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Dr Aileen Lawless

Dr Aileen Lawless

Telephone: 0151 231 3851

Biography

I am an experienced Human Resource Development (HRD) practitioner and academic. My practitioner background has influenced my approach to teaching, research and consultancy. I prioritize teaching and research that is close to practice and am concerned with enabling students to make a critical impact in their organizations and communities. This scholarly-practice research involves the active engagement of practitioners and my work has focused on creating a more equal partnership between academics and practitioners.

My research illuminates how management research has the potential to change practitioners by an engagement with knowledge; moving beyond translation and into the co-creation of new ideas. I am currently interested in engaging with alumni: policy makers and practitioners. Central to this is a concern with ‘impact’ and collaborative working with user groups; exploring ways managers develop their knowledge and knowing through participation within a scholarly-practice community.

If you are interested in contributing to this scholarly-practice research agenda please get in touch. As an experienced supervisor I particularly welcome the opportunity to support research in this area and further enhance our HRD community.

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)

Publications

Highlighted publications

Griggs V, Holden R, Rae J, 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 :317-324 >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 S, 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, McQue L. 2008. Becoming a community of critically reflective HR practitioners Rigg C. Journal of European Industrial Training, 32 :323-335 >DOI

Lawless A. 2008. Action learning as legitimate peripheral participation Action Learning: Research and Practice, 5 :117-129 >DOI

Corley A, Thorne A. 2006. Action learning: avoiding conflict or enabling action Action Learning: Research and Practice, 3 :31-44 >DOI

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

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

Journal Articles

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, Holden R, Rae J, 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 :317-324 >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 S, 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, McQue L. 2008. Becoming a community of critically reflective HR practitioners Rigg C. Journal of European Industrial Training, 32 :323-335 >DOI

Lawless A. 2008. Action learning as legitimate peripheral participation Action Learning: Research and Practice, 5 :117-129 >DOI

Corley A, Thorne A. 2006. Action learning: avoiding conflict or enabling action Action Learning: Research and Practice, 3 :31-44 >DOI

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

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

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Al-Harty A, Lawless A. 2016. Insider and outsider collaboration: questioning realities and revealing mirages - the case of the National Training Programme in Oman Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Rae J, Griggs V, Holden R, Lawless A. 2016. Reflective Practice as a Threshold Concept: Implications for Teaching and Learning Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Holden RJ, Griggs V, Lawless A, Rae J. 2015. Reflective practice in management practice: a systematic review Joint UFHRD/AHRD Conference

Humphreys D, Lawless A. 2015. Discourses of leadership: the changing context of primary education and the implications for the public sector Joint UFHRD/AHRD European

Lawless A, Rae J, Griggs V, Holden R. 2015. Making sense of the learning that occurred within a research collaboration British Academy of Management Conference

Al-Harty A, Lawless A. 2015. Challenges involved in evaluating the national training programme at the Ministry of Oman: an insider perspective Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Holden R, Griggs V, Rae J, Lawless A. 2015. Reflective practice: is there transfer from classroom to workplace? British Academy of Management Conference

Lawless A, Vickerman PB, Anderson V, Sambrook S, Anderson L, Rowe M. 2015. Insider research and reflective practice: getting published - extending an experiment in critical friendship Joint UFHRD/AHRD Conference

Griggs V, Rae J, Lawless A, Holden R. 2014. Improving the Teaching of Reflective Practice for HR Professionals Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference’

Lawless A, Holden R, Griggs V, Rae V. 2014. Striving to practice what we preach: academics reflecting on teaching reflective practice Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Groves CJ, Lawless A, O'Brien S. 2014. Contributing to a revival and a research agenda: the psychology of entrepreneurship British Academy of Management Conference

Humphreys D, Lawless A. 2011. How do teachers’ articulate ‘effective’ with regard to leadership? An exploration of how contextual factors function and shape leadership within a primary school Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference.

