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Centre for Organisations in Development (COD)
Part of the School of Environment, Education and Development

Research staff

Core Researchers

Dr Aminu Mamman (co-director)

Aminu Mamman

Aminu’s first degree is in Business Administration, from Ahmadu Bello University. He gained Master's and Ph.D degrees from the Universities of Wales, Cardiff and has lived in all continents except South America. This is reflected in his research, teaching and consulting interests. Aminu’s research interests include human resource management; international/comparative management, managing diversity, leadership/management development; vocational education and training in Africa, management of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries. He has undertaken consulting activities in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, USA, Nigeria, Uganda, and Malaysia.


Dr Chris Rees (co-director)

Chris Rees

A Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chris’s research and teaching is focused upon human resource aspects of organisational change and development. He has published extensively in renowned journals such as the ‘Human Resource Development International’, ‘Journal of Business Ethics’, and the ‘International Journal of Human Resource Management’.  He has undertaken consultancy and speaking engagements in a wide range of countries including China, Russia, India, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He currently holds the position of Honorary Chair of International Human Resource Management at Beijing University of Technology.


Dr Willy McCourt

Willy McCourt

Willy holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge, and Master's degrees from the Universities of Lancaster and London. He trained as a teacher and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Manchester. He has carried out recent international development consultancy and research assignments in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam.  Willy has acted as an adviser to the British Council and the Department for International Development in the UK, to DANIDA and USAID, and to the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the European Union, UNDP and the World Bank.


Dr Farhad Hossain

Farhad Hossain

Farhad holds an M.A. and PhD in Administrative Sciences. He has wide research interests including E-Governance, Local Government Reform and Decentralization, Microfinance, Community Based Organizations, Intercultural Communication, Policy Analysis and Social Capital. Farhad has worked in a wide variety of countries including Bangladesh, Denmark, Finland, Namibia, Nepal, Norway, Sweden and USA.


Dr Pete Mann

Pete Mann

Pete Mann has worked internationally in strengthening the practice of organisations in development all his working life – from his first job as a voluntary teacher in West Africa in the mid 1960s, to his first post-retirement consultancy with COD in action research of the development of top-level Bangladeshi civil servants in IDPM in 2008. Throughout his academic career, his scholarly practice has centred on:

  • management and leadership development
  • writing down / writing out / writing up accounts of action learning
  • converting tacit know-how into articulated ‘know-about’
  • accrediting work-led learning when people expand their organisational roles in advancing their careers
  • experiential learning and training of trainers

All this writing has been within the context of building organisational capacity through strengthening practice.

In the last ten years, Pete has learnt more about and has written more on body-mind psychology applied within management learning and executive business education. He has trained in ‘psycho-motor systems therapy,’ publishing its relevance to first-person and self-reflective action research and to corporate leadership development. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), Pete contributes Masterclasses globally to business schools, multi-sector conferences and professional forums.


Dr Nahee Kang

Nahee Kang

Before joining IDPM and COD, Nahee was an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) at Nottingham University Business School, and a Temporary Lecturer in Economic Sociology at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. In the past, Nahee also worked briefly as a researcher at the Korea Institute of Finance (KIF) in South Korea, and held visiting fellowships at the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD) and United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Japan.

Nahee's research focuses on comparative economic sociology, organisational sociology, and the sociology of development. In particular, she applies institutional and organisational analysis to the study of private sector organisations in development, focusing on state, non-state and self regulation of the sector.


Dr Beverly Metcalfe

Nahee Kang

Beverly has worked in Bahrain, Iran, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and UAE and has held visiting research positions at Monash and Griffith Universities in Australia. Her research and teaching interests are in cross-cultural and international HRD; women, globalisation and HRD; and leadership, governance and social change. Her current work explores women's leadership and enterprise development in the Middle East and the influence of Islam on international management strategies. She has undertaken consultancy work for government organisations in the field of women and development and HR strategy including the Islamic Government of Iran and the women's section of Bahrain Management Society. She has published widely in international journals including inter alia: the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics and Gender Work and Organization.


Key Associates

Dr Ken Kamoche

Ken Kamoche

Ken is a professor of International Human Resource Management at Nottingham Business School.  Ken was born and raised in Kenya. He obtained a BCom at Nairobi University before proceeding to Oxford for further studies as a Rhodes Scholar. After earning a DPhil, he taught at Birmingham University and later moved to the City University of Hong Kong. He has also taught in Portugal, Australia and Thailand, and has been a visiting professor in many institutions around the world. Ken’s research extends from international human resource management to organizational improvisation and more recently, knowledge management. His work has been published in journals like Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Human Relations, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, and so forth. Ken has published four books, of which the most recent is Managing Human Resources in Africa (Routledge).


