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Eleanor Davies is a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Occupational Psychologist (Health & Care Professions Council), having completed a BSc (Hons) with First Class Honours in Psychology from the Open University and an MSc in Organisational Psychology from UMIST. As a work psychologist, her main research interests are understanding people in organisations, in particular at key career transition points.
A particular area of focus of Eleanor’s research has been older workers, both as individuals as well and from the perspective of how older workers are managed. Her work on retirement and extending working life and she has published her work in Frontiers in Psychology, Ageing & Society and Employee Relations. She has collaborated with Professor Beatrice van der Heijden and Professor Matt Flynn. Eleanor is a member of the Behavioural Research Centre at Huddersfield Business School is currently undertaking investigating how decisions relating to extending working life are shaped by behavioural science / prospect theory. She has obtained research funding from the international body NETSPAR.
Eleanor’s academic interests also include broader aspects of people in organisations and she is involved in research about diversity (ethnic and age diversity), job embeddenesss, guanxi, and bridge employment, adopting both quantitative and qualitative methods. Along with Professor Petko Kusev, Director of the Behavioural Research Centre, she supervises doctoral students in various aspects of behavioural science.
During her professional training, Eleanor specialised in coaching and has worked with students and employees to successfully achieve their work-related goals. She has undertaken training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and used this in her coaching work. This background informs Eleanor’s teaching in professional development and her role as course leader for the MSc Strategic Communication Leadership run for the UK Government Communication Service (Cabinet Office).
Eleanor is a highly experienced leader in Higher Education. As Director of Teaching and Learning at Huddersfield Business School, she has oversight of the Teaching and Learning agenda in the Business School and is leading on extensive review of the postgraduate and undergraduate curriculum. She is heavily involved in the AACSB accreditation process and instrumental in the design and implementation of Assurance of Learning. Previous academic leadership roles have included Head of Postgraduate Programmes, Subject Group Leader (Organisation Studies) and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee.
Eleanor’s teaching draws on her background as an occupational psychologist and includes Consultancy Skills, Professional Skills and Research Methods. She has a number of successful doctoral completions.
She is a member of the British Psychological Society Special Interest Group in Coaching and an active member of the North East of England Branch of the BPS, leading on Continuous Professional Development.
Eleanor’s research interests are in people in organisations, specialising in older worker management and retirement management. She works with a number of colleagues including Professor Beatrice van der Heijden and Dr Matt Flynn.
Eleanor’s research interests are in older workers and retirement. She founded the Work, Age and Retirement Research Network (WARRN) at the University of Huddersfield. The Network aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to investigate the role of older workers in organisations, the implications of the ageing population for employers and to work with employers to understand the retirement process of employees more fully. The intended outcomes of the research work are to inform both employers and employees with an evidence base to shape decisions about retirement timing and decisions.
The network is developing a number of organisational partners to shape and inform the research agenda.
Eleanor’s research includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches, including vignette methodologies.
My research includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches, including vignette methodologies.
Pepple, D., Davies, E. and Davies, J. (2018) ‘Bureaucracy and Personality: Does Ethnicity Matter?’. In: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. : Springer. . ISBN 9783319209296
Davies, E., Hanley, K., Jenkins, A. and Chan, C. (2017) ‘Learning and training for older workers’. In: Managing the Ageing Workforce in the East and the West. : Emerald. pp. 185-206. ISBN 978-1-78714-639-6
Pepple, D., Davies, E. and Davies, J. (2017) ‘Mirror Organisation: Towards Establishing a Link between Representative Bureaucracy and Employee Ownership Perception’ Journal of Organisational Psychology , 17 (4), pp. 67-77. ISSN 2158-3609
Davies, E., Van der Heijden, B. and Flynn, M. (2017) ‘Job satisfaction, retirement attitude and intended retirement age: a conditional process analysis across workers level of household income’ Frontiers in Psychology , 8. ISSN 1664-1078
Davies, E., van der Heijden, B. and Stephenson, J. (2017) ‘Are managers open to involvement in employee retirement? The influence of manager psychosocial characteristics, decision-making environment and older employee situational factors’ Ageing and Society . ISSN 0144-686X
Davies, E., van der Heijden, B. and Flynn, M. (2016) ‘Is the relationship between work-attitudes and retirement intentions influenced by socio-economic status?’. In: British Society of Gerontology 45th Annual Conference, 6th - 8th July 2016, University of Stirling
Davies, E., van der Heijden, B. and Flynn, M. (2015) ‘The relationship between organisational support, job satisfaction, retirement affect and retirement intentions for older workers in the UK’. In: 3rd workshop on diversity issues: aging and new work-life practices, 15th - 16th October 2015, Brussels, Belgium
Davies, E. and Van der Heijden, B. (2015) ‘The influence of perceived organisational support and perceived supervisor support on retirement intentions’. In: The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2015, 23rd - 26th April 2015, Dublin, Ireland
Davies, E (2014) ‘The influence of perceived organisational support and perceived supervisor support on retirement intentions’. In: 43rd British Society of Gerontology Conference, 1st - 3rd September 2014, Southampton, UK
