Dr Marina Michalski

EBS - Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
Dr Marina Michalski
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    EBS.3.95, Colchester Campus

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I am a Lecturer in Management and first joined Essex Business School in October 2011. I have taught at a number of higher education institutions, including Queen Mary (UL), Middlesex University, Royal Holloway (UL) and Warwick Business School. I have taught various related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, Performance Management, Business Ethics, Leadership, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Business Strategy, Fundamentals of Management, and Research Methodology. I am currently module leader for two Master's level modules: International Employment Relations in Context and Learning and Talent Development in Context. I am a member of the CIPD. My earlier research focused on interactions between human resource management, performance management and work-based learning from an interpretive perspective. I have also cooperated with the BBC World Service and the BBC College of Journalism, investigating the impact of organisational, institutional and cultural contexts on web-enabled journalist training and learning. I have also investigated the interactions of organisational, institutional and cultural contexts with respect to sustainable labour markets and HRM practice in Brazil. My developing research interests revolve around the notions of capabilities and inclusion through decent work, including through apprenticeship opportunities.


  • PhD (London)

  • MSc in Management (Imperial College)

  • BA in English Language and Literature (University of Sao Paulo - Brazil)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Country-specific evaluations of Employment Relations, HRM practice and Talent Management (Global South/rest-of-the-world countries)

Open to supervise

L&D, skills development and macro human resource development

Open to supervise

Language-sensitive perspective on cross-national talent management

Apprenticeships in context

Current research

Apprenticeships in England: Between addressing skills gaps and promoting inclusive employment

The UK skills sphere continues to suffer the strain of shifting contextual effects and discrepant stakeholder priorities. There are increasing numbers of qualified workers but many skills go under-utilized, while the UK’s productivity growth remains comparatively weak, and crucial skills are still in shortage. In parallel, patterns of social progression and labour-market inclusion remain uneven. Hence, the government has focused on re-shaping the Apprenticeship Programme, particularly since 2010. However, aligning policy, formalised processes, local practices and interests constitutes a challenge. So does understanding and addressing the needs of interacting and inter-dependent stakeholders – especially those of under-represented and/or vulnerable workers. This project, therefore, aims to investigate the practices and outcomes of the Apprenticeship programme in England, from the perspective of multiple stakeholders. Specific research questions and deadlines are subject to the specifications of grants being pursued.

Changing HR professionals’ roles and understanding of social responsibility in Brazil

Sustainable HRM

Inclusion and diversity in Human Resource Development

HRM professionals' identity and values from a national-context perspective.

The influence of context on capabilities: a focus on migrants in Brazil and Mauritius

A capabilities view on the precarious life and work of migrants in specific geographic contexts. Documentary analysis.

Learning and inclusion through apprenticeships in England: policy, systems and interactions among actors.

Investigation of paradoxes present in the Apprenticeship System in England, and their implications for apprentices' social inclusion and mobility, and for the generation of valuable skills in the labour market.


Journal articles (3)

Michalski, M., Śliwa, M. and Manalsuren, S., (2021). Context-specific understandings of uncertainty: a focus on people management practices in Mongolia. International Journal of Human Resource Management. 32 (17), 3600-3626

Michalski, MP. and Śliwa, M., (2021). ‘If you use the right Arabic…’: Responses to special language standardization within the BBC Arabic Service’s linguascape. Journal of World Business. 56 (5), 101198-101198

Michalski, MP., (2014). Symbolic meanings and e-learning in the workplace: The case of an intranet-based training tool. Management Learning. 45 (2), 145-166

Book chapters (1)

Manalsuren, S., Michalski, M. and Sliwa, M., (2018). Mongolian management: local practitioners' perspective in the face of economic, political and socio-cultural changes. In: Comparative Capitalism and the Transitional Periphery Firm Centred Perspectives. Editors: Demirbag, M. and Wood, G., . Edward Elgar. 58- 94. 978-1786430885

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EBS.3.95, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

You can find details of Academic Support hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911