Helen Shipton

Helen Shipton


Nottingham Business School


Helen is Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of the Centre of People, Innovation and Performance. Helen represented the Doctoral Programmes at our recent successful AACSB accreditation 2016 and currently has eight DBA and PhD student supervisions.

Research areas

Helen is interested in Human Resource Management, innovation and performance, focusing on questions that matter for business and policy in the UK and beyond.

There are three main strands to her research:

* How HRM influences creativity and innovation and performance- especially from a multi-level perspective. This entails taking into account employee perceptions of HRM and how to build effectiveness and innovation at a higher level of analysis.

* Leadership development and leadership development evaluation. This includes investigating informal learning in the workplace (e.g. coaching, knowledge exchange) and also captures combined on/ off- job development schemes such as apprentice training.

* International perspectives on HRM and performance (e.g. taking account of cultural and institutional factors). A recent study that Helen co-authored asks whether practices such as performance-oriented reward are perceived differently across global contexts, and whether a strong HRM system makes a difference in terms of how employees perform their jobs.

Current doctoral students

2011Maha Alfarham(DBA)Leadership and Innovation in Health-Care Teams
Jude Preston(PhD)Age-related HRM and employee attitudes at work
2012Allen Mackay(DBA)Talent Development for Saudi Nationals
Bothain Hassan Al Ansari(DBA)Women and the glass ceiling in Qatar
Indrayanti(PhD)HRM, well-being and performance in Indonesia
2014Dang Hguyen Hai(DBA)Financial and Non-financial reward to enhance team performance in the hospitality industry in Vietnam
Silvia Pirrioni(PhD- VC Bursary Student)Apprentices, HRM and performance: A study in manufacturing
2015Dana Al-HajriInformal learning and team effectiveness in Qatar

Collaborative Projects

1. What HRM practices are conducive to innovation for creatives versus non-creatives? (with Sparrow, Lin & Budhwar)

2. What is the effect of performance-based rewards on employee innovative behaviour? (with Sanders et al.)

Uses two-level data from 2741 employees and 383 supervisors in 55 organizations across 11 countries

3. Research/ executive development project, Kentz-Lavolin ‘Informal Learning and Team Effectiveness (with Yang)

4. What leadership style elicits innovation a. at the individual level and b. at the team level? Collaborative project (a. with Bednall, Rafferty, Sanders & Jackson and b. with Al-Farhan & Lin)

5. What effect does managerial coaching have on team performance? Dual source data, 60 managers and 183 team members (with Nyfoudi, Budhwar & Theodorakopoulos

6. Apprenticeships in the UK: Learning and Performance 250 apprentices in the engineering sector: (with Wu & PhD VC Bursary Student Silvia Pirrioni

Please visit the NTU Doctoral School website for information on doctoral research opportunities at NBS.

External activity

Member of the British Academy of Management Council (2012 to date) and Steering Committee member for the Biriths Academy of Management Human Resource Management Special Interest Group

UK Ambassador, HR Division Academy of Management (2015 to date)

Invited speaker: ‘Innovation from the bottom-up.’ (2016). KnowledgeBrief, London, United Kingdom: https://www.knowledgebrief.com/ (11th July)

Invited speaker: ‘Creative Practices for Workplace Innovation’ (2016). ‘Innovating Works and Scottish Centre for Employment Research’, Strathclyde Business School (13th June).

Hosted joint NBS Centre of People, Innovation and Performance/ British Academy of Management event: ‘Publishing in 4* journals’. April 2016

Member of Editorial Board, Human Resource Management Review (February 2016)

Member of Editorial Board, Human Resource Management Journal (April 2015)

Sponsors and collaborators

Helen holds a Visiting Professorship at the School of Management, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Australia, collaborating with, amongst others, Karin Sanders, Director, Centre Innovation & Entrepreneurship, School of Management, Stephen Frenkel, Director of Research, School of Management.

As Principal Investigator of the ESRC seminar series entitled 'HRM and innovation in Medium-sized businesses', Helen has developed an extensive network that includes Pawan Budhwar from Aston Business School, Paul Sparrow from Lancaster School of Management, Jenny Bimrose from the Warwick Institute of Employment Studies, Warwick University, as well as Hayley Conboy, Senior Policy Advisor at the Confederation of British Industry and John McGurk, Learning and Development Specialist Advisor, CIPD.


Shipton, H., Sparrow, P., Budhwar, P. & Brown, A. (forthcoming).  HRM and innovation: a four-quadrant framework’. Human Resource Management Journal. (4*)

Lin, C-H., Sanders, K., Sun, J., Shipton, H. & Mooi, E.  ‘From Customer-Oriented Strategy to Organizational Financial Performance: The Role of Human Resource Management and Customer-Linking Capability.’ British Journal of Management (4*)

Shipton, H., Sanders, K., Atkinson, C. & Frenkel, S. ‘Sense-giving through HR roles: Line managers and employee commitment in health-care’ Human Resource Management Journal. (4*)

Sanders, K., Shipton, H. & Gomez, J. (2014). ‘Are HRM processes important? Past, present and future challenges.’ Human Resource Management (US) 53 (4): 489–503. (4*)

Shipton, H., Zhou, Q. & Mooi, E. (2012). ‘Is there a global model of learning organizations? An empirical, cross-nation study’. International Journal of HRM. 24 (12): 2278-2298 (3*)

Shipton, H. & Sillince, J. (2012).  Organizational learning and emotion: Constructing collective meaning in support of strategic themes (2012). Management Learning44 (5): 493-510 (3*)

Zhou, Q., Hirst, G. & Shipton, H. (2012). ‘Context matters: The combined influence of participation and intellectual stimulation on the promotion-focus/employee creativity relationship’. Journal of Organizational Behaviour. 33 (7): 894–909.  (4*)

Sanders, K. & Shipton, H. (2012). The Relationship between Transformational leadership and innovative behaviour; A team learning versus a cohesion perspective European Journal of International Management) 6 (1). 1*)

Books/ Edited Books

Shipton, H., Budhwar, P., Sparrow P & Brown, A. (Eds.) (2016).  ‘Human Resource Management, Innovation and Performance.’

