Louise Suckley

Dr Louise Suckley PhD, PgC, BA

Senior Lecturer, Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship


Experienced senior lecturer in Strategy Management, Enterprise, Change and Research Methods following a career in research and business support with a number of SMEs and business support agencies. Research interests are in the role of the physical workspace on creativity and productivity; co-working and collaborative workspaces, which builds upon a research background in facilities management, employee motivation and return on investment evaluation.


Department of Management

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Subject area

Strategic Management



Journal articles

Suckley, L. (2024). Adjusting and re-adjusting: Learnings from the experience of coworkers for the future of coworking and shared working spaces. Journal of Workplace Learning: employee counselling today. http://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-11-2022-0162

Haynes, B., Suckley, L., & Nunnington, N. (2019). Workplace Alignment: An evaluation of office worker flexibility and workplace provision. Facilities, 37 (13/14), 1082-1103. http://doi.org/10.1108/F-07-2018-0082

Haynes, B., Suckley, L., & Nunnington, N. (2017). Workplace productivity and office type: an evaluation of office occupier differences based on age and gender. Journal of Corporate Real Estate, 19 (2), 111-138. http://doi.org/10.1108/JCRE-11-2016-0037

Dobson, S., & Suckley, L. (2015). 'A squash and a squeeze': managing spatial relations in the office. International Journal of Business Environment, 7 (2), 137. http://doi.org/10.1504/ijbe.2015.069011

Suckley, L. (2015). Book Review: Work and Occupational Psychology: Integrating Theory and Practice. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 16 (3), 228. http://doi.org/10.5367/ijei.2015.0194

Dobson, S., Breslin, D., Suckley, L., Barton, R., & Rodriguez, L. (2013). Small firm survival and innovation : an evolutionary approach. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 14 (2), 69-80. http://www.ippublishing.com/ijei.htm#Small_firm_survival_and_innovation:_an_evolutionary_approach_

Dobson, S., & Breslin, D. (2013). An evolutionary perspective on managing the ephemeral architecture of organisational creativity. International Journal of Business Environment, 5 (4), 413-429. http://doi.org/10.1504/IJBE.2013.052088

Suckley, L., Price, I., & Sharpe, J. (2013). Exploring inter-departmental barriers between production and quality. Journal of organizational ethnography, 2 (2), 173-190. http://doi.org/10.1108/JOE-09-2012-0038

May, D., & Suckley, L. (2005). Ward housekeepers in mental health environments. Facilities, 23 (13/14), 608-620. http://doi.org/10.1108/02632770510627589

Hellaby, H., Matzdorf, F., Suckley, L., & Price, I. (2003). The Impact of Facilities on Student Choice of University. Facilities, 21, Special issue: Applying and extending the global knowledge base, 212-222.

Price, I., Matzdorf, F., Smith, L., & Agahi, H. (2003). The impact of facilities on student choice of university. Facilities, 21 (10), 212-222. http://doi.org/10.1108/02632770310493580

May, D., & Smith, L. (2003). Evaluation of the new ward housekeeper role in UK NHS Trusts. Facilities, 21 (7/8), 168-174. http://doi.org/10.1108/02632770310489909

Puddy, J.R., Price, I., & Smith, L. (2001). FM policies and standards as a knowledge management system. Facilities, 19 (13/14), 504-515. http://doi.org/10.1108/02632770110409486

Smith, L. (1999). An evaluation of programmes for staff motivation in NHS and hotel ancillary staff. Facilities, 17 (7/8), 264-271. http://doi.org/10.1108/02632779910270221

Suckley, L., & Dobson, S. (n.d.). Measuring Social and Spatial Relations in an Office Move. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering.

Conference papers

Kelly, S., Dobson, S., Suckley, L., & Pinder, J. (2014). Connecting workspace and health. SHU Imagine, 0.

Suckley, L., Kelly, S., Legge, D., & Pinder, J. (2014). Connecting workspace and health : a case study. In Imagine Research Cafe, Sheffield Hallam University, 1 February 2014.

Dobson, S., Barton, R., Suckley, L., & Rodriguez, L. (2012). The socio‐spatial nature of organisational creativity:experiences along the road toward transdisciplinarity. In Understanding Interdisciplinarity: Theory and Practice - An International Conference, Sheffield, 12 June 2012 - 14 June 2012. http://research.shu.ac.uk/engineering-for-life/Conference.html

Book chapters

Suckley, L., & Nicholson, J. (2018). Enhancing Creativity Through Workspace Design. In Martin, L., & Wilson, N. (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work. Palgrave Macmillan: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319773490


Suckley, L., & Zheltoukhova, K. (2014). Hands-on or hands- off: effective leadership and management in Small to Medium size Enterprises.

Sharpe, J., Suckley, L., & Price, I. (n.d.). Re-engineering unwritten rules: an ethnographic study of an intra-organizational ecology. Not specified.


Suckley, L. (2022). An abrupt transition from a community-centred to home-based workspace during the Covid-19 pandemic: A study of coworking space users. Presented at: European Coworking Symposium, Prostor 39, Prague

Suckley, L. (2022). What makes a good vibe in a coworking space: initial findings. Presented at: Coworking and the Future of Work, University of Sussex Business School

Suckley, L., & Maragh, D. (2017). Student to pupil mentoring: An approach to developing enterprising behaviours.

Suckley, L., & Dobson, S. (2014). Measuring social and spatial relations in an office move.

Dobson, S., & Suckley, L. (2012). Understanding Innovation: A Case Study.

Dobson, S., Breslin, D., Suckley, L., Barton, R., & Rodriguez, L. (2012). Evolving innovation through office knowledge networks :mapping the ephemeral architecture of organizationalcreativity. Presented at: 12th EURAM 2012 : Social Innovation for Competitiveness, Organisational Performance and Human Excellence, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2012


Suckley, L., Dobson, S., Barton, R., & Rodriguez, L. (n.d.). Understanding Innovation in the Workspace: A case study. Presented at: Work, Wellbeing and Performance: Thriving in times of uncertainty, Sheffield, 2012

Other activities

Competitve Research Award

  • 2014: ESRC Workspace, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom

Postgraduate supervision

MBA and DBA dissertation supervisor in areas of strategy, enterprise, creativity, organisational behaviour and change. 

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