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Tracey Coule

Dr Tracey Coule



I am the Programme Leader for Sheffield Business School's Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) and co-lead for the pan-university Centre for Voluntary Sector Research (CVSR). My current teaching and research activities focus on two areas: research philosophy and methodology, and; organisation theory and the pervasive issues of management control, structure, power and decision-making. I tend to approach such issues from a Critical Management Studies perspective in order to explore and present alternative understandings of organisations and organising and my research is primarily located within a non-profit context. I am a reviewer for Management Learning; Organizational Research Methods; Non-profit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly; Voluntary Sector Review, Human Relations and Public Administration, an editorial board member for Voluntary Sector Review and Research-to-Practice Editor for Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Prior to entering academia, I held research and policy analysis roles within the non-profit and public sectors, with responsibility for undertaking and commissioning research activities, policy analysis and strategy development. I continue to remain passionate about practice and policy relevant research, which is the cornerstone of our DBA, and have undertaken numerous client-driven research projects since joining SBS. These have included evaluative studies of coaching, organization development and policy initiatives for central government departments, non-profit organizations and statutory health bodies. I currently supervise PhD and DBA candidates studying:- Non-profit identity in the context of public service/welfare reform, non-profit collaboration, public service innovation in non-profit organizations, charging for services and non-profit legitimacy, leadership for social purpose.

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