Dr Samantha Evans

Lecturer in ER/HRM

About

Samantha Evans is currently the Director of Studies for MSc Human Resource Management (HRM), which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).  She is a member of the People, Management and Organisation Group and the Centre for Employment, Competitiveness and Growth at Kent Business School. 

She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA).  Previously Samantha was the Director of Studies for the BA (Hons) Employment Relations and HRM degree.

Research Interests

HRM and line managers, performance management and appraisal, trade union strategies across a variety of countries and equality of employment.



She is currently working on two projects, the first on which involves a team of researchers from the UK, Australia and New Zealand, working on an internationally comparative research project examining the strategies utilised by UK and Australian retail unions to represent their members.

This study will enhance current understanding of union strategy, particularly cross country differences in union responses in the retail sector and the representation of retail workers. The second project is examining the issue of social class and equality in organisations and the extent to which social class influences employment opportunities and career progression.

Teaching

Samantha is currently Director of Studies for the MSc HRM at the University of Kent and was previously the Academic Advisor for the HRM pathway of the MSc Management programme and, before that, the Director of Studies for the BA (Hons) Employment Relations and HRM degree. She currently convenes Human Resource Management in Context (CB9045) and Employee Resourcing (CB8000) on the MSc HRM programme and The Management of Human Resources in Contemporary Organisations (CB681) at undergraduate level.

She also teaches on the MBA programme and has previously convened and taught across a number of modules including Learning and Development (CB8010) at postgraduate level and Managing People (CB682), The Management of Human Resources (CB519) and People and Organisations (CB300) at undergraduate level.

Supervision

Dr Samantha Evans welcomes applications relative to her research expertise and has successfully supervised a number of postgraduate students.

Supervision topics

  • Social class and equality
  • Line managers and HRM
  • Employee wellbeing
  • Retail trade unionism
  • Retail employment

Past supervisees

Tejumade Siyanbola: HRM and Employee Turnover in SMEs

Professional

Samantha is a full Chartered Member of the CIPD.

Publications

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article

  • Evans, S., Pyman, A. and Byford, I. (2017). What are the consequences of a managerial approach to union renewal for union behaviour? A case study of USDAW. Employee Relations [Online] 39:2-18. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ER-06-2016-0105.
  • Evans, S. (2016). Agency theory and performance appraisal: How bad theory damages learning and contributes to bad management practice. Management Learning [Online] 48:271-291. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350507616672736.
  • Evans, S. (2015). HRM and front line managers: the influence of role stress. International Journal of Human Resource Management [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2016.1146786.
  • Evans, S. (2015). Juggling on the line: Front line managers and their management of human resources in the retail industry. Employee Relations [Online] 37:459-474. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ER-06-2014-0066.
  • Lynch, S. and Smith, K. (2010). The Dilemma of Judging Volunteers: The Recruitment and Selection of Unpaid Workers. Personnel Review [Online] 39:80-95. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00483481011007878.
  • Lynch, S. and Smith, K. (2009). The Dilemma of Judging Unpaid Workers. Personnel Review [Online] 39:80-95. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00483481011007878.
  • Hornibrook, S. and Lynch, S. (2006). Corporate Strategy and Operational Reality: Why Managers do what they do. Icfai Journal of Business Strategy 111:51-69.
  • Lynch, S. (2005). The Inequality of Flexible Workers in the UK Retail Industry. International Journal of Employment Studies 13:27-56.
  • Evans, S. (2004). Managing Human Resources in the Retail Industry: the role of first-line managers. Human Resources and Employment Review.
  • Evans, S. (2003). Devolution and the management of Human Resources: Evidence from the retail industry. People Management [Online]. Available at: http://www2.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2013/01/29/9350a-2003-09.aspx.
  • Evans, S. (2003). Checking out flexible working. Worldlink [Online]. Available at: http://www.wfpma.com/worldlink.

Book section

  • Lynch, S., Price, R., Pyman, A. and Bailey, J. (2011). Representing and organizing retail workers: A comparative study of the UK and Australia. In: Grugulis, I. ed. Retail Work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lynch, S. (2005). Retailco Case Study. In: Wilkinson, A. and Redman, T. eds. Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited, pp. 221-225.

Monograph

  • Evans, S. (2016). Sophrology, Organisational Change & Employee Well-Being. Kent Business School.
  • Lynch, S. (2007). Employment Flexibility in UK and Australian Food Retailing. University of Kent Canterebury. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/research/working-papers.html.
  • Lynch, S. and Smith, K. (2007). The Dilemma of Judging Volunteers: The Recruitment and Selection of Unpaid Workers. University of Kent Canterbury. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/research/working-papers.html.
  • Hornibrook, S. and Lynch, S. (2006). Corporate Strategy and Operational Reality: Why Managers Do What They Do. Kent Business School. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/pdf/Hornibrook-and-Lynch-No-107.pdf.
  • Lynch, S. (2004). Line Managers and Their Management of Human Resources: Evidence from the Retail Industry. Kent Business School. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/pdf/Lynch-No-41.pdf.

Conference or workshop item

  • Evans, S. (2016). Talent Management & Inequality:The trouble with social class. In: Talent for Tomorrow.
  • Evans, S. (2016). Exploring social class differences at work. In: British Universities Industrial Relations Annual Conference Hosted in University of Leeds 2016.
  • Evans, S. and Wyatt, M. (2015). Class-discrepancy: Exploring social class differences at work. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference.
  • Evans, S., Price, R., Byford, I., Parker, J., Bailey, J. and Pyman, A. (2013)."How is Organising Playing Out? A three country study in retail." In: BUIRA Conference (2013).
  • Lynch, S., Pyman, A., Bailey, J. and Price, R. (2009). Union Strategies in representing 'new workers': The case of UK retail unions. In: 27th International Labour Process Conference: Work Matters.
  • Hornibrook, S. and Lynch, S. (2005). The Gap between Corporate Strategy and Operational Reality: Why Managers do what they do?. In: British Academy of Management Conference.
  • Lynch, S. (2003). Devolution and the Management of Human Resources: Evidence From the Retail Industry. In: CIPD Professional Standards Conference.
  • Lynch, S. and Price, R. (2003). Checking out Flexible Working: A Comparative Study of UK and Australian Grocercy Retailing. In: International Employment Relations Association. International Employment Relations Association.
  • Lynch, S. (2003). The Inequality of Flexibility Workers in the UK Retail Industry. In: British Universities Industrial Relations Association.
  • Lynch, S. (2002). Gender Segregation in the Retail Industry. In: DTI Gender Research Forum.
  • Lynch, S. (2001). The Realities of Managing Human Resources in the Retail Industry: The Role of First-Line Managers. In: University of Westminster Research Seminar Series.

Internet publication

  • Evans, S. (2016). Well-Being Interventions - Do They Actually Work During Critical Organisational Change? [Blog]. Available at: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/kent-business-matters/2016/10/06/wellbeing-interventions-do-they-work-during-critical-organisational-change/.
Total publications in KAR: 30 [See all in KAR]