Dr Olga Suhomlinova

Associate Professor in ManagementOlga Suhomlinova

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  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1248
  • Email: o.suhomlinova@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 404, Level 4, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: By appointment (please email)

Personal details


I received my BA in Economics from Moscow State University, Russia, and my MA in Sociology and PhD from Duke University, USA. Prior to joining the School at the University of Leicester, I held appointments at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Duke University, and Nottingham University Business School. I am a member of the editorial board of Journal of Management Studies and published in American Sociological Review, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Public Administration, Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis. My research has been supported by grants from the US Institute for the Study of World Politics, British Academy, and the UK NHS National Institute for Health Research.


MN7203: Organisational Behaviour (MBA Campus-based)

MN7501: Organisational Behaviour (MBA Distance Learning)


My research interests are wide-ranging and include macro-level studies of industry evolution and organisational survival (in the context of construction, petroleum, and financial services industries) and micro-level studies of professional identities, leadership, and institutional change (in the context of public sector organisations, particularly healthcare and education).

I am currently working on three projects: 1. Impact of organisational origins and activities on survival before and after an environmental shift (in the Russian banking industry), 2. Identities of junior and middle clinical and non-clinical managers (in the UK NHS), 3. Efficiency and effectiveness of memory clinics (for diagnosis and treatment of dementia).

Recent research awards

The Best Paper Award, General Track, Strategic Management Standing Interest Group, European Academy of Management 2014 Conference.

The Runner-Up Award, Overall, Strategic Management Standing Interest Group, European Academy of Management 2014 Conference.


Three PhDs supervised to completion as first supervisor (Waleed Al-Ajlan, Liangrong Zu, David Evans).


Suhomlinova O, Harvey J, Annandale E, Teasdale N, Loan-Clarke J (2014) Mobilising identities: the shape and reality of middle and junior managers working lives - a qualitative study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 2 (11), pp. 1-153 10.3310/hsdr02110 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/37290

Whittle A, Suhomlinova O, Mueller F (2011) Dialogue and distributed agency in institutional transmission. JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATION, 17 (4), pp. 548-56910.5172/jmo.2011.17.4.548 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/9719

Suhomlinova O (2010) The Changing Governance of Renewable Natural Resources in Northwest Russia. RUSSIAN REVIEW, 69 (2), pp. 360-361 10.1111/j.1467-9434.2010.00569.x

Whittle A, Suhomlinova O, Mueller F (2010) Funnel of interests: The discursive translation of organizational change. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 46 (1), pp. 16-37 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/14025

Currie G, Lockett A, Suhomlinova O (2009) Leadership and institutional change in the public sector: The case of secondary schools in England. Leadership Quarterly, 20, pp. 664-679 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/14026

Currie G, Lockett A, Suhomlinova O (2009) The institutionalization of distributed leadership: A ‘Catch-22’ in English public services. Human Relations, 62, pp. 1735-1761 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/8840

Suhomlinova O (2007) Property rules: State fragmentation, industry heterogeneity and property rights in the Russian oil industry, 1992-2006. Human Relations, 60 (10), pp. 1443-1466http://hdl.handle.net/2381/14027

Suhomlinova O (2006) Toward a Model of Organizational Co-Evolution in Transition Economies. Journal of Management Studies, 43 (7), pp. 1537-1558 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00643.xhttp://hdl.handle.net/2381/3183

Suhomlinova O, Currie G (2006) The Impact of Institutional Forces Upon Knowledge Sharing in the UK NHS: The Triumph of Professional Power and the Inconsistency of Policy. Public Administration, 84 (1), pp. 1-30 10.1111/j.0033-3298.2006.00491.x http://hdl.handle.net/2381/3184

Currie G, Boyett I, Suhomlinova O (2005) Transformational Leadership within Secondary Schools in England. A Panacea for Organizational Ills?. Public Administration, 83 (2), pp. 265-29610.1111/j.0033-3298.2005.00450.x http://hdl.handle.net/2381/3185

Zhou X, Suhomlinova O (2001) Redistribution Under State Socialism: A USSR and PRC Comparison. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 18 (1), pp. 163-204 10.1016/S0276-5624(01)80026-3 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/3186

Suhomlinova O (2000) Managing radical organizational change. HUMAN RELATIONS, 53 (4), pp. 586-597 10.1177/0018726700534007

Suhomlinova O (1999) Constructive destruction: Transformation of Russian state-owned construction enterprises during market transition. Organization Studies, 20 (3), pp. 451-48410.1177/0170840699203004

Heidemann B, Suhomlinova OO, O'Rand AM (1998) Economic independence, economic status, and empty nest in midlife marital disruption. 60, pp. 219-231
Spenner KI, Suhomlinova OO, Thore SA, Land KC, Jones DC (1998) Strong legacies and weak markets: Bulgarian state-owned enterprises during early transition. American Sociological Review, 63 (4), pp. 599-617

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