Portrait of  Janet Handley Janet Handley

j.handley@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472050


Position: Director of Corporate Engagement
Qualifications: BA, MSc, Chartered Manager, FHEA
Subject Group: Organisation Studies


2005-2016: Head of Department: People, Management and Organisations

2016-Present: Head of Department: Management


Janet initially joined the University as Lecturer and Business Placement tutor following her work in the financial services and logistics sectors. She has been an External Examiner at several universities (up to and including Doctoral level) and an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee since 2012 (and its predecessor since 1999). In this capacity Janet has been the reviewer and ‘retention and success’ stream Chair at the Chartered ABS conference since its inception in 2012 and is currently an editor for Chartered ABS ‘Thought Pieces’.

Janet became a Chartered Manager in 2011, having been a member of the Chartered Management Institute (and its predecessor, the Institute of Management) since 2000, with an internal verification role 1999-2007 and an active role in the then West Yorkshire Branch Education Committee 2000-2001.

Janet has also been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) since 2000 and a member of the HEA assessment Special Interest Group (SIG), 2006-2012.

She has played an active role in the HEART (Higher Education Access: Rewarding, Transforming) (formerly WYLLN) credit accumulation and transfer initiatives, receiving funding as part of this process annually 2008-2013 and is engaged in ongoing staff development initiatives with partner organisations.


  • PG Diploma Research Methods (Management and Business) with Distinction
  • MSc Analysis of Decision Processes (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies (First Class)
  • FHEA
  • CMgr
  • MCMI

Professional body memberships

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Manager, Chartered Management Institute
  • Member, Chartered Management Institute

Research and Scholarship

Current Research interests
Janet’s Doctoral research focuses on talent management, its translation into practice in a public sector context and to what extent talent management might be gendered. This builds upon her prior research and publications focusing on gender and decision making and also HRM practice.

Research students
Currently supervising PhD students across a range of Organisational Behaviour areas, including the identification of talent and the evaluation of talent management programmes.

External doctoral examiner: Northumbria University

Reviewer: Business Ethics, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, book reviews.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Green, T., Swailes, S. and Handley, J. (2017) ‘The significance of unforeseen events in organisational ethnographic inquiryJournal of Organizational Ethnography , 6 (3), pp. 190-203. ISSN 2046-6749

Swailes, S., Handley, J. and Rivers, L. (2017) ‘Talent management : critical perspectives’. In: Human Resource Management: A Global and Critical Perspective. : Palgrave. pp. 279-297. ISBN 978-1137521620


Armitage, P., Bamford, D., Handley, J. and Dehe, B. (2016) ‘Project management assets for competitive advantage: applying RBV to social enterprise’. In: 23rd EurOMA conference, 17th - 22nd June 2016, Trondheim, Norway


Handley, J (2014) ‘Gender, networks and talent management : interim findings of a narrative inquiry’. In: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM) 3rd Workshop on Talent Management, 13th-14th October 2014, Berlin, Germany


Handley, J (2012) Talent management: the construction of talent Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)


Hanaee, J., Handley, J., Rollins, R. and Worsdale, G. (2011) ‘An investigation of the role of leadership in the implementation of TQM in Medical Universities of Iran’. In: Proceedings of the 5th Quality Conference in the Middle East (QC5). Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Middle East Quality Association Harndan Bin Mohammed e-University. pp. 156-164. ISBN 9789948036388


Rollinson, D., Handley, J., Hook, C. and Foot, M. (1997) ‘The Disciplinary Experience and its Effects on Behaviour: An Exploratory StudyWork, Employment & Society , 11 (2), pp. 283-311. ISSN 0950-0170


Rollinson, D., Hook, C., Foot, M. and Handley, J. (1996) ‘Supervisor and manager styles in handling discipline and grievance: Part two - approaches to handling discipline and grievancePersonnel Review , 25 (4), pp. 38-55. ISSN 0048-3486

Hook, C., Rollinson, D., Foot, M. and Handley, J. (1996) ‘Supervisor and manager styles in handling discipline and grievance: Part one - comparing styles in handling discipline and grievancePersonnel review , 25 (3), pp. 20-34. ISSN 0048-3486


Handley, J (1994) ‘Women, Decision Making and Academia: An Unholy AllianceWomen in Management Review , 9 (3), pp. 11-16. ISSN 0964-9425


In her capacity as a member of the Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee, Janet has been a reviewer of submissions and has Chaired conference tracks annually since the conference’s inception in 2012 in addition to being a member of the editorial team for Chartered ABS ‘Thought Pieces’ since 2016.

Janet was also a member of the University’s Teaching and Learning Conference Steering Group 2012-2014 and was Chair of the paper Review Panel for both the 2012 and 2014 conferences.

She was External Examiner for the following Doctorate in 2010: Powell, L: Cultural Intelligence: what is it and can it be developed during international education? DBA, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.

Research Degree Supervision

Completed supervision (PhD):

  • Hanee, J. : “Investigation of TQM implementation in medical sciences universities of Iran” (2011; second supervisor)
  • Green, T: An ethnographic study of the culture of cleaning (2014; second supervisor)

Current supervisions (PhD):

  • Adebola, S.: Talent Management Identification and Selection in the UK Private Sector (2012-present).
  • Ayetuoma, O.: The Identification of Talent: Case Studies from UK Public and Private Sectors HRM (2012-present).

Enterprise Activities

Janet leads the Department’s Advisory Committee, comprised of external members from organisations in the public, private and third sectors. She is Deputy Chair of the Department’s Partners in HR network, launched in 2016 in partnership with local and regional private, public and third sector organisations.

Janet has been involved in management and staff development partnerships with several employers, notably the NHS, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Mail Group and a number of local organisations.

Janet is Chair of The Business School NHS Strategic Health Authority Steering Group. This is an inter-School and employer steering group.

Work with Royal Mail Group (RMG). The Department won a tender (against 14 other institutions) to develop and deliver an FD in HRM for Royal Mail Group.

Member, Barnsley 14-19 Diploma Consortium

Administrative Responsibilities

Janet has been involved in both internal and external validation (quality assurance) events, both as internal Chair (of, for example, University Subject Reviews and University validation events) and also External panel member or Chair at validation events at other HE Institutions. She has also been an External Examiner at several UK Universities in addition to School Governor for 3 years.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Janet’s teaching is across undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and doctoral levels.

She supervises PhD and DBA students, teaches research methods on the MBA course and supervises MBA dissertations. She is also module leader for ‘People, Management and Business’ on undergraduate programmes and has taught across the spectrum of the Department’s provision.