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Ishan Jalan

Ishan Jalan

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School


Dr Ishan Jalan is an Associate Professor of Organisation Behaviour, Director of Doctoral Programmes and PhD Course Leader at Nottingham Business School. He is responsible for the leadership, strategic development, and operational management of the doctoral programme(s), which includes reviewing applications and recruitment, 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.

Additionally, Ishan is the Chair of School Research Degrees Committee (SRDC), NBS representative at University Research Degrees Committee (URDC), member of the Research Strategy Group (RSG) and Individual Performance Review (IPR) Working Group, and other university-wide Doctoral committees such as NTU Doctoral Directors Forum, NTU Funding Extension Panel and NTU PGR Mental health & wellbeing working group, where he contributes towards various operational and strategic decisions and activities.

He runs the PhD training workshops, and is Module Leader for different courses on the MBA, Exec-MBA and Corporate Programmes where he teaches on subjects such as organisational behaviour, leadership, psychodynamics, OD & change management. Ishan also supervises a number of PhD and DBA students. Externally, Ishan is a Visiting Faculty at the London School of Economics (LSE) where he teaches on leadership and organisational development.

Dr Jalan 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).

Career overview

Ishan completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Yiannis Gabriel from the University of Bath. His PhD was in Psychoanalysis and Organisations, 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 and Political Science (LSE) in Organizational and Social Psychology and a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Philosophy. He also has a PG Cert. in academic practice from Lancaster University.

Prior to joining Nottingham Business School, Ishan was a Lecturer in Leadership and Management Studies at Lancaster University Business School and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Lund University, Sweden. He has been a Visiting Professor at EMLYON and INSEEC (France), GDGWI and IIM-U (India) and ISCTE (Portugal).

In addition to research and scholarship, Ishan is an experienced psychodynamic coach and offer organisational consultancy, leadership development and executive coaching.

Research areas

As a critical interdisciplinary OB scholar, Ishan's research focuses on the following interconnected areas:

  • Subjectivity and emotions at work, particularly emotional dynamics of organisational processes
  • Psychoanalytic approaches to understanding organisational life (notably, the unconscious, fantasy and desire, trauma and anxiety, narcissism, hidden and covert dynamics)
  • Identity and leadership studies (e.g., dark side of leadership, followership, leadership dysfunctions, gender, non-western perspectives)
  • Mental health and wellbeing (e.g., workplace sabotage and suffering, how contemporary organisational systems affect and damage our subjective sense of self, whistleblowing)
  • Qualitative methodology, particularly, psycho-social approaches (e.g., free association techniques, sense-making & storytelling methodology)

As an experienced PhD supervisor, Ishan would welcome applications in any of the areas mentioned above.

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

Ishan 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. He 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, to name a few.

Externally, he is the custodian and co-ordinator of the 'International Organisational Storytelling Seminar Series', founded in 2001 by Prof. Yiannis Gabriel.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Jalan frequently collaborates with colleagues from:

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