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Prof John Blenkinsopp

Head of Department

Department: Newcastle Business School

John started his career at the Department of Health and Social Security, then spent several years in the chemical industry as a lab technician, before moving on to HR roles within the NHS. He started his academic career here at Northumbria University (1999-2002), and subsequently held posts at Newcastle (2002-2007), Teesside (2007-2013) and Hull (2013-2016) before returning to Northumbria in 2016. He has undertaken a range of academic leadership roles including Head of Department, Assistant Dean, MBA Programme Director, PG Programmes Director, and Subject Group Leader.

Key research projects include whistleblowing in healthcare, an examination of the role of the medical physics expert, an international comparison of bullying and emotional labour, and a study of undergraduates’ perceptions of graduate careers. John is currently developing research on coping with career disruptions, work and well-being, and issues of language and translation in organisational settings.


John Blenkinsopp

Campus Address

City Campus East
Northumbria University


  • Human Resource Management PhD June 30 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2003
  • Chartered Member (MCIPD) Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 1992

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Anxiety and human resource development, Hay, A., Blenkinsopp, J. 1 Jun 2019, In: Human Resource Development Quarterly
  • Healthcare scandals and the failings of doctors, Mannion, R., Davies, H., Powell, M., Blenkinsopp, J., Millar, R., McHale, J., Snowden, N. 28 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Health Organisation and Management
  • The Case of the Disappearing Whistleblower, Powell, M., Mannion, R., Millar, R., Davies, H., McHale, J., Blenkinsopp, J., Snowden, N. 1 Jul 2019, In: Public Money and Management
  • Whistleblowing over patient safety and care quality, Blenkinsopp, J., Snowden, N., Mannion, R., Powell, M., Davies, H., Millar, R., McHale, J. 15 Sep 2019, In: Journal of Health Organisation and Management
  • External Whistleblowers’ Experiences of Workplace Bullying by Superiors and Colleagues, Park, H., Bjørkelo, B., Blenkinsopp, J. 12 Jun 2018, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • From 3Cs to 5Cs, Blenkinsopp, J., Bowden, A., Hamza, N., Johnston, L., Myers, J. 12 Jun 2018
  • Same Words, Different Worlds: Exploring Differences in Researcher and Participant Understandings of Promise and Obligation in the Psychological Contract, Ma, G., Blenkinsopp, J., Armstrong, S. 20 Dec 2018, In: Journal of Management and Organization
  • Speaking up or blowing the whistle for better, safer care, Mannion, R., Davies, H., Blenkinsopp, J., McHale, J., Millar, R., Powell, M., Snowden, N. 23 Aug 2018, Global Patient Safety, Abingdon, Oxon, Taylor & Francis
  • Understanding the knowledge gaps in whistleblowing and speaking up in health care: narrative reviews of the research literature and formal inquiries, a legal analysis and stakeholder interviews, Mannion, R., Blenkinsopp, J., Powell, M., McHale, J., Millar, R., Snowden, N., Davies, H. 1 Aug 2018, In: Health Services and Delivery Research
  • Challenges for civil society involvement in civic entrepreneurship, Johnston, L., Blenkinsopp, J. 23 Feb 2017, In: Public Money & Management

PGR Supervision

  • Chaima Moujahed Start: 01/03/2019
  • Nermin Hamza Start: 01/10/2018
  • Melis Besen Start: 29/11/2017
  • Claire Hedley How Supportive Voice is Expressed, Interpreted and Used to convert knowledge on the Yammer Enterprise Social Network in Knowledge-Intensive Organisations Start: 28/09/2017
  • James Carrahar Start: 01/10/2017
  • Shuo Wang Choices or Constraints? Applying the Kaleidoscope Career Model to the careers of female doctors in China Start: 01/03/2017
  • Stephanie Preston Start: 01/03/2017
  • Olaolu Eniola Start: 01/10/2018
  • Tracey Heath Start: 01/10/2017


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