Book chapters

Doughty, D., Lin, V., Shipton, H. & Musayeva, S.  ‘Developing HRM Specialists in Azerbaijan: a University/Industry Collaboration.’ (forthcoming). The Ambassador Casebook, Second Edition. Eds. L. Castro Christiansen, M. Biron & E. Farndale.

Sanders, K., Shipton, H, Yang, H. & Bednall, T. (forthcoming). ‘Human Resource Management and Informal learning.’ In A. Ellingson & R. Noe, (eds.). Autonomous Learning in the Workplace.

Shipton, H., Lin, V., Sanders, K. & Yang, H. ‘Human Resource Management and Innovation.’  (forthcoming).  In C. Cooper & P. Sparrow. (Eds.). A Research Agenda for Human Resource Management.

Shipton, H., Budhwar, P., Sparrow P & Brown, A. (2016). ‘HRM, innovation and performance: Looking across levels’.  In Shipton, H., Budhwar, P., Sparrow P & Brown, A. (Eds.). Human Resource Management, Innovation and Performance. Chapter 1.

Zhou, Q. & Shipton, H. (2016).  ‘Making creativity an attractive option.’ In Shipton, H., Budhwar, P., Sparrow P & Brown, A. (Eds.). Human Resource Management, Innovation and Performance. Chapter 20.

Sparrow P., Shipton, H., Budhwar, P. & Brown, A. (2016). ‘On multiple levels of analysis, context, contingency and capital’.  In Shipton, H., Budhwar, P., Sparrow P & Brown, A. (Eds.). Human Resource Management, Innovation and Performance. Chapter 21.

Shipton, H., Sanders, K., Lin, C-H., Bednall, T. & Escriba, N. (2016). ‘The HRM practices and HRM processes that enable innovation’ In Skerlavaj, M., Dysvic, A. & Matej, S.  (Eds.). Capitalizing on Creativity at Work: Fostering the Implementation of Creative Ideas in Organizations. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Nyfoudi, M. & Shipton, H.  (2013). ‘Learning and Development in Organizations.’ In Budhwar, P. Crawshaw, J. & Davis, A. (Eds.). Human Resource Management: Strategy and International Perspectives.

Surtees, J., Sanders, K., Shipton, H. & Knight, L. ‘HRM in the public sector’. In P Budhwar,. J.Crawshaw, & A. Davis (Eds.). Human Resource Management: Strategy and International Perspectives.

Shipton, H. (2012).  ‘HRM, exploratory learning and innovation’   In ‘Ready for

Change’ (Chapter 1) ed. C. Heimer-Rathbone.

Papers under review

Indrayanti, F., Kougiannou, K., Sanders, K. & Shipton, H.  ‘The impact of HRM practices on employee well-being and job performance: A review and empirical study.’

Sanders, K., Jorgensen, F., Shipton, H. et al.  ‘High performance work systems and innovative behaviour: Do HR strength and national culture matter?’

Sanders, K., Kraimer, M., Shipton, H., Greco, L., Morgeson, F., Lepak, D., Budhwar, P., Sun, J. & Sargent, L. ‘Unpacking professional identity: The role of national culture, developmental goals and involvement at meetings of professional associations’.

Lin, V., Sanders, K., Sun,J., Shipton, H. & Mooi, E. ‘Opening the black-box between HRM and firm innovation: The moderating effect of power distance’.

Conference papers

5 papers/ activities accepted for international conferences 2016, including:

Shipton, H. (2016)*.  ‘Theories for multilevel HRM research. ’ Roundtable speaker.  In Professional Development Workshop. ‘Advancing multilevel thinking and methods in HRM research’. Organizers:  M. Renkama & J. Meijerink. Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, US.

Shipton, H. (2016)*.  Symposium Chair: ‘HRM Process approach: Advancing the field’. Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, US

Sanders, K., Kraimer, M., Shipton, H., Greco, L., Morgeson, F., Lepak, D., Budhwar, P., Sun, J. & Sargent, L. (2016). ‘Learn more from the HR division: The ambassadors network’. Professional Development Workshop, Human Resource International Conference, Sydney, Australia

Shipton, H. & Budhwar, P. (2016). Symposium Organizers.  ‘Human Resource Management and innovation: Looking across levels’

Shipton, H., Sparrow, P., Budhwar, P. & Brown, A. (2016). Entrpreneurial and control-oriented HRM: The implications for innovation? Human Resource International Conference, Sydney, Australia

7 papers accepted for international conferences 2015, including:

Sanders, K., Jørgensen, F., van Rossenberg, Y., Wang, Y., Shipton, H., Li, X., Dysvic, A., Rodriques, R. & Wong, I. (2015). ‘High performance work systems and innovative behavior: Do HR strength and national culture matter?’  Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver.

Lin, C-H., Sanders, K., Shipton, H., Sun, J., & Mooi, E. (2015).  ‘Opening the Black-box between HRM and Firm Innovation: The Moderating Effect of Power Distance.’  Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver (August).

Wu,N., Lin, V., Sanders, K., & Shipton, H. (2015). ‘HRM – well-being and performance – the role of work context.’  Dutch HRM Network Conference (November).

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Press expertise

    • Building an innovation culture
    • Fostering employee voice in the workplace
    • How national culture influences employee reactions to management
    • How leaders elicit innovation
    • What factors lie behind knowledge-sharing and knowledge-hiding in the workplace