University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Dr Svenja Tams

Dr Svenja Tams

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Leading Refereed Journal Papers
Other Outputs

MSc (Brussels), MSc (LSE), PhD (London Business School)

Job Title:

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) Organization Studies

Affiliated Research Centre:

Future of Work Research Centre (FoW)

Centre for Business, Organisations and Society (CBOS)

Water Innovation Research Centre (WIRC @ Bath)


Strategy & Organisation

Key Research Interests:

Agency, Careers, Knowledge Creation Practices, Design-in-Management, Working for Change, Practice and Discourse Approaches to Organizing

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.

PhD Supervision

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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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Tams, S. & Marshall, J. 2011. Responsible careers: Systemic reflexivity in shifting landscapes. Human Relations, 64(1): 109–131, DOI: 10.1177/0018726710384292.

Tams, S. & Arthur, M. B. 2010. Special Issue of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, on ‘New Directions for Boundaryless Careers’ (Vol. 31: 5)  Click here for issue external website (Journal guest editing).

Tams, S. & Arthur, M. B. 2010. New directions for boundaryless career: Agency and interdependence in a changing world. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31(5): 629-646, DOI: 10.1002/job.712.

► older publications

Tams, S. 2008. Constructing self-efficacy at work: a person-centered approach. Personnel Review, 37(2): 165-183, DOI: 10.1108/00483480810850524.

Tams, S. 2008. Self-directed social learning: the role of individual differences. Journal of Management Development, 27(2): 196-213, DOI: 10.1108/02621710810849335.

Tams, S. & Arthur, M. B. 2007. Studying careers across cultures: distinguishing international, cross-cultural, and globalization perspectives. Career Development International, 12(1): 86-98, DOI: 10.1108/13620430710724848.

Other Outputs

Edwards-Schachter, M. & Tams, S. 2013. How empowering is social innovation? Identifying barriers to participation in community-driven innovation. In NESTA (Eds.), Social Frontiers: the next edge of social innovation research, 1-18. London: NESTA, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1888.7528.

Tams, S. & Wadhawan, M. 2012. Innovation Labs: Tackling sustainability through systemic collaboration. The Bath Perspective Magazine, 17: 10-15.

Tams, S. & Arthur, M. B. 2011. Career communities: Examining learning through the culture-as-practice lens. Proceedings of the 7th International Critical Management Conference, Naples.

Tams, S., Caulfield, P. A. & Nedjati-Gilani, D. 2011. In the service of many masters: Do the plural logics of service-learning influence individual learning outcomes? Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the International Association for Business & Society, Bath.

Tams, S. & Marshall, J. 2010. Responsible leadership: Interweaving personal and public in pluralistic, contested space. Proceedings of the First International Responsible Leadership Conference, University of Pretoria, Centre for Responsible Leadership, 18 – 20 May.

Caprar, D. V., Gao, J., Haezendonck, E., Pinkse, J. & Tams, S. 2010. Academic theory. In D. De Lange (Eds.), Research Companion to Green International Management Studies. Edward-Elgar.

► older publications

Tams, S., & Arthur, M. B. 2006. The boundaryless career. In J. H. Greenhouse, & G. A. Callanan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Career Development: 1: 44-49. ThousandOaks, CA: Sage.

Audia, P. G., & Tams, S. 2002. Goal setting, performance appraisal and feedback across cultures. In M. J. Gannon, & K. L. Newman (Eds.), Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management: 143-154. Oxford: Blackwell.