Teaching Fellow in Human Resource Management

Email:
J.E.Kele@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)113 343 1166
Categories:
Academic, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), Work and Employment Relations
Location:
B.04, 31 Lyddon Terrace
Profile

ESRC Funded Doctoral Research Studentship, Leeds University Business School PhD, University of Leeds (2014 – expected thesis submission date: November, 2017)

Manchester Business School Business and Management PhD, University of Manchester (Sept 2013 – Aug 2014) (moved due to supervisor re-location)

MSc International Business, University of Nottingham Business School, University of Nottingham. Award: Merit. Masters Dissertation: 20,000 words HR thesis, for which I was awarded 80%. (2011 – 2012)

BA Hons Modern Languages (French & Spanish) with Business, University of Nottingham. Award: 2:1 with Distinction in Spoken Spanish (2007 – 2011)

Sept 2016-present: Teaching Fellow in HRM
2016: Group Secretary for the British Academy of Management (BAM) Research Methodology Special Interest Group

Prizes/Awards:
2014: ESRC Funded Doctoral Research Studentship, Leeds University Business School (circa £27,000)

2011: Half-fee bursary, MSc in International Business, University of Nottingham Business School, University of Nottingham (circa £4,000)

2012: Overseas Project, MSc in International Business, University of Nottingham Business School, University of Nottingham: Awarded a place to spend one month visiting companies and studying in Hong Kong and China within a business context

2008: UNIVERSITAS 21 Scheme, University of Nottingham: Awarded a place to spend an academic semester studying at the University of New South Wales, Sydney

Research

Currently completing PhD.

Thesis title: Career progression in Yorkshire law SMEs: experiences of a diverse workforce

Supervisors: Professor Catherine Cassell and Professor Jennifer Tomlinson.

Keywords: SMEs, diversity, diversity management,  career progression, intersectionality, legal sector.

Thesis synopsis: My doctoral research examines how career progression takes place in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the legal profession; the factors affecting such progression; and how and whether diversity within the SME workforce is managed. The impetus for this research is that despite the economic importance of SMEs, they remain insufficiently studied regarding diversity issues. Previous studies explore both career advancement and barriers to entry into the law, yet, they have primarily focused on larger companies. The use of intersectionality theory forms an innovative paradigm to examine gendered practices in the SME context. Data collection comprised 44 semi-structured interviews within 4 law SMEs in Yorkshire. Data analysis using NVivo informs the case study methodology. The principal research contribution is to advance career theories within an SME context and theories of intersectionality to generate more beneficial HR policies; specific to SMEs.

Future research interests: My research interests include gender, ethnicity, social class and how these correlate with (in)equalities in work, economies and societies. I am interested in the evolving notions of intersectional thinking. I am keen to research equality, inclusion and diversity policies and practices

Teaching

Feb 2017: Teaching on LUBS5442M Internal Communications and Change Management and LUBS5592 Research methods for consultants

Teaching Assistance Experience:


September 2016: Seminar tutor for ‘Contemporary Management Consulting’ (LUBS3850)
2015 and 2016: Seminar tutor for ‘Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective’ (LUBS3001)
2015: Seminar tutor for ‘Economic Institutions (Labour)’ (LUBS1125)

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