Dr James Fowler

EBS - Management and Marketing
Dr James Fowler
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    +44 (0) 1206 876640

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    EBS.3.85, Colchester Campus

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James joined the University of Essex in 2019 as a Lecturer in Management. He has completed a PGCE in Further Education, an MSc in Educational Practice and Innovation and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His PhD and research interests are in business and management history where he has journal publications in Business History, Management History, Transport History and Essays in Economic and Business History. He has written two books on the organisational history of London's transport. James is the Chair of the British Academy of Management Business History Track, an associate at In Professional Development and a member of the Crossrail legacy steering group.


  • LLB The University of Durham,

  • MSc The University of Southampton,

  • PhD The University of York,

  • PGCE (FE) The University of Southampton,

  • PG Diploma (FE) The University of Southampton,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, The University of Essex Business School (3/6/2019 - present)

Other academic

  • Associate Lecturer, The University of York Management School (1/10/2018 - 7/6/2019)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Corporate Strategy

Open to supervise

The Management of Organisational Information

Open to supervise

Business, Organisational and Management History

Open to supervise

The Value of Hybrid Organisations

Key words: QUANGOs, PPPs
Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

The Clydeside Car Revolution

British Academy of Management, 8/9/2022

Shifting operating and financial priorities: London's transport market 1977-87

The British Academy of Management, 2/9/2021

Legitimising a Monopoly: London Transport 1900-1933

The Economic and Business History Society Conference, 20/5/2021

To Failure and Beyond - Politics, Decline and Strategy at LT 1970-87

The Management History Research Group, 1/10/2020

The Silence of the Archives - What can business records tell us about management?

The British Academy of Management, 3/9/2020

Creating a Legitimate Elite

British Academy of Management, 2/9/2020

Building and Sustaining London Transport’s Corporate Strategy in a Time of Uncertainty 1963-87.

Invited presentation, The British Academy of Management, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 4/9/2019

Making a Hybrid out of a Crisis. London Transport 1913-47

Invited presentation, The Management History Research Group, Preston, United Kingdom, 2/9/2019

Statistics: Spur to Productivity or Publicity Stunt?

The British Academy of Management, Bristol, United Kingdom, 6/9/2018

Crisis? What Crisis? The Command, Leadership and Management of London Transport

The White Rose Conference, 12/4/2017

Compensating the Victims of Organisational Failure

The Management History Research Group Conference, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 10/8/2016

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Introduction to Management (BE401)

  • Business Strategy (BE431)

  • Financial Crashes and Consequences (BE432)

  • MBA Project (BE850)

  • Strategy (BE857)

  • The Director's Workshops (BE860)


Journal articles (5)

Fowler, J., Statistics: Spur to Productivity or Publicity Stunt? London Underground Railways 1913-32. Essays in Economic & Business History. 37 (1), 146-179

Fowler, J., (2022). The Strategic Narratives of Decline and Revival at London Transport, 1970-90. Essays in Economic & Business History. 40, 114-136

Fowler, J., (2022). Historical Institutionalism, Hybridity and Institutional Logics in Public Transport History. The Journal of Transport History. 43 (2), 296-311

Fowler, J. and Gillett, A., (2021). Making a hybrid out of a crisis: historical contingency and the institutional logics of London’s public transport monopoly. Journal of Management History. 27 (4), 492-518

Books (3)

Fowler, J., (2021). Strategy and Managed Decline London Transport 1948-87. Emerald Publishing Limited. 1800431899. 9781800431898

Fowler, J., (2019). London Transport A Hybrid in History 1905-48. Emerald Group Publishing. 1789739535. 9781789739541

Fowler, J., (2019). London Transport: A Hybrid in History 1905–1948. Emerald Publishing Limited. 9781789739541

Book chapters (1)

Fowler, J., (2018). How History Challenges Current Thinking on Hybridity: The Effects of Hybridity on London’s Transport 1933–1948.. In: Hybridity in the Governance and Delivery of Public Services. Editors: Bonomi Sauvignon, A., Gnan, L., Hinna, A. and Monteduro, F., . Emerald Group Publishing. 7- 30. 9781787437708

Reports and Papers (1)

Fowler, J. and Ishola, A., (2020). Commission Type, Gender and Cap-badge in Officer Education

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EBS.3.85, Colchester Campus

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