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.
- 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
- Organisational Behaviour and Organisation Theory
- Post Graduate Research - DBA
- Post Graduate Research - PhD
- Contract research
Department of Management
Sheffield Business School
2014 to 2016: Contemporary Issues in Organization and Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
2011 to 2014: Research Philosophies, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
2011 to 2016: Leadership, Management and Organisation Theory, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
2010 to 2016: Research Philosophy, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
2010 to 2016: Research Design, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
2010 to 2012: Research Design, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
2008 to 2015: Non-profit governance and fundraisiing, lecture on governance and strategy, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
2008 to 2016: Dissertation supervision, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
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., & 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
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
Theses / Dissertations
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