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Stephen joined the Business School in 2010 to take up a new post as Professor of Human Resource Management in the Department of Leadership and Management. After graduating in chemistry he worked in a range of scientific and technical roles in industry before working on a range of management projects. He later completed a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies and an MBA while working in industry. 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 at the University of Hull where he was Director of the full time MBA programme. He is an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Stephens research is focussed on understanding employee performance in the workplace and explores the nature of organizational commitment, employee behaviour in teams and the concept of team performance, and the design and effectiveness of talent management strategies. Stephen also has developing interests in the effects of Islamic values on management practice which follow from extensive teaching experience in the Gulf and the supervision of Gulf nationals on research degrees.
His teaching covers employee selection and reward, international human resource management and human resource strategy as well as the supervision of Masters and PhD students.
Downs, Y. and Swailes, S. (2013) ‘A Capability Approach to talent management’ Human Resource Development International , 16 (3), pp. 267-281. ISSN 1367-8868
Crawley, E., Swailes, S. and Walsh, D. (2013) Introduction to international human resource management . Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press . ISBN 978-0-19-956321-0
Swailes, S (2013) ‘The Ethics of Talent Management’ Business Ethics: A European Review , 22 (1), pp. 32-46. ISSN 1467-8608
Swailes, S. and Downs, Y. (2012) Problematising the war for talent: using Sens Capability Approach as a new framework for thinking about talent management Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)
Swailes, S., Al Said, L. and Al Fahdi, S. (2012) ‘Localisation policy in Oman: a psychological contracting interpretation’ International journal of public sector management , 25 (5), pp. 357-372. ISSN 0951-3558
Swailes, S (2011) ‘Talent Management and the Talent of Management’. In: Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 04 October 2011, The Business School, University of Huddersfield
Swailes, S. and Al Fahdi, S. (2011) ‘Voluntary turnover in the Omani public sector: an Islamic values perspective’ International Journal of Public Administration , 34 (10), pp. 682-692. ISSN 0190-0692
Senior, B. and Swailes, S. (2010) Organizational Change . London: FT Prentice Hall . ISBN 9780273716204
Swailes, S. and Woodall, T. (2009) ‘Conceptualising and measuring defensive marketing orientation (DMO): some inaugural thoughts on assessing marketing's place in 'society's doghouse'’ Journal of Strategic Marketing , 17 (5), pp. 345-364. ISSN 0965-254X
Stephen has supervised several PhD students to completion including students from Oman, Saudi Arabia and Libya (100% completion rate). He welcomes proposals from prospective students in human resource management and is particularly interested in supervising in the following research areas;
Talent identification and talent management: issues of fairness and equality, programme design and programme evaluation
Management in the Gulf States: issues of employee commitment, motivation and performance, management development, the effectiveness of human resource management practices and strategies and the influence of Islamic work values.