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Professor Sue Tempest

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BA (CNAA), MBA (Nottingham), PhD (Nottingham)
Professor of Strategic Management and Learning

Division: Strategy and International Business
Tel: +44 (0) 115 9515553
Location: B32 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Sue Tempest is Professor of Strategic Management and Learning at Nottingham University Business School, The University of Nottingham, UK. She received her PhD in organisational learning and MBA from the University of Nottingham.

Her research interests include: organizational learning and management education; strategy and new forms of organization and resultant career issues; the impact of demographic ageing on strategic management.

She has published in journals such as Academy of Management Learning & Education, Organization Science, Human Relations, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, Management Learning and European Management Review.

Research Interests
Strategic Management and Organizational Learning; Management Education and Business Schools; Careers and Social Capital; Strategy and New Organizational Forms; Ageing, Strategy and Careers.

Administrative Roles
Co-Dean (Interim) of the Nottingham University Business School
Current Research Activities
My research interests include: organizational learning; management education; strategy and new forms of organization and resultant career issues; demographic ageing and strategic management.

I am currently collaborating with colleagues on further work on ageing and organisations, following the publication of our paper (2014) 'Gendered Ageism and Organizational Routines at Work: The Case of Day-Parting in Television Broadcasting', Organization Studies, 35, 11 1585-1604. I am looking at business education and business school strategy in collaboration with Professor Ken Starkey and Christophe Lejeune.

Older Publications

Older Publications

Journal Articles

Hatchuel, A.; Starkey, K.; Tempest, S.; Le Masson, P. (2010), "Strategy as innovative design: An emerging perspective?", Advances in Strategic Management, Vol.27, pp.3-28, DOI:10.1108/S0742-3322(2010)0000027004.

Starkey, K.; Hatchuel, A.; Tempest, S. (2009), "Management research and the new logics of discovery and engagement", Journal of Management Studies, Vol.46(3), pp.547-558.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2009), "From crisis to purpose", Journal of management Development on 'business schools/education', Vol.28(8), pp. 700-710.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2009), "The winter of our discontent - the design challenge for business schools", Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol.8(4), pp. 576-586.

Tempest, S. (2009), "Learning from the alien: Knowledge relationships with temporary workers in network contexts", International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.20(4), pp.912-927.

Coupland, C.; Tempest, S.; Barnatt, C. (2008), "What are the implications of the new UK age discrimination legislation for research and practice?", Human Resource Management Journal(UK), Vol.18 (4), pp.423-431.

Currie, G.; Tempest, S. (2008), "Moving towards reflexive use of teaching cases within the MBA", International Journal of Management Education (IJME), Vol.7(1), pp.41-50.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2008), "A clear sense of purpose? The evolving role of the business school", Journal of Management Development, Vol.27(4), pp.379-390, Special Issue on "Challenging the Purpose of Business Schools", ed. Howard Thomas.

Tempest, S.; Starkey, K.; Ennew, C. (2007), "In the Death Zone: A Study of Limits in the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster", Human Relations, Vol.60 (7), pp. 1039-1064.

Currie, G.; Tempest, S.; Starkey, K. (2006), "New Careers for Old? Organizational and Individual Responses to Changing Boundaries", International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.17 (4), pp. 755 - 774.

Howorth, C.; Tempest, S.; Coupland, C. (2005), "Rethinking Entrepreneurship Methodology and Definitions of the Entrepreneur", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol.12 (1), pp.24-40.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2005), "The Future of the Business School - Knowledge Challenges and Opportunities", Human Relations, Vol.58 (1), pp.61-82.

Starkey, K.; Hatchuel, A.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Rethinking the Business School: A European Perspective", Journal of Management Studies, Vol.41 (8), pp.1521-1531.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Bowling Along: Strategic Management and Social Capital", European Management Review, Vol.Special Issue: Strat, pp.78-83.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Quel avenir pour les Business Schools?", Revue Economique et Sociale, Vol.61(2), pp. 95-106.

Tempest, S.; McKinlay, A.; Starkey, K. (2004), "Careering Alone: Careers and Social Capital in the Financial Services and Television Industries", Human Relations, Vol.57 (12), pp.1523-1545.

