Dr Ed Thompson

Job: Faculty Director of Apprenticeships / Associate Professor

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Research group(s): Department of Strategic Management and Marketing

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551 (7226)

E: ethompson@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.ac.uk/bal


Personal profile

As Faculty Director of Apprenticeships, Ed manages the operations and development of apprenticeships in Business and Law. Ed also chairs the Programme Management Board for Executive Education and Apprenticeships and has successfully validated programmes in Crowd Management for corporate clients.

Ed’s current research focuses on the synthesis of Actor-Network Theory in the context of planning for and responding to crises, and the role of highly inscribed boundary objects in situations of uncertainty. Other areas of research include the investigation of public participation in democratic processes from those who are a part of disenfranchised groups such as the homeless and those in care, and the effects of austerity on resilience capabilities and mental health services. Prior to joining DMU Ed worked in the public sector assessing contract compliance and investigating safeguarding issues in the area of adult social care.

Ed has been a school governor in Leicester for more than 10 years and has served in two large secondary schools as Chair of Governors, he is now Chair of the board of Directors for Aspire Learning Partnership, a Multi Academy Trust in Leicester. 

Ed is also a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency's Designated Quality Body.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)

Publications and outputs

Thompson, E., Worthington, I., and Britton, C. (2023 - in press) The Global Business Environment, 8th Edition, Pearson, London.

Worthington, I., Britton, C. and Thompson, E. (2018) The Global Business Environment, 8th Edition, Pearson, London.

Key research outputs

Davies, J.S., Bua, A., Cortina-Oriol, M. and Thompson, E. (2018) Why is Austerity Governable? A Gramscian Urban Regime Analysis of Leicester, UK. Journal of Urban Affairs (forthcoming)

Thompson, E., Macpherson, A and Herbane, B. (2017) Structuring Activities for Objects of Collaboration, Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference, Valladolid, April 2017.

Davies, J.S. and Thompson, E. (2016) Austerian Realism and the Governance of Leicester, in Bevir, M. and Rhodes, R.A.W., Rethinking Governance: Ruling, Rationalities and Resistance, London, Routledge.

Thompson, E., Kaur, R., Scullion, J. and Baggott, R. (2016) Care and the Vote, Political Studies Association 66th International Conference (panel 2015 General Election 2), Brighton, 21st - 23rd March 2016. 

Davies, J. and Thompson, E. (2014) Collaborative Governance Under Austerity: The Case of Leicester, City Futures (panel S22), Paris, 18th – 20th June 2014.

Thompson, E. (2013) ‘An Account of the Decontextualization of Emergency Plans’ British Academy of Management 2013 (Liverpool) – Doctoral Symposium

Research interests/expertise

  • Issues relating to preparedness in the public sector; the construction of emergency plans and the ordering of crisis.
  • Issues relating to public services and private providers of them.
  • Organizational behaviour and practice.
  • Boundary Objects and Inter-Organizational Collaboration.
  • Actor-Network Theory.

Areas of teaching

  • Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)
  • CertHE Crowd Management


BA (Hons) Business Studies (2009)

MSc (Distinction) Project Management (2010)

PGCertHE (Distinction) (2015)

PhD Organizational Behaviour (2015)

Membership of external committees

British Academy of Management, Inter-Organizational Collaboration Special Interest Group - Comittee Member


Chartered Association of Business Schools - Apprenticeships Committee

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Academy of Management                               

Chartered Management Institute (MCMI)


Higher Education Accademy (FHEA)                          

Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA)                                 

Professional licences and certificates

Chartered Management and Business Educator (CMBE)

Chartered Manager (CMgr)

Current research students

Monty Mountford OBE - Use of artificial intelegence in addressing organized crime

Steve Baguely  - The role of ethical mindfulness on staff wellbeing. 

External Roles

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) / Designated Quality Body (DQB) - Reviewer

London Metropoliton University  - External Examiner

Salford University  - External Panel Member

Aspire Learning Partnership (Multi Academy Trust)  - Director and Trustee