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Amanda Hay

Amanda Hay

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Human Resource Management Employment, Learning and Knowledge Management (Research Group)


Amanda is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Resource Management.

Amanda’s teaching responsibilities involve work on the undergraduate and doctoral programmes. She is the Co-Module Leader for the second-year undergraduate module ‘Managing and Organising’. In addition, Amanda is also the Co-Module leader for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) modules ‘Introduction to the Literature Review and Conceptual Development’ and ‘Advanced Literature Review and Conceptual Development’. Amanda also supervises research students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Amanda is the Co-Leader of the Organising as Practice Research Stream and advisory panel member for the Centre for People, Work and Organisational Practice. Her research focuses on management learning in both formal and informal settings. Her work explores processes of formal learning on programmes such as the MBA and the DBA, as well as the ways in which this learning is mobilised in everyday managerial work. In addition, Amanda’s work also examines learning as an everyday accomplishment or practical coping.

As part of her involvement in the DBA programme, Amanda has taught in the United Arab Emirates. She is also a member of the International Editorial Boards for Management Learning and Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, Amanda completed a degree in psychology at the University of Sheffield before completing a PhD in work psychology at the University of Derby. Alongside her doctoral studies, Amanda was involved in several projects for the Centre for Access and Lifelong Learning at the University of Derby which promoted learning and development in local companies.

Research areas

Amanda is a member of the Organising as Practice Research Group. Amanda’s main research interests lie in the area of management learning. Her work adopts a processual perspective and explores the ways in which managers learn in both formal and informal settings. Her work has explored the complex and subtle ways in which management education is seen to contribute to management practice and managerial careers.

Building on this, her current work further elaborates the ways in which learning is enacted in programmes such as the MBA and DBA. In addition, Amanda’s work also examines learning as an everyday accomplishment or practical coping. For example, her recent work explores the emotions of managerial becoming.

External activity

Amanda is a member of the International Editorial Board for Management Learning.

Sponsors and collaborators

Amanda has worked with a number of internal and external collaborators.

She is currently involved in a number of projects with Professor Dalvir Samra. The projects combine shared interests in management learning. The first project focuses on understanding processes of learning involved in DBA programmes. Work emerging from this project has received a Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management Conference. The second project employs an ethnomethodological approach to develop insights into the accomplishment of learning on the job as senior strategists undertake their everyday work.

With Dr Daniel King, Amanda continues to work with local companies on a number of consultancy projects which broadly examine the challenges of development for SMEs.

Amanda has collaborated with Professor John Blenkinsopp (Northumbria University) and Dr Tracy Scurry (University of Newcastle) on work which explores authenticity in early career. In addition, they have authored a chapter in the textbook “Careers without Borders”.

She has also collaborated internationally with Professor James Peltier and Professor Will Drago, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA on a research project which compared students’ reflection in on-line and traditional classrooms.


Journal articles:

Hay, A. (2013) “I don’t know what I am doing!”: Surfacing struggles of managerial identity work. Management Learning, Pre-published 13th May 2013, DOI: 10.1177/1350507613483421

Hay, A. (2011). Action learning in international settings: Possibilities for developing organising insight, International Journal of Management Education, 9, 3, pp. 23-36.

Book chapters:

Scurry T, Blenkinsopp J, and Hay A. (2012) A UK perspective on Global Careers. In C. Reis and Y. Baruch, (eds). Careers without Borders: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Conference Papers:

Samra-Fredericks, D. and Hay, A. (2013). Imagine knowing-a practice based study of senior managers’ everyday interactional learning. EGOS Conference, Montréal, July 4-6th

Hay, A. and Samra-Fredericks, D. (2012). Practitioners’ accounts of ‘becoming researchers’: Accounts of movement and fixedness. SCOS Conference, Barcelona, July 11th-14th.

Hay, A. and Blenkinsopp, J. (2011). Surprise and sensemaking: Understanding anxiety in MBA programmes, Academy of Management Meeting, San Antonio, USA, August 12th-16th.

Scurry, T., Blenkinsopp, J. and Hay, A. (2010). What is a graduate job? Insights from undergraduate students of expected graduate employment outcomes, BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference, Brighton, September 7th-9th.

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