Dr Colin J Coulson-Thomas

Dr Colin Coulson-Thomas

Lecturer in Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour

Key details

Dr Colin J Coulson-Thomas

Lecturer in Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour


Dr Colin Coulson-Thomas is an experienced chairman of award winning companies and vision holder of successful transformation programmes. He had an early career in marketing, communications and corporate affairs and was an Editor, Publisher and Publishing Director with general management responsibility for over fifty periodicals in the past thirty years.

Colin has a portfolio of academic and corporate board roles, and has held public body appointments at local, regional and national level. He has also served on committees and governing bodies of several professional bodies. In addition he has had roles with charities and has been a member of the council of think tanks.

He has held professorial appointments in Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, India and China. He has been a professor of competitiveness, direction and leadership, human resources and organisational behaviour, and international relations. His other appointments within universities include periods as an external examiner and as a Director, Dean of faculty, Director of Corporate and Executive Programmes and head of a campus.

He has also served on the editorial boards of academic and professional journals. Colin has been the media representative of national and international bodies and an ambassador of public, voluntary and professional bodies. Dr Coulson-Thomas has led European and international initiatives, and has served as a judge for awards at national and international level.

Colin advises corporate, public and national bodies. He has helped directors in over forty countries to improve director, board and corporate performance. He is author of seventy books and reports, over sixty book chapters and over 1,000 articles. Dr Coulson-Thomas is a regular speaker at major corporate events and a speaker and provider of theme papers at international conferences, conventions, congresses and summits. He has contributed plenary addresses to over 300 national and international events.

He has led over 20 investigations to identify critical success factors for key corporate activities and quicker, more affordable and less disruptive routes to high performance organisations. Colin has also undertaken surveys of entrepreneurial and boardroom issues, attitudes and practice for various professional bodies, government departments and the National Health Service.

Colin was educated at the London School of Economics (Trevennon Exhibitioner), London Business School, EAESP - Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brasilian Government Scholar), Goldsmiths College and the Universities of Aston, Chicago (Deans List), South Africa and Southern California (Graduate School Distinction). He is a fellow of seven chartered bodies.

He is a former Secretary-General, Chancellor, Bailiff and Executive Committee Chair of the Order of St Lazarus' jurisdiction in England and Wales. He is now Bailiff Emeritus of the Order and is leading the international governance initiative.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colinct/

Awards

Dr Colin Coulson-Thomas has obtained various awards throughout his professional career:

  • Fellow, World Academy of Productivity Science​
  • Global Excellence Award in Renewable Energy
  • Honoured Fellow, Institute for Responsible Leadership
  • Honorary Fellow, Institute of Directors (India)
  • India CSR Life Time Achievement Award 2018
  • First place prizes in the final examinations of three professions
  • Change Agent and Transformation Leader Award
  • Meritorious Service Medal of the Order of St Lazarus.
  • Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa), the Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management-Research in New Delhi.
    "In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of academics through compositions [e.g. books, reports, articles, theme papers for international conferences], research and developments".

Recognition

  • Distinguished Patron, Global South Centre for Research, Innovation, Peace, Technology and Sustainability
  • Member, Global Advisory Council, Institute of Directors (India)
  • President, Council of International Advisors, Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management-Research​
  • President of the Institute of Management Services
  • Honorary Fellow, Institute of Management Services
  • Honorary Professor, Aston India Centre for Applied Research (Aston University)
  • Distinguished Professorship, Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management-Research
  • Chancellor and Professorial Fellow, School for the Creative Arts
  • Member, Advisory Council, EMPI Sustainability Centre
  • Member, Editorial Board, Director Today and The IUP Journal of Marketing Management
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Abhinava Prabandhan [International Research Journal of Indian Ethos & Wisdom for Management] and Politieconomy [The International Research Journal of Political Economy]
  • Member, ACCA Governance, Risk and Performance Global Forum
  • Visiting Professor of Direction and Leadership, Lincoln International Business School

Community Engagement

  • Member, Board of Governing Directors, Sri SIIM Foundation
  • Leader, OLJ International Governance Initiative
  • Director General, UK & Europe operations, IOD India
  • Chair, Advisory Council, School for the Creative Arts
  • Member, Advisory Board/Panel, Aravind Foundation
  • Chartered Management Institute Ambassador and Community Network Ambassador

Research / Scholarly interests

Areas of interest include:

  • corporate social responsibility
  • corporate ethics and risk management
  • innovation
  • environment management, sustainability and climate change
  • direction and leadership
  • corporate governance
  • strategy
  • learning and transformation
  • talent and change management
  • board and business development
  • identifying critical success factors for key corporate activities and using performance support to capture and share what high performers do differently
  • enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • internationalisation.