Professor John Hassard

Professor  John Hassard

John is Professor of Organisational Analysis and Head of the Organisational Analysis Group at Manchester Business School. He also holds a visiting position as Senior Research Associate at the Judge Institute of Management Studies, Cambridge University. Previously he taught and researched at the London Business School and the universities of Cardiff and Keele. Before commencing an academic career, John trained as an equities dealer on the Northern Stock Exchange. His academic work has a clear international dimension, as with recent studies of enterprise reform and restructuring in the steel industries of China and Eastern Europe. In recent years, John has received a large amount of research funding in connection with these studies; from, for example, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Department of Trade and Industry, the British Council and United Nations.


Professor Fang Lee Cooke

Professor Fang Lee Cooke

Fang is Professor of HRM and Chinese Studies at Manchester Business School. Prior to coming to the UK, she had four years lecturing experience and five years working experience in diesel engine power stations with Sino-British engineering project teams.Fang’s research activities are in the areas of human resource management, industrial relations and employment law in the British and Asian Pacific context. Fang’s research interests include issues related to skills and training; career pattern; quality management; knowledge management; equal opportunity; technological and organisational change; outsourcing and implications for HRM; organisational learning and competitiveness. In addition to that, Fang has strong interests in researching on the role of the state in human resource development, equal opportunity and the reshaping of employment relations in China in a rapidly changing political, economic and social context.


Professor Paul Collins

Professor Paul Collins

Paul has been Editor of Public Administration and Development for 15 years and has served at Universities in the UK (Sussex and Bath), the Americas (Connecticut, Texas and Sao Paulo) and Africa (Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana). He served at the UN in New York 1981-91, latterly as Principal Management Adviser of UNDP in its Policy Bureau. He returned to the UK as Principal Consultant of the then Royal Institute of Public Administration International Division for a few years, and has since been adviser to the World Bank, UK DFID, UNDP and EC in over 50 countries in Central America/Caribbean, Africa, E/Central Europe and Asia. Over the last 4 years, he has run workshops and made presentations in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Taiwan, and has just completed a term as Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong. He is currently Special Professor of Public Administration at Nottingham University, UK and Senior Hon. Fellow, International Development Dept., University of Birmingham.


Professor Maged Botros

Professor Maged Botros

Maged is a tenured Professor of Public Administration at Helwan University, Egypt. He is a regular contributor to media debates on public and economic reform in the Middle East. For example, in recent years, he has been interviewed and provided articles for the BBC, Aljazeera English and Arabic, German Radio, Saudi II, Morocco Med. Channel, Kuwaiti T.V., and Nile T.V.. Magad is also the Head of the School of Business Administration, of the Canadian International College (CIC) in Cairo, and Director of Program Delivery for Canwell Education Consultants. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has extensive international teaching and consultancy experience with organisations such as Clark Atlanta University (USA); Virginia Commonwealth University (USA); Chemonics International Consultancy (USA); Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands); the Applied Science University, ASU (Bahrain); the American University in Cairo; National Constancy Bureau (Egypt); and the Canadian International College (Egypt).


Professor Kate Hutchings

Professor Kate Hutchingss

Kate is Professor of HRM in the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources, Griffith University, Australia. Kate has previously been employed at Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, and the University of Queensland. She has held visiting research positions at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Rutgers University, USA; and Ceram Graduate School of Management, France, and has taught short courses and provided executive training in China, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka. Kate's research has appeared in prestigious international journals including Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Journal of Management Studies. She has co-authored/edited three books with Pearson, Edward Elgar and Ashgate and presented her work at premier conferences such as the Academy of International Business and the Academy of Management. Her current research interests include: HRM in developing economies; diversity management; expatriate management; training and development; and women in international management.


Dr Bulent Kanol

Dr Bulent Kanol

Bulent holds a PhD from the University of Brighton, UK and an MBA from Emory University, USA. He is the Chairman and Founding Director of the Management Centre of the Mediterranean which has, since its inception in 2003, provided training programs in human capital, organizational development and strategic planning. In directing the work of the Management Centre, Bulent has sought to build lasting relationships within and between organizations based in Cyprus's civil society sector, local authorities, the banking sector, and small and medium businesses and associations. He is actively involved in research and consulting in management in higher education, local authorities, public sector, non-profits and also in the field of peace building and reconciliation. In addition to his work as Executive Director of the Management Centre, Bulent is a Founding Trustee of the European University of Lefke.