Tempest, S.; Starkey, K. (2004), "The Effects of Liminality on Individual and Organizational Learning", Organization Studies, Vol.25 (4), pp.507-527.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2003), "Quel avenir pour les Business Schools? (The Future of the Business School)", Revue Économique et Sociale, Vol.61 (2), pp.95-106.

Tempest, S. (2003), "Intergenerational Learning: A Reciprocal Knowledge Development Process", Management Learning, Vol.34 (2), pp.181-200.

Tempest, S.; Barnatt, C.; Coupland, C. (2002), "Grey Advantage: New Strategies For The Old", Long Range Planning, Vol.35 (5), pp.475-492.

Starkey, K.; Barnatt, C.; Tempest, S. (2000), "Beyond Networks and Hierarchies: Latent Organization in the UK Television Industry", Organization Science, Vol.Special Issue: New O, pp.299-305.

Tempest, S.; Starkey, K.; Barnatt, C. (1997), "Diversity or Divide: In Search of Flexible Specialisation in the UK Television Industry", Industrielle Beziehungen, Vol.4 (1), pp.38-57.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (1996), "The Secrets of Corporate Longevity. A Critical Review of Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, J.C. Collins and J.I. Porras", Human Relations, Vol.49 (9), pp.1213-1225.


Starkey, K.; Tempest, S.; McKinlay, A. (2004), ed How Organisations Learn, (2nd Edition), London, International Thomson Business Press.

Reports for external body

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2001, "The World-Class Business School: A UK Perspective", in Report for the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership, London.

Chapters in Books

Tempest, S.; Barnatt, C.; Coupland, C. (2010), "Grey Power: Developing older customer strategies", in Kohlbacher, F and Herstatt, C (ed) The Silver Market Phenomenon: Marketing and Innovation in the Aging Society, pp. 203-216, Springer, Second Edition.

Tempest, S.; Barnatt, C.; Coupland, C. (2008), "Grey Power: Older workers as older customers", in Kohlbacher,F; Herstatt, C. (ed) The silver market phenomenon, Business opportunities and non-responsibilities in an era of demographic change, 243-256, Springer-Verlag.

Tempest, S. (2007), "Liminality", in Clegg, S.A.; Bailey, J.R. (ed) International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies, (2), p.821-824, London, Sage Publications Ltd.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2006), "The Business School in Ruins? Is There a Role for the Humanities?", in Gagliardi, P.; Czarniawska, B. (ed) Management Education and Humanities, pp.101-112, Edward Elgar.

Starkey, K.; Barnatt, C.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Beyond Networks and Hierarchies: Latent Organizations in the UK Television Industry", in Starkey, K.; Tempest, S.; McKinlay, A. (ed) How Organizations Learn, (2nd Edition), pp.259-270, London, Thompson.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2004), "The Management of Competence and its Limits", in Starkey, K.; Tempest, S.; McKinlay, A. (ed) How Organizations Learn, (2nd Edition), pp.91-99, London, Thompson.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2004), "Late twentieth century management, the business school and social capital", in Cooper, C. (ed) Leadership and Management in the 21st Centruy: Business Challenges of the Future, pp.139-159, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2003), "La gestion de competence et ses limites", in Guenette, A.; Rossi, M.; Sardas, J. (ed) Competences et Connaissances dans les Organisations, pp.41-51, Lausanne, Societe d'études economiques et sociales.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2003), "Researching Our Way to Economic Decline", in Adler, N.; Shani, A.; Styhre, A. (ed) Collaborative Research in Organisations: Foundations for Learning, Change and Theoretical Development, pp.23-36, Thousand Oaks, California, Sage.


Tempest, S. 2009, "Framing the Future: Putting Society Back Into Strategy", at Strategic Management Society Conference, Washington D.C. 11-14th October.

Starkey, K.; Humphreys, M.; Tempest, S. 2008, "Managing on the edge: Does current thinking make organizational jazz and management education more difficult?", at Academy of Management Meeting, Conference held in Anaheim, California 8-13 August 2008.

Tempest, S. 2008, "Strategies for an Ageing Society", at European Commission (INNO-GRIPS) Workshop - 'Innovation in an Ageing Society', Brussels, 18-19th December 2008.

Tempest, S.; Coupland, C.; Barnatt, C. 2008, "Grey Power: Older customers in context", at 4th World Ageing & Generations Congress 2008, World Demographic Association, University of St Gallen, Switzerland, 28th-30th August.

