Dr Julian Randall is an Honorary Professor at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.

Dr Randall began his career as a Graduate Management Trainee at GEC, before setting up his own management consultancy business in 1984. He worked as an Associate Consultant with Guardian Business Services in managing, training and developing clients, including HM Customs & Excise, the Water Industry and Ward White Retail with whom he worked long-term. 

Dr Randall completed his part-time MSc in Human Resource Management at the University of Stirling and stayed on to teach on the International MBA for five years. He completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2001, and following a two-year Teaching Fellowship, Dr Randall accepted the Director of Postgraduate Programmes position in the newly set-up Centre for Business Education for two years. Dr Randall later undertook the same role at the University of Aberdeen for three years.

In 2007, Dr Randall was appointed Senior Lecturer in HRM and the Management of Change. In that year, he won the first of three British Academy research grants for investigating the merger of HM Customs and Excise with Inland Revenue with Professor Stephen Procter, Newcastle University, and conducted research into the discourse and identity in practitioners dealing with the survivors of childhood sexual abuse with Professor Iain Munro, University of Innsbruck. 

In 2013, he won his second BA research grant into subsequent career choices of ex-priests and seminarians forty years after ordination, and is currently working on his third BA award on boundary spanners and internal change agents in the UK and Australia with Professors Bernard Burnes and Patrick Dawson.

Dr Randall set up both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Managing Consultancy and Change at the University of Aberdeen, where all of his postgraduate students were awarded distinctions and employed in their chosen occupations. He retired in 2018 and was appointed Emeritus Associate Professor for life by the University of Aberdeen. He is currently still supporting two PhD students and continuing his current research, writing and publishing.

Dr Randall is Director of Reflexivity Consultants (Scotland) Ltd together with the team who supported his University work and contributed to his books on the topic of management consultancy.


2001 – PhD, University of St Andrews 

1994 – MSc, University of Stirling

1992 – BA (Hons), Open University

1978 – BA, Open University

Books and book chapters

Randall, J. A. (2004) Managing change/changing managers London: Routledge.

Randall, J. A. (2004) Chapter published in Management knowledge and the new employee edited by Damien Hodges and Chris Carter.

Procter S. J. and J. A. Randall (2012) Employee Responses to Change: Changing Attitudes to Change. Chapter submitted to Routledge Companion to Organizational Change edited by David Boje, Bernard Burnes and John Hassard.

Randall, J. A. and A. J. Sim (2013) Managing People at Work. London: Routledge 

Burnes, Bernard and J. A. Randall (2016) Perspectives on Change: What Academics, Consultants and Managers Really Think About Change. London: Routledge

Randall, J. A., Bernard Burnes and Allan J. Sim (2019) Management consultancy: The role of the change agent. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan

Journal articles

Munro, I and J. A. Randall (2007) 'I Don't Know What I'm Doing, How About You?': Discourse and Identity in Practitioners Dealing with the Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Organization 14(6):887-907.

Randall, J. A. and S. J. Procter (2008) Ambiguity and Ambivalence: Senior Managers' Accounts of Organizational Change in a Restructured Government Department. Journal of Organizational Change Management 21(6):686-700.

Wasti, S., P.P. Simkada, J. A. Randall, and E. Van Teijlingen (2009) Issues and Challenges of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Programme in Nepal, Global Journal of Health Science, Vol 1, No 2, 62-72.

Randall, J., and I. Munro (2010) Institutional Logics and Contradictions: Competing and Collaborating Logics in a Forum of Medical and Voluntary Practitioners. Journal of Change Management 10(1):23-39.

Randall, J. and I. Munro (2010) Foucault’s Care of the Self: A Case from Mental Health Work, Organization Studies (2010) 39(11) 1485-1504.

Wasti, S., P.P. Simkada, J. A. Randall, and E. Van Teijlingen (2010) In what way do Nepalese cultural factors affect the adherence to antiviral treatment in Nepal? Health Science Journal 

Wasti, S., P.P. Simkada, J. A. Randall, J. V. Freeman and E. Van Teijlingen (2012) Barriers to and Facilitators of Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence in Nepal: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition, 30(4):000-000.

Randall, J. A. and S. J. Procter (2013) When institutional logics collide: Reinforcing dominance in a merged government department. Journal of Change Management, 30 (2): 143-159.

Procter, S. J. and J. A. Randall (2015) Understanding Employee Attitudes to Change in Longitudinal Perspective: A UK Civil Service Department, 1996-2007. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. 10(1), 38 – 60.

By, Rune, J. Ford and J.A. Randall (2017) Changing times: what organisations can learn from Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election. Journal of Change Management Editorial, DOI: 10.1080/14697017.2017.1279824.

Research Funding

First British Academy research grant in April 2007. Principal Investigator to support research with Professor Stephen Procter (Coinvestigator) into the merger between Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise. Dr Randall and Professor Procter were the first UK academics granted access to senior managers in the newly emerging organisation, HM Revenue & Customs. 

Second research grant from British Academy was awarded in 2013 to research priests who had left the priesthood forty years previously, and to understand their decision to leave the Church, their choice of occupation, and the impact of leaving the Church on their faith and spirituality. Its title was: Losing a vocation but retaining the calling: The disengagement of former clergy and seminarians, their subsequent career choices.

The third research grant, awarded by the British Academy in April 2018, was a two year research programme entitled: Boundary spanners: the work of the internal change agent during change programmes in the UK and Australia. As Principal Investigator, Dr Randall was accompanied by coinvestigators Professor Bernard Burnes (University of Stirling) and Professor Patrick Dawson (Adelaide University).

Professional memberships and awards

March 2018: Senior Fellow of Advance - Higher Education 
2015: Academy of Management: Outstanding Reviewer Award in Management, Spirituality, and Religion Interest group
April 2008: FCIPD 

External roles

2017 - 2018: External Examiner Birkbeck
2014 - 2016: External Examiner London South Bank University
2013 - 2016: External Examiner Hull University Business School 
2009: Editorial Team: Journal of Change Management
2008 - 2012: External Examiner Bournemouth University