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Research interests

I study the practices for creating knowledge-for-action in challenging situations. I have a particular interest in how careers, learning and knowledge creation practices shape organizations and change at the business/society interface. I have published in leading international journals and co-edited with Michael Arthur a Journal of Organizational Behavior special issue on ‘New Directions for Boundaryless Careers’. More recently, I have attracted research council and industry funding for projects studying the practices by which organizations create knowledge to solve sustainability-related problems with external partners, users and communities.

I am active in the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) and have previously served as Representative-at-Large of the Academy of Management’s Careers Division. My research, teaching and advisory inform each other. I have directed the Bath MSc Advanced Management Practice for nearly four years and shaped significant innovations in professional development on the Bath MBA and its Masters programs. Trained in diverse methods, I deliver and advise on management and organizational development to business, public and non-profit organizations. I entered academia following an international career, initially working as a Marketing Manager with AT&T Europe, Middle East & Africa, then designing management development programs at Management Centre Europe, and consulting on Organizational Change and HRM with Accenture. I was also a Research Assistant at London Business School and have taught at the London School of Economics and Birkbeck, University of London.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am an experienced supervisor and external and internal examiner of PhD theses. Previous post-graduate research projects which I have co-supervised have, for example, examined the practices of temporary organizing or the role of identity in organizational learning. I welcome expressions of interest from individuals who want to research how managers, professionals, organizations, boundary-spanning initiatives or professional learning programs create knowledge and action on complex issues.

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Projects 2011 2017

'Careers in the city'

Kennedy, J., Tams, S., Arthur, M. B. & Chan, K. Y.

6/11/17 → …

Project: OtherInternational Collaboration, Research

Global Mobility Scheme - Sustainability and Social Challenges

Tams, S. & Stanton Fraser, D.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Research Output 2001 2017


Unpacking sustainable careers: Stories of consulting careers

Chudzikowski, K., Gustafsson, S. & Tams, S. 6 Jul 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Co-design: Paradoxical Practice to Create Knowledge for Intentional Change

Tams, S. 16 Jun 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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