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Dr Aileen Lawless

Dr Aileen Lawless

Telephone: 0151 231 3851

Biography

Aileen is a Reader in Human Resource Development (HRD) and Head of the Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) research group at Liverpool Business School. She is an experienced academic and HRD practitioner. Her practitioner background has influenced her approach to teaching, research and consultancy. She prioritizes teaching and research that is close to practice and her research involves the active engagement of practitioners. Her work has focused on creating a more equal partnership between academics and practitioners. She is currently interested in ways of engaging learners in issues of integrity in professional and management practice, and in ways managers develop their knowledge through practice and critical reflection.
Aileen is an active member of the University Forum for HRD (UFHRD) and is Deputy Chair (mentoring) for the Research Activities Committee. She works alongside other colleagues in leading the Scholarly Practitioner stream at the annual international UFHRD conferences. In addition, Aileen is on the Editorial Board of the international journal Action Learning: Research and Practice

Degrees

2008, The University of Lancaster, England, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Research
1997, The University of Salford, England, Master of Science in Management Studies
1986, Liverpool Polytechnic, England, Graduate Institute of Personnel Management
1981, The Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons)

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, 1995 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Griggs V, Holden R, Lawless A, Rae J. 2016. From reflective learning to reflective practice: assessing transfer Studies in Higher Education, :1-12 >DOI

Griggs V, Rae J, Holden R, Lawless A. 2015. Professional learning in human resource management: problematising the teaching of reflective practice Studies in Continuing Education, 37 :202-217 >DOI

Milano C, Lawless A, Eades E. 2015. Insider research as part of a master's programme: opportunities lost and found within action learning sets Action Learning: Research and Practice, 12 >DOI

Lawless A, Sambrook S, Stewart J. 2012. Critical human resource development: Enabling alternative subject positions within a master of arts in human resource development educational programme Human Resource Development International, 15 :321-336 >DOI

Corley A, Eades E. 2006. Sustaining critically reflective practitioners: competing with the dominant discourse International Journal of Training and Development, 10 :30-40

Corley A, Thorne A. 2005. Reflecting on practice: a partnership approach Reflective Practice, 6 :231-237 >DOI

Corley A, Eades E. 2004. ‘Becoming’ critically reflective practitioners: academics’ and students’ reflections on the issues involved Human Resource Development International, 7 :137-144 >DOI

Editorial/letter to the editor

Lawless A. 2018. Scholarly Practice: re-connecting the l, p and q. Action Learning: Research and Practice,

Lawless A. 2016. Nurturing the seeds of action learning: protecting the wild garden Action Learning: research and practice, :99-100 >DOI

Pedler M, Lawless A. 2014. Connecting our worlds: the theory practice continuum Action Learning: Research and Practice, 11 :98-100 >DOI

Breen J, Lawless A, Pedler M. 2013. How reviews add value to the journal Action Learning: Research and Practice, 10 :75-76 >DOI

Journal article

Al-Harthy A, Lawless A, Mouzughi Y. 2017. National HRD in Oman: a Stakeholder Perspective on the Implementation of the National Training Programme International Journal of Human Resource Development: Practice, Policy & Research, 2 >DOI

Griggs V, Holden R, Lawless A, Rae J. 2016. From reflective learning to reflective practice: assessing transfer Studies in Higher Education, :1-12 >DOI

Griggs V, Rae J, Holden R, Lawless A. 2015. Professional learning in human resource management: problematising the teaching of reflective practice Studies in Continuing Education, 37 :202-217 >DOI

Milano C, Lawless A, Eades E. 2015. Insider research as part of a master's programme: opportunities lost and found within action learning sets Action Learning: Research and Practice, 12 >DOI

Lawless A, Sambrook S, Stewart J. 2012. Critical human resource development: Enabling alternative subject positions within a master of arts in human resource development educational programme Human Resource Development International, 15 :321-336 >DOI

Lawless A, Sambrook A, Garavan T, Valentin C. 2011. A discourse approach to theorising HRD: opening a discursive space Journal of European Industrial Training, 35 :264-275 >DOI

Lawless A. 2008. Action learning as legitimate peripheral participation Action Learning: research and practice, 2 :117-129 >DOI

Lawless A, McQue L. 2008. Becoming a community of critically reflective HR practitioners:Challenges and opportunities within an MA partnership programme Journal of European Industrial Training, 32 :323-335 >DOI

Corley A, Eades E. 2006. Sustaining critically reflective practitioners: competing with the dominant discourse International Journal of Training and Development, 10 :30-40

Corley A, Thorne A. 2005. Reflecting on practice: a partnership approach Reflective Practice, 6 :231-237 >DOI

Corley A, Eades E. 2004. ‘Becoming’ critically reflective practitioners: academics’ and students’ reflections on the issues involved Human Resource Development International, 7 :137-144 >DOI

Lawless A. A discourse approach to theorising HRD: opening a discursive space Lawless A, Sambrook S, Garaven T, Valentin C. Journal of European Industrial Training, 3 :264-275

Lawless A, Corley A. Action learning: avoiding conflict or enabling action Action Learning: research and practice, 1 :31-44 >DOI

Conference publication

Lawless A, Holden RH, Bogh J. Challenges and opportunities in evaluating a masters educational programme: a discourse perspective British Academy of Management Conference

Report

Springett J, Barrett G, Elliott I, Greenop D, Lawless A, Newman A, Richards A. Pacesetters Workforce Development Evaluation

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Editorial boards:

