Dr. Konstantinos Kakavelakis

Lecturer in HRM

School of Marketing and Management
Faculty of Business and Law
Coventry Business School

Email: konstantinos.kakavelakis@coventry.ac.uk


My research has touched upon the areas of workplace learning and organisational change and more recently I have become interested in leadership, critical HRM and the creative industries. My involvement with teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels has covered a range of topics in the areas of organizational analysis and HRM. I have acted as a reviewer for journals such as International Journal of HRM and International Journal of Management Reviews  whilst in the past my involvement with consultancy activities entailed an evaluation of a governmental initiative as well as a change management programme aimed at the Milton Keynes Community health service.


  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship awarded by the University of Bedfordshire, November 2012.
  • July 2006 - PhD in Organizational Analysis, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.
  • May 2002- Diploma in Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University.


In the recent past, my research focused on situated/workplace learning and was informed by a relational perspective accounting for inter-connections between levels of analysis (workplace, organization, sector) and focusing on the interplay of agency and structure over time. I am currently interested in applying this relational approach to the area of HRM in an attempt to address limitations of previous research exploring the links between HRM practices and intra-organisational knowledge sharing whilst also looking at leadership to assess the broader institutional – and often taken for granted - context in which leadership is situated and simultaneously exploring the scope for leaders to exercise their reflexive capabilities, enacting their roles in modes which eschew established norms.

Outputs and Publications

  • Kakavelakis, K., and Edwards, T. (2012) ‘Situated Learning Theory and Agentic Orientation: A Relational Sociology Approach’. Management Learning 43 (5), 475-494. Available from https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507611427233
  • Kakavelakis, K. (2010) ‘Family Themed Control in “Service Factories”: An Examination of Modes of Service Delivery and HRM Styles in the UK Restaurant Sector’. Personnel Review 39 (5), 557-573. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00483481011064145
  • Fuller, A., Kakavelakis, K., Felstead, A., Jewson, N., and Unwin, L. (2009) ‘Learning, knowing and controlling ‘the stock’: the nature of employee discretion in a supermarket chain’. Journal of Education and Work 22 (2), 105-120. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080902854037
  • Kakavelakis, K., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Jewson, N., and Unwin, L. (2008) ‘Making a sales advisor: the limits of training “instrumental empathy”’. Journal of Vocational Education and Training 60 (3), 209-221. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13636820802305546
  • Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Jewson, N., Kakavelakis, K., and Unwin, L. (2007) ‘Grooving to the same tunes? Learning, training and productive systems in the aerobics studio’. Work, Employment and Society 21 (2), 189-208. Available from https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017007076626


  • Organisation Design and Development – PgDip in HRM (CIPD)
  • Skills for Study and HR Leadership – MA in HRM
  • Improving Organisational Performance – BA Business and HRM
  • Contemporary issues in HRM delivery - BA Business and HRM

Areas of expertise

Organisational Analysis

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