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Stephen joined The Business School in 2010 to take up a new post as Professor of Human Resource Management. Initially graduating in chemistry, he worked on a range of scientific and technical projects in water treatment and manufacturing before completing postgraduate qualifications in management. After moving into the university sector he was awarded a Ph.D (Leicester) for research on the organizational commitment of professional employees. Before moving to Huddersfield he was Director of the full time MBA programme at the University of Hull. As Director of Research in The Business School, Stephen led our successful REF2014 submission before taking on a lead role for School accreditation. He is an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Employee performance in the workplace 
  • Nature of organisational commitment 
  • Employee behaviour in teams 
  • Team performance 
  • Talent management strategies 
  • Islamic values on management practice 


  • Employee Performance
  • Organisational Commitment
  • Team Employee Behaviour
  • Team Performance
  • Talent Management
  • Islamic Values on Management

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Research Output 1992 2018

Managing Talent: Understanding critical perspectives

Swailes, S. (ed.) & Adamsen, B. (ed.), 1 Oct 2018, Basingstoke: UK: Palgrave Macmillan UK. 218 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Critical perspective
Talent management
Public sector

Paralysing Rebellion: Figurations, Celebrity, and Power in Elite Talent Management

Lever, J. & Swailes, S., 12 Nov 2018, Managing Talent : Understanding Critical Perspectives. Adamsen, B. & Swailes, S. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, p. 35-51 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Talent management
Senior managers

Ballet for the Sun King: Power, Talent and Organisation

Lever, J. & Swailes, S., 23 Aug 2017, The Social Organisation of Marketing: A Figurational Approach to People, Organisations, and Markets. Connolly, J. & Dolan, P. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 143-169 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

popular culture

Talent management: Critical perspectives

Swailes, S., Handley, J. & Rivers, E., Apr 2017, Human Resource Management: A global and critical perspective. Syed, J. & Kramar, R. (eds.). 2 ed. Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 279-297 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Talent management
Critical perspective
Institutional theory

The significance of unforeseen events in organisational ethnographic inquiry

Green, T., Swailes, S. & Handley, J., 21 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Organizational Ethnography. 6, 3, p. 190-203 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2015 2016

  • 2 Oral presentation

Ballet for the Sun King: power, talent and organisation

John Lever (Speaker), Stephen Swailes (Speaker)
7 Jul 20169 Jul 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

People and Process: At the Court of Talent Management

John Lever (Speaker), Stephen Swailes (Speaker)
26 Nov 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation