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Dr Jennifer Robinson

Job: Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: jennifer.robinson@dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

I am a Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour in the department of Politics, People and Place at De Montfort University. I completed my doctoral studies at Lancaster University in the department of Organisation, Work and Technology. This research combined my interest in Religious Studies which I studied as an undergraduate and masters student, with questions relating to the meaning of work.

Research group affiliations

People Organisations and Work Institute (POWI)

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Research interests/expertise

My research explores the intersection between belief and "work" in modernity: how belief shapes our approach to activity referred to as "work", why certain forms of work appeal, and the value of work to the human condition. This enquiry is theoretically framed primarily through sociological analysis of religion, and philosophical and political theory. My research lends itself to the critical examination of contemporary HRM. In particular, I am interested in the emphasis placed on the performance of "work" and neoliberal re-conceptualisations of work as a means of "actualising" one's "latent potentialities". I explore these developments through the emergence of organisational "ethics of self-work" so central to contemporary management practices, and the appropriation of religious and spiritual rhetoric, practices and techniques, such as mindfulness, to mobilise human resources. In doing so, my research explores what happens when individuals perceive themselves as “human resources” obliged to engage in modes of “working” whose nature and character is inherently meaningless, or even contrary, to their “inner” beliefs, values and desires.

Areas of teaching

  • HRM
  • Work ethics
  • Organisation Studies

Qualifications

  • PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology
  • MA in Religious Studies
  • BA(Hons) in Religious Studies

Courses taught

HRMG1201 Introduction to HRM and HRMG1202 Introduction to Work and Organisations

Membership of professional associations and societies

Associate Fellow of HEA

Conference attendance

Conferences regularly attended and presented for include the European Group of Organisation Studies (EGOS), Work, and the European Association for the Study of Religion (EASR)

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Externally funded research grants information

My PhD was fully funded by the ESRC +3 Business and Management pathway