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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 2014 2017

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

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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
6 Citations

Employee reactions to talent pool membership

Swailes, S. & Blackburn, M. 4 Jan 2016 In : Employee Relations. 38, 1, p. 112-128 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Public sector
Organizational studies
Design methodology
Talent management

Organizational change

Senior, B. & Swailes, S. 2016 5th ed. Pearson, United Kingdom. 416 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Oral presentation

People and Process: At the Court of Talent Management

Lever, J. (Speaker), Swailes, S. (Speaker)
26 Nov 2015

Activity: Oral presentation