Svenja Tams’ expertise is in the area of careers, leadership development and issue-based change and innovation. Her research examines how management professionals make sense of their competence to create change and advance their careers within complex organizational fields. She has studied people in professional service firms, corporate sustainability, social innovation and systems change, design agencies, telemarketing, financial institutions, health providers, business schools and career networks.
Svenja Tams holds a PhD from London Business School, and completed MSc degrees at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) and Boston University. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Miami, Florida and has studied at the University of Trier. She has trained and qualified in a range of management and organizational development methods (e.g., MBTI, Corporate Culture Assessment, co-design, arts-based development, Intelligent Career Card Sort). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.
Svenja is member of the Academy of Management (USA) and the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS). She has edited a special issue of Journal of Organization Behavior on “New Directions for Boundaryless Careers” (with M. Arthur), and is currently guest-editing a special issue of Human Relations on “Careers in Cities” (with J. Kennedy, M. Arthur and K.Y. Chan). Her research is published in journals such as Career Development International, Human Relations, Journal of Management Development, Journal of Organization Behavior, and Personnel Review. For publications see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Svenja_Tams
Svenja’s teaching and research are grounded in international experiences in industry and consulting, including Accenture, AT&T, Management Centre Europe and Volvo. Svenja also delivers consulting and executive development programmes to business, public sector and non-profit organizations.
Her previous academic appointments include: Lecturer/Assistant Professor at the University of Bath (UK), part-time Teaching Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) and at Birkbeck, University of London, and Research Assistant at London Business School. At Bath, Svenja was instrumental in developing competence-oriented management education. Between 2006-2012, she was the academic lead for the career and leadership development activities on the Bath MBA, achieving top positions in the professional development category of the The Economist’s ‘Which MBA?’ ranking. She pioneered Service Learning on the MSc programmes, supervised many industry projects by students, helped to set up a post-graduate diploma in management for young professionals, and established and directed an innovative Masters, which combined classroom learning and industry placements.