Jan’s research interests stem from her practice experience, and her doctoral research and include: individuals and organisational learning; social change leadership and sensemaking; member-based and member owned organisations; and participatory mechanisms in and between organisations, particularly in relation to place-based strategic policy contexts.
Jan’s doctoral research, undertaken with chief executives from third sector infrastructure organisations, aimed to describe and explain how these CEOs make sense of what they do. More specifically, to consider how concepts of self, Image and identity influence CEO thinking and capacity for action; how CEOs construct the concept of leadership and what effective leadership looks like for their sector; and how they manage, learn and enhance their practice.
While at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Jan contributed to a SSHRC funded Canada wide research project - the Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network, and was responsible for mapping and policy analysis, specifically policies and actions that support bridging, bonding, and building between governments and the social economy in Atlantic Canada.
On her return to the UK, Jan joined Cardiff Institute for Co-operative Studies, which as a research centre within a higher education institution aimed to raise the profile of social economic theory, social entrepreneurship and co-operative enterprise among academic colleagues and into mainstream management and business education. Contract research and knowledge transfer projects included: review of the credit union in Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government; mutual solutions for public services (Co-operatives Wales); doctoral studies on co-housing; non-financial social accounting and impact reporting for housing association.
Jan peer reviews for a number of journals/publishers. She was founding associate editor of the International Journal for HRD Practice, Policy & Research (ret. 2019) and has been editor in chief of the Journal of Co-operative Studies since 2014. She has been a recipient of best paper awards, Emerald Literati Awards and the Sam Aaronovitch Prize paper award.
PhD, Human Resource Management30 Jun 2006 - 31 Dec 2099
Fellow (FCMI), Chartered Management Institute (CMI)23 May 2016 -
Chartered Fellow (FCIPD), Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)1 Jul 2012 -