Dr Tom Vine

Associate Professor

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Tom was recruited by Suffolk Business School in January 2012.  In addition to his lecturing, supervision and research responsibilities, Tom currently leads the Suffolk Business School Doctoral Programme.

Following his first two degrees at the University of Warwick (BSc Management Sciences; MA Organization Studies), Tom moved to London in 2001 to pursue a career in consultancy. With a keen interest in politics and psephology, he was fortunate enough to find work at the Electoral Reform Services.  He worked full time for the company for six years, during which time he gained a range of managerial, supply chain and strategic competences.  He was promoted in 2003 to manage a team of project managers and was by this stage responsible for the delivery of several multimillion pound projects in both private and public sectors.  He continues to work for the company in a consultancy capacity.  In 2007, Tom began his PhD at the University of Essex under the supervision of Professors Chris Land and Harro Höpfl.  His doctoral research used the immersive methods of organizational anthropology to study unconventional work practices at a large intentional community (commune) in Scotland. 

Tom currently leads the following modules:

  • Organizational Behaviour (MBA)
  • Consultancy Management with International Business (MBA)
  • Business Ethics (BA)
  • Dissertation module (MBA, MBM, MSc HRM)

  • Paradox and meta-theory
  • Organizational complexity
  • Neoliberalism and ideological entrenchment
  • Bureaucracy and post-bureaucracy
  • Organizational change (particularly in terms of projectification and the rise of co-working in the New Economy)
  • Émile Durkheim and collective effervescence
  • Ethnography, autoethnography and retrospective autoethnography
  • Discourse analysis, storytelling, polemic and narrative-based methodologies
  • Innovative pedagogies, particularly those related to neurodiversity

Vine, T (2020) ‘Teaching HE students with ASD: Towards a pedagogical framework’, Research and Public Engagement Conference, University of Suffolk, 13th March 2020 [Through competition]

Vine, T (2019) Towards a critical understanding of Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence’, Binus University (Indonesia) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2018) ‘Assessment by diorama: Fabricating wabi-sabi’, (Presented at the Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS) and Australasian Caucus of Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (ACSCOS), Tokyo, Japan: 17th-20th August, 2018[Through competition]

Vine, T (2017) ‘Brexit, Trump & Complexity’, (Presented at Critical Management Studies, Liverpool, 3rd-5th July, 2017) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2017) ‘Organizational identity in a post-secular world’, (Presented at the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, University of Oxford, 15th-17th March, 2017) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2017) ‘Discursive closure in ecologically sensitive food production’ (Presented at the 12th Organization Studies Summer Workshop & Special Issue: Food, Organization Matters: Paradoxes, Problems and Potentialities, Crete 17th-20th May, 2017) [Through competition]

  • PhD Management Studies (Essex, 2011)
  • MA Organization Studies (Warwick, 2001)
  • BSc Management Sciences (Warwick, 2000)

Vine, T. (2024) Paradox: Towards a Metatheory, London: Routledge.

Vine, T. (2023) 'Is physical co-presence a prerequisite for Durkheimian collective effervescence? Reflections on remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic', Culture and Organization.  

Ongus, C. & Vine, T. (2023) 'The Thorny Issue of Risk in Ethnographic Research: Perception, Prejudice and Unintended Consequences [Vignette]', in Kostera, M. & Krzyworzeka, P., How to Be an Ethnographer, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing 

Vine, T.  & Richards, S. (eds) (2022) Stories, Storytellers, and Storytelling, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan

Khan F., Mirza M., and Vine T. (2022) 'The UN Global Compact and the Ulama (Religious Scholars of Islam): A Missing Voice in Islamic Business Ethics', Journal of Management Inquiry. 

Vine, T. (2022). Clinical Advance Through Ethnographic Storytelling: Towards an Enacted Organisational Role for the Hospital Visitor. In: Vine, T., Richards, S. (eds) Stories, Storytellers, and Storytelling. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 

Potkins, T. & Vine, T. (2022). Women, Bullying, and the Construction Industry: A Story of Veiled Gender Dynamics. In: Vine, T., Richards, S. (eds) Stories, Storytellers, and Storytelling.  Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Vine, T. (2021) Bureaucracy, London: Routledge

Vine, T. (2021) ‘Institution(alization), bureaucracy and well-being? An organizational ethnography of perinatal care in the NHS’, in Hayre, C. & Hackett, P. (eds) Handbook of Ethnography in Healthcare Research, London: Routledge

Vine, T. (2020) ‘The commodification of re-sacralised work in the neoliberal era’, in Taylor, S., Bell, E., Gog, S. & Simionca, A. (eds) Spirituality, Organization and Neoliberalism, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 

Vine, T. (2020) ‘Brexit, Trumpism and Paradox: Epistemological Lessons for the Critical Consensus’, Organization 27(3): 466-482 

Konnovs, H. & Vine, T. (2019) ‘Enhancing the employment prospects of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder’, Journal of Social Sciences and Allied Health Professions,  2 (1), e7 - e17

Vine, T. (2018) ‘The Sociology of Things: A response to Peter Cochrane’, University of Suffolk Research Blog: 

Vine, T., Clark, J., Richards, S., & Weir, D. (eds) (2018) Ethnographic Research and Analysis: Anxiety, Identity and Self, London: Palgrave Macmillan 

Vine, T. (2018) ‘Methodology: From Paradigm to Paradox’, in Vine, T., Clark, J., Richards, S., & Weir, D. (eds) (2018) Ethnographic Research and Analysis: Anxiety, Identity and Self, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Vine, T. (2018) ‘Home-grown Exoticism: Ethnographic Tales from a Scottish New Age Intentional Community’, in Vine, T., Clark, J., Richards, S., & Weir, D. (eds) (2018) Ethnographic Research and Analysis: Anxiety, Identity and Self, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Vine, T. (2016) ‘Strong leadership: does it really make any difference?’, Professional Manager: The Chartered Management Institute Magazine, Autumn 2016 

Vine, T. (2016) ‘Post-referendum Britain: What are the lessons for managers?’, The  Chartered Management Institute online blog

Boncori, I. & Vine, T. (2014) ‘‘Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous’: the importance of pre-departure training for expatriates working in China’, International Journal of Work, Organisation and Emotion 6(2) 155-177