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Rachael Thompson

Assistant Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Rachael Thompson is a Lecturer within the Corporate and Executive Development department, Faculty of Business and Law- Newcastle Business School.

Rachael Thompson is a Lecturer within the Corporate and Executive Development department, Faculty of Business and Law- Newcastle Business School. Rachael is Programme Leader for Year One of the BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Corporate Management programme, holds several Module Tutor roles, and delivers teaching across a range of areas including leadership, personal development, reflective practice and research methods. As part of this role, she also supervises final year students during their research projects, including dissertations, work based research reports and professional projects.

Rachael obtained her PG HEP qualification and HEA fellowship in 2014, which has provided professional development within the areas of teaching and research.
Rachael was successfully awarded her doctorate in 2016, with her research focused on Followership within Public Sector contexts, utilising qualitative and visual research methodologies within this.

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Northumbria University
City Campus East 1
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Academic: Maternity Transitions | Parents at Work | Intersectionality | Leadership and Followership | Visual Research Methods

Assistant Professor at Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School. I lead on our MBA Top Up programme, hold several Module Tutor roles, and deliver teaching across a range of areas including leadership, personal development, reflective practice and research methods. I also supervise research students at Doctoral, Postgraduate and Undergraduate level. Qualified as an Insights Discovery Client Practitioner (Northumbria University, 2019) and achieved a Distinction for the PG Certificate in Coaching (2021) most recently. I currently hold an External Examiner position at University of Central Lancashire.

My current research interests centre on the lived experiences of working Parents, Maternity Transitions and Return to Work Journeys. I am also a co-lead on our "Mum Chat" group at Northumbria University, as part of the wider Parents & Carers Network.

An active member of the Followership research community, contributing publications via academic journals and book chapters, as well as leading on special issue editorials in New Directions for Student Leadership, and the journal of Industrial and Commercial Training. I have work published in the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Leadership Studies, the Journal of Leadership Education, and HRM Online. Winner of best paper at the International Leadership Associations Followership Symposium (2014, San Diego), subsequently delivering the closing plenary session. Other roles have included co-chairing the 1st Global Followership Conference (Canada, 2019), chairing the Followership Learning Community within the International Leadership Association (ILA) (2019-20) and being an invited discussion panel member at the ILA International Conference (Brussels, 2017).  I hold a position on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal of Industrial and Commercial Training (2023).

Successfully awarded my doctorate in 2016, with my research focused on Followership within Public Sector contexts, utilising qualitative and visual research methodologies within this.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The power of we in followership: Strategies for followership development, Thompson, R., Gresh, S., Hurwitz, M. 28 May 2021, In: Industrial and Commercial Training
  • Editor's Notes, Thompson, R., Hurwitz, M. 1 Sep 2020, In: New directions for student leadership
  • Followership Identity Work, Thompson, R. 1 Sep 2020, In: New directions for student leadership
  • Disrupting the leadership focus by facilitating the social construction of followership in the classroom: student responses to a visual method pedagogy, Morris, R., Corlett, S. 19 Jan 2017, In: The Journal of Leadership Studies
  • Followership, Hierarchies and Communication: Achieving or Negotiating Buy-in within the Public Sector?, Morris, R., Corlett, S. 3 Feb 2016, Followership in Action: Cases and Commentaries, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
  • Exploring employee engagement with (corporate) social responsibility: A Social Exchange perspective on organisational participation, Slack, R., Corlett, S., Morris, R. Mar 2015, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Organizational influences upon following: capturing the context through the use of visual research diaries, Morris, R. Oct 2015, International Leadership Association Annual Conference - Leading Across Borders and Generations
  • Constructions of following from a relational perspective, Morris, R. 2014, Followership Symposium, International Leadership Association Conference 2014
  • Constructions of Following from a Relational Perspective: A Follower-Focused Study, Morris, R. Dec 2014, In: Journal of Leadership Education
  • Experiences and constructions of following: Advancing understandings through visual research methods, Morris, R. 2014, International Leadership Association Conference 2014

  • Jeffrey Tibbett Behind The Mask: A Qualitative study to unmask the Social Construction of Leadership amongst Officer Cadets of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Start Date: 23/04/2021 End Date: 09/08/2023
  • Merrel Knox Working in dangerous contexts: Conceptualising leadership in Emergency Response Teams Start Date: 15/06/2018 End Date: 15/07/2020

  • Education Other Qualification October 13 2014
  • Management BA (Hons) September 30 2011
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Member British Academy of Management (BAM) 2014


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