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.
- 2008: PhD Sustainability in Voluntary Organisations: Exploring the dynamics of organisational strategy, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
- 2005: MA Social Science Research Methods, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
- 2001: BA PE & Psychology, York St John University, United Kingdom
Honours and Awards:
Co-editor for forthcoming Symposium in Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Research-to-Practice Editor for Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Elected Member of EMES Board of Directors.
COST independent expert.
Tutor for ARCSA/ARNOVA Emerging African Scholars Programme.
International Society for Third-Sector Research [ISTR] PhD mentor.
Scientific Committee Member, invited speaker and Tutor – EMES International Doctoral Training School.
Twice awarded Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Research Supervisor.
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly in ‘Top ten cited articles in 2016’.
Campbell Adamson Memorial Prize winner [best overall paper], 13th Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference.
- Organisational Behaviour and Organisation Theory
- Post Graduate Research - DBA
- Post Graduate Research - PhD
- Contract research
Sheffield Business School
Programme and Course Leadership:
Programme Leader for the Doctorate in Business Administration portfolio (including onsite and 2 international programmes).
Course Leader for the onsite DBA.
Contemporary Issues in Organisation and Management (DBA).
Leadership, Management and Organisation Theory (DBA).
Research Design and Execution (MRes).
Research Methods (MSc Change Programme [including MSc Organisation Development and Consultancy; MSc Charity Resource Management; MSc Coaching and Mentoring; MSc Cooperative and Social Enterprise Management].
Ethics (Level 7 BSc).
Corporate Governance (DBA)
Corporate Governance and Strastegy (MSc Charity Resource Management).
Organization Theory (DBA).
Research philosophies (DBA; MRes).
Research design (DBA; MRes).
Research Methods (MSc HRM; HRD).
Masters dissertation supervision (MSc Charity Resource Management; MSc International HRM; MSc Human Resource Leadership; MSc HRM; MRes).
Coule, T., Dodge, J., & Eikenberry, A. (2020). Towards a typology of critical nonprofit studies: A literature review. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. http://doi.org/10.1177/0899764020919807
Coule, T., & Beach, Y. (2016). Transforming the boundaries of project management: A critique of disciplinary assumptions and mental traps. In British Academy of Management. Newcastle: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference
Beach, Y., & Coule, T. (2016). Socio-political dynamics in the pre-initiation phase of organisational change projects: approaching projects as a contested and negotiated space. Procedia Computer Science, 100, 298-304. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2016.09.159
Coule, T. (2013). Governance in non-profit organizations: accountability for compliance or legitimacy? In British Academy of Management Conference, Liverpool, 10 September 2013 - 12 September 2013. http://conference.bam.ac.uk/BAM2013/htdocs/Papers/contribution303.pdf
Coule, T.M. (2007). Developing strategies for sustainability: implications for governance and accountability. In NCVO/VSSN Researching the voluntary sector conference, University of Warwick, 5 September 2007 - 6 September 2007. http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/uploadedFiles/NCVO/What_we_do/Research/Research_Events/Coule_T_PDF.pdf
Coule, T., Patmore, B., & Bennett, E. (2018). The value of small: In-depth research into the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of small and medium-sized charities in Salford. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/value-of-small-salford.pdf
Dayson, C., Baker, L., Rees, J., Batty, E., Bennett, E., Damm, C., ... Terry, V. (2018). The value of small: in-depth research into the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of small and medium-sized charities in England and Wales : Summary. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/value-of-small-summary-final.pdf
Pearson, S., Coule, T., & Macmillan, R. (2008). Valuing the Voluntary and Community Sector in Rotherham in 2008. Voluntary Action Rotherham.
Theses / Dissertations
Patmore, B. (2019). Working Across Agency Boundaries: A Micro-Institutionalist Perspective on Public Service Innovation. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Coule, T. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00258
Rivoallan, G. (2019). The role of mindfulness in the development ofresilience in entrepreneurs. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Coule, T. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00190
Elliott, D.A. (2016). Voluntary sector chargeable support services: A typology of actor worldviews of legitimacy. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Morgan, G., & Coule, T.
Bennett, E.K. (2015). The power of ideas : the state-sector relationship in policy and practice. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Wells, P., & Coule, T.
Stokes, P. (2015). The skilled coachee: An alternative discourse on coach. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Coule, T.
Coule, T., Dodge, J., & Eikenberry, A. (2018). ‘Defining and applying critical nonprofit scholarship: What’s its nature and where is it published?’. Presented at: ARNOVA Conference 2018, Austin, Texas
Coule, T., Dodge, J., & Eikenberry, A. (2017). This paper reports on findings from a systematic review of “critical” perspectives in three key journals dedicated to nonprofit research—Voluntas, NVSQ, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership—to explore three core questions: How critical is nonprofit scholarship as portrayed in these journals and how has it changed over time? What is the nature of this critical work? And what has critical scholarship contributed to the understanding and practice of nonprofit studies? By critical, we mean scholarship that questions the taken for granted; challenges instrumentalism, structures of domination and asymmetrical power relations; and involves skepticism about the moral defensibility and social sustainability of dominant models of organization. Presented at: ARNOVA Conference 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Coule, T., Bennett, E., & Patmore, B. (2017). Bridging the Logic Divide in Public Service Delivery? The Case of Place-Based Early Action Interventions in the UK. Presented at: ARNOVA Conference 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Coule, T. (2015). Understanding stress as a form of institutional maintenance and disruption work.
Coule, T. (2014). Institutional messages and identity work in contexts of weakened field constraints.
Coule, T. (2013). Governance in non-profit organizations: accountability for compliance or legitimacy? Presented at: British Academy of Management Conference, Liverpool, 2013
Competitve Research Award
- 2017: Lloyds Bank Foundation, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
I have supervised numerous PhD and DBA candidates to successful completion in a broad range of topics (titles below). I welcome further applications from potential candidates wishing to study a broad variety of nonprofit forms of organization and/or their relationship to the state.
The Skilled Coachee: An alternative discourse on coaching. PhD. 2015.
Towards a theory of sustaining change in organisations: A systemic action research. Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). 2015.
The power of ideas: the state-sector relationship in policy and practice. PhD. 2015.
Voluntary sector chargeable support services: A typology of actor worldviews of legitimacy. PhD. 2016.
The role of mindfulness in the development of resilience in entrepreneurs. DBA. 2019.
What influences social entrepreneurs to adopt particular social enterprise structures and why? DBA. 2019.
Working across agency boundaries: A micro-institutional perspective on public service innovation. PhD. 2019.