Dr Ali Rostron

Lecturer, Human Resource Management

I am a full-time lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, and teach and lead modules across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research dissertations.  I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons), Ancient & Modern History (Magdalen College,
  • Oxford) MBA (University of Chester)
  • PhD (University of Chester)

Overview

I am an active researcher and my main area of research is manager identity, investigating the ways in which managers make personal sense of being ‘in between’ those they manage and those they are managed by.  I am also particularly interested in narrative, both as a way of understanding identity, and as a method for researching it.

I have twelve years experience of management in the charity sector and local government and completed my Masters in Business Administration at Chester Business School while still in full-time employment.  I believe strongly in the value of integrating academic theory and empirical research with business and management practice, and in helping students to draw on each to critically and creatively evaluate the other.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Dissertation supervision

Postgraduate

  • Leadership in Action
  • Leading and Managing Ethically
  • Research methods and Preparing for Research Consultancy
  • Dissertation supervision

Research

My research interests include:

  • Identity
  • Narrative
  • The organisational role of managers
  • Public Sector Management

Published work

Rostron, A., Page, S., & Harris, P. (2013) ‘Managing difference? A contemporary workplace perspective on manager identity issues.’ Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Conference.  University of Liverpool.

Rostron, A. (2014). ‘Telling tales, weaving webs: Investigating first-level manager identities through story elicitation’. Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Conference. University of Belfast.

Winner: Best Full Conference Paper, Identity track

Rostron, A. (2014) Imagination, fiction and real life: revitalising the interview in identity studies. Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, pp 315-321. Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.  Reading, UK.

Rostron, A. (2014). ‘The long brown path before me: Story elicitation and analysis in identity studies’. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods 12: 2 pp. 96-106

Rostron, A. (2015) ‘Heroes and Helpers, Victims and Villains: a syntagmatic analysis of manager stories.’  Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Conference. University of Portsmouth.

Rostron, A. (2016) ‘Professional, occupational and manager identity: the role of ‘expert practice’ for being a housing manager’.  Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Conference.  University of Newcastle.

Winner: Best Developmental Paper, Identity Track

Rostron, A. (forthcoming) ‘Rights and wrongs of manager identity: Implications for manager education’. In K. Black, S. Corlett and R. Warhurst (Eds), Identity as a Foundation for HRD. Abingdon, UK: Routledge (expected Summer/Autumn 2017).