Media activity

Colin has been asked to declare open the Centre's Europe Sub-Centre and launch a global climate change campaign on 24th May [Africa Day], 2022  at the London South Bank University campus in Croydon.

Recent publications

Article

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2024), Corporate social responsibility and the future of work. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, 27 (1) . pp. 35-65 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: http://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2024), AI, sustainability and the future of work. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 68 (1) . pp. 13-19 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: https://ims-productivity.com/management-services-journal/) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), Building future boards: women and diversity in leadership roles. IUP Publications - ICFAI University. In: , , , . IUP Publications - ICFAI University, Effective Executive, 26 (4) . pp. 25-45 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: http://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), ESG and climate change: challenges and opportunities for professionals. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 67 (4) . pp. 12-17 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: https://www.ims-productivity.com/page.cfm/content/Management-Services-Journal/) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), AI, executive and board leadership, and our collective future. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, 26 (3) . pp. 5-29 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: http://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), Risk management and governance: questions for practitioners. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 67 (3) . pp. 11-15 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: https://www.ims-productivity.com/page.cfm/content/Management-Services-Journal/) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), Coaching and leadership for innovation and future-ready organizations. IUP Publications- ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications- ICFAI, Effective Executive, 26 (2) . pp. 5-23 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: http://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), Resilient people, organisations and communities. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 67 (2) . pp. 17-22 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: https://www.ims-productivity.com/page.cfm/content/Management-Services-Journal/) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), Boards, governance and integrating the elements of ESG. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, 26 (1) . pp. 5-25 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: http://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), The Ukraine War and economic recession. Sri SIIM Research Press. In: , , , . Sri SIIM Research Press, Politieconomy (The International Research Journal of Political Economy), 8 . pp. 29-41 ISSN: 2348-3091 (Print), (doi: https://thepolitieconomy.org/).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), Risk-led innovation: balancing current and longer-term requirements. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 67 (1) . pp. 38-42 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), Values based and/or responsible leadership for addressing climate change. IUP - ICFAI University Press. In: , , , . IUP - ICFAI University Press, Effective Executive, 25 (4) . pp. 7-29 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: http://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2023), Reviewing Yoga’s role in relation to contemporary collective concerns. Sri SIIM Research Press - Abhinava Prabandhan. In: , , , . Sri SIIM Research Press - Abhinava Prabandhan, Abhinav Prabhandhan : international journal of Indian ethos and wisdom, 10 (1) . pp. 62-73 ISSN: 2249-5339 (Print), (doi: https://abhinavaprabandhan.org/) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2022), Critical thinking for responsible leadership. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 66 (4) . pp. 32-36 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2022), Leadership, purpose and priorities for excellence and innovation. IUP Publications. In: , , , . IUP Publications, Effective Executive, 25 (3) . pp. 24-40 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: http://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2022), Reviewing business excellence and innovation policies and priorities. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 66 (3) . pp. 27-32 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: https://www.ims-productivity.com/page.cfm/content/Management-Services-Journal/index.html).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2022), Critical thinking and responsible board leadership. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, 25 (2) . pp. 15-30 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: http://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2022), The fall of Kabul: who is responsible. Sri SIIM Research Press. In: , , , . Sri SIIM Research Press, Politieconomy (The International Research Journal of Political Economy), 7 (I & II) . pp. 178-191 ISSN: 2348-3091 (Print), (doi: https://thepolitieconomy.srisiim.ac.in/).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2022), Foresight and looking ahead. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 66 (2) . pp. 19-24 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: https://www.ims-productivity.com/page.cfm/content/Management-Services-Journal/) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2022), Executive, board and corporate agility. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, 25 (1) . pp. 13-33 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2022), A reflection on the human goal and influencing factors. Sri SIIM Research Press - The Vivek Management (Abhinava Prabandhan). In: , , , . Sri SIIM Research Press - The Vivek Management (Abhinava Prabandhan), The International Research Journal of Indian Ethos & Wisdom for Management, 9 (1/2) . pp. 1-28 ISSN: 2249-5339 (Print), (doi: https://abhinavaprabandhan.org/download/abhinavaprabandhan-starting-pages.pdf).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2021), Strategic thinking and corporate governance. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, 24 (4) . pp. 7-29 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: https://www.proquest.com/openview/44c5825ec0561c19276a65c922d30fa2/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=2029988) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2021), Conclusion and recommendations presented as concluding remarks at the 2021 Annual Directors Conclave. Institute of Directors. In: , , , Coulson-Thomas, Colin (2021), [Annual Directors’ Conclave - 2021] Conclusion & Recommendations, Director Today, Vol. VII Issue XII, December, pp 57-59. Institute of Directors, New Delhi Director Today, 7 (12) (1st) . pp. 57-59 (doi: https://www.iodglobal.com/flipapp/admin/uploads/projectlogo/8807a6734aa1315332728cfe0ece3288.pdf).