Action Learning: research & practice, Editorial Board

Membership of professional bodies:

Chartered Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)

Professional activities

Conference organisation:

Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC), Organising Committee Member: Action Learning Symposium, https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/management/conferences-and-events/olkc/2018/

University Forum for Human Resource Development Annual Conference 2018: Power and possibility: unleashing the potential of HRD, Stream Lead: Scholarly Practitioner Research, https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/events/2018/06/university-forum-for-hrd-annual-conference-2018/

5th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 17-18 July

6th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 9-10 July, Comittee Member

7th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Regent’s College, London, UK, 19-20 June, Committee Member

8th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, University of Malta, Valletta, Malta on the 22-23 June, Committee Member

2nd International Action learning Conference, Henley, UK, March, Organising Comittee Member

Eleventh International Conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe, Pecs, Turkey, June, Stream Convenor

Ethnography Conference, London, UK, September, Stream Convenor

10th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Normandy Business School, Caen, France on 20-21 June 2011, Committee Member

11th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM12) University of Bolton, UK on 28th-29th June 2012, Committee Member

Editorial boards:

Innovations in Practice, Editorial Board, http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/eaqs/innovationsinpractice.htm

Reflective Practice, International Advosory Board

Action Learning: research & practice, Editorial Board

External collaboration:

Leeds Beckett University, Vivienne Griggs

External committees:

Research Committee, Univesity Forum for Human Resource Development, Deputy Chair: Mentoring, http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/

External PGR examinations performed:

Middlesex University London, Professional Doctorate, The Pedagogy of Action Learning Facilitation – A Critique of the Role of the Facilitator in an Organisational Leadership Programme

Northumbria University, Professional Doctorate, A story of participants’ learning experiences: Capturing the complexity and multi-dimensional process of learning on a postgraduate executive action learning programme

University of Gloucestershire, PhD, Organizational Identification: Exploring the use of Training as an Employee Identification Marker in SMEs

University Of Liverpool, Professional Doctorate, Leadership of Transformational Change: The Assessment and Development of a Change Practice in a UN Agency

Middlesex University, Professional Doctorate, The Pedagogy of Action Learning Facilitation – A Critique of the Role of the Facilitator in an Organisational Leadership Programme

Northumbria University, Professional Doctorate, A story of participants' learning experiences: capturing the complexity and multi-dimensional process of learning on a postgraduate executive action learning programme.

University of Gloucestershire, PhD, Organisational identification: Exploring the use of training as an employee identification marker in SMEs.

Leeds Beckett University, PhD, How can process improvement be developed at Leeds Beckett University?

Anglia Ruskin University, PhD, The Changing Nature of Work in the UK Since Hassard et al (2009): What are employees' perceptions of the changing nature of work in 2014? A study of 3 companies.

Leeds Metropolitan University, Professional Doctorate, High performance coaching in business and sport

University of Liverpool, Professional Doctorate, Strategic Workforce Planning: A Proposition for Detonating the Demographic time-bomb in the Kenyan Public Service

University of Gloucestershire, PhD, Factors Affecting Cross-Cultural Adjustment of Western Expatriate Managers in Oil Companies in Libya

Leeds Beckett University, PhD, Social Media in Automotive Repair: an acceptance study

University of Manchester, PhD, The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility Education for the Korean Small and Medium-sized Enterprises’ Development: A Social Capital Theory Perspective

Fellowships:

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, British Psychological Society, http://www.bps.org.uk/

Member, British Academy of Management, http://www.bam.ac.uk/

Chartered Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)

Other invited event:

HRD, Futures and Scholarly Practice: Towards wisdom-inquiry, Lisbon, Portugal, Symposium to consider key questions surrounding the development (and wider dissemination) of HRD scholarly practice. Aim: Set future research agenda and generate action-knowledge within HRD community. Outcome: To generate copy for a Special Issue of the journal: Action Learning: research and practice.

British Academy of Management/ Chartered Association of Business Schools Doctoral Symposium, Henley Business School, Henely on Thames, UK, Invited Presentation to DBA Directors. Title: Publish or perish: exploring the barriers and enablers within the context of DBA programmes Aim: To create publication opportunities within the DBA community and enhance the visibility of DBA research within the Business School community.

Other Professional Activity:

Professional Development Course for External Examiners Higher Education Academy October 2017

Research Grants Awarded:

Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS), Insider Research: Realizing the potential through connecting communities, Michelle Laing, Deborah M Humphreys, Grant value (£): 2,600, Duration of research project: 6 months

Department of Health, Evaluation of pacesetters workforce development evaluation, J. Springett, D. Greenop, A. Newman and A. Richards, Grant value (£): 50,000, Duration of research project: 18 months

British Academy of Management: Researcher Development Scheme, Reflection in management practice: an exploration of the extent and nature of reflection post formal tuition, R. J. Holden, V. Griggs, V. and J. Rae, Grant value (£): 3,340, Duration of research project: 1 year 1 month

University Forum for HRD: Research Honoraria, Competing with the dominant discourse: discursive spaces within a public sector masters ‘community’., Grant value (£): 1,000, Duration of research project: 1 year

University Forum HRD: Research Honoraria, Evaluating the impact of a masters educational programme: a HR(D) practitioners perspective., Grant value (£): 2,000, Duration of research project: 1 year 6 months

University Forum HRD: Research Honoraria, The transfer of reflective learning: a pilot study, J. Rae, V. Griggs V. and R. Holden., Grant value (£): 1,000, Duration of research project: 1 year