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Hala Mansour is Associate Professor and the Level 8 Lead for both the PhD Programme and the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Programme at Faculty of Business and Law, the University of Northampton. Hala is Senior Fellow in the Higher Education. 

My career in higher education thus far has given me a broad international background in higher education especially in the Middle East and in UK HE. This has given me the expertise in developing and leading diverse PG portfolio and engaging with policies and procedures, international partnerships and policies and regulations. I‘m highly committed to building research centred and entrepreneurial mind with a focus on research excellence through PGRs learning and growth and my passion for effective, supportive and ethical research leadership that guides my roles and responsibilities in management. I’m an active, creative and dynamic researcher, organisational excellence professional and educator.

My vision in managing PG research focuses on supporting building diverse research learning experience in a challenging and diverse environment. This aligns with developing goals of supporting equality and diversity in Postgraduate Research Education. It also supports the knowledge transfer for PG and builds a research-centric environment.

Hala's research focuses on Organisational Effectiveness, Organisational Culture, Organisational Change, Human Resource Management, Managerialism and New Public Management. Hala received PhD in Management, 2012 from Keele University and MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2013 from Keele University, UK. She also awarded BA Hons Business Administration, MSc in HRM/OB, PGCHE and PGCE (Teaching &Technology)

From 1995, Dr Mansour has held, also, research and teaching commitments at Cairo University and then Keele University. 

Research Interests

Business Studies, Organisational Effectiveness, Organisational Culture, Organisational Change, Leadership, HE, Organisational Identity, Visual Research Methods, Managerialism, New Public Management, Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education, Action Research, Qualitative Research Methods 

Other Responsibilities

- Associate Professor, Change and Leadership 

- Level 8 Lead, PhD and DBA Programmes Leader 

- Member of the University of Northampton Senate

- Deputy Chair: Business and Education Research Degree Board

- Deputy Chair: University of Northampton Readers, Associate Professor and Professor (RAPP) 

- Member of the Research Degree Board

- Member of the University of Northampton Research and Enterprise Committee 

- Co-Lead,  Further, Higher and Adult Education (FHAE) Special Interest Group  

- Member of the Faculty of Business and Law Research and Enterprise committee

- Member of the Faculty Ethics Committee 




  • Managing organisational culture in merged General Further Education Colleges in England: A Case Study’, Ali Hadawi, University of Northampton. Lead supervisor. DBA. Completed 2020.
  • ‘An Action Research Case Study: Building an Internal HR Professional Program to Develop HR Practitioner’s Competencies That Contribute to its Business Growth and HR Effectiveness’, Yong Koon Soo, University of Northampton. Director of Studies and Lead supervisor. DBA. Completed 2021.
  • ‘The Entrepreneurial Role of HR in Supporting Sustainability-Oriented Innovations in Food Supply Chain Management’, Christine Hattar, University of Northampton. Director of Studies and second supervisor. PhD. Completed 2020.
  • ‘The Influence of National Culture on Knowledge Transfer within the Middle East Management Training Sector’ David Finnigan, Director of Studies and first supervisor. DBA. Completed 2021.
  • ‘Developing a Framework for Performance Management at a Saudi Food Company’, Khalid Al Thumairy, Director of Studies, DBA. Completed 2021
  • ‘Exploring the Effect of the Emiratisation Initiative on the motivation of Employees of UAE Nationality: A Case Study of ADNOC Logistics & Services’, Mubarak Al Harthi, University of Northampton. Director of Studies and first supervisor. DBA
  • ‘Emotion and Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions’, Taher Sahibi, University of Northampton. Second supervisor. PhD
  • ‘Investigating Skills that Employers Feel Workers and Students Should be Competitive in and Applying Findings to Inform Curriculum Design at Higher Education Institutes’, Abdulrahman Al Ali, University of Northampton. Director of Studies, DBA
  • ‘Critical Evaluation of the Effects of the Current Bonus and Merits Policy on the Employees’ Pay Satisfaction: Reference to Two Domestic Oil and Gas Service Companies in Qatar’, Othman Alyafei, University of Northampton. Director of Studies, DBA
  • ‘Exploring Factors Influencing The Development of Entrepreneurial Venture In An Emerging Economy, Myanmar’, Phoo Aung, University of Northampton. Director of Studies, DBA
  • ‘Working Title: Exploring the effectiveness of the Independent Schools Programme on reducing government spending on education in Saudi Arabia’, Essam Bukhamseen, University of Northampton. Director of Studies, DBA
  • ‘Bridging the gap between Apprentice Schemes and Traditional Qualifications within the United Arab Emirates’, Sami Handley, University of Northampton. First Supervisor, DBA
  • ‘The role of virtual teams in supply chain management: Is knowledge management system a key in dealing with virtual teams’ challenge’, Asad Jan, University of Northampton. Director of Studies, DBA
  • ‘Human Resource Recruitment & Selection practices vis-à-vis Knowledge Transfer in Higher Education: A Case Study’, PRERNA KUMARI, University of Northampton. First Supervisor, DBA
  • ‘How do staff within UK HEI’s perceive their leader’s ethical behaviours and subsequently, what impact do these perceptions have upon their own behaviours?’, Simon Longhurst, University of Northampton. First Supervisor, DBA
  • ‘Factors Influencing Consumer Buying Decision on Gold, Gems and Jewellery in Myanmar’, Sue Zin, University of Northampton. Director of Studies, DBA
  • ‘Factors Influencing the Career Success f Women Professionals in Myanmar’s Private Sector’,  , Khin Maw, University of Northampton. Director of Studies, DBA
  • ‘How do women who have experienced intimate partner abuse construct work meaning?’, Sinead McNeill, University of Northampton. Director of Studies, PhD.
  • ‘Critically Evaluating Farmers’ Buying Patterns of Maize Seeds in Shan State, Myanmar’, Nang Noi, University of Northampton. Director of Studies, DBA.


