jean kellie

Dr Jean Kellie


Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Hull University Business School

01482 463337

Jean has extensive teaching experience on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

She has designed and developed curriculum at all levels and has managed full- and part-time Masters programmes, especially MBA.

Jean has a developed a number of accredited corporate programmes for local organisations and this underpins her research interests.


Research Interests

  • Management education

  • Learning and leadership

  • Management development

  • Pedagogical practice

  • Contexts of management learning

  • The social construction of management knowledge

  • Continuing professional development

  • Experiential learning

  • Action learning and discursive constructions of identity

Research groups

  • Organisation, Ethics and Society

  • University Forum for Human Resource Development

  • Action learning; Research and Practice


Kellie J, 'Shifting Boundaries in Work and Learning: HRD and the Case of Corporate Education', Critical HRD: Beyond Orthodoxy, Rigg C, Stewart J, Trehan K (eds), pp 129-144, FT Prentice Hall (2007)

Thursfield D, Kellie J, 'Unitary Practice or Pluralist Empowerment? The Paradoxical Case of Management Development in UK Trade Unions', Personnel Review, vol 42, pp 488-503 (2013)

Kellie J, Henderson E, Milsom B, 'Action Learning and Leadership: a Bottom-Up Approach to 'Best Practice' in ‘Infection Prevention and Control' in a UK NHS Trust’, Public Money and Management, vol 32, No 4, pp 289-297 (2012)

Kellie J, Henderson E, Milsom B, Crawley H, 'An Account of Practice: Leading Change in Tissue Viability Best Practice: an Action Learning Programme for Link Nurse Practitioners', Action Learning Research and Practice, vol 7, pp 213—219 (2010)


Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Management in Organisations, Level 7 (module leader)

  • Employment Relations, Level 7 (module leader)

  • BA Business Management PT Dissertation (module leader)

  • Employment Relations, Level 6 (module leader)

  • Managing in Organisations, Level 7

  • Management and Personal Development, Level 7

  • Research Methods, Level 7

  • Dissertation Supervision, level 7

  • Employee Relations, Level 7

  • Dissertation, Level 6

  • Employee Relations, Level 6

  • Managing Diversity & Equal Opportunity, Level 5

  • Everybody Manages, Skills for the 21st Century, Level 5

Research PhDs

Jean welcomes applications in the areas of critical management studies, discourses of management and leadership, and organisation studies.

Completed PhDs

  • Critical Evaluation of a Psychometric Tool for Leadership Development

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Employee Voice and Patient Safety Issues in the Ghanaian Context

  • Organisation Development in Oman Royal Court Affairs

  • Neo-Liberalism in the HE Context

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons Sociology and Social Anthropology

  • MSc Industrial Sociology

  • Academic member Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

  • PhD Management

External roles

  • 2011, NHS Trust (Hull and East Yorkshire) Leading Change - Best Practice in Tissue Viability, leadership programme design and delivery (two programmes)

  • 2008-2011, NHS Trust (Hull and East Yorkshire) Leading Change - Best Practice in HCAI, leadership programme design and delivery (three programmes)

  • 2007 – ongoing, Wm Jackson Food Group Management Development Programme, design and delivery of management development module

  • 2009, Kimberly-Clark Europe, Development Centre, design and delivery as contribution to talent management initiative

  • 2009, Seven Seas plc, Leadership Development Programme, design and delivery

  • 2009-2010, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Strategic Leaders Programme, design and delivery

  • 2005-2009, Theatrical Management Association and Society of London Theatres, National Management Development Programme, 'Walking the Tightrope'

  • 2003, Andrew Gibson Consulting, appraisal scheme development

  • 2003, Humberside Police, Managing Change case study

  • 2002, North East Lincolnshire Council, design and development of accredited in-company Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies

  • 2002, Lincolnshire County Council, Cultural Services Directorate, design and development of accredited in-company Postgraduate Certificate in Management

  • 2000, North Lincolnshire Council, development of in-company PGCM/DMS

  • 1998–2000, Hull City Vision, Personal Mentor Employee Development

Awards and accolades

Nomination for 'Most Inspiring Teacher', 2016 Hull University Union Student-Led Teaching Awards