Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

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Dr Heather Jane Short

  • Qualifications: PhD University of Portsmouth, 2016; MBA (Distinction)University of Portsmouth, 2013; DMS (Distinction)Portsmouth Polytechnic, 1989.
  • Role Title: Managing Editor, Human Resource Development Quarterly; Lecturer.
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Building Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 023 92 844152
  • Email: heather.short@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School

Biography

In April 2016 I gained my PhD in e-learning in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which used an ethnographic methodology, having been awarded a PBS studentship. This reflects my main research interests of learning, especially e-learning, in businesses, particularly SMEs. 

My PhD continued my distinction-level MBA dissertation research (A Critical Evaluation of Virtual Training in SMEs: a Case Study), based on my experience as an SME owner-manager. My Scholarly Practitioner paper at the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) 2012 Conference was based on this and was short-listed for the Alan Moon Memorial Prize (for the conference's best paper).

I co-chaired the Technology Enhanced Learning at Work stream at the UFHRD 2013 Conference and co-edited a Special Issue of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET) in conjunction with this (editorial - Short, H. J. & Greener, S. L. (2014) Technology Enhanced Learning in the Workplace BJET Volume 45 Number 6). My UFHRD 2013 presentation led to a paper in BJET (Short, H.J. (2014) A Critical Evaluation of the Contribution of Trust to Effective Technology Enhanced Learning in the Workplace: a Literature Review BJET Volume 45 Number 6).

The Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITC) awarded me a scholarship to present my paper (e‐learning in SMEs: Ethnographic Research in Southern England) at UFHRD 2015

I am looking forward to co-leading the Learning in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) stream at the UFHRD 2017 Conference with Prof Mark Saunders. Also Mark Saunders’ and Keith Townsend’s new book (How to keep your research on track: Insights from when things go wrong) will include my chapter (Finding the Truth in Research). 

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently enjoy teaching on the Employability Research and Professional Development (ERPD) and Managing People In Organisations (MAPIO) undergraduate modules and on the Research Methods module on the HRM Masters course. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations and am personal tutor to over 70 undergraduates.

Research

My main research interests include learning, especially e-learning, in businesses, particularly SMEs. I am also interested in research which includes ethnographic methodology and communities of practice.