Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth

Associate Professor of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour

Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth

Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth

Course Director, MSc International Human Resource Management
Senior Fellow, UK HEA
Academic Fellow, Chartered Institute Personnel and Development
Leadership Organisations and Behaviour
By area: Human Resource Management, Personal Development and Management Learning and Development
By industry: Cross Sector
By geography: International Human Resource Management involving Cross-country Comparisons
Greenlands AB2
+44 (0) 1491 418895


Elizabeth works across Henley Business School in the areas of Organisational Behaviour, Personal Development and Coaching and Human Resource Management. She teaches on MBA and Corporate programmes at Greenlands Campus as well as on Masters programmes at the University's Whiteknights Campus. She is an ICF approved tutor in coaching and is a member of the British Academy of Management's Special Interest Group in Knowledge Management and Learning. Her research focuses mainly on management learning, recent studies have included a comparative analysis of MBA students and their career outcomes. Elizabeth serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Management Education.

Programme Delivery

Elizabeth is Academic Director for MSc in International Human Resource Management. She secured CIPD accreditation for this MSc programme and oversees the ongoing relationship with the professional body. In addition to teaching HRM modules Elizabeth also teaches managing transformation, personal development and coaching.



Houldsworth, E., McBain, R. and Brewster, C. (2019) 'One MBA'? How context impacts the development of post-MBA career outcomes. European Management Journal. ISSN 0263-2373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2019.01.001 (In Press)

Houldsworth, L. and Machin, S. (2008) Leadership team performance management: the case of BELRON. Team Performance Management, 14 (3/4). pp. 118-133. ISSN 1352-7592 doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/13527590810883406 (special issue 'The relationship of strategic performance management to team strategy, company performance and organizational effectiveness')

Houldsworth, L. and Alexander, G. G. (2005) Inter-organisational collaboration for the digital economy. Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, 20 (4-5). pp. 211-217. ISSN 0885-8624 doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/08858620510603882 (special issue 'Doing business in a digital world')

Book or Report Sections:

Houldsworth, L., Brewster, C. and McBain, R. (2020) How an MBA contributes to the unfolding of careers: a comparative analysis. In: Premarajan, R. K., Forrier, A. and Arthur, M. B. (eds.) Career Dynamics in a Global World. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781789901498

Houldsworth, E., McBain, R. and Brewster, C. (2019) The MBA and reported career success: a study of the differences reported by gender. In: Lopez-Cabrales, A. and Valle Cabrera, R. (eds.) Human Resource Management at the Crossroads: Challenges and Future Directions. Cambridge Scholars. ISBN 9781527537224

Houldsworth, L. (2014) Performance management. In: Cooper, C. (ed.) Human resource management. Wiley encyclopedia of management, 5. Wiley, pp. 224-226. ISBN 9781119972518

Houldsworth, L. and Burkinshaw, S. (2008) Taking a human resource management perspective. In: Thorpe, R. and Holloway, J. (eds.) Performace management: multidisciplinary perspectives. Palgrave, Macmillan. ISBN 9781403947611


DeFour-Babb, J. and Houldsworth, L. (2016) Understanding how I became: exploring leadership self-identity development from the perspective of retirement. In: Academy of Management Conference, 5-9 Aug 2016, Anaheim. (Unpublished)

Houldsworth, L. and Brewster, C. (2016) The importance of context: comparative HRM and employee performance management. In: Performance Management Association, 26-29 June 2016, Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

Houldsworth, L., McBain, R. and Brewster, C. (2016) Do MBAs develop global managers? A comparative analysis of career choices and outcomes post MBA. In: Academy of Management Conference, 5-9 Aug 2016, Anaheim. doi: https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2016.11611abstract (Unpublished)


Brewster, C., Houldsworth, E., Sparrow, P. and Vernon, G. (2016) International human resource management. 4th Edition. CIPD. ISBN 9781843983750

Houldsworth, L. and Jirasinghe, D. (2006) Managing and measuring employee performance. Kogan Page, London, pp240. ISBN 9780749444778

Consulting and Outreach

Elizabeth is a regular contributor to corporate programmes and forums. Prior to joining academia she worked with the Hay Group in a consulting role, with a specialism in the area of performance management.