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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 Deputy Academic Director of the NBS PhD Programme, Module Leader for a number of courses on the MBA, Exec-MBA and Corporate Training Programmes and supervises PhD and DBA students in the business school.

Career overview

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

He completed his PhD under Prof. Yiannis Gabriel, titled 'Envy as a defence against Lack: a psychoanalytic inquiry into destructive workplace emotions', from University of Bath. Prior to joining Nottingham Business School, Ishan was a Lecturer in Leadership and Management at Lancaster University and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Lund University in Sweden. Ishan has held a number of visiting positions in international universities (e.g. France, India, Portugal) and is currently a Visiting Faculty member at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Ishan's teaching portfolio consists of doctoral supervision and teaching subjects such as organisational behaviour, depth psychology, leadership studies, OD and change management, consulting practices, and qualitative research methods. In addition to research and scholarship, Ishan is an experienced coach and provides consultancy to a number of national and international organisations using the systems-psychodynamic approach.

Research areas

Ishan specialises in studying subjectivity and emotions at work, psychoanalytic approaches to understanding organisational life and storytelling methodology. His broader interests lie in exploring future of work, leadership studies and organisational well-being. He has been PI and CI on a number of funded research projects and some of his current papers explore topics such as masculinity, grief work and envy.

In NBS, Ishan is a member of the Centre for People, Work and Organizational Practice (CPWOP) and the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab (RSB Lab) Research Centre.

External activity

Ishan is currently the coordinator and organiser of the Organisational Storytelling Seminar Series, founded by Prof. Yiannis Gabriel in 2001 and currently in its 20th year.

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

Ishan is also an academic reviewer for a number of academic journals such as, International Journal of Management Reviews (IJMR), British Journal of Management (BJM); Organization Studies, Human Relations, Organization, Culture and Organization (C&O), Leadership; Ephemera; Journal of Business Ethics (JBE).

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


Recent papers:

  • Jalan, I. (2020), "Treason or Reason? Psychoanalytical Insights on Whistleblowing", International Journal of Management Reviews, 22 (3), 249-263.
  • Garcia-Lorenzo, L. and Jalan, I., (2019). From corporate employment to entrepreneurship: a gendered perspective. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2019 (1): 19095.

See all of Ishan Jalan's publications...

Press expertise

Leadership, Emotions at work, Well-being and mental health, future of work, subjectivity at work, organisational behaviour