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Dr Tom Vine

Executive MBA Programme Leader

Dr Tom Vine

Email: t.vine@uos.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1473 338521

Introduction

Tom was recruited by the University of Suffolk in January 2012.  He brought with him practitioner experience as well as academic proficiency from a number of prestigious universities. Tom currently leads a suite of MBA programmes on behalf of Suffolk Business School.

Following his first two degrees at the University of Warwick (BSc Management Sciences; MA Organisation Studies), Tom moved to London in 2001 to pursue a career in project management. With a keen interest in politics and psephology, he was fortunate enough to find work at the Electoral Reform Services. He worked 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 tutelage of Dr Chris Land and Professor Harro Höpfl. His research used the methods of organizational anthropology in the study of unconventional work practices at a large intentional community in Scotland. 

Tom has lectured on a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate modules at several business schools including Warwick, Essex, Queen Mary (University of London) and Glyndŵr. At the University of Suffolk he lectures Business Ethics (at undergraduate level), and Organizational Behaviour, Consultancy Management with International Business, and Research Methods (at postgraduate level). He also leads the dissertation module for postgraduate students and supervises a range of undergraduate, masters and PhD students.

Research interests

  • Paradox, ontology and complexity
  • The projectification of work life
  • Organizational change (particularly in terms of the rise of “co-working” in the New Economy)
  • Religion and spirituality in relation to organizational behaviour
  • Émile Durkheim and collective effervescence
  • Ethnography and management consultancy
  • Gender and the workplace

Details of Tom’s publications, conference papers, guest lectures, public seminars and consultancy projects can be found below.

Publications

Vine, T, Clark, J, Richards, S, & Weir, D (eds) (2017; in press) Ethnographic Research and Analysis: Anxiety, Identity and Self, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Vine, T (2017) ‘The Paradoxes of Ethnography’, in Vine, T, Clark, J, Richards, S, & Weir, D (eds) (2017; in press) Ethnographic Research and Analysis: Anxiety, Identity and Self, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Vine, T (2017) ‘Home-grown Exoticism: Ethnographic Tales from a Scottish New Age Intentional Community’, in Vine, T, Clark, J, Richards, S, & Weir, D (eds) (2017; in press) 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 http://www.managers.org.uk/insights/news/2016/july/post-referendum-britain-what-are-the-lessons-for-managers

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

Vine, T (2011) ‘Book review: A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management, Ann L. Cunliffe. London: Sage, 2009’ Management Learning 42(4) 459–466

Vine, T (2011) ‘Book review: Religion and Critical Psychology: Religious Experience in the Knowledge Economy, Jeremy Carrette, London: Routledge, 2007’, Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion 8(2) 184-189

Vine, T (2010) ‘Book review: Organizational Ethnography: Studying the Complexities of Everyday Life, Sierk Ybema, Dvora Yanow, Harry Wels and Frans Kamsteeg (eds) London: Sage, 2009’, Organization 17(5) 645-647

Conference papers

Vine, T (forthcoming) ‘Brexit, Trump & Complexity, 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]

Vine, T (2015) ‘The post-bureaucratic identity crisis: anxiety, insecurity, and the search for organizational belonging in the 21st Century’ (Accepted for presentation at the Australasian Caucus of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Melbourne, Australia: 10th-12th December, 2015) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2014) ‘Appetite for Organizational Ethnography? Realising the potential of a common methodology for critical scholar and management consultant’ (Presented at the European Group of Organization Studies conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 3rd – 5th July, 2014) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2014) ‘Sportsmanship as moral category: what’s the potential for business ethics?’ (Presented at the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Utrecht, The Netherlands: 7th-10th July, 2014) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2013) ‘Can information ever be truly universal? Re-evaluating the dynamic between knowledge and globalization’ (Presented at the 9th Knowledge Globalization Conference Boston, United States: 1st November, 2013) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2013) ‘Critical Management Studies: Creative de-construction or intellectual masturbation?’ (Presented at the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Warsaw, Poland: 13th-16th July, 2013) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2012) ‘Transcending the discursive constraints of (living) memory: Exploring the techniques of organization and management among the Ancients’ (Presented at the Australasian Caucus of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Melbourne, Australia: 10th-12th December, 2012) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2012) 'Problem-based learning in UK business schools', (Presented at the UCS Teaching & Learning Day, Ipswich, UK: 6th July, 2012) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2012) ‘From project management to the ‘projectification of life’: a cause for concern?’ (Presented at the UCS Research Colloquium, Ipswich, UK: 27th June, 2012) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2012) ‘Home-grown Exoticism: Ethnographic Tales from a Scottish New Age Intentional Community’ (Presented at the Emerging Ethnographic Friendships Conference, Ipswich, UK: 20th-21st June, 2012) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2012) ‘Co-present Energy: Exploring the Relevance of Collective Effervescence to the Study of Organisation’ (Presented at the British Centre for Durkheimian Studies, Oxford, UK: 25th February, 2012) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2011) ‘Is economic recovery a misplaced objective? ‘New Age’ Perspectives on the ‘recovery of humanity’ (Presented at the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Istanbul, Turkey: 14th-17th July, 2011) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2010) ‘Organization, ‘Energy’ and Durkheimian Collective Effervescence’ (Presented at the Australasian Caucus of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Melbourne, Australia: 29th November – 1st December, 2010) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2010) ‘From Organizational Envision to Organizational Division: Identity Construction within an Intentional Community’ (Presented at the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Lille, France: 7-10th July, 2010) [Through competition]

