Dr. Aileen Lawless PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) SFHEA, FCIPD, MBPS
Title: Dr. Aileen Lawless PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) SFHEA, FCIPD, MBPS
Liverpool Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 151 231 3851
Aileen is an experienced HRD practitioner and academic. Currently she is employed as a senior lecturer in Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Business School. Prior to this Aileen worked as a senior HRD practitioner within an international organisation. Her practitioner background has influenced her approach to teaching, consultancy and research and this is reflected in her interest in action methodologies and her position on the Editor Board of the international journal Action Learning: research and practice and the LJMU Innovations in Practice journal.
Aileen’s first degree was in psychology (Queens University, Belfast), her Masters was in Management (Salford University) and she completed her PhD with Lancaster University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a Member of the British Psychology Society, and a Member of the British Academy of Management.
Her current research explores the problematic relationship between leadership, management, professional learning, education and work. A particular focus of the research is exploring the potential of management education to achieve change in personal, interpersonal and organizational practices. She is a reviewer for several international journals and has gained research funding both as an independent researcher and as a collaborative partner. Her publications are aimed at bridging the perceived divide between academics and practitioners and she has a particular interest in supporting Insider Researchers; researchers who undertake research within their own organizational setting.
TeachingModule Leader for a range of postgraduate and undergraduate modules focusing on research methods, Human Resource Development and skills development. These currently include:
Current research explores the problematic relationships between leadership, management, professional learning, education and work. Methodologically the research is informed by ethnographic principles, a discourse perspective of learning and action learning as ethos and method. Theoretically the research is inspired by the ideals of Critical Human Resource Development (CHRD), the notion of ‘communities of practice’ and Critical reflective practice. A particular focus of the research is exploring the potential of management education to achieve change in personal, interpersonal and organizational practices.
Lawless, A.; Sambrook, S and Stewart, J. (under review) Critical HRD: enabling alternative subject positions within an MA HRD ‘community’, Human Resource Development International
Lawless, A.; Sambrook, S.; Garavan, T.; Valentin, C. (2011) A discourse approach to theorising HRD: opening a discursive space, Journal of European Industrial Training
Lawless, A. (2008) Action learning as legitimate peripheral participation, Action Learning: research and practice, 5(2), 117-129
Lawless, A. and McQue, L. (2008) Becoming a community of critically reflective HR practitioners: challenges and opportunities within an MA partnership programme, 32 (5), 323-335
Allison, E. and Lawless, A. (2011) Exploring the relationship between self-ethnographic research, critical reflection and critical action learning, Ethnography: Theory, Form and Practice, Cardiff, UK
ProfessionalExternal Professional Activities
Action Learning NetworkEditorial Board: International journal of Action Learning: research & practice
Conference Organising Committee: Action learning Conference
University Forum for HRD
Member of research committee
Stream Leader for Europe 2012 conference
External Examiner Current
MSc HRM: University of Wales
BSC (Hons) Management & Leadership Development: University of Ulster
MSc HRM: Salford University