Professor Kiran Trehan

Honorary/Visiting

Research Interests

I have a range of interrelated research interests that also connect strongly with my teaching.

My research involves the active engagement of practitioners on issues relating to leadership development, diversity and power relations. I am a leading contributor to debates on the distinctiveness of critical action learning, and how it can be applied in a variety of organisational and policy domains. My publications in Management Learning (2003, 2010), Gender & Education, Studies in Higher Education) and the journal Action Learning: Research and Practice (2004, 2008, 2009) are testimony both to the growing importance of this mode of research, and my success in advancing action learning in different contexts, ranging from management school classrooms to networks of ethnic minority businesses and policy-making circles. A further distinguishing feature of my research is its focus upon areas that have been neglected by the scholarly community. The synthesis of critical action learning, diversity, leadership development, policy and small firms is critical in this respect.

Central to this is a concern with ‘impact’ and collaborative working with user groups, the three significant awards, from the ESRC and the regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands (AWM), is testimony to the value of this approach. It demonstrates how these research interests, and the user-engaged nature of these areas of work, are recognised in both academic and policy domains. Hence, my research, premised on a critical action learning approach, is casting new light on academic debates on diversity, leadership development, and entrepreneurship amongst disadvantaged groups and is having policy impact in terms of business policy and knowledge transfer;. 

Other major strands of my research include; critical thinking in Management learning, group dynamics, emotions and power in learning, critical reflection and action learning. I have extensively published a number of journal articles, books and book chapters in the field.

Gazing at my reflection: owner-managerial self-concept and dynamic capabilities
Kevill, A., Trehan, K., Easterby-Smith, M. 2014
Conference paper

Entrepreneurial learning and leadership in action: a fertile ground for the development of dynamic capabilities?
Trehan, K., Kevill, A., Easterby-Smith, M. 2013
Conference paper

Leadership development as a micro-foundation of dynamic capability: a critical consideration
Kevill, A., Trehan, K., Easterby-Smith, M. 2013
Conference paper

Leadership development as a vehicle for evolving dynamic capability: a path into the future for micro firms?
Kevill, A., Trehan, K., Easterby-Smith, M. 2012
Conference paper

Damaged teaching experiences in using learning technology; a phenomenographic investigation
Hodgson, V., Shah, U., Trehan, K. 2012 In: The ABS Learning & Teaching Conference, in association with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Abstract

Critical action learning
Trehan, K. 2011 In: Action Learning in Practice 4th Edition. Farnham : Gower Publishing Company ISBN: 9781409418412.
Chapter

Theorising critical HRD: a paradox of intricacy and discrepancy
Trehan, K., Rigg, C. 2011 In: Journal of European Industrial Training. 35, 3, p. 276-290. 15 p.
Journal article

Critical action learning, policy learning and small firms: an inquiry
Ram, M., Trehan, K. 09/2010 In: Management Learning. 41, 4, p. 415-428. 14 p.
Journal article

Critical action learning; "Putting an edge on leadership and management development"
Trehan, K., Pedler, M. 2010 In: Gower Handbook of Leadership and Management Development. Aldershot : Gower Publishing Company ISBN: 9780566088582.
Chapter

The power and emotion of human resource development: a critical perspective
Trehan, K. 2009 In: Critical Management Studies Conference (Warwick) - 2009. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Skating on ice: scrutinising the theory and practice of critical HRD
Trehan, K., Lawless, A. 2009 In: UFHRD Conference (Newcastle) - 2009. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Critical action learning, policy learning and small firms: an inquiry
Ram, M., Trehan, K. 2009 In: Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 32nd Annual Conference (Liverpool) - 2009. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Animating critical action learning: process based leadership and management development
Trehan, K., Pedler, M. 2009 In: Journal of Action Learning Research and Practise. 6, 1, p. 35-49. 15 p.
Journal article

Critical by design; enacting critical action learning in a small business context
Ram, M., Trehan, K. 2009 In: Journal of Action Learning Research and Practise. 6, 3, p. 305-318. 14 p.
Journal article