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2021), Evaluating Director and Board effectiveness. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 65 (4) . pp. 29-35 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), 0307-6768 (Online) (doi: https://www.ims-productivity.com/page.cfm/content/Management-Services-Journal/).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2021), Responsible business strategy and corporate leadership. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, 24 (3) . pp. 14-38 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), 0972-5172 (Online) (doi: http://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2021), Inspirational and/or contextual COVID-19 crisis leadership. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, 24 (2) . pp. 14-37 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: https://www.iupindia.in/0621/Effective%20Executive/Inspirational_Contextual.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2021), Re-thinking relevant, responsible and professional leadership. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 65 (2) . pp. 26-32 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2021), Productivity implications of repurposing and Covid-19 impacts and responses. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, XXIV (1) . pp. 55-69 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: https://www.ims-productivity.com/user/custom/Article%20April%202020.pdf).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2020), COVID-19: virtual operations and the implications for productivity. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 64 (4) . pp. 13-17 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: https://www.ims-productivity.com/page.cfm/content/Management-Services-Journal/).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2020), Corporate Leadership for Environment Friendly and Sustainable Growth. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, XXXIII (3) . pp. 7-20 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: https://www.iupindia.in/Effective_Executive.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2020), Supporting proactive recovery from recession. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 64 (3) . pp. 39-43 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2020), Leading organizational innovation. IUP Publications. In: , , , . IUP Publications, Effective Executive, XXIII (2) . pp. 12-30 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2020), Responding to crises and economic recessions. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 64 (2) . pp. 24-29 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2020), Economic slowdown: A business and social opportunity for responsible leaders. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, XXXIII (1) . pp. 7-25 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2019), Responsible leadership and engaging and retaining talent. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, XXII (4) . pp. 7-21 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: https://www.iupindia.in/1912/Effective%20Executive/Responsible_Leadership.asp).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2019), The impacts of digital and enabling or disruptive technologies. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 63 (4) . pp. 21-26 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: https://www.ims-productivity.com/page.cfm/content/Management-Services-Journal/).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2019), Balancing economic, political and social factors in decision making. Sri SIIM Research Press. In: , , , . Sri SIIM Research Press, Politieconomy (The International Research Journal of Political Economy), 5 (1 & 2) . pp. 1-18 ISSN: 2348-3091 (Print), (doi: https://thepolitieconomy.srisiim.ac.in/) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2019), Board leadership, crisis governance and governance in crisis. IUP Publications. In: , , , . IUP Publications, Effective Executive, XXII (3) . pp. 42-58 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2019), Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change: Leading with Innovation. IUP Publications. In: , , , . IUP Publications, Effective Executive, XXII (2) . pp. 46-61 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2019), Revisiting Performance Assessment. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 63 (2) . pp. 13-17 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2019), Ancient Wisdom, the Natural World and the Environment. Sri SIIM Research Press. In: , , , . Sri SIIM Research Press, The International Research Journal of Indian Ethos & Wisdom for Management – 'The Vivek Management' (Abhinava Prabandhan), 7 (I & II) . pp. 1-8 ISSN: 2249-5339 (Print), (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2019), Board leadership of innovation in contemporary circumstances. IUP Publications. In: , , , . IUP Publications, Effective Executive, XXII (1) . pp. 26-37 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2019), Leadership for innovation and business excellence. Institute of Management Services. In: , , , . Institute of Management Services, Management Services, 63 (1) . pp. 29-33 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2018), Teamwork, motivation, complexity and the Board. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, XXI (4) . pp. 56-69 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2018), Complicating factors in performance and productivity assessment. Insitute of Management Services. In: , , , . Insitute of Management Services, Management Services, 62 (4) . pp. 41-44 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2018), Organisational leadership for challenging and changing times. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, XXI (3) . pp. 14-37 ISSN: 0972-5172 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2018), Management services and supporting the board. Institute of Management Services. In: , , , . Institute of Management Services, Management Services, 62 (3) . pp. 22-26 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2018), Corporate leadership and governance for increasing stakeholder involvement and developing stronger connections. IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI. In: , , , . IUP Publications, a division of ICFAI, Effective Executive, XXI (1) . pp. 7-25 ISSN: 0972-5171 (Print), (doi: http://www.iupindia.in).

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2018), Social performance and productivity. Institute of Management Services. In: , , , . Institute of Management Services, Management Services, 61 (1) . pp. 30-34 ISSN: 0307-6768 (Print), (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Coulson-Thomas, Colin and , (2018), Climate change, corporate responses and economic growth. Sri SIIM Research Press. In: , , , . Sri SIIM Research Press, The Politieconomy – International Research Journal of Political Economy, 4 (1) . pp. 36-56 ISSN: 2348-3091 (Print), (doi: ).