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Ishan Jalan

Ishan Jalan

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Human Resource Management


Dr Ishan Jalan is the Academic Director and Course Leader of the NBS PhD Programme.

At the School level, Ishan is the Post Graduate Research Tutor (PGRT) for the Doctoral programmes, NBS representative at the University Research Degrees Committee (URDC), member of the School Research Degrees Committee (SRDC), the Research Strategy Group (RSG), and several university-wide doctoral panels where he contributes towards various operational and strategic decisions and activities.

In addition, Ishan leads a number of courses on the MBA, Exec-MBA and Corporate Programmes where he teaches on subject areas such as organisational behaviour, depth psychology, leadership studies, organizational culture and change management, psychodynamic theories, and qualitative research methods. Ishan also supervises a number of doctoral students in NBS.

Career overview

Ishan completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Yiannis Gabriel from the University of Bath. His PhD was titled 'Envy as a defence against Lack: a psychoanalytic inquiry into destructive workplace emotions'. He holds MSc and MPhil degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE) in Organizational and Social Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Philosophy.

Prior to joining Nottingham Business School, Ishan was a Lecturer in Leadership and Management Studies at Lancaster University Business School and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Leadership Studies at Lund University, Sweden. He has also held a number of Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor positions in international universities such as EMLYON and INSEEC (France), GDGWI (India) and ISCTE (Portugal). He is currently a Visiting Faculty member at the London School of Economics (LSE) since 2015.

In addition to research and scholarship, Ishan is an experienced coach providing consultancy to a number of national and international organisations as well as personal development sessions using a mix of psychoanalysis, psychodrama and gestalt theory.

Ishan is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Research areas

As a critical scholar, Ishan specialises in researching subjectivity and emotions at work, psychoanalytic approaches to understanding organisational life, mental health & wellbeing, and leadership studies. Ishan's broader interests lie in studying future of work, gender studies, sustainability and cross-cultural management practices. Ishan is a qualitative researcher specialising in storytelling methodology and free-association techniques. Some of his current papers explore topics such as whistleblower subjectivity, grief work, and liminal identity transitions of female entrepreneurs.

Ishan has two successful doctoral completions and is currently supervising 5 PhD and DBA students on topics such as gender and diversity, organizational culture change and mental health.

Ishan has been PI and CI on a number of funded research projects and is currently working on a large £180,000k KTP project funded by Innovate UK-UKRI on Culture Change in partnership with Fujitsu. He is also subject advisor on a large EU Interreg project (£700,000) on sustainability and management and collaborator on smaller funded research projects exploring mental health practices within HEA and speak-up cultures and whistleblowing.

Internally, Ishan is an active member of Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab and the NBS Health and Wellbeing Network. He is also a member of Centre for People, Work and Organizational Practice (CPWOP) and Centre for Behavioural Sciences (CBS) in NBS, and the Institute of Health and Allied professions (NTU).

External activity

Ishan is the Co-Lead of a research group at the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Coordinator and Custodian of the 'International Organisational Storytelling Seminar Series', founded in 2001 and currently in its 21st year.

Ishan is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Management Studies, Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (JMS, ABS 4*) and regularly reviews for a number of top academic journals such as International Journal of Management Reviews (IJMR), British Journal of Management (BJM); Organization Studies, Human Relations, Organization and Journal of Business Ethics (JBE).

Externally, Ishan is an active member of many international research communities such as the Academy of Management, European Group of Organisation Studies, British Psychological Society, Royal Society of Arts, The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations, and The Psychotherapy Action Network.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Jalan frequently collaborates with colleagues from:

  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • University of Lille
  • Bath School of Management
  • Liverpool University


Selected Publications:

  • Jalan, I., 2020. Treason or Reason? Psychoanalytical Insights on Whistleblowing. International Journal of Management Reviews22(3), pp.249-263.
  • Garcia-Lorenzo, L. and Jalan, I., (2019). From corporate employment to entrepreneurship: a gendered perspective. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019 (1): 19095.
  • Jalan, I., 2015. Researching dark emotions. Methods of exploring emotions, p.81.

Press expertise

Leadership, Emotions, Mental health, Organisational behaviour, Whistleblowing, Wellbeing