Irene Grugulis is professor of employment studies at the Durham Business School in the United Kingdom.
Here's how Grugulis describes her research: "My principal research interests lie in the (broadly constituted) area of skills, particularly the way that organisations attempt to shape their employees and the impact and implications of this for the employees themselves. The notion of a partial coincidence of interest between employer and employee is central to much industrial relations writing but has been largely neglected in the more prescriptive human resource development literature. I have tried to remedy this omission, in ways that may not only provide a more robust basis for understanding current training initiatives but might also facilitate the design of future ones."
Grugulis is the author of the 2007 book Skills, Training and Human Resource Development: a critical text.
At the Durham Business School, she is a member of the Critical Studies Group: "Members of the group share a common interest in developing research that uses a variety of critical theories to challenge conventional business thinking. For us, traditional accounts of business life tend to play down issues like power, control, cultural representations of business, environmentalism, identity, gender, agency and voice." Read more>
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