Tempest, S.; Coupland, C.; Barnatt, C. 2008, "Grey Power: Older Workers as Older Customers", at Symposium: The Silver Market Phenomenon: Business Opportunities and Responsibilities in an Era of Demographic Change. Tokyo, 2-4th October.

Humphreys, M.; Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2007, "Why Jazz? The Darker Side of Music on the Edge", at EURAM, Paris, 16-19th May.

Huang, J.; Faschnadt, D.; Starhay, H.; Tempest, S. 2006, "The development of Architectural Ambidexterirty. Information Technologies in an Age of Hypercompetition", at Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, 11-16th August.

Tempest, S.; Starkey, K.; Harrison, K. 2006, "Resilience and Summit Fever: Recognising Our Thinking", at Strategic Management Society Conference, Vienna, Austria, October, 29th-1st November.

Currie, G.; Seymour, A.; Tempest, S.; Tiratsoo, N. 2005, "The Development of Impoverished Souls: A Critical Appraisal of the Case Methods in UK MBA Programmes", at Critical Management Studies Conference, Cambridge, July, 4-6th July.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2005, "The Business School as Knowledge Mediator", at OKLC Conference, Boston, March, 16-19th March.

Howorth, C.; Tempest, S.; Coupland, C. 2003, "Defining the Entrepreneur: A Methodological Rethink", in the proceedings of the 26th ISBA National Small Firms Research and Policy Conference, Surrey, November, 12-14th.

Howorth, C.; Tempest, S.; Coupland, C. 2003, "Defining the Entrepreneur by Applying a Multitude Paradigm Approach", in the proceedings of the Babson Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Boston, USA, June 2003.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2003, "The Business School in Ruins? Is a Humanist Reframing Possible", at Conference on the Role of Humanities in the Formation of New European Elites, 10-12 September, Venice.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2003, "The Business School in Ruins?", at Academy of Management Annual Conference, 3-6th August, Seattle.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2002, "The Rocky Road to Damascus: Researching our way to economic decline", at European Academy of Management, 9 - 11 May, Stockholm.

Tempest, S. 2001, "The Role of Personal Odyssey in Collective Knowing and Innovation", at EGOS 17th Colloquium, 5-8 July, Lyon.

Tempest, S. 1995, "Corporate Resturcturing, Collaboration and Competitive Advantage in the UK Television Industry", at British Academy of Management Conference, Doctoral Track, Sheffield, September.

Discussion Papers

Howorth, C.; Tempest, S. 2003, "Reloading the Matrix: The case for Multiple Paradigm Methodologies in Entrepreneurship Research", Nottingham University Business School Discussion Paper, Nottingham University Business School, VIII.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Starkey, K; Tempest, S; Cinque, S. (2019), "Management education and the theatre of the absurd", Management Learning, forthcoming 2019.

Lejeune, C,; Starkey, K,; Kalika, M; Tempest, S,;, (2018), "The impact of business schools: increasing the range of strategic choices", Management International, Vol.23 (2), pp. 88-98.

Tempest, S.; Coupland, C. (2017), "Lost in time and space: Temporal and Spatial Challenges facing older workers in a global economy from a career capital perspective", International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.28(15), pp. 2159-2183, DOI; 10.1080/09585192.2015.1128455.

Barnatt, C.; Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. (2016), "Remember Icarus: Seven risks that threaten business schools", Journal of Future Studies, Vol.21(1), 63-76.

Spedale, S.; Coupland, C.; Tempest, S. (2014), "Gendered ageism and organisational routines at work: The case of day-parting in television broadcasting", Organization Studies, Vol.35 (11), pp. 1585-1604, Special Issue 'At a Critical Age'.


Spedale, S. and Tempest, S. 2019, "Constituting institutions in visual communication: The contribution of a Barthesian perspective to the analysis of institutional maintenance and change", in Academy of Management Conference.

Lejeune, C.; Starkey, K.; Kalika, M.; Tempest, S. 2015, "The impact of business schools: Conceptual framework and practices", in EFMD Higher Educations Research Conference, Oxford, 3-4 June.

Starkey, K.; Tempest, S. 2015, "The narrative of the Business School: A deconstructionist and design perspective,", at EFMD Special Interest Group on design theory, Paris, 9th November.



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