Doctoral Examination  

  • ‘Turbulence dilemmas, and leadership: A case study of an English School after academisation’, John Macklin, University of East London. 2020.  PhD
  • ‘An investigation of Black and Minority Ethnic Service Users’ perception of their needs within a North London Mental Health NHS Trust’, Veronica Flood, Middlesex University. 2020. ProfDoc
  • ‘Exploring the Career Management Experiences of Female Middle Managers in the HR Profession through a Feminist Poststructuralist and Intersectional Lens’,  Elaine Yerby, PhD thesis at The University of East London University. 2019. PhD
  • ‘Exploring Domestic Violence in the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Pentecostal Community in the South of England’, Elizabeth Adegoke, Middlesex University PhD, 2019. ProfDoc
  • ‘The challenge of career progression and work-life balance in consulting business sector in Germany’, Mara Jekosch , Edinburgh Napier University. 2020.  DBA
  • ‘Diagnosing the Distance: An Exploration into Remote and Mobile Employee Viewpoints on Corporate Commitment and Wellbeing using Q Methodology’, Justin Maltby-Smith, The University of Northampton, 2018, DBA
  • ‘The Impact of Students’ Future Imagined Identities on Their English Language Learning in an EFL Context: The Case of English for Law’, Leila Benseddik, 2020, The University of Northampton , PhD
  • ‘A critical exploration of Talent Management Strategy and practice within the Pakistani banking industry’, Ali Imdad, 2018, The University of Northampton , PhD

Teaching Interests

- Qualitative Research Methods

- Research Proposal

- Nvivo and coding 

- Critical Writing and Critical Thinking 

- literature review

- Research Philosophy 

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PGCE, Research Degree Supervision , University of Northampton

Award Date: 31 Jul 2017

Master, MA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Keele University

Award Date: 31 Oct 2013

PGCE, Postgraduate Certificate in Action Research in Higher Education , Keele University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

PhD, Human resource management reform and organisational effectiveness: perspectives of human resource professionals in UK Higher Education institutions, Keele University

Award Date: 31 Jan 2012

Master, M.Sc. in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Cairo University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2003

External positions

Elected Member for the UKCGE Executive Board , UK Council for Graduate Education

1 Jul 202130 Dec 2024

External Examiner DBA Programme , Staffordshire University

1 Jan 202030 Dec 2024

External Examiner (HRM/OB and Masters and Professional Doctorates) , Middlesex University

1 Dec 201930 Dec 2025

Nominated for the British Academy of Management Council , British Academy of Management

Editorial Board Member , for Journal of Change Management: Reframing Leadership and Organizational Practice


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