Will is an Associate Professor in the Suffolk Business School and responsible for the running of the BA (Hons) Business Management degree. He is passionate about supporting the learning and development of students and in doing so, supporting the development of businesses locally and further afield.
He is a student of Politics and Moral Philosophy, both subjects that intersect with the interdisciplinary world of management education. In the Suffolk Business School his main teaching interests are in Business Ethics and in Research Methods - in addition, Will contributes across a number of other programmes and courses.
As a researcher, Will works on a number of interrelated topics. His main focus, for the last 5 years, has been on health and social care management, particularly focusing on responses to the ‘wicked’ problems caused by economic, demographic and social pressures. He also works on the application of the ethics of care to management challenges and on the idea of leadership quality in social care.
Will is a dedicated educator and keen to bring together research and teaching not just through introducing students to the research that he is involved in, but also through seeking to innovate and improve the delivery of his own teaching sessions.
Having worked in research management and development, Will has several years experience of managing research projects, scoping and delivering contract research and in organising training and collaborative learning exercises. He has worked with colleagues at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on a number of projects, most recently the organisation and planning (with Associated British Ports) of a leadership development programme aimed at the International Transport sector.
Will is currently working on editing a co-authored book entitled "Managing Wicked Problems in Health and Social Care" to be published by Routledge.
Thomas W & Southwell M (2017) Learning from Rejection – an autoethnography of contract research in Vine, T. Clarke, J. and Richards S. (eds) Ethnographic Encounters London: Routledge
Hollinrake, S. Thomas, W. Tocca, A. and Cavenagh, P. (2016) Food Shopping and Eating Habits in Later Life: Implications for Retailers and Public Health in Contributing to the Well-Being of Older People in Baho, S.M. and Katsas G.A. (eds) Making Sense of Food Inter-Disciplinary Press, London
Hollinrake, S. and Thomas, W. (2015) Caring Relationships and Efficient Social Care Provision: can an ethic of care provide a better foundation for responding to care needs in later life?, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 35:5:419-436
Thomas W. and Hollinrake S. (2014) Economic and demographic challenges for social care: A critical perspective on the management and delivery of care, Journal of Health Organisation and Management 28:5:653-673
Thomas W. and Hollinrake S. (2014) Creating an Enabling Culture in the delivery of Health and Social Care: addressing economic and demographic challenges, E-proceedings of ISL Symposium 2014
Thomas W & S Hollinrake (2014) Policymakers, researchers and service users – resolving the tensions and dilemmas of working together, Innovation, the European Journal of Social Science Research 27:1:31-45
Hollinrake S & W Thomas (2013) Supporting older people to live independently in their communities. Whose Responsibility? in Sparschuh V. and Sterbling A. (eds) Abwanderungen aus ländlichen Gebieten, Magdeburg, Meine Verlag
Southwell M & W Thomas (2010) “It’s not true” – learning to learn from rejection, International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies 2:4:373-384
Public Sector Management – particularly management in Health and Social Care sectors, Business policy/politics, Ethics – business ethics, gender ethics, bioethics
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