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Professor Bob Thomson

Professor of Practice

Teaching in 2019-2020

Distance Learning MBA
  • IB9FJP: Leadership
  • IB822P: Management of Change
  • IB802P: Organisational Behaviour
Full Time MBA
  • IB9DS0: LeadershipPlus
MSc Business
  • IB92A0: People and Organisations
  • IB3810: Critical Issues in Management
  • IB3H40: Styles of Coaching and Team Leadership

Organisation & HRM

Email:  /  Tel: 024 765 75762  /  Room: 3.133


Professor Bob Thomson leads the full time MBA module, LeadershipPlus, and the distance learning MBA module, Coaching in Practice. He is a Senior Tutor for final year undergraduates at WBS, and a Personal Tutor for the WBS Foundation Year programme.

He is an experienced coach and supervisor of coaching. He set up and ran the Warwick Leadership Programme for academics, administrators and commercial managers and the Warwick Adminstrative Management Programme. He established the University of Warwick's Certificate and Diploma in Coaching, and set up the University's MA in Coaching through action learning. He also acts as an internal mediator, helping members of staff in conflict with one another to find a way forward that will resolve their difficulties.

Before joining the University Bob worked for eleven years as an economist with British Steel and ICI, and then for seventeen years as a management development professional with British Gas, Transco and National Grid. Bob has qualifications in management learning, counselling, coaching, supervision of coaching, and mediation. He is a Member of the Association for Coaching and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Bob has written a number of books on learning from experience and on coaching. His book, Don't Just Do Something Sit There, was published in Chinese under the title, which reflects the notion of Socratic questioning, Modern Midwifery: the art of coaching. His latest book, How to Coach, will be published by Sage in Spring 2020.


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