Dr Sara Nadin
Lecturer in HRM
Sara Nadin is a lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour and joined the Management School in September 2008. Sara´s background is in Work Psychology and Organisational Behaviour, having gained her MSc in Occupational Psychology from the Institute of Work Psychology. Working as a Research Associate on several projects funded by ERDF and ESRC she developed her interests in HRM, Change Management, and Innovation in a small firm context. The psychological contract in the context of small firms was the focus of her PhD which she obtained from the University of Sheffield in 2004. Sara has previously been employed as a lecturer at Bradford University Management School and Leeds University Business School.
Sara´s research interests include:
• Small Business and entrepreneurship with a specific focus on employment relations, HRM and the psychological contract;
• The informal economy and informal entrepreneurship;
• Social enterprise and alternative organisations;
• Change management and innovation;
• Flexible working and the psychological contract;
• Qualitative research methods.
Sara is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of the psychological contract, HRM & small firms, entrepreneurship (formal and informal) & the informal economy.
- Funder: Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund (RAKE)
Description: Making the transition from informal to formal enterprise: barriers and policy solutions
Time period: 2010 – 2012
Co-researchers: Prof Colin Williams (Sheffield) and Aaron Barbour (Community Links)
- Funder: Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Description: Urban agriculture as an integrative factor of climate-optimised urban development in Morocco
Time period: 2010 – 2011
Co-researchers: Prof Colin Williams and Dr Peter Rodgers (Sheffield)
Teaching and learning
Sara is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher whose key aim in the learning environment is to bring topics ‘alive’ for students. This is done through a research led approach to teaching, drawing upon her own research and that of her colleagues, as well as using contemporary research in the relevant field. Encouraging a critical approach to learning, Sara encourages her students to challenge orthodox assumptions relating to the world of work, urging them to explore the relevance of different theories, models and research in terms of their own lived experience and those around them. Sara has delivered a range of different modules since being in Sheffield and she is currently module leader for MGT 219 Organisational Behaviour and MGT 226 Human Resource Management. She is also experienced in delivering modules on Change Management and Qualitative Research Methods. Sara has recently take over as programme director for the Executive MBA and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of a stimulating and enriching learning experience to mature professionals from a variety of backgrounds.
As well as her teaching responsibilities Sara runs the Research Methods & Research Practice seminar group and is a member of CREED.