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    Dr Deborah Callaghan joined Edge Hill University in 2022 as a senior lecturer and programme leader of undergraduate BSc (Hons) programmes in Business & Management, Business & Management plus pathways in marketing, accounting and finance and economics and International Business. She previously worked as a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool and also held previous positions in Edge Hill Business School including programme leader for the part-time Business & Management programme and separately as year head of level 4, 5 and 6.  Deborah completed her PhD in 2019 at the University of Liverpool. She has a particular interest in workplace bullying and harrassment. Her PhD examined the impact of the enactment of anti-bullying interventions in a UK police force. Her research interests include the mismatch between policy and practice and espoused and enacted practice in workplace contexts. Her recent work has examined the impact of organisational spin on employee aspiration;  knowledge transfer in multinational enterprises, corporate citizenship in family-owned businesses, and entrepreneurial marketing responses in biased consumer markets. The central focus of her research interest is concerned with policy and practice gaps and how they impact on the employer/employee relationship at work.

    Recent Publications

    Ahmed, F., Callaghan, D. & Arslan, A. (2023) A Multilevel Conceptual Framework on green practices: Transforming policies into actionable leadership and employee behavior, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Available online.

    Callaghan, D. & Collins, H. (2023) “If only these conversations had happened in induction.” Influencing employee aspiration with action learning-led inductions in the Big Four, Employee Relations, DOI 10.1108/ER-03-2023-0120.

    Gölgeci, I., Arslan, A., Kentosova, V., Callaghan, D. & Pereira, V. (2023) The Role of Marketing Agility and Risk Propensity in Survival of Eastern European Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Denmark, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, 10.1108/IJEBR-03-2022-0214.

    Arslan, A., Hurmelinna-Laukkanen, P., Haapanen, L. & Callaghan, D. (2022), Antecedents and Influences of Corporate Citizenship: Case study of a Finnish family firm, In, C. Seaman et al., (Eds) Corporate Citizenship and Family Business, Elgar Publishing

    Leposky, T.,Arslan, A., Gölgeci, I. & Callaghan, D. (2022) Absorptive Capacity, Value Creation and New Service Development in Multinational Enterprises: The Role of Knowledge Flows Between Customers, Subsidiaries and Headquarters, In, Z.Khan et al., (Eds) Research Handbook of Knowledge Transfer and International Business, Elgar Publishing.

    Recent Conference Presentations

    2022 UFHRD Sheffield University June – Paper presentation - Callaghan, D. & Collins, H.  The use of action learning to avoid contagious spin in recruitment and induction in the Big Four accountancy firms.

    Research Interests

    Workplace bullying and harrassment 

    Injustice at work

    Labour force challenges

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Human Resource Management 

    Learning & Development


    I teach across a broad range of business related subject areas from level 4 to level 7, with a specialism in HRM.

    I gained broader teaching experience in teaching:- Level 4 Organisational Behaviour, level 4 Economics, and level 4 Information Management, Level 5 Global Corporate Social Responsibility, level 5 Research Methods, Level 6 International Business, level 6 Business Strategy, level 6 Strategic HRM, level 6 Dissertation, Level 7 Competitive HRM, level 7 Dissertation

    Programme Leadership (current) 

    Programme leader for BSc (Hons) Business & Management

    Programme leader for BSc (Hons) Business & Management with Marketing

    Programme leader for BSc (Hons) Business & Management with Accounting and Finance

    Programme leader for BSc (Hons) Business & Economics

    Programme leader for BSc (Hons) International Business 

    Module Leadership (current)

    Module leader BUS 2018 Managing the Human Resource

    Module leader BUS 2026 Global Coroprate Social Responsibility

    Module leader BUS 3036 Strategic Human Resource Management   

    PGR Supervision

    Joan Saunders-Reece: Who makes the rules? An exploratory study of organisational culture and its impact on command and control protocols in London Underground during a crisis.


    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (from 2012). 

    Member of the International Association of Workplace Bullying and Harassment (from 2010)

    Member of the Chartered Management Institute (from 2016)

    Member of the Public Administration Committee (from 2015 - 2020).

    Graduate of the Aurora programme (from 2017).

    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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

    Other positions

    External Validation Panel Member, University of Lincoln

    Oct 20202020

    Lead External Examiner , Northumbria University

    1 Aug 201931 Dec 2023

    External Validation panel member , University of Liverpool



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