Jenkins, A., Poulston, J. and Davies, E. (2014) ‘The working lives of older hotel workers: is there evidence of psychological disengagement in the work-to-retirement transition zone?’. In: Council for Hospitality Management Education Annual Research Conference, 28th - 30th May 2014, Buxton, Derby, UK
Davies, E (2013) ‘Line Manager Involvement in Employee Retirement: A Multi-level Study’. In: AIRC3: Ashridge International Research Conference. Multigenerational Challenges: integrating younger and older ages in managing the organisation, 19th - 20th July 2013, Ashridge, UK
Davies, E. and Dhingra, K. (2013) ‘Managerial perceptions of supporting training and development of older workers in the context of extending working lives’. In: UFHRD Conference 2013, 5th to 7th June 2013, Brighton, UK
Davies, E. and Jenkins, A. (2013) ‘The work-to-retirement transition of academic staff: attitudes and experiences’ Employee Relations , 35 (3), pp. 322-338. ISSN 0142-5455
Davies, E., Dhingra, K. and Stephenson, J. (2013) The Role of Line Managers in Retirement Management and Their Perceptions of Their Role of the Timing of Employee Retirement Netspar
Davies, E., Sappleton, N., Johnson, S. and Dhingra, K. (2013) ‘The role of line managers in influencing employee retirement decisions’. In: British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, 9th - 11th January 2013, Chester, UK
Davies, E. and Johnson, S. (2012) ‘What do managers think 'successful' retirement is and what role do they have to play?’. In: Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, BPS, 2012, 11th - 13th January 2012, Chester, UK
Davies, E. and Cartwright, S. (2011) ‘Psychological and psychosocial predictors of attitudes to working past normal retirement age’ Employee Relations , 33 (3), pp. 249-268. ISSN 0142-5455
Majeed, Z., Polyakov, E. and Davies, E. (2011) ‘Modeling the Resource Generation Potential: Locational and Cognitive Insights in Small Firms' International Entry Mode Choice’. In: Academy of International Business Conference 2011, 14th - 16th April 2011, University of Edinburgh, UK
Davies, E. and Jenkins, A. (2011) ‘Engagement and Disengagement in the Retirement Process: an investigation of older academics in British Universities’. In: BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, January 2011, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Al Khattab, A., Awwad, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2011) ‘The use of political risk assessment techniques in Jordanian multinational corporations’ Journal of Risk Research , 14 (1), pp. 97-109. ISSN 1366-9877
Al Khattab, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2009) The use of political risk assessment techniques in Jordanian international firms Huddersfield, UK: Emerging Markets Research Group University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)
Davies, E. and Cartwright, S. (2009) ‘Flexible retirement: fantasy or reality? An exploratory study of the attitudes of older workers to flexible retirement’. In: Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, 14-16 January 2009, Blackpool
Al Khattab, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2008) ‘The institutionalisation of political risk assessment (IPRA) in Jordanian international firms’ International Business Review , 17 (6), pp. 688-702. ISSN 09695931
Al Khattab, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2008) ‘Managerial Practices of Political Risk Assessment in Jordanian International Business’ Risk Management , 10 (2), pp. 135-152. ISSN 14603799
Al Khattab, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2007) ‘Managerial perceptions of political risk in international projects’ International Journal of Project Management , 25 (7), pp. 734-743. ISSN 02637863
Al Khattab, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2006) ‘Institutionalisation of Political Risk Assessment in International Business’. In: 5th International Conference on Money, Investment and Risk, 2nd - 3rd November 2006, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Al Khattab, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2006) ‘Techniques of Political Risk Assessment: Analysis of the Experience of International Firms’. In: 5th International Conference on Money, Investment and Risk, 2nd - 3rd November 2006, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Anchor, J., Davies, E. and Khattab, A. (2006) ‘Managerial concerns of political risk in international business’. In: 33rd Academy of International Business Conference : International Business in the Age of Anxiety, 7-8th April 2006, University of Manchester
Davies, E (2000) ‘Analysis of Case Study Data on JVs using Smallest Space Analysis (SSA).’. In: Recent studies in transition and operation in Central and Eastern Europe. : Vaasan Yliopiston Julkaisuja. pp. 246-265. ISBN 9789516838550
Davies, E. and Kenny, B. (2000) ‘Managerial Motivations for UK-Czech Joint Ventures’ Journal for East European Management Studies , 5 (2), pp. 173-192. ISSN 0949-6181
Davies, E., Kenny, B. and Trick, R. (1996) ‘UK joint venture activity in the Czech Republic: motives and uses’ European Business Review , 96 (6), pp. 22-29. ISSN 0955-534X
Davies, E., Kenny, B. and Trick, R. (1996) ‘The choice of the joint venture structure by British firms in the Czech Republic’. In: Choice and management of entry strategies in international business. Vaasa, Finland: University of Vaasa. . ISBN 9516836658
Davies, E (1996) Anglo-Czech joint ventures: an evaluation of the rationale and formation process : preliminary results and future direction . Working paper series. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. ISBN 9780905434919
Eleanor has several successful PhD completions and welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students.
Possible areas of study include:
Eleanor has worked with Judith Cork Consulting to develop a training programme for senior managers and line managers to address the implications of an ageing workforce and implications of the abolition of the default retirement age.
Eleanor teaches at doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate level. Her teaching areas include research methods, psychology and organisations and international business.