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Jim Simpson


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Research interests

Jim comes to BBS (Brighton Business School) from a career as a management consultant, researcher, coach and trainer.  Jim has supported public and third-sector organisations and SMEs with performance evaluation, organisational development, and policy and practice studies. He also has entrepreneurial experience having jointly founded a charitable company and coached managers and social entrepreneurs. 

Jim has several research interests including change processes in clientele and organisations; trust, collaboration and innovation; and public sector management.  He has a number of published papers plus a published introductory textbook on social theory. 

Jim is interested in problem-based learning and teaching and is leading a new, final year undergraduate business project-based module. 'Developing Professional Practice in Business' works with 40 partners providing the opportunity for students to complete a 'live' research/development/marketing project for a client organisation, as well as develop their digital, professional profiles.  Jim has led post-graduate courses and action-learning programmes. He has also led in-house management and development programmes for companies, local authorities and housing associations, and produced open learning for the Open University.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Brighton

Master, University of Brighton

Brunel University

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Research Output 2012 2018

Advocacy for a Change - Best Practice in Advocacy Support for Adults with SEND

Simpson, J. & Brighton and Hove Speak Out, E. B. S. P., Aug 2018, 11 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearchpeer-review

Social Work
Practice Guidelines
best practice
Peer Group
social work

Independent Evaluation of the Amazing Futures Project

Simpson, J., Oct 2018, Amaze charity. 21 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

special educational needs

Trust and Innovation - Making the Match

Simpson, J., 2017, 14 p.

Research output: Book/ReportProject reportResearch

public service
public sector

Want a Solution to the Biggest Primary Care Problem - try Social Prescribing

Simpson, J., 2017, 40 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearchpeer-review

social problem

Back for the Future: Sociological Theory and Today's Big Issues

Simpson, J., 2016, UK: SocialWords Publishing. 104 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearchpeer-review

Open Access
sociological theory
capitalist society
pop music
learning aid