Engaging with international students: an account of practice
Trehan, K. 2008 In: 6th International Networked Learning Conference (Halkidiki, Greece) - 2008. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Critical action learning, policy learning and small firms: an inquiry
Trehan, K., Ram, M. 2008 In: Action Learning: Practices, Problems and Prospects (Henley Management College) - 2008. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Critical reflection in the workplace - is it just too difficult?
Trehan, K., Rigg, C. 2008 In: Journal of European Industrial Training. 31, 2, p. 219-237. 19 p.
Journal article

Engaging in critical reflection
Trehan, K. 2007 In: Seventh International Conference of HRD Research and Practice Across Europe (Oxford Brookes University) - 2007. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

'Dancing in the dark': a critically engaging waltz
Trehan, K. 2007 In: Critical Management Conference (Manchester) - 2007. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Leadership development, a critical examination
Trehan, K., Shelton, R. 2007 In: Management Development: Perspectives from Research and Practice. London and New York : Routledge ISBN: 0415396026.
Chapter

Working with experiential learning
Trehan, K., Rigg, C. 2007 In: Handbook of Experiential Learning & Management Education. Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199217632.
Chapter

Psychodynamic and critical perspectives on leadership development
Trehan, K. 2007 In: Advances in Developing Human Resources. 9, 1, p. 72-82. 11 p.
Journal article

Going beyond a critical turn: limitations and hypocrisies
Trehan, K., Rigg, C., Stewart, J. 2006 In: Critical Human Resource Development: Beyond Orthodoxy. London : Prentice Hall ISBN: 0273705598.
Chapter

Critical Human Resource Development: Beyond Orthodoxy
Rigg, C., Trehan, K., Stewart, J. 2006 London : Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0273705598.
Book

Making diversity count: from resistance to learning
Trehan, K. 2006 In: Public Service Review: Central Government. 11, p. 60-66. 7 p.
Journal article

Critical human resource development : beyond orthodoxy.
Trehan, K., Rigg, C., Stewart, J. 2006 London : Financial Times.
Book

Beware of the unbottled genie: unspoken aspects of critical self-reflection
Trehan, K., Rigg, C. 2005 In: Critical Thinking in Human Resource Development. London and New York : Routledge ISBN: 0-415-32917-5.
Chapter

Unravelling diversity
Trehan, K. 2005 In: Public Service Review: Central Government. 10, p. 142. 142 p.
Journal article

'Now you see it, now you don't: a discourse perspective on researching HRD in SME's'
Rigg, C., Trehan, K. 2004 In: Human Resource Development in Small Organizations: Research and Practice. London and New York : Routledge ISBN: 0415299608.
Chapter

Reflections on working with critical action learning
Rigg, C., Trehan, K. 2004 In: Action Learning: Research and Practice. 1, 2, p. 149 - 165. 17 p.
Journal article

Who is not sleeping with whom? What's not being talked about in HRD?
Trehan, K. 2004 In: Journal of European Industrial Training. 28, 1, p. 23-38. 16 p.
Journal article

Propositions for incorporating a pedagogy of complexity, emotion and power in HRD education
Trehan, K., Rigg, C. 2003 In: HRD in a Complex World. London and New York : Routledge ISBN: 041531013X.
Chapter

Online collaborative assessment: Power relations and 'Critical learning'
Trehan, K., Reynolds, P.M. 2002 In: Networked Learning: Perspectives and Issues. Berlin : Springer p. 279-292. 14 p. ISBN: 9781852334710.
Chapter

Do they or don’t they? A comparison of traditional and discourse perspectives of HRD in SMEs
Rigg, C., Trehan, K. 2002 In: Education and Training. 44, 8/9, p. 388 - 397. 10 p.
Journal article

Using action research to explore the development needs of second generation asian small businesses
Rigg, C., Ram, M., Trehan, K. 2001 In: Researching Human Resource Development: Philosophy, Processes and Practices. London and New York : Routledge p. 355-376. 22 p. ISBN: 0415226090.
Chapter

Experiences of difference in postgraduate management education
Trehan, K., Reynolds, P.M. 2000 In: Second Conference in Connecting Learning and Critique ( ) - 2000. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Propositions for incorporating a politics of difference in management education
Reynolds, P.M., Trehan, K. 1999 In: Critical Management Studies Conference (Manchester ) - 1999. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution