Professor Stephen Swailes
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Position: Professor of Human Resource Management, Department of Management
Qualifications: BSc, DMS, MBA, MPhil, PhD, AcFCIPD, FHEA
Research Group: Talent, Diversity and Development Research Group (TDDRG)
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 and Scholarship
Stephen’s research focuses on employee performance in the workplace and explores the nature of organizational commitment, employee behaviour in teams, team performance, and the design and effectiveness of talent management strategies. Stephen also has 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 new focuses on strategic human resource management and the supervision of Masters and PhD students.
- Academic Fellow of the CIPD
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Lever, J. and Swailes, S. (2017) ‘Ballet for the Sun King: Power, Talent and Organisation’. In: The Social Organisation of Marketing: a figurational approach. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. . ISBN 978-3-319-51570-0
Swailes, S (2016) ‘The cultural evolution of talent management: a memetic analysis’ Human Resource Development Review , 15 (3), pp. 340-358. ISSN 1534-4843
Lever, J. and Swailes, S. (2016) ‘Ballet for the Sun King: power, talent and organisation’. In: 32nd EGOS Colloquium, 7th - 9th July 2016, University of Naples, Italy
Senior, B. and Swailes, S. (2016) Organizational change . : FT Publishing International. ISBN 978-1292063836
Swailes, S. and Blackburn, M. (2016) ‘Employee reactions to talent pool membership’ Employee Relations , 38 (1), pp. 112-128. ISSN 0142-5455
Biggs, D., Swailes, S. and Baker, S. (2016) ‘The measurement of worker relations: the development of a three-component scale’ Leadership and Organizational Development Journal , 37 (1), pp. 1-16. ISSN 0143-7739
Swailes, S., Handley, J. and Rivers, L. (2016) ‘Talent management : critical perspectives’. In: Human Resource Management in a Global Context: A Critical Approach. : Palgrave. .
Lever, J. and Swailes, S. (2015) ‘People and process: at the court of talent management’. In: Figuring organizations: people and processes symposium, 26th November 2015, Dublin, Ireland
Beddoes-Jones, F. and Swailes, S. (2015) ‘Authentic leadership: development of a new three pillar model’ Strategic HR Review , 14 (3), pp. 94-99. ISSN 1475-4398
Swailes, S., Downs, Y. and Orr, K. (2014) ‘Conceptualising inclusive talent management: potential, possibilities and practicalities’ Human Resource Development International , 17 (5), pp. 529-544. ISSN 1367-8868
Armitage, R., Monchuk, L., Bishop, G., Dhingra, K. and Swailes, S. (2014) Promoting Positive Behaviours in Social Housing University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)
Swailes, S (2013) ‘Troubling some assumptions: A response to "The role of perceived organziational justice in shaping the outcomes of talent management: a research agenda"’ Human Resource Management Review , 23 (4), pp. 354-356. ISSN 1053-4822
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 (2012) ‘The Lost Boys of Wellingborough: Remembering those who fell in the Great War’ Northamptonshire past and present (65), pp. 84-96. ISSN 0140-9131
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
Swailes, S (2010) ‘Medieval Northamptonshire: the 1301 Assessment for a Fifteenth’ Northamptonshire past and present (63), pp. 7-12. ISSN 0140-9131
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
Swailes, S. and Orr, K. (2008) ‘Talent management in the UK: Public/Private Sector Differences and Implications for Reward’. In: Reward Management - facts and trends in Europe. Berlin: PABST. pp. 275-293. ISBN 978-3-89967-479-8
- External Examiner for DBA and PhD degrees
- Regular reviewer for leading journals
- Reviewer of research funding proposals
Research Degree Supervision
Stephen has supervised nine PhD students to completion. 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, talent programme design and evaluation, employee reactions to talent programmes.
Management in the Gulf States: issues of employee commitment, motivation and performance, management development, the effectiveness of human resource management practices, localization (Omanization) and the influence of Islamic work values.
Psychometric analysis of a team role questionnaire.
Teaching in the Gulf states
Director of Accreditation
Member of School Management Team
Teaching and Professional Activities
Module Leader for Human Resource Strategy