Dr Karen Bilsland
Dr Karen Bilsland

Dr Karen Bilsland

MA (Hons), MRes, PhD, FCMI, FHEA

Lecturer

About

Business School

University of Aberdeen

Room 730, MacRobert Building

King’s College

Aberdeen, AB24 5UA

Biography

Karen graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Business and Management and Geography from the University of Glasgow in 2013. She then went on to complete an MRes degree in Sociology and Research Methods, graduating with Distinction in 2014. Karen received her PhD in Management in 2018 from the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. Her doctoral research involved a comparative study of work practices and employment relations in the UK and Sweden within a multinational retail firm. In February 2019, Karen was awarded the Adam Smith Business School Prize for PhD Excellence, recognising the significance of her thesis and its contribution to knowledge.

Prior to joining the University of Aberdeen Business School in 2018 as a Lecturer in Management, Karen was a Research Assistant in Economic Democracy at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. In 2017, Karen was a Visiting Scholar at the Desautels Faculty of Management at Montreal's McGill University. Karen is an active member of the Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR), and currently sits on the Board of Young Enterprise Grampian.

Karen is also Co-investigator on an interdisciplinary KTP project in collaboration with Dr Andrew Starkey from the School of Engineering, working with oil and gas services firm Motive Offshore Group Ltd. The partnership successfully secured funding from Innovate UK and the Scottish Funding Council in May 2020.

Karen is the Knowledge Transfer Lead for the Business School.

 

Latest Publications

  • The condition of European economic democracy: A comparative analysis of individual and collective employment rights

    Cumbers, A., Bilsland, K., McMaster, R., Cabaço, S., White, M.
    Economic and Industrial Democracy
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • "Let's walk and talk shop": reflecting on the value of walking interviews in labour process research

    Bilsland, K.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Organisational control and autonomy in retail work spaces: evidence from a UK IKEA store

    Bilsland, K., Cumbers, A.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Repairing legitimacy and trustworthiness after a scandal: the case of SNC-Lavalin

    Zyglidopoulos, S. C., Jorgensen, J., Bilsland, K., Siebert, S.
    Contributions to Journals: Conference Articles
  • Managerial control and the limits to employee participation in retail work spaces: evidence from a UK IKEA store

    Bilsland, K., Cumbers, A.
    New Technology, Work and Employment, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 130-148
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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Research

Research Overview

Work organisation; employment relations; organisational change; international HRM; cross-cultural management; organisational culture; corporate governance; labour process theory and analysis; employee engagement and participation; spatiality and architecture in organisations; visual methods in organisational research.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Current teaching:

Undergraduate

  • MS3554 | Human Resource Management (Course Coordinator)
  • QB2006 | Introduction to Human Resource Management (Qatar campus)
  • MS4540 | Business Management Dissertation

Postgraduate

  • BU501Q | HR Essentials (MSc IHRM - Course Coordinator)
  • BU555B | Managing Change (MSc IHRM - Course Coordinator)
  • BU555A | Managing Change (MBA)

 

Other courses taught in the last 3 years:

  • BU5557 | Managing Human Resources
  • BU5583 | Research Practice
  • BU5995 | Marketing Dissertation
Publications

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  • The condition of European economic democracy: A comparative analysis of individual and collective employment rights

    Cumbers, A., Bilsland, K., McMaster, R., Cabaço, S., White, M.
    Economic and Industrial Democracy
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • "Let's walk and talk shop": reflecting on the value of walking interviews in labour process research

    Bilsland, K.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Organisational control and autonomy in retail work spaces: evidence from a UK IKEA store

    Bilsland, K., Cumbers, A.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Repairing legitimacy and trustworthiness after a scandal: the case of SNC-Lavalin

    Zyglidopoulos, S. C., Jorgensen, J., Bilsland, K., Siebert, S.
    Contributions to Journals: Conference Articles
  • Managerial control and the limits to employee participation in retail work spaces: evidence from a UK IKEA store

    Bilsland, K., Cumbers, A.
    New Technology, Work and Employment, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 130-148
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A resource-dependency perspective on how organisations engage in trust repair: the case of SNC-Lavalin

    Zyglidopoulos, S., Bilsland, K., Siebert, S., Jorgensen, J.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Maximising space and creativity on the shopfloor: strategic HRM and the space-organisation relationship in a multinational firm

    Bilsland, K.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

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