Dr Ann Parkinson

Associate Professor

Dr Ann Parkinson

Dr Ann Parkinson

Senior Tutor for Post Experience Post Graduate Programmes
Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
By area: Strategic people issues, managing the employment relationship, performance management, career and management/leadership development, managing change, emotions at work, qualitative research methods
By industry: Telecommunications, SMEs, Professional Services and Not for Profit
Greenlands campus
ann.parkinson@henley.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1491 414562

Biography

Ann Parkinson has been associated with Henley for some twenty five years, after a corporate and consulting career. This has involved teaching, supervising and mentoring MBA and DBA programme members amongst other related activities. Currently Ann is the senior tutor for post experience, post graduate programmes and teaches people and organisational behaviour elements of the MBA, MSc in International HRM and the BA in Applied Management. Her academic interests come from practitioner experience working in change management and HR strategy in a large plc, her own research in this area and employee engagement. Much of her consultancy experience has been spent in Central Europe in the massive changes during the 1990s. 

Doctoral research area: the psychological contract and the changing nature of the employment relationship

Current research interests: the impact of context on the role of HR, employee engagement and workplace relationships

Business interests include people management and personal development in widest sense, working with organisations and individuals to develop their full potential through people. Ann has also been a Director of a small pottery company for many years since working and teaching ceramics in her early career.

Programme Delivery

As well as teaching Managing People on the MBA, Ann is module convener for the new degree apprenticeship module on Organisations and People, as well as Managing Transformation module for MSc in International HRM. Ann also supervises doctoral candidates on both the PhD and DBA programmes.

Academic Activity

White Papers:

Parkinson, A., McBain R. and Holley, N. (2011), HR after the Recession, Research report for HR Centre of Excellence Parkinson,

Doyle, A., Holley, N., McBain R. and Parkinson, A. (2009), HR and the Recession research, research report for HR Centre of Excellence

Holley, N., McBain, R. and Parkinson, A. (2008), Employee engagement phase 2 - report for HR Centre of Excellence Research Higgs, M., McBain, R., Parkinson A. and Hender J. (2008) Managing the 21st Century Workforce, Research Project Report by Henley Management College for Rialto Consultancy Ltd.

Book chapters:

McBain, R. and Parkinson, A. (2017) Placing relationships in the foreground: the role of workplace friendships in engagement, in Zerbe, W.J., Härtel, C.E.J., Ashkanasy, N. and Petitta, L. Emotions and Identity (Research on Emotions in Organizations, Volume 13) Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Parkinson, A. and McBain, R. (2013) Putting the emotion back: exploring the role of emotion in disengagement. In: Zerbe, W.J., Ashkanasy, N.M. and Hartel, C.E.J. (eds.) Individual Sources, Dynamics, and Expressions of Emotion. Research on Emotion in Organisations, 9. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 69-85.

Parkinson, A, 2011, Change and the Individual: expectations and triggers, in Managing Change: The theory and practice of strategic change; making sense of how to make effective change. Colin Carnall (ed.): Henry Stewart Talks.

Parkinson, A. (2004) Whose life is it anyway: managing the psychological contract, in Coglan D., Dromgoole, T., Joynt P. and Sorensen, P., (eds), Managers Learning in Action, Routledge.

Cox, P. and Parkinson, A. (2002) Values and their Impact on the Changing Employment Relationship, in Employee Relations, (2nd edition) Hollinshead, G., Nicholls, P. and Tailby, S., Financial Times Management.

Parkinson, A. (1999) Sustaining Constructive Relationships, in The Global HR Manager, Joynt, P. and Morton, R., (eds), IPD Books.

Conferences:

McBain, R. and Parkinson, A. (2017), Exploring the emotional undercurrents: the role of workplace relationships, paper accepted for ANZAM 2017, Melbourne, December. 

Parkinson, A. and McBain, R. (2017), Avoiding Lives of Quiet Desperation: the Role of Workplace Friendships in Disengagement. Paper presented at BAM2017, Warwick, September. 

Plimmer, G. and Parkinson, A. (2016), Path dependence and the marginalisation of HR: Patterns of transformation and rigidity, interactive paper presented at ANZAM, Brisbane, December.

Parkinson, A. and Plimmer, G. (2016), At the top table: lessons of success from HR executives who have made it, discussion paper presented at BAM, Newcastle, September.

McBain, R. and Parkinson A. (2016), Placing relationships in the foreground: the role of workplace friendships in engagement, Emonet X, Rome, July.

Parkinson A. and Plimmer G. (2015), “I didn’t have a traditional career trajectory’: the route to credibility in the HR profession. Competitive paper presented at ANZAM, Queenstown, December.

Parkinson, A. and Plimmer, G. (2015), What’s in a name: breaking free from path dependence and the marginalisation of HR, proceedings of British Academy of Management conference 2015, Portsmouth.

Parkinson, A. and Plimmer, G. (2015), ‘I didn’t have a traditional career trajectory …’: the route to credibility in the HR profession. Proceedings of Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management conference 2015, Queenstown.

Parkinson, A. (2014), Navigating the undercurrents:  the role of HR in redressing the dark side of engagement, proceedings of British Academy of Management HR SIG Workshop, 2014, Manchester.

Glaister, A.J. and Parkinson, A. (2013), HR Transformation or Path Rigidity, proceedings of British Academy of Management conference 2013, Liverpool.

Parkinson, A. (2012), We need to talk about HR: the legacy of the past for HR, proceedings of British Academy of Management 2011, Cardiff Business School.

Parkinson, A. and McBain R. (2012), Putting the emotion back: exploring its role in the process of disengagement, Emonet VIII, Emotions in Organisations Conference, Helsinki.

Parkinson, A. (2012), Phoney wars and false dawns: the experience of recession and recovery in driving HR activity, British Academy of Management Human Resources SIG Workshop: Cranfield School of Management, UK.

Parkinson, A. and McBain, R. (2011), An exploration of the nature and process of employee disengagement, proceedings of British Academy of Management 2011, Aston Business School.

Parkinson, A. and McBain, R. (2010), HR and the Recession, proceedings of British Academy of Management 2010.

Parkinson, A. and Hender J. (2008), Making A Difference: Emotions And Engagement At Work, paper presented at EMONET VI Emotions in Organizations Conference, INSEAD - Fontainebleau, France, 17 - 19 July.

Parkinson, A. and McBain, R. (2008), Making a difference: The Role of the Line Manager in the Process of Engagement and Disengagement, proceedings of British Academy of Management, September 08.

Research supervision:

John Bedker II,  Identity Economics and the Psychological Contract.

Corporate Activity

Recent projects have included work with the HR Centre of Excellence and its clients, Rialto Consultancy on Employee Engagement, QinetiQ Graduate Programme, Land Registry Future Leaders Programme.