Hull University Business School

Professor John Blenkinsopp                             

John Blekinsopp

Head of Subject

Organisational Behaviour/HRM

  • Biography
  • Qualifications
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Key Publications


Prof John Blenkinsopp is Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management at Hull University Business School, and a member of the Centre for Organisational Futures. 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 British Academy, the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Local Governance. Key projects include an examination of the role of the medical physics expert, an international comparison of bullying and emotional labour (the Odette study), a study of undergraduates’ perceptions of graduate careers, and ongoing work on whistleblowing and employee silence. John is currently developing research on low carbon careers, emotion in management education, coping with career disruptions, and issues of language and translation in organisational settings.

John started his careerat 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.His academic career began at Northumbria University (1999-2002), and he subsequently held posts at Newcastle (2002-2007) and Teesside (2007-2013) before joining Hull in 2013. He has undertaken a range of academic leadership roles including MBA programme leader, director of postgraduate programmes, subject group leader, and research director.


PhD (Newcastle), MSc (Birkbeck College, London), BSc (Hons) (Open)


Cross-Cultural Management

Human Resource Management

Managing Careers

Organisational Behaviour

Research Methods

Work & Organizational Psychology


I have a diverse range of research interests, linked by an underlying interest in how people make sense of work and career. This has led me to undertake studies on coping with career disruptions, employee silence & whistleblowing, anxiety and emotion in management education, as well as exploring the influence of national culture on management practice.

I would be interested in hearing from potential PhD students interested in the following topics:

  • Language and translation issues in organisations
  • Organisational factors which serve to inhibit whistle-blowing and encourage employee silence
  • Pro-environmental career behaviour
  • Graduate careers, especially graduate underemployment
  • Emotion and coping in careers


Journal articles

  • Park, H. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2018). Transparency is in the eye of the beholder: The effects of identity and negative perceptions on ratings of transparency via surveys. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 84(3), in press.
  • 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.
  • Park, H. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2013). The impact of ethics programmes and ethical culture on misconduct in public service organizations. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 26(7), 520-533
  • 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.
  • Power, J.L., Brotheridge, C.M., Blenkinsopp, J. et al. (2013). The acceptability of workplace bullying: A comparative study on five continents. Journal of Business Research, 66(3), 374-380.
  • Shademan-Pajouh, M. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2012). Knowledge transfer into a developing country: HRM practice in an Iranian hotel chain. European Journal of International Management, 6(3), 283-299.
  • Matuszewski, I., & Blenkinsopp, J. (2011). ‘New kids on the ship’: organisational socialisation and sensemaking of new entrants to cruise ship employment. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 18, 79–87.
  • Scurry, T. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2011). Graduate underemployment: a review of the literature. Personnel Review, 40(5), 643-659.
  • Park, H. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2011). The roles of transparency and trust in the relationship between corruption and citizen satisfaction. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 77(2), 254-274.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. & Owens, G. (2010). At the heart of things: the role of the ‘married’ couple in entrepreneurship and family business. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 16(5), 357-369.
  • Kats, M.M.S., Van Emmerik, I.J.H., Blenkinsopp, J. &Khapova, S.N. (2010). Exploring the associations of culture with careers and the mediating role of HR practices – a conceptual model. Career Development International, 15(4), 401-418.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. &ShademanPajouh, 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.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. & Scurry, T. (2007). GRINGO stars: the HR challenge of managing graduates in non-graduate occupations. Personnel Review, 36(4), 623-627.
  • Zdunczyk, K. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2007). Do organisational factors support creativity and innovation in Polish firms?  European Journal of Innovation Management, 10(1), 25-40.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. (2007). Organisational loss of faith: treating affective commitment as a spiritual matter. Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, 4(2), 212-233.
  • Alexashin, Y. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2005). Russian managerial values: a test of the convergence hypothesis? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 16(3), 427-44.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. &Zdunczyk, K. (2005). Making sense of mistakes in managerial careers. Career Development International, 10(5), 359-374.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. & Stalker, B. (2004). Identity work in the transition from manager to management academic. Management Decision, 42(3/4), 418-29.

Book chapters

  • Blenkinsopp, J., Hay, A. & Scurry, T. (2013, in press). Exploring Issues of Authenticity in Early Career: the Case of Underemployed Graduates. In S.G. Baugh & S.E. Sullivan (Eds.). Research in Careers Vol. 2. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Scurry, T., Blenkinsopp, J., &Hay, A. (2012). A UK perspective on Global Careers. In Y. Baruch & C. Reis (Eds.).Careers without Borders: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. (2011). Building bridges to transform lives: an integrative  leadership response to the ‘wicked problem’ of homelessness. In J. Barbour & G. Hickman (Eds.)Leadership for Transformation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Blenkinsopp, J., Baruch, Y. &Winden, R. (2010). Managing your leadership career in hard times.  In M.G. Rothstein & R.J. Burke (Eds.), Self-Management and Leadership Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. (2009). Careers, emotion and narrative: How stories become scripts and scripts become lives. In D. Robinson, P. Fisher, T. Yeadon-Lee, S.J. Robinson &P. Woodcock (Eds.), Narrative, Memory and Identities. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. & Edwards, M. (2008). On not blowing the whistle: treating quiescent employee silence as an emotion episode. In W.J.Zerbe, C.E.J.Hartel&N.M.Ashkanasy (Eds.), Research on Emotion in Organizations Volume 4: Ethics, Emotions and Decision-making.Bradford: Emerald Publishing.
  • Baruch, Y. & Blenkinsopp, J. (2007). Business Education as a Career Choice.  In: M. Ozbilgin and A. Malach-Pines (Eds.), Career Choice in Management and Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Blenkinsopp, J. (2006). Developing a model for individual value changes in response to social change. In R.J. Taormina, J.H. Gao, &G.E. Lasker (Eds.),The Applied Psychology of Values, Ethics, and Management in Organizations. BadenBaden: IIAS.


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