Welcome to the Careers and Leadership Development Research Group. We are a group of academics and research students from across the University of Worcester, based mainly in Worcester Business School, with interests in a broad range of careers and leadership development-related topics.
Our aims are:
1. To conduct research to generate academic knowledge in the areas of careers and leadership development, including:
- The nature of careers (Gender and careers; changing nature of work and careers; professionalism; careers in the not for profit sector; management and leadership identity)
- Career development (Coaching and mentoring; career coaching)
- Career competencies (Career competencies; developing student employability; pedagogy for business education)
- Leadership development (Dilemmas in leadership; performance and enhancement in leadership; followership)
2. To provide research-based solutions in afore-mentioned areas
3. To undertake research to enhance the learning experience and employability of WBS students and graduates
Members and Research Students
- Happiness Agwaze (research student)
- Dr Holly Andrews is interested in careers from a ‘dark side’ perspective. Her research looks into how traits associated with psychopathy in particular relate to career path and success within organisations.
- Dr Scott Andrews has a research interest in the impact of participant centred learning and teaching modes in management education on present and future career competencies; and in particular the roles of Work Based learning and Case Study based learning approaches to management development.
- Kritika Bahadur (research student) has an interest in the field of work life balance with a particular focus on the role of gender and management and integration of different life spheres.
- Caphas Chisangowerata (research student)
- Professor Jan Francis-Smythe has an interest in career competencies, the role of person-job fit in career development, time-related aspects of career and leadership development and evidence-based practice.
- Simon Hairsnape (research student) is researching the dynamics of stakeholder opposition and how it influences the NHS’ ability to reconfigure hospital services. Simon is a senior manager in the NHS and brings an ‘insider–researcher’ perspective to his studies.
- Katherine Jones manages the work placement programmes and employability for Worcester Business School. Her main areas of interest are placements, graduate employability and enterprise.Converging students’ perceptions on placements and part-time work while in full-time study
- Dr Lynn Nichol
- Anita Pickerden
- Dr Catharine Ross is interested in managing diversity, social responsibility and ethics in organisations, and in the development and management of trade unions.
- Dr Helen Scott
- Adam Turner
- Joanne Law (research student and sessional lecturer) has a research interest in exploring innovative recruitment and selection practices, with a particular focus on ‘cyber-vetting’ and its impact on the formation and development of trust, between new employees and their employers.
Current projects include:
- Men's Work-life balance: a case study of UK Police Officers
- Converging students’ perceptions on placements and part-time work while in full-time study
- The nature and extent of ‘evidence use’ in evidence-based practice across different professions
- Perceived Workplace Coaching Effectiveness: Development and Validation of a Scale
- Do individual differences impact on workplace coaching effectiveness?
- Women’s persistence in IT careers in Nigeria
- The impact of HRD research on practice – a study of the 2013 REF Impact case studies
Information for potential research students
We welcome applications from students wishing to research topics related to careers and leadership development, including:
- career development
- leadership and management development
- managing diversity
How to apply
For an informal discussion about an application please contact CLDRG@worc.ac.uk or 01905 542444
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