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Ishan Jalan

Ishan Jalan

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Human Resource Management


Ishan is the NBS PhD Programme Director and Course Lead where he is responsible for the leadership, strategic development, and operational management of the programme which includes reviewing applications and recruitment of PhD students, allocation of supervisory teams, design and delivery of the research training and workshops, chairing progression boards, conducting programme induction and school-level supervisor training, offering pastoral care to PGRs, managing funding and scholarships applications, and overseeing marketing & international partnerships.

At the School level, Ishan is the Chair of the School Research Degrees Committee (SRDC), Post Graduate Research Tutor (PGRT), member of the Research Strategy Group (RSG) and a member of the Individual Performance Review (IPR) Working Group. At the university level, Ishan is the NBS representative at the University Research Degrees Committee (URDC) and sits on various university-wide Doctoral panels such NTU Funding Extension Panel and NTU PGR Mental health & wellbeing working group, where he contributes towards various operational and strategic decisions and activities.

Ishan runs a number of doctoral workshops and seminars on topics such as theory building, critical thinking and storytelling methodology, and is Module Leader for different courses on the MBA, Exec-MBA and Corporate Programmes where he teaches on subjecs such as organisational behaviour, leadership studies, psychodyamics and change management. Ishan also supervises PhD and DBA.

Externally, Ishan is Visiting Faculty at the London School of Economics (LSE) since 2015 where he teaches on Leadership studies and Organisational Development.

Career overview

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).

Ishan completed his PhD under the guidance 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 a MPhil in Psychology and MSc (Dist) 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 Professor positions in international universities such as EMLYON and INSEEC (France), GDGWI and IIM-U (India) and ISCTE (Portugal).

In addition to research and scholarship, Ishan is an experienced coach and has provided consultancy to a number of national and international organisations, and continues to organise bespoke workshops and facilitate individual and group sessions on personal and professional leadership development using a mix of Tavistock approach and psychodynamic approaches.

Research areas

As a critical OB scholar, Ishan's work focuses on three core, interconnected areas: (a) subjectivity and emotions at work (b) psychoanalytic approaches to understanding organisational life (c) identity and leadership studies. He draws on psychosocial approaches to theorise novel interdisciplinary research that aims to developing innovative insights for management theory and practice. His past papers cover topics such as researching dark emotions, psychoanalytical insights on whistleblowing, workplace anxiety, and on critical leadership studies. Ishan's current papers explore topics such as whistleblower subjectivity, grief work and liminal identity transitions of female entrepreneurs.

Ishan has successfully supervised PhD students to completion and is currently supervising 5 PhD and DBA students on subjects such as leadership, organisational change management, gender & diversity, unconscious bias, and mental health/wellbeing.

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. His latest funded project looks at  

Internally, Ishan is the Co-Lead of the NBS Health and Wellbeing Research Network, and an active member of the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab and the Centre for People, Work and Organizational Practice.

External activity

Ishan is the Co-Lead of a research group at the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Coordinator of the 'International Organisational Storytelling Seminar Series', founded in 2001 and currently in its 22nd year.

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

Ishan is an active member of many international research communities and forums 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)
  • Bath School of Management
  • Liverpool University

Press expertise

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