Dr James Fowler

EBS - Management and Marketing
Dr James Fowler



James joined the University of Essex in 2019 as a Lecturer in Management. He was previously an associate Lecturer at the University of York and a regular Officer in the Armed Forces where he held a series of appointments in the Educational and Training Services branch. His mainstream teaching work covered modules on management and leadership, military analysis of strategy, international relations and cognitive bias. Other related work included advising on the design and delivery of promotion courses in the UK and abroad. He also had significant engagement with language teaching in the UK and the Middle East, serving as head of the language wing at the Defence College of Intelligence and Security. James has completed a PGCE in Further Education and an MSc in Educational Practice and Innovation. His PhD and subsequent research interests cover business and management history.


  • 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

Statistical Accounting

Open to supervise

Transport Economics

Open to supervise

Leadership in Organisations

Open to supervise

Hybrid Organisations

Key words: QUANGOs, PPPs
Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

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 and Marketing (BE400)

  • International Business Environment (BE413)

  • Business Strategy (BE431)

  • Financial Crashes and Consequences (BE432)

  • MBA Project (BE850)

  • Strategy (BE857)

  • Student Success Tutorial (BE917)


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. 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. ahead-of-print (ahead-of-print)

Fowler, J., (2020). Geoffrey Channon, Richard Potter. Beatrice Webb’s Father and Corporate Capitalist. The Journal of Transport History. 41 (3), 480-482

Fowler, J., (2020). Compensating the passengers. A comparison of the management of three London underground crashes 1909–1975. Business History. 62 (8), 1324-1340

Fowler, J., (2020). William Deringer. Calculated Values: Finance, Politics, and the Quantitative Age. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018. 440 pp. ISBN 978-0-674-97187-5, $45.00 (cloth).. Enterprise & Society. 21 (3), 816-818

Books (2)

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

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. 1787437701. 9781787437708

Reports and Papers (1)

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

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