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Thomas J W Farrington is an Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University's School of Social Sciences. Tom has taught at South East European University in Tetovo and at the University of Edinburgh, where he received his doctorate, and where he was Co-Director of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School.

Tom is also a committee member of LeithLate, a visual arts organisation responsible for various public art projects, panel talks, and tours in Leith, alongside the annual LeithLate Festival.

Research interests

Tom's research is mainly focused on management practice, business ethics, and constructions of identity. He has a particular interest in cultural heritage and tourism, focussing on issues such as authenticity and social responsibility, with expertise in critical, cultural, and literary theoryHis work has most recently appeared in the Journal of Marketing Management, the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, and the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

Roles & Responsibilities

Tom is engaged in UG, Master's, and PhD supervision, and has taught on Management in a Global Context, Business Research Methods, Management Theories in Practice, HRM, and Scottish Studies courses at Heriot-Watt University. He is global course coordinator for Business Research Methods and Management Theories in Practice, and coordinator for unergraduate Management Dissertations. Tom is also Co-Chair of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (with Dr Monica Tamariz).

External positions

University of Edinburgh


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Research Output 2013 2019

An evaluation into the limitations and emerging trends of Six Sigma: an empirical study

Antony, J., Sony, M., Dempsey, M., Brennan, A., Farrington, T. & Cudney, E. A., 4 Mar 2019, In : The TQM Journal. 31, 2, p. 205-221 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Six Sigma
Empirical study
Black belt

An Exploratory Study into the use of Lean Six Sigma to Reduce Medication Errors in the Norwegian Public Healthcare Context

Antony, J., Forthun, S., Trakulsunti, Y., Farrington, T., McFarlane, J., Brennan, A. & Dempsey, M., 20 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Leadership in Health Services.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Exploratory study
Lean Six Sigma

Continuous Improvement Methodologies and Practices in Hospitality and Tourism

Farrington, T., Antony, J. & O'Gorman, K. D., 8 Jan 2018, In : International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. 30, 1, p. 581-600 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Continuous improvement
Tourism and hospitality
Hospitality management

On being attractive, social and visually appealing in social media: The effects of anthropomorphic tourism brands on Facebook fan pages

Perez-Vega, R., Taheri, B., Farrington, T. & O'Gorman, K. D., Jun 2018, In : Tourism Management. 66, p. 339-347 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social media
Social factors


Farrington, T., Maclaren, A. & O'Gorman, K. D., Jun 2017, Marketing Perspectives. MacLaren, A., Farrington, T. & O'Gorman, K. D. (eds.). Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers, p. 189-204 16 p. (Global Management Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2011 2018

Sustainability (Journal)

Tom Farrington (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Philip K. Dick Day Conference 2018

Tom Farrington (Chair)
27 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Business Research Methods: Finding a Project Podcast

Thomas Farrington (Presenter), Andrew Maclaren (Presenter)
1 Sep 2017

Activity: Other

University of Edinburgh Business School Paper Development Workshop

Tom Farrington (Participant)
6 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Lean Six Sigma in Tourism and Hospitality: An International Workshop

Jiju Antony (Organiser), Tom Farrington (Invited speaker), Kevin D. O'Gorman (Invited speaker), Ian Winston Frederick Baxter (Invited speaker), Babak Taheri (Invited speaker)
3 Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course