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Prof John Blenkinsopp

Professor of Management

Department: Newcastle Business School

John Blenkinsopp is Professor of Management at Newcastle Business School. He has gained an international reputation for his research in the field of work and organisational psychology, which has been funded by the European Commission, the National Institute for Health Research, the British Academy, the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Local Governance.

Key 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, leadership in public services, and issues of language and translation in organisational settings.

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.

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Campus Address

City Campus East
Northumbria University

0191 227 3947


PhD, MSc, Chartered MCIPD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Whistleblowing
  • Public management
  • Careers and coping
  • Graduate underemployment
  • Language and translation issues in management

Current/Recent Projects

Understanding employee whistleblowing in health care, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), 2015-6, co-investigator.

The role of the medical physics expert, European Commission, 2009-10, co-investigator.

Securing the region’s future workforce, Institute for Local Governance, 2010, principal investigator

What is a graduate job?, British Academy, 2009, co-investigator

Key Publications

Park, H., Blenkinsopp, J. & Park, M. (2014). The Influence of an Observer’s Value Orientation and Personality Type on Attitudes toward Whistleblowing. Journal of Business Ethics, 120(1), 121-129


Mazzetti, A. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2012). Evaluating a visual timeline methodology for appraisal and coping research. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85(4), 649-665.


Scurry, T. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2011). Graduate underemployment: a review of the literature. Personnel Review, 40(5), 643-659.


Blenkinsopp, J. & Shademan Pajouh, M. (2010). Lost in translation? Culture, language and the role of the translator in international business. critical perspectives on international business, 5(4), 545-556.


Park, H. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2009). Whistle-blowing as Planned Behaviour: A Survey of South Korean Police Officers. Journal of Business Ethics, 85(4), 545-556


Park, H., Blenkinsopp, J., Oktem, M.K. & Omurgonulsen, U. (2008). Cultural Orientation and Attitudes towards types of Whistle-Blowing: A Comparison of Turkey, South Korea and the UK. Journal of Business Ethics, 82(4), 929-939


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