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Dr. Konstantinos Kakavelakis

Lecturer in HRM

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



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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


  • 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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