Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Tom McGovern

Professor of Business History and Management, Associate Director of the Leadership, Work and Organization Group, and Director of The Business, Accounting and Management History Research Group

Background

Introduction

Tom has a broad interest in Business History and Business Strategy. He is the Director of the Business, Accounting and Management History Research Group. He is interested in taking a longitudinal, historical focus on strategy formation and implementation. He is particularly interested in industry emergence, organisational growth, decline and turnaround strategies. Tom is conducting research with Tom McLean on the growth of companies in the North East from the mid-nineteenth century. This historical research is underpinned by a strong strategic and accounting focus. The two Toms are also investigating the development of industrial and political elites in the region.

Tom has been involved in a number of projects in the manufacturing and service sectors that have focused on transformational change and improving efficiency. This includes a recently completed KTP with Benfield Motors that was aimed at improving operational performance (with Chris Hicks, Tracy Scurry and Adrian Small). Previous projects investigated transformational change in NHS North East (with Chris Hicks and Adrian Small). The North East Transformation System (NETS) was a region-wide strategy to transform the healthcare system in the North East. This was a joint project with the Wolfson Research Centre at Durham University that received funding of £500,000 from the National Institute for Health Research.

Tom is also working on a project with Chris Hicks which is evaluating the application of the 3P Lean design method in the NHS. The focus is on implementing participative design methods. The initiative was funded by the Health Foundation The research evaluated the development of a new design for the endoscopy ward and maternity unit at Gateshead Health  Foundation Trust and the construction of an endoscopy unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Tom and Chris were previously involved in the European Regions for Innovative Productivity (ERIP). This was a €3.3 million EU funded project to help small firms in the North Sea Region of Europe implement Lean.

Roles and Responsibilities

Associate Director of the Leadership, Work and Organization Group

Director of the Business, Accounting and Management History Research Group.

Chair of the Undergraduate Exam Board.

Member of the Work Allocation Model (WAM) group.

Member of the Research and Ethics Committee. 

Member of the PEC Committee.

I was previously Director of the Management of Operations and Strategy Research Group (MOST), Chair of the Academic Research Group for the ERIP project and a member of the Strategic Steering Committee for the ERIP project.

Qualifications

BSc Economics, Loughborough University
MSc Economics, London School of Economics
PhD, Warwick University

Memberships

Academy of Management
Strategic Management Society

British Academy of Management

Association of Business Historians


Honours and Awards

KTP with Benfield Motors was awarded a grade A (Outstanding) by Innovate UK on 26 April 2016 and was made a best practice case by the ESRC on 20 October 2016.

Highly Commended Paper Award (2016) from Emerald Literi Network Awards for Excellence.

An Honourable Mention Award for Business History (2006) from the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

Informal Interests

Weight training, Kettlebell training, Qigong.

Research

Research Interests

Member of the Business, Accounting and Management History research group and the Strategy, Organization and Society research group. My research interests are in (i) industry emergence, organisational growth, decline and failure, and turnaround strategies (ii) the role of change agents, transformational change and the implementation of Lean in manufacturing and service sectors (including the health service).

Research Roles

Director of the Business, Accounting and Management History Research Group.

Previously principal Investigator and chair of the Academic Research Group for the ERIP project.

Postgraduate Supervision

Rispiand Rispiand (Full-time MPhil, graduated June 2008).
Lu Hsin-Che (Full-time MPhil, graduated June 2008).
Teerawut Tunnukij (Full-time PhD, graduated in December 2008).

Wen Xie (Full-time PhD, graduated in December 2011).
Nan Supajit Panichsakpatana (Full-time PhD, graduated in July 2013).
Jie Ma (Full-time PhD, graduated in July 2014).
Sarah McCafferty (Part-time PhD, graduated in July 2014).

Fokion Oikonomidis (Part-time PhD).
Andy Hills (Part-time PhD, completed and will graduate in June 2017).
Iain Smith (Part-time PhD).

Fatma Al Zadjali (Full-time, started in September 2016)

Esteem Indicators

KTP with Benfield Motors was awarded a grade A (Outstanding) by Innovate UK on 26 April 2016 and was made a best practice case study by the ERSC on 20 October 2016.

Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence (25 May 2016), Highly Commended paper in Journal of Health Organization and Management

Chair of the Academic Research Group for the ERIP project.
Member of the Strategic Steering Committee for the ERIP project.
Honourable Mention Award for Business History (2006) from the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.

External Examiner Leeds University Business School (2016 - )

External Examiner Manchester Metropolitan University (2009 - 2013)


Referee:

Business History
Critical Perspectives on International Business

Human Relations
International Journal of Production Economics
International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications
International Journal of Technology Management
Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations E-Commerce Research and applications

Funding

1. KTP Benfield Motors (£126,000) to instigate change and to improve effectiveness of operations.

2. The evaluation of service improvement through the design of space using the Lean 3P method (£40,950 grant from the Health Foundation)

3. European Regions for Innovative Productivity (ERIP) 3.3 million Euros (£2.6 million) from the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme. In conjuction with One NorthEast and academic, regional development agencies, and industrial partners in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

4. An Evaluation of the North East Transformation System: A Scoping Study (£120,000 grant from the North East Strategic Health Authority). A collaborative project between Newcastle University Business School, the Institute for Health and Society, and the Wolfson Research Instititute at Durham University.

5.An Evaluation of the North East Transformation System (£500,000 grant from the NHS SDO). A collaborative project between Newcastle University Business School, the Institute for Health and Society, and the Wolfson Research Instititute at Durham University.

6. Previous grants totalling £191,863 from the Teaching Company Directorate, Arts and Humanities Research Fund, and from industrial companies.

Industrial Relevance

My research supports the Business School's internationalisation strategy and its objective of contributing to the economic prosperity of the North East. The project with Benfield Motors contributed to implementing change and process improvement in a major regional company. Research conducted in the NHS in the region has also focused on transformational change and service improvement. A second project with the NHS has been concerned with participative design to develop patient centred facilities. The ERIP project established Innovative Productivity Centres (comprising company exemplars, regional development agencies and universities) in North East England, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Norway and Sweden. The research provides an opportunity to learn from best practice in exemplar companies, to encourage learning across sectors, and to learn on an international basis.

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

Strategic Management for the MBA programme (NBS8126).
Foundations of Business Strategy for the Internationa Business Strategy programme (NBS8078).

Publications