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Tracey Coule

Dr Tracey Coule



I am currently Professor of Non-profit Work and Organization in the Department of Management, former Programme Leader of Sheffield Business School's Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) and a core member of the pan-university Voluntary Action Research Group (VARG). My current teaching and research activities focus on two areas: research philosophy and methodology, and; organization theory and the pervasive issues of management control, structure, power and decision-making. My research focuses on organizing and managing work in nonprofit organizations and its linkages to wider societal arrangements, supplemented by a strong interest in research philosophy and methodology. Specifically, I focus on two overlapping themes within my research: the marginalisation and prioritisation of different forms and processes of nonprofit governance and organization and the social-political dynamics of state-nonprofit relations in welfare systems. 

I served on the editorial board of Voluntary Sector Review, am Research-to-Practice Editor for Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) and a Board Member for the EMES international research network. My research has featured in international journals such as NVSQ, Public Administration and Business & Society and I have contributed chapters to books such as Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (2011; 2016; 2019) and The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods (2017). I have extensive experience of applied research on nonprofit organizations, governance, organization development, public service innovation, social policy and a passion for policy and practice relevant research, playing major roles in research projects for central government, statutory health bodies and national and local nonprofit organizations.

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