looks at how creative workers make career choices. It builds in the survey I conducted last year on meaningful work in the circus.
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Research capacity development at individual, institutional, regional, national and international levels Resolving issues in the management of young entrepreneurial talent in transitional regions for eceonmic development
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To explore the use of visual methods as an alternative to traditional methods. The technique conferred a number of benefits that may not have been provided by more conventional approaches, making it a suitable basis for the exploration of stress appraisal and coping.