Portrait of Professor Stephen Swailes Professor Stephen Swailes

s.swailes@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472857


Position: Professor of Human Resource Management, Department of Management
Qualifications: BSc, DMS, MBA, MPhil, PhD, AcFCIPD, FHEA

Stephen joined The Business School in 2010 to take up a new post as Professor of Human Resource Management. Initially graduating in chemistry, he worked on a range of scientific and technical projects in water treatment and manufacturing before completing postgraduate qualifications in management. After moving into the university sector he was awarded a Ph.D (Leicester) for research on the organizational commitment of professional employees. Before moving to Huddersfield he was Director of the full time MBA programme at the University of Hull. As Director of Research in The Business School, Stephen led our successful REF2014 submission before taking on a lead role for School accreditation. He is an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Research and Scholarship

Stephen’s research focuses on employee performance in the workplace and explores the nature of organizational commitment, employee behaviour in teams, team performance, and the design and effectiveness of talent management strategies. Stephen also has interests in the effects of Islamic values on management practice which follow from extensive teaching experience in the Gulf and the supervision of Gulf nationals on research degrees. His teaching new focuses on strategic human resource management and the supervision of Masters and PhD students.

Professional membership:

  • Academic Fellow of the CIPD
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Lever, J. and Swailes, S. (2017) ‘Ballet for the Sun King: Power, Talent and Organisation’. In: The Social Organisation of Marketing: a figurational approach. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 143-170. ISBN 9783319515700

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


Swailes, S (2016) ‘The cultural evolution of talent management: a memetic analysisHuman Resource Development Review , 15 (3), pp. 340-358. ISSN 1534-4843

Lever, J. and Swailes, S. (2016) ‘Ballet for the Sun King: power, talent and organisation’. In: 32nd EGOS Colloquium, 7th - 9th July 2016, University of Naples, Italy

Senior, B. and Swailes, S. (2016) Organizational change . : FT Publishing International. ISBN 978-1292063836

Biggs, D., Swailes, S. and Baker, S. (2016) ‘The measurement of worker relations: the development of a three-component scaleLeadership and Organizational Development Journal , 37 (1), pp. 1-16. ISSN 0143-7739

Swailes, S. and Blackburn, M. (2016) ‘Employee reactions to talent pool membershipEmployee Relations , 38 (1), pp. 112-128. ISSN 0142-5455


Lever, J. and Swailes, S. (2015) ‘People and process: at the court of talent management’. In: Figuring organizations: people and processes symposium, 26th November 2015, Dublin, Ireland

Beddoes-Jones, F. and Swailes, S. (2015) ‘Authentic leadership: development of a new three pillar modelStrategic HR Review , 14 (3), pp. 94-99. ISSN 1475-4398


Swailes, S., Downs, Y. and Orr, K. (2014) ‘Conceptualising inclusive talent management: potential, possibilities and practicalitiesHuman Resource Development International , 17 (5), pp. 529-544. ISSN 1367-8868

Armitage, R., Monchuk, L., Bishop, G., Dhingra, K. and Swailes, S. (2014) Promoting Positive Behaviours in Social Housing University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)


Swailes, S (2013) ‘Troubling some assumptions: A response to "The role of perceived organziational justice in shaping the outcomes of talent management: a research agenda"Human Resource Management Review , 23 (4), pp. 354-356. ISSN 1053-4822

Downs, Y. and Swailes, S. (2013) ‘A Capability Approach to talent managementHuman Resource Development International , 16 (3), pp. 267-281. ISSN 1367-8868

Crawley, E., Swailes, S. and Walsh, D. (2013) Introduction to international human resource management . Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-956321-0

Swailes, S (2013) ‘The Ethics of Talent ManagementBusiness Ethics: A European Review , 22 (1), pp. 32-46. ISSN 1467-8608


Swailes, S (2012) ‘The Lost Boys of Wellingborough: Remembering those who fell in the Great WarNorthamptonshire past and present (65), pp. 84-96. ISSN 0140-9131

Swailes, S. and Downs, Y. (2012) Problematising the ‘war for talent’: using Sen’s Capability Approach as a new framework for thinking about talent management Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

Swailes, S., Al Said, L. and Al Fahdi, S. (2012) ‘Localisation policy in Oman: a psychological contracting interpretationInternational journal of public sector management , 25 (5), pp. 357-372. ISSN 0951-3558


Swailes, S (2011) ‘Talent Management and the Talent of Management’. In: Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 04 October 2011, The Business School, University of Huddersfield

Swailes, S. and Al Fahdi, S. (2011) ‘Voluntary turnover in the Omani public sector: an Islamic values perspectiveInternational Journal of Public Administration , 34 (10), pp. 682-692. ISSN 0190-0692


Swailes, S (2010) ‘Medieval Northamptonshire: the 1301 Assessment for a FifteenthNorthamptonshire past and present (63), pp. 7-12. ISSN 0140-9131

Senior, B. and Swailes, S. (2010) Organizational Change . London: FT Prentice Hall. ISBN 9780273716204


Swailes, S. and Woodall, T. (2009) ‘Conceptualising and measuring defensive marketing orientation (DMO): some inaugural thoughts on assessing marketing's place in 'society's doghouse'Journal of Strategic Marketing , 17 (5), pp. 345-364. ISSN 0965-254X


Swailes, S. and Orr, K. (2008) ‘Talent management in the UK: Public/Private Sector Differences and Implications for Reward’. In: Reward Management - facts and trends in Europe. Berlin: PABST. pp. 275-293. ISBN 978-3-89967-479-8


  • External Examiner for DBA and PhD degrees
  • Regular reviewer for leading journals
  • Reviewer of research funding proposals

Research Degree Supervision

Stephen has supervised nine PhD students to completion. He welcomes proposals from prospective students in human resource management and is particularly interested in supervising in the following research areas;

Talent identification and talent management: issues of fairness and equality, talent programme design and evaluation, employee reactions to talent programmes.

Management in the Gulf States: issues of employee commitment, motivation and performance, management development, the effectiveness of human resource management practices, localization (Omanization) and the influence of Islamic work values.

Enterprise Activities

Psychometric analysis of a team role questionnaire.
Teaching in the Gulf states

Administrative Responsibilities

Director of Accreditation
Member of School Management Team

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader for Human Resource Strategy