Farooq Mughal

Farooq Mughal

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Dr, Director of Studies MSc in HRM and Consulting Programme

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Research interests

My research programme revolves around two interrelated areas of interest:

First, I research issues of power and subjectivity in management education, focusing on the a). internationalization of business schools, b). politics of work and action-based pedagogies for managerial/leadership development, and c). school-to-work transition of young adults within the pre-employment workspace. My recent work in this stream draws attention towards discourses of neoliberalism, globalization and individualization of society which are continuously shaping labour market practices, employment regimes and the domain of public policy.

Second, I operationalize postcolonial and poststructuralist perspectives to study inequality and social reproduction in a changing world of work (esp. the role of business schools in sustaining/promoting inequalities in the workplace through different pedagogic regimes). I argue that inequalities are further exacerbated by discourses of neoliberal capitalism which dominate the labour market making employability and careers challenging - especially for those who are marginalized. My on-going projects in this stream aim to explore how work identities are appropriated and negotiated by individuals at the intersection of social class, gender, and/or religion within the Global South.

Most of my research is interdisciplinary in nature as I work at the intersection of sociological, psychological, and organisational debates while employing a range of methodological and analytical approaches (including reflective diaries, participant observations, interviews, historical and textual inquiry and in some instances longitudinal surveys to support qualitative data analysis). My work has been published in world leading (ABS 4*/3*) journals which include Human Relations, HRMJ, Business History, Management Learning, and the Journal of Business Research. I also serve on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Human Relations, and the Journal of Management Studies.

Teaching interests

My teaching interests and responsibilities include the following:

  • MN10071/10545 Organisational Behaviour (GAU);
  • MN10005 People and Organisations 2 (BBA);
  • MN50513 Consulting: Context, Theory and Practice (MSc);
  • MN50515 Dissertation Supervision (MSc); 

Other responsibilities

  • Director of Studies, MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting [2020 → 
  • EDI Member, Climate Action Advisory Group, University of Bath [2021 → 
  • Member, Race Equality Taskforce, University of Bath [2021 → 
  • Member, Board of Studies, School of Management, University of Bath [2020 → 
  • Member, PGT Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC), School of Management, University of Bath [2020 → 
  • Member, DoS-DoT Forum, University of Bath [2020 → 

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am currently supervising the following doctoral researchers:

  1. Melissa Treen (School of Management, University of Bath);
  2. Roxi Sweeney (School of Management, University of Bath);

I welcome proposals that take an interdisciplinary perspective in the following areas:

  • management learning and education, business schools, and the school-to-work transition of young people;
  • employability, careers and well-being at work;
  • leadership, institutionalization and social change;
  • globalization, growth and cultural resilience;
  • gender, inequality and social justice;

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Human Resource Management, Master of Business Administration, Greenwich University

HRD and Consulting, Master of Arts, Lancaster University

Management Learning and Leadership, Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University

External positions

Editorial Board, Journal of Management Studies, Society for the Advancement of Management Studies

1 Jan 2021 → …

Editorial Board, Human Relations

9 Oct 2020 → …

Editorial Board, Academy of Management Learning & Education (AMLE) Journal, Academy of Management

1 Jul 2020 → …

External Examiner, Cranfield University

20 Apr 2020 → …

External Examiner, University of Liverpool

6 Feb 2020 → …

Editorial Board, Action Learning: Research & Practice

15 Jan 2019 → …


  • Identity
  • Leadership Development
  • Organisational Learning
  • Work-Family
  • Knowledge Management
  • Sensemaking
  • Management Education
  • Globalization
  • Business Schools


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