Staff profile

Dr Amanda Lee

Senior Lecturer in Business & Management

Amanda Lee smiling


Human Resource Management


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Senior Lecturer in Business & Management, within the discipline areas of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Behaviour (OB). I lead and teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and programmes within the Business School and supervise students through to doctoral level.

I am a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I sit on the Business School Research Ethics Committee and am a member of the Business and Management Research Cluster. I have been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham and previously an External Assessor at the Open University.

Prior to a career in academia, I worked for many years as an HRM practitioner in the NHS, construction and retail sectors.

Teaching responsibilities

I predominantly lead and teach on modules and programmes at Postgraduate level, including: Independent Study Research Methods and Dissertation; CIPD level 7 accredited modules; and Communicating your Research on the DBA programme. I also lead and teach on a final year undergraduate module, Contemporary Issues in HRM.

Professional interests

I am an active member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and Co-Chair of the BAM Research Methodology Special Interest Group.

Director of the John Taylor MAT. 

Research interests

My research interests include human and organisational impacts of remote and hybrid working, managerial control and surveillance, the changing nature of professional and academic identities, ethnography and qualitative research methodologies.

I am currently part of the academic team for a Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. I have successfully delivered funded projects including 'Investigating comparative analyses of Human Resource Development across the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe (Coventry University) and research into sustainability/low-carbon skills training (University of Derby).

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I have presented papers at the British Academy of Management Annual Conferences, the International Labour Process Conference and the Critical Management Studies International Conference. Topics have included: the affects and implications of remote working practices; control and surveillance of working practices; the changing nature of professional and academic identity; early career researcher development; ethnographic and qualitative research methodologies.

I received the British Academy of Management (BAM) Best Development Paper Award for my paper ‘Location independent working: An ethnographic study’. Presented at the BAM Annual Conference, Warwick Business School, September 2017.

Experience in industry

I began my HR professional career in the National Health Service, working within South East Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Health Authorities. Following this, I moved into HR management roles within the private sector. Firstly, in a large Midlands-based construction company and finally, in a national retail department store chain. Since 2012 I have been a director of John Taylor MAT, where I provide HR support and guidance and am directly involved with recruitment, selection and performance management of senior staff, and sit on disciplinary and appeals panels. I am Chair of the John Taylor MAT Audit & Compliance Committee.

International experience

I have delivered modules on a MA in Human Resource Management Course to Emirates Airline Staff studying at the Aviation College in Dubai.

Recent publications

Find out more on my Academia and ORCID profiles.