Dr Olga Suhomlinova

Associate Professor in Management

School/Department: Business, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 223 1248



I was born and raised in Moscow and received my BA in Economics from Moscow State University (Russia). I continued my studies in the United States and received MA in Sociology and PhD from Duke University (USA). Prior to joining the University of Leicester School of Business I have held appointments at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Duke University, and Nottingham University Business School. I have also held visiting appointments at the University of Manchester, University of Bath, and Bangor University. I am a member of the editorial board of Journal of Management Studies and published in American Sociological Review, British Journal of Criminology, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Organization Studies, and Public Administration.


I have wide research interests, as evidenced by my publications, ranging from macro-level studies of industry evolution and organisational survival (in the context of construction petroleum and financial services industries) to micro-level studies of professional identities, leadership and institutional change (in the context of public sector organisations, particularly healthcare and education). My research has been supported by grants from the US Institute for the Study of World Politics, British Academy, the National Institute for Health Research, and Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies. I am currently leading a multidisciplinary project “Transcending the bars: Transgender and non-binary prisoners’ experiences in England and Wales”. The research team includes Dr Saoirse O’Shea (Open University Business School), Dr Tammy Ayres and Dr Matthew Tonkin (University of Leicester School of Criminology) and Dr Michelle O'Reilly (School of Media Communication & Sociology, University of Leicester). The project seeks to understand the lives of transgender and nonbinary prisoners and provide recommendations to Her Majesty’s Prison Service. It is the first such study nation-wide and unique worldwide.


Suhomlinova O, O’Shea SC, Boncori I. (2023) Rethinking Gender Diversity: Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People and Gender as Constellation. Gender, Work & Organization: 1–20.

Suhomlinova O, O'Reilly M, Ayres TC, Wertans E, Tonkin MJ, O'Shea SC (2022) “Gripping onto the last threads of sanity”: Transgender and non-binary prisoners’ mental health challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. International Journal of Mental Health

Suhomlinova O, Ayres TC, Tonkin MJ, O'Reilly M, Wertans E, O'Shea SC (2022) Locked up While Locked Down: Prisoners’ Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  British Journal of Criminology, 62 (2): 279–298.

Suhomlinova O and O’Shea SC (2022) Doubly imprisoned: Transgender and non-binary prisoners’ experiences in England and Wales. Pp. 125-140 in Johnson AH, Rogers BA, and Taylor T (eds.) Advances in Gender Research, Volume 32: Trans Studies: Moving Toward Gender Expansion and Trans Hope.  Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Okhmatovskyi I, Suhomlinova O, Tihanyi L (2020) Legacy of the State: Prior Shared Experience and Survival of Spin-Offs From Restructured State Enterprises. Journal of Management, 46 (4): 503-529.

Price C, Green W, Suhomlinova O (2019) Twenty-five years of national health IT: exploring strategy, structure, and systems in the English NHS. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 26(3): 188-197. 

Harvey J, Annandale E, Loan-Clarke J, Suhomlinova O, Teasdale N (2014) Mobilising Identities: The Shape and Reality of Middle and Junior Managers' Working Lives. Health Services and Delivery Research, 2 (11).

Whittle A, Suhomlinova O, Mueller F (2011) Dialogue and distributed agency in institutional transmission. Journal of Management and Organization, 17 (4): 567-588

Whittle A, Suhomlinova O, Mueller F (2010) Funnel of interests: The discursive translation of organizational change. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 46 (1): 16-37

Currie G, Lockett A, Suhomlinova O (2009) The institutionalization of distributed leadership: A Catch-22 in English public services. Human Relations, 62: 1735-1761

Currie G, Lockett A, Suhomlinova O (2009) Leadership and institutional change in the public sector: The case of secondary schools in England. The Leadership Quarterly, 20: 664-679

Suhomlinova O (2007) Property rules: State fragmentation, industry heterogeneity and property rights in the Russian oil industry, 1992-2006. Human Relations, 60(10): 1443-1466

Suhomlinova O (2006) Toward a model of organizational co-evolution in transition economies. Journal of Management Studies, 43 (7): 1537-1558.

Currie C, Boyett I and Suhomlinova O (2005) Transformational leadership within secondary schools in England: A panacea for organizational ills? Public Administration, 83 (2): 265-296

Zhou X and Suhomlinova O (2001) Redistribution under state socialism: A USSR and PRC comparison. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 18: 163-204

Suhomlinova O (1999) Constructive destruction: Transformation of Russian state-owned construction enterprises during market transition. Organization Studies, 20 (3): 451-484.

Spenner KI, Suhomlinova O, Thore SA, Land KC, Jones DC (1998) Strong legacies and weak markets: Bulgarian state-owned enterprises during early transition. American Sociological Review, 63 (4): 599-617.

Heidemann B, Suhomlinova O, O'Rand AM (1998) Economic independence, economic status, and empty nest in midlife marital disruption. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 60: 219-231.




organisational evolution and survival; institutional change; professional and gender identities; leadership


MBA programme: MN7701 Managing and Developing People and Organisations; MN7709 Organisational Research and Consultancy Methods and the MBA Project

Press and media

transgender and non-binary prisoners; prisoners experiences of the pandemic


BA in Economics (Moscow State University, Russia)

MA in Sociology (Duke University, USA)

PhD (Duke University, USA)

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK)

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