Vine, T (2009) ‘From Ballardian bureaucracy-bashing to post-bureaucratic identity crisis. Will the real dystopian please stand up?’ The Atrocity Organization: JG Ballard & the Technologies of Psychopathology Management, London (SCOS)

Guest lectures

Vine, T (2016) ‘International project management in the 21st century’, Universitas Negeri Surabaya (Indonesia) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2016) ‘International project management in the 21st century’, Universitas Negeri Jakarta (Indonesia) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2016) ‘International project management in the 21st century’, Maranatha University (Indonesia) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2016) ‘Qualitative research methods and data analysis’, Binus University (Indonesia) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2016) ‘International project management in the 21st century’, Ciputra University (Indonesia) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2015) ‘Spirituality in the Workplace’, Universitas Negeri Jakarta (Indonesia) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2015) Southeast Asian SMEs: Expansion into European Markets’, Binus University (Indonesia) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2015) Southeast Asian SMEs: Expansion into European Markets’, Ciputra University (Indonesia) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2015) ‘Women, bullying and the construction industry: Twisted gender dynamics in a male-dominated environment’, University of St. Andrews [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2015) Critical perspectives on organisation and management: a focus on paradox’ University of Oxford Brookes [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2012)‘Collective effervescence’:  An ignored organizational behaviour?’ University of Erasmus (Rotterdam) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2010) ‘The Findhorn Foundation: An ethnographer’s insight’, University of Exeter [Through invitation]

Public seminars

Vine, T (2017) ‘From sportsmanship to "businessmanship": a fresh approach to business ethics’, Suffolk Business Breakfast Series [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2016) ‘Pedagogical futures: the experiential cost of modernist organizational architecture’, Provocative Lunch Seminar Series [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2016) ‘Communities of Practice: Leveraging Social Capital’, International Institute of Business Analysis, at Credit Suisse (London) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2016) ‘Leadership in an uncertain world: Part 3’, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce (Lowestoft) [Through invitation; a commercial ticketed event]

Vine, T (2016) ‘Leadership in an uncertain world: Part 2’, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce (Ipswich) [Through invitation; a commercial ticketed event]

Vine, T (2016) ‘Leadership in an uncertain world: Part 1’, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce (Bury St. Edmonds) [Through invitation; a commercial ticketed event]

Vine, T (2016) ‘Growing pains? Strategies for initiating and managing the growth of your business’, Innovation Martlesham MBA Masterclass at Adastral Park [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2016) ‘Bitesize Project Management and Budgeting’, Suffolk Business Festival, 27th October, 2016 [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2016) ‘The benefits of a community of practice’, Inaugural meeting of the Suffolk Branch of the International Institute of Business Analysis, 19th October, 2016 (University of Suffolk) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2014) 'Harnessing human, social and financial capital' (University of Suffolk) [Through invitation]

Vine, T (2012) ‘Problem-based learning in a current business school module’, University of Suffolk [Through invitation]

Consultancy projects

(2017) Luong Quoi Company: An European markets entry strategy (Massachusetts, United States). In partial fulfilment of their International Business Strategy module, I led a group of my MBA students to deliver a comprehensive European markets entry strategy for this $50m turnover Vietnamese coconut products manufacturing company.

(2017) MSC Industrial Supply: a brand audit (Wednesbury, West Midlands). As part of a desire to provide our students with live consultancy experience, I led a group of my MBA students to deliver a comprehensive customer survey and brand audit for a West Midlands-based supplier of engineering and machine tools.

(2016) GSSI: a brand audit (New Hampshire, United States). In partial fulfilment of their International Business Strategy module, I led a group of my MBA students to deliver a comprehensive brand audit for Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc.

(2015) Advansource Biomaterials: A brand audit (Massachusetts, United States). In partial fulfilment of their International Business Strategy module, I led a group of my MBA students to deliver a comprehensive brand audit for a US-based medical supplies business.

(2013) Mobilefuse: A brand audit (Massachusetts, United States). In partial fulfilment of their International Business Strategy module, I led a group of my MBA students to deliver a comprehensive brand audit for a US-based advertising company which uses mobile phone location data to marshal locality-specific advertising.

(2012) GSSI: An international expansion strategy (New Hampshire, United States). In partial fulfilment of their International Business Strategy module, I led a group of my MBA students to develop an international expansion strategy for a US based business focussing specifically on the potential of eastern European markets.