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Dr Gregory Allen

Head of School: School of Management (SoM)
Faculty of Business and Law
Areas of Expertise:
Business, management and leadership , Human Resources Management , Organisational Behaviour , Research methodology , Work engagement , Work-life balance
Research Supervision:
Gregory Allen is a Sociologist and Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour specialising in cross-cultural management, workplace diversity, leadership and critical management studies. Gregory Allen
Gregory's PhD explored a postcolonial perspective to the representation of Polish host-country nationals by western expatriate managers - a topic on which he has had academic and industry articles published. Gregory's approach to teaching business and management studies is interactive and engaging, encouraging discussion and debate. He encourages his students to adopt a critical perspective and question the predominant paradigms in the field in an attempt to find innovative and hybrid approaches to contemporary challenges.
Research interests
  • Workplace diversity
  • Critical management studies
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Critical leadership studies
  • Postcolonial perspectives on work
  • The future of work
Areas of research supervision
  • The use of HRM systems in the airline industry
  • Innovative HRM practices in the Nigerian oil industry

MA HR Management & MBA

  • Contemporary issues in HRM
  • Leadership and change
  • Global human resource management
  • Organisational psychology in a social context
  • Major project (dissertation) supervision
  • Research methods

BSc (Hons) Business Management

  • Employment relations
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Developing professional practice using information in HR
  • International and comparative HRM
  • Major project (dissertation) supervision
  • Research methods
  • PhD, University of Bolton
  • PG Certificate in Business Research Methods, University of Central Lancashire
  • MA Sociology, Lancaster University
  • BSc Geography, University of Winnipeg
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Sociological Association
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Principal investigator on a Research England funded project researching the under-representation of women in the construction and green environment sectors
Selected recent publications
Journal Articles
  • Allen, G. and Campbell, R., 2020. Sucking Stones: Absurdity, Paradox and Quantifying the Unquantifiable in Cross Cultural Management Studies. ephemera journal, 20(3), pp. 187-201. , 2020
  • Allen, G., 2018. Skewed Integration: The Negative Representation of Poles by Expatriate Managers. Journal of Economic and Social Development, 4(3), pp. 84-91. , 2018
  • Allen, G., 2016. Post Colonialism in Poland: New Markets, New Opportunities and New Cultural Imperialism. Journal of Management and Financial Sciences, 9(23), pp. 55-77. , 2016
Book Chapters
  • Allen, G., 2017. Square Pegs into Round Holes: The contemporary (mis)use of postcolonial theory in Poland and an alternative. In: M. Martynuska and E. Rokosz-Piejko, eds, New Developments in Postcolonial Studies. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing. , 2017
  • Allen, G., 2015. Poland - Culture Smart 2 edn. London: Kuperard Publishing. , 2015