Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

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Dr Yi-Ling Lai

  • Qualifications: PhD Occupational Psychology, University of Surrey (Oct 2010 – Jan 2015) MA HRD and Consulting, Lancaster University (Sep 2009 – Sep 2010) Graduate Membership of Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), U.K. (2005)
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844198
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  • Department: Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I joined Portsmouth Business School as a Lecturer in Organisation Studies & Human Resource Management in January 2016. I completed my PhD in Occupational Psychology in University of Surrey and MA in HRD and Consulting in Lancaster University before joining PBS. I also had several years’ consultancy experience in talent management and leadership development in a global management consulting firm. 


My research interest mainly focuses on HRD strategies and talent management, particularly how to enhance motivation and positive behavioural change through organisational learning activities and leadership development. I was fascinated by coaching methodology which focuses on personal growth and change through a facilitation and open-dialogue process. My doctoral research identified and examined attributes / behavioural indicators for coaching practitioners to enhance coaching relationship and outcomes. I am interested in applying coaching interventions to leadership and positive behavioural change in the organisations toward business performance improvement.



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