Dr Xinying Yu (Irene)

Senior Lecturer

Email: irene.yu@coventry.ac.uk 

Irene (Xinying) has broad academic experience in lecturing higher education students in business modules that fosters their critical thinking and analytical skills leading to significant improved academic performance. Irene is currently leading the development of a new MSc in Management course through the approval process by coordinating and leading the course team to provide an exceptional experience for students. In addition, Irene takes accountability of module leadership in planning, developing, and delivering HRM&OB related modules by working collaboratively with colleagues from different departments.

As an Academic Member of the CIPD and Committee Member of the CIPD East London Branch, Irene actively engages in the CIPD events where she exchanges ideas and builds networks with other CIPD members in both academia and industry. She has demonstrated high credibility and reputation among colleagues and students with the professional experience in HRM and OB and the unique ability to be driven to deliver high quality outcomes.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at Coventry University, 2016
  • PhD in Management (Organisational Behaviour) at Newcastle University UK, 2009
  • MSc in International Management at Exeter University UK, 2004
  • BA in English Studies at DaLian University of Foreign Languages China, 2003

Professional and Industry Memberships

  • Academic Member of CIPD, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, London UK
  •  Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Research and Consultancy

Irene has a wide range of academic and research interest covers areas of job satisfaction, motivation, organisational commitment, leadership, total reward management, CSR and sustainability, higher education teaching and learning. 

Publications and Scholarship Activities

  • S. Ramesh & X. Yu  (2015), Government Policy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Functions - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sector: Evidence from China, European journal of Business and Management, Vol 7, No. 30
  • X. Yu & S. Ramesh (2013), Government Policy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Innovation: Evidence from China, Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, Vol 4, No. 13
  • Book translation X. Yu & X. Wu (2010), Organizational Behaviour: Improving Performance and Commitment in the Workplace (in Chinese), DongBei University of Finance and Economics Press. 

Teaching Areas 

  • Postgraduate modules:
  • Business and Management Research Methods
  • Global HRM in Practice
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Global HRM Strategies
  • Leading in a Changing World
  • Dissertation
  • Internship
  • Undergraduate modules:
  • International HRM
  • Foundations of Organisational Behaviour
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