Portrait of Dr Eleanor Davies Dr Eleanor Davies

e.davies@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472121



Biography

Position: Principal Lecturer (Head of Postgraduate Programmes), Department of Management
Qualifications: BA, BSc, MSc, PhD, PCPD, FHEA, Chartered Psychologist, Registered Occupational Psychologist
 

Eleanor Davies has worked in the Business School since 1998. She 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.

During her training, Eleanor specialised in coaching and work with students and employees to successfully achieve their work-related goals and she has completed a Certificate in Coaching (Centre for Coaching) accredited by the University of Middlesex. She has undertaken training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and used this in her coaching work. She is a member of the British Psychological Society Special Interest Group in Coaching and a Committee Member of the British Psychological Society North of England Branch, 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. 

Research and Scholarship

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.
Projects include:

  • Understanding the role of line managers in managing the retirement process
  • Transitions to retirement in academic staff
  • Older workers in the AEM sector

Eleanor’s research includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches, including vignette methodologies.

  • Understanding the role of line managers in managing the retirement process
  • Transitions to retirement in academic staff
  • Older workers in the AEM sector

My research includes both qualitative and quantitative approaches, including vignette methodologies.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

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 incomeFrontiers 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 factorsAgeing and Society . ISSN 0144-686X

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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 experiencesEmployee 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

2012

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

2011

Davies, E. and Cartwright, S. (2011) ‘Psychological and psychosocial predictors of attitudes to working past normal retirement ageEmployee 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

Al Khattab, A., Awwad, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2011) ‘The use of political risk assessment techniques in Jordanian multinational corporationsJournal of Risk Research , 14 (1), pp. 97-109. ISSN 1366-9877

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

2009

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

2008

Al Khattab, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2008) ‘The institutionalisation of political risk assessment (IPRA) in Jordanian international firmsInternational 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 BusinessRisk Management , 10 (2), pp. 135-152. ISSN 14603799

2007

Al Khattab, A., Anchor, J. and Davies, E. (2007) ‘Managerial perceptions of political risk in international projectsInternational Journal of Project Management , 25 (7), pp. 734-743. ISSN 02637863

2006

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

2000

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 VenturesJournal for East European Management Studies , 5 (2), pp. 173-192. ISSN 0949-6181

1996

Davies, E., Kenny, B. and Trick, R. (1996) ‘UK joint venture activity in the Czech Republic: motives and usesEuropean 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

Esteem

  • Aging and Mental Health
  • Continuous Professional Development lead for North East of England Branch of the British Psychological Society
  • Reviewer for Business Ethics: International Business Review, Oxford University Press.
  • Invited peer reviewer for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (invited by ESCR)
  • Research External Examiner University of Hull
  • Committee Member North East of England Branch of the British Psychological Society
  • Registered Occupational Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychologist Society
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychologist Society

Research Degree Supervision

Eleanor has several successful PhD completions and welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students.
Possible areas of study include:

  • Cross cultural differences in attitudes to work and retirement
  • The impact of organisational culture on retirement management;
  • Talent and knowledge management and older workers
  • Fairness in an intergenerational workforce.
  • Retirement in expatriate and immigrant populations
  • Gender and retirement

Enterprise Activities

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.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Postgraduate Programmes, Department of Strategy, Marketing and Economics
  • Chair, Business School Research Ethics Committee

Teaching and Professional Activities

Eleanor teaches at doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate level. Her teaching areas include research methods, psychology and organisations and international business.