Centre staff

The core Centre staff are listed below. In addition the Centre is host to a number of Visiting Professors who contribute to its work, and a number of Academic Associates.

Paul Sparrow, Director

Professor Paul Sparrow is one of the UK’s leading authorities on international HR and its management. His research focuses on the impact of globalisation on international HRM, changes in the employment relationship, and the nature of strategic competence. He has frequently been voted amongst the Top 15 Most Influential HR Thinkers by Human Resources magazine. An organisational psychologist by training, he is the author of a number of books within the territory of HRM. He has a wide range of international links and combines his extensive writing career with an academic involvement in executive education and consulting. He has deep experience in the commercial world, having worked as a principal consultant in his earlier career with PA Consulting. Paul joined Lancaster in November 2006 to take up the Chair and Director’s post in the Centre for Performance-Led HR, which he has led ever since.

 

Cary Cooper, CBE, Co-Founder

Professor Sir Cary Cooper is the author of more than 80 books and is one of Britain's most quoted business gurus. He is Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health. Cary is a former President of the British Academy of Management, a Companion of the British Institute of Management and one of only three UK Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management. He was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and is the Editor (together with Professor Chris Argyris of Harvard Business School and Professor Bill Starbuck of New York University as Associate Editors) of the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management. He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation, ILO, and EU in the field of stress management and is Chair of the Sunningdale Institute in the National School of Government.

 

‌Professor Mike West, Professor of Organizational Psychology

Professor Michael West joined The King's Fund as a Senior Fellow in September 2013. He is Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, Senior Research Fellow at The Work Foundation and Emeritus Professor at Aston University. He was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School.   His continued association with Lancaster University Management School is through the Centre.

Mike is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the International Association of Applied Psychologists, the Higher Education Academy, the British Academy of Management and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Before joining Lancaster University Management School in April 2011, he served as Executive Dean, Head of Research and Professor of Organisational Psychology, Aston Business School, Aston University. He was also formerly a Member of the Corporate Performance Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science from 1992 to 2003.

His areas of research interest are team and organisational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to the organisation of health services, organisational effectiveness in manufacturing, employee involvement, and HRM and organisational performance. He lectures widely both nationally and internationally about the results of his research and his ideas for developing effective and innovative organisations.

 

Dr Lilian Otaye, Research Associate

Dr Lilian Otaye completed her PhD in management, and joined the Centre for Performance-Led HR in 2013. Her research interests are in the areas of strategic HRM, employee relations, diversity management, international HRM and employee wellbeing. 

Prior to taking up this role, she worked in various academic roles, including research and lecturing. She also has experience in the commercial world having worked in the industry undertaking various HR roles.

She has published academic papers in 4* journals and has been invited to present her research at a number of conferences. She has worked with colleagues on a number of books and is currently co-authoring a chapter in a CIPD-accredited HR text. Lilian is a member of the British Academy of Management, Academy of Management, and is an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy.

 

‌Pei Chen, Former Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Pei Chen was a visiting researcher from Renmin University, China. Her research is focused on organisational behaviour, personality, staff wellbeing as well as work-family balance.

She has published ten papers in Chinese academic journals, and is a member of the International Association of Chinese Management Research.She has worked with Professors Sparrow and Cooper in the areas of person-organisation fit and work life balance.

 

 

Teresa Aldren, Centre Administrator

Teresa provides the administrative support to the Centre for Performance-led HR and its HRD members from world class companies. 

Along with her Centre role, Teresa is the Editorial Assistant to the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance and is and is responsible for the efficient management and administration in the day to day running of the Journal.