Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

  • 01202 961866
  • kthompson at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer (Academic) in Leadership, Strategy & Organisations
  • Dorset House D233, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Working closely with local businesses, organisations and professional bodies, I lead real student projects in years two and four of the BA Business Studies. Projects have ranged from building a wildlife area for a local school and fund raising through to developing a sustainable transport policy for a local financial company and evaluating the carbon footprint for a construction company. I teach Project Management at year two and Advanced Project Management to part-time online students.

After a long career in Information Systems and Technology that included strategic consultancy, I joined Bournemouth University in 1996 to teach a range of management and systems-related topics, now focused on project management. I led the online undergraduate business programmes for three years. Currently I am engaged in research towards my PhD on the role of social media in Project Management.



Internet Publications




  • Student competition to generate multi-purpose material promoting BU’s role is supporting businesses and developing employable graduates (BU Fusion Fund, 23 May 2014). Completed
  • Renewable Energy: An integrated approach (BU Fusion Fund, 01 Dec 2011). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Poole Tidal Energy Partnership, Director (2011-)
  • University of Hertfordshire, External Examiner (2007-2011)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Link Tutor Business & Management, Faculty of Management

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Presentation at meeting of APM Wessex branch

Conference Presentations

  • Digital Engagement, Digital Technologies in Project Management, 29 Jun 2016, Bournemouth University - online conference and workshop
  • Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0, Virtual Communities for Active Living, 05 Sep 2007, York, UK
  • Communication and Society, 10th Anniversary Symposium of the Journal of Information, From Chalk to Cheese : a case study in the integration of e-learning within a traditional learning environment, 20 Sep 2006, York, UK
  • Learning and Teaching, Mountains and Molehills: Exploring the benefits and concerns of e-learning., 10 May 2006, Bournemouth, UK
  • Excellence in Learning and Teaching of Project Management (2nd conference), Between Two Worlds: Use of reflection for assessing industry-collaborative student projects, 16 Sep 2005, Bournemouth, UK


  • MA in Academic Practice (Bournemouth University, 2005)
  • BSc (Hons) in Computing (CNAA, 1982)


  • Bournemouth Digital Project Managers Meetup, Member (2016-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (-2005),
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