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Rachael Thompson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

Rachael Thompson is a Lecturer within the Corporate and Executive Development department, Faculty of Business and Law- Newcastle Business School.

Rachael Thompson is a Lecturer within the Corporate and Executive Development department, Faculty of Business and Law- Newcastle Business School. Rachael is Programme Leader for Year One of the BA (Hons) Business Leadership and Corporate Management programme, holds several Module Tutor roles, and delivers teaching across a range of areas including leadership, personal development, reflective practice and research methods. As part of this role, she also supervises final year students during their research projects, including dissertations, work based research reports and professional projects.

Rachael obtained her PG HEP qualification and HEA fellowship in 2014, which has provided professional development within the areas of teaching and research.
Rachael was successfully awarded her doctorate in 2016, with her research focused on Followership within Public Sector contexts, utilising qualitative and visual research methodologies within this.

Campus Address

Northumbria University
City Campus East 1
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Education Other Qualification October 13 2014
  • Management BA (Hons) September 30 2011
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Member British Academy of Management (BAM) 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Disrupting the leadership focus by facilitating the social construction of followership in the classroom: student responses to a visual method pedagogy, Morris, R., Corlett, S. 19 Jan 2017, In: The Journal of Leadership Studies
  • Followership, Hierarchies and Communication: Achieving or Negotiating Buy-in within the Public Sector?, Morris, R., Corlett, S. 3 Feb 2016, Followership in Action: Cases and Commentaries, Emerald
  • Exploring employee engagement with (corporate) social responsibility: A Social Exchange perspective on organisational participation, Slack, R., Corlett, S., Morris, R. Mar 2015, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Organizational influences upon following: capturing the context through the use of visual research diaries, Morris, R. Oct 2015
  • Constructions of following from a relational perspective, Morris, R. 2014
  • Constructions of Following from a Relational Perspective: A Follower-Focused Study, Morris, R. Dec 2014, In: Journal of Leadership Education
  • Experiences and constructions of following: Advancing understandings through visual research methods, Morris, R. 2014
  • Authentic following from a relational perspective: explorations of followers’ experiences within the UK public sector, Morris, R. Sep 2013

PGR Supervision

Merrel Knox Working in dangerous contexts: Conceptualising leadership in Emergency Response Teams Start: 15/06/2018

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