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Rachel is an Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour and HRM and member of the Employment Systems and Institutions group within Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. Her research interests revolve around the employee experience of work and organisational processes and practices for sustainable change and social value - including wellbeing, climate goals and value-aware management.
Rachel is a qualitative research expert and has undertaken research for the UK What Works Centre for Wellbeing at Work, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC). She has published in journals such as Work and Stress and the British Journal of Management, is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and has won research awards from the Academy of Management and British Academy of Management.
Rachel's teaching specialisms are Organisational Development and Management Consultancy at undergraduate and MBA levels; including mentoring Executive MBA students on live internaltional management consultancy projects in Athens and Prague. Rachel is active in translating research into practice and in Executive Education. Prior to academia, Rachel spent over 15 years as a management consultant specialising in organisational change including 8 years with international consultancy practice EY.
Key Research Interests
My research interests centre on the interplay between employees and their work context, on the ways they go about their work. Of particluar interest are the dynamics and processes around behaviour and change, within organisations and on employees who work accross organisations.
Disability Liaison Officer, Norwich Business School (cover for study leave) 2019-2020
Member of Norwich Business School Equality and Diversity Panel 2019-
Member of the Norwch Business School Athena Swan Panel, 2017-2018
Member of the UEA wide Research Staff Working Group, 2014-2017
Member of NBS Research and Enterprise Executive, 2015-2017
Management consultancy mentoring of live international management consultancy projects (Executive MBA)
Module Leader: The Dynamic Organisation: Practicing Organisation Development (3rd year U/G)
2022 – ongoing Associate Professor, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia
2017 – 2022 Lecturer, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia
2015 – 2017 Senior Research Associate, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia
2012 – 2014 Research Associate, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia
1998 – 2008 Management Consultant, Change Capgemini Ernst & Young, London.
Specialist in implementation and people aspects of change, change implementation and management, process re-design etc. for international and FTSE 250 clients
Doctor of Philosophy
Award Date: 1 Dec 2017
Master of Business Administration, Cranfield University
Award Date: 1 Jan 1998
Bachelor of Science, Open University
Award Date: 1 Jan 1993
Visiting scholar on the CLAHRC Research Fellowship Programme, NIHR CLAHRC - East of England
1 Oct 2015 → …
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Work, Learning and Wellbeing
Daniels, K., Bryan, M., Connolly, S., Hooper, L., Longhi, S., Mitchell, I., Nandi, A., Nayani, R., Nielsen, K., Ogbonnaya, N., Robinson-Pant, A., Song, F., Street, J., Thomas, G., Tregaskis, O., Unger, D., Watson, D., Fitzhugh, H., Hogg, M. & Watson, D.
Economic and Social Research Council
1/06/15 → 31/08/21
Out of Sight and Out of Mind? OSH for Distributed Workers
Nielsen, K., Daniels, K. & Nayani, R.
Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
1/01/15 → 30/09/16
Job Crafting and the functioning of inter-organisational networks
1/04/14 → 31/05/15
Examining job crafting in inter-organisational contexts: a pilot study of research methods
6/02/14 → 5/02/15
Organisational Change towards Sustainability: From Ambition to Impact through mindsets and communities of practiceTregaskis, O., Graham, J., Baric, M., Harvey, V., Maguire, D., Michaelides, G., Nayani, R. & Watson, D., 30 Aug 2023, Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development in Organizations. Di Fabio, A. & Cooper, C. (eds.). Routledge, (Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development in Organizations).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Sustainable return to work for workers with mental health and musculoskeletal conditionsEtuknwa, A., Daniels, K., Nayani, R. & Eib, C., Jan 2023, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 20, 2, 1057.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Downloads (Pure)
Achieving Sustainable Workplace WellbeingDaniels, K., Tregaskis, O., Nayani, R. & Watson, D., 8 Jul 2022, Springer. 249 p. (Aligning Perspectives on Health, Safety and Well-Being)
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Authenticity in the pursuit of mutuality during crisisNayani, R., Baric, M., Patey, J., Fitzhugh, H., Watson, D., Tregaskis, O. & Daniels, K., Jul 2022, In: British Journal of Management. 33, 3, p. 1144-1162 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)15 Downloads (Pure)
Case Study Evidence: Do You Really Care About Your Staff’s Happiness? How Organisations Balance Wellbeing and Performance During a Crisis, BriefingPatey, J., Fitzhugh, H., Watson, D., Nayani, R., Baric, M., Tregaskis, O., Daniels, K. & Soffia, M., 2022, (Accepted/In press) What Works Wellbeing.
Research output: Book/Report › Other report