Dr Denise Thursfield

Senior Lecturer, Organisational Behaviour and HRM/ Programme Leader, MSc HRM (Full-Time)

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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Denise Thursfield has teaching and research interests in the areas of critical and labour process approaches to HRM.

Her research has focused on areas such as the internal management of trade unions, critical approaches to teamworking and performance management and human resource development.

Denise has published in journals such as Management Learning, Work Employment and Society, Employee Relations, the International Journal of Human Resource Management and Personnel Review.


Research Interests

  • The internal management of trade unions

  • Critical approaches to teamworking

  • Performance management

  • Human resource development.


Alharbi, S., Thursfield, D. and Bright, D. (2016) 'Culture, Wasta and perceptions of performance appraisal in Saudi Arabia', International Journal of Human Resource Management

Thursfield, D. and Grayley, K. (2016) 'Exploring performance management in four UK trade unions', Employee Relations, 38(5) 789 – 804

Thursfield, D. (2015) 'Resistance to Teamworking in a UK Research and Development Laboratory', Work, Employment and Society, 29(6) 989 - 1006

Thursfield, D. (2012) 'The Social Construction of Professionalism in a UK Trade Union', Work, Employment and Society, 26(1) 128-144

Thursfield, D and Kellie, J (2013) 'Unitary practice or pluralist emplowerment: the paradoxical case of management development in UK trade unions', Personnel Review, 42(4) 488-504

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Human Resource Management (MBus)

  • HRM in Context (MSc HRM)

  • Human Resource Management (MBA)

  • Philosophical Issues in Business and Management (PGT)

Research PhDs

Denise is currently supervising PhD students in the areas of employee engagement, women in business in Saudi Arabia and organisational change. She is interested in applications in critical HRM.

Completed PhDs

  • Saggaf Alaidarous, Motivation in the general authority of civil aviation in Saudi Arabia and its effect on job performance

  • Abdullah Al-Wehabie, Motivation of banks employees in different social and cultural contexts

  • Saleh Al-Harbi, A relationship between fairness and job satisfaction within performance appraisal

  • Bryel Parnell Berry, Ethical Decision making in English local authorities

  • Bridget Freer, Implications and Consequences: How can learning from use of a psychometric tool inform other HRD interventions?

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Maher Gasim, The effect of prolonged Privatisation process on employees; the case of Saudi Arabian Airlines

  • Nailah Gadi, The impact of digital technology on women's employment is Saudi Arabia

  • Idongesit Tetenji, Employee Engagement in the Nigerian Oil Industry

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Social Policy and Administration (1st Class). Leeds Metropolitan University (1994)

  • MA Social Policy, University of York (1995)

  • PhD Industrial Sociology, University of Leeds (1999)

External roles

  • External Examiner, University of Manchester.