Panya F, Lawless A. Exploring Learning through Coaching Practices in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs): Evidence from Two Case Studies in Thailand www.UFHRD2017.com, Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Lawless A, Collins C. Publish or perish: exploring the barriers and enablers within the context of DBA programmes. www.ufhrd2017.com, UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

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

Griggs V, Lawless A, Rae J, Holden RH. The transfer of reflective learning: an impact study Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Corley A, Eades A. Self-ethnography and the critically reflective practitioner: possibilities and pitfalls Ethnography Conference

Gibbs B, Lawless A. Activity theory within an at home ethnography: enabling or constraining Ethnography Conference

Lawless A, Sambrook S. Becoming a community of critically reflective practitioners: an autoethnography of a public sector masters programme Critical Management Studies

Lawless A, Stewart J. Competing with dominant discourse discursive spaces within a MA HRD ‘community’ Critical Management Studies

Thorne A. Action learning: avoiding conflict or enabling action. Critical Management Studies Critical Management Studies

Corley A. Community of practice: idealistic thinking or achievable outcome Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Lawless A, Sambrook S. Critically reflective practice and peripheral participation: a powerful or a powerless position? Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Lawless A, Sambrook S. Critical HRD: evaluating how the reproduction of practices contributes to the production of social order within working practices? Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Lawless A. Evaluating the sustainability and transferability of a critical management education pedagogy: the role of critical action learning Joint UFHRD/AHRD European Conference

Laing M, Lawless A. Extending the reach of policy and strategy research using Political Discourse Analysis; the case of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 British Academy of Management Conference

Roberts C, Lawless A, Eades E. The use-value of self-ethnographic research: insider-researcher, supervisor and external examiner perspectives Ethnography Conference

Allison E, Lawless A. Exploring the relationship between self-ethnographic research, critical reflection and action learning Ethnography Conference

Editorials and letter to the editor

Lawless A. 2016. Nurturing the seeds of action learning: Protecting the wild garden Action Learning: Research and Practice, 13 :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

Reports

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

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Editorial boards:

Publication: Action Learning: research & practice, Position: Editorial Board

Membership of professional bodies:

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

Professional activities

Conference organisation:

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

Conference name: Action Learning: Research and Practice Symposium 2018 Only Connect – Reaching out to other Communities, Position: Symposium Organiser, URL: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/management/conferences-and-events/olkc/2018/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference name: Ethnography Conference, London, UK, September, Position: Stream Convenor

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

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

Editorial boards:

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

Publication: Reflective Practice, Position: International Advosory Board

Publication: Action Learning: research & practice, Position: Editorial Board

External collaboration:

Institution: Leeds Beckett University, Collaborator: Vivienne Griggs

External committees:

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

External PGR examinations performed:

Name of University: University of Liverpool, Award student examined for: Professional Doctorate, Thesis title: The Prospects and Challenges of Remote Employment in Developing Countries: The Case of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)

Name of University: Leeds Beckett University, Award student examined for: PhD, Thesis title: How can process improvement be developed at Leeds Beckett University?

Name of University: Anglia Ruskin University, Award student examined for: PhD, Thesis title: 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.

Name of University: Leeds Metropolitan University, Award student examined for: Professional Doctorate, Thesis title: High performance coaching in business and sport

Name of University: University of Liverpool, Award student examined for: Professional Doctorate, Thesis title: Strategic Workforce Planning: A Proposition for Detonating the Demographic time-bomb in the Kenyan Public Service

Name of University: University of Gloucestershire, Award student examined for: PhD, Thesis title: Factors Affecting Cross-Cultural Adjustment of Western Expatriate Managers in Oil Companies in Libya

Name of University: Leeds Beckett University, Award student examined for: PhD, Thesis title: Social Media in Automotive Repair: an acceptance study

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

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Senior Fellow, Organisation: 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:

Title of event: HRD, Futures and Scholarly Practice: Towards wisdom-inquiry, Location: Lisbon, Portugal, Description: 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.

Title of event: British Academy of Management/ Chartered Association of Business Schools Doctoral Symposium, Location: Henley Business School, Henely on Thames, UK, Description: 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.

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