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Prof John Blenkinsopp


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
  • Crowdsourcing for sustainable urban logistics, Huang, L., Xie, G., Blenkinsopp, J., Huang, R., Bin, H. 12 Apr 2020, In: Sustainability (Switzerland)
  • External Whistleblowers’ Experiences of Workplace Bullying by Superiors and Colleagues, Park, H., Bjørkelo, B., Blenkinsopp, J. 1 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Navigating the graduate labour market, Burke, C., Scurry, T., Blenkinsopp, J. 2 Aug 2020, In: Studies in Higher Education
  • Same Words, Different Worlds, Ma, G., Blenkinsopp, J., Armstrong, S. 1 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Management and Organization
  • 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. Sep 2019, In: Journal of Health Organisation and Management
  • From 3Cs to 5Cs, Blenkinsopp, J., Bowden, A., Hamza, N., Johnston, L., Myers, J. 12 Jun 2018
  • 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

PGR Supervision

  • Aimile (Amie) Van Woudenberg-Swicegood Start: 01/10/2020
  • Shuo Wang Choices or Constraints? Applying the Kaleidoscope Career Model to the Careers of Female Doctors in China Start: 01/03/2017
  • Tracey Heath Start: 01/10/2017
  • Nermin Hamza An empirical study of the relationship between organisational compassion, wellbeing and suffering among academics at a UK university Start: 01/10/2018
  • Chaima Moujahed Start: 01/03/2019
  • James Carrahar Start: 01/10/2017
  • Stephanie Preston Start: 01/03/2017
  • Olaolu Eniola 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

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