Research Dissemination

Alina's research aims to inform employees, employers and policymakers about better-decision making on crucial economic aspects related to productivity, sustainable development and societal progress

Labour economics themes of high relevance that are present in Alina's research include: flexible work, business productivity, job satisfaction and employee well-being, business growth, firms' use of human resource management practices, redundancies, abseteeism, (im)migration, skills drain, Brexit, the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, skills mismatch, the importance of business clusters/ networks, or regional economic development.

Alina has written the following articles, books, reports, conference / presentation papers and working papers / thesis chapters:

 

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles:

Whyman, P. B., Baimbridge, M. J., Buriamo, B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2015) ‘Workplace flexibility and corporate performance: Evidence from the British private sector’, British Journal of Management, Vol. 26(3): 347-364.

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2015) 'Workplace flexibility practices in SMEs: Relationship and performance via redundancies, absenteeism and Financial Turnover', Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 53 (4): 1097-1126.

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2014) 'Workforce nationality composition and workplace flexibility in Britain', International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 35 (6): 776-797.

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2014) 'Partnership, flexible working practices and the realisation of mutual Gains: Evidence from the British WERS 2004 Dataset', International Journal of Human Resource Management, Special Issue: Partnership, Collaboration and Mutual Gains: an International Perspective, Vol. 25 (6): 829-851.

Petrescu, A. I. and Simmons, R. (2008) ‘Human resource management practices and workers’ job satisfaction’, International Journal of Manpower, Special Issue: Subjective Well Being and the Labour Market, Vol. 29 (7) : 651 - 667.

Siebers, P.O., Aickelin, U., Battisti, G., Celia, H., Clegg, C. W.,  Fu, X., De Hoyos, R., Iona, A., Peixoto, A., and Petrescu, A. I. (2008) 'Enhancing productivity: The role of management practices', Advanced Institute of Management Research, Working Paper No. 065-February. Available online < http://www.aimresearch.org/aim-publications/working-papers/wp-065-Enhancing-Productivity >  

  

  • Books

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (Forthcoming) The Economics of Brexit - Revisited. Palgrave. UK.

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2017) The Economics of Brexit. A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the UK's Economic Relationship with the EU. Palgrave. UK.

Necula, E., Naftanaila, I. and Petrescu, A. I. (2001) Dictionary of Human Resources: English-Romanian. Bucharest: Ed. Tehnica. 

 

  • Externally-funded/ Knowledge Transfer/ Consultancy Reports

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2019) An Evaluation of Skills Drain from Lancashire. Report. Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research, Research Centre for Business Management and Enterprise, University of Central Lancashire. November.

Smith, S., Whyman, P. B., Petrescu, A. I., Wright, A. and Moon, V. (2018) Productivity in Lancashire – Sparking New Ideas. Executive Summary. Centre for SME Development. ReportUniversity of Central Lancashire, October.

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2017) The Local Economic Impact of Shale Gas Extraction. Report. University of Central Lancashire.

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2011) 'Economic recession and workplace flexibility practices in Lancashire-based SMEs', Research Report, Lancashire Business School Workplace Flexibility Series, LIEBR, University of Central Lancashire, March, ISSN 2064-9276. Available to download here.

Battisti, GCelia, H., Clegg, C. W.Fu, XIona, A. and Petrescu, A. I. (2009) 'Capabilities versus productivity: Identifying the weaknesses in the UK retail industry'. Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Executive Briefings. London.

Siebers, P.O., Aickelin, U., Battisti, G., Celia, H., Clegg, C. W., Fu, X., De Hoyos, R., Iona, A., Peixoto, A., and Petrescu, A. I. (2008) 'Enhancing productivity: The role of management practices', Advanced Institute of Management Research, Working Paper No. 065-February. Available to download here

Celia, H., Iona, A., Petrescu, A. I. , Clegg, C. W., Battisti, G., and Fu, X. (2008)  Understanding Retail Capabilitie. Research Report. Available online via: https://core.ac.uk/display/143477536

Petrescu, A. I. (2000) 'Workplace learning in Britain: Trends and perspectives'. Concluding Report of Research with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) April. London.

Petrescu, A. I. (1999) 'Developing effective work experience programmes – An organisational model'. Concluding Report of Research with the Huron University. November. London.

  

  •  Conference Papers

2018, Presentation for evaluation report at the end of the project: Lancashire County Council: 'Productivity in Lancashire: Investigating the systemic causes behind the lag of Lancashire in comparison to other areas and looking for ways to improve', 19 October, County Hall, Preston, U.K.

2018, Presentation for evaluation report at the end of the project: Lancashire County Council: 'The Small and Medium Enterprise Survey: Productivity in Lancashire', 23 July, County Hall, Preston, U.K.

2010, Symposium event presentation:: Annual Staff and Research Student Symposium. Paper presented by Dr Alina I. Petrescu: Whyman, P. B.. and Petrescu, A. I. 'The effects of economic recession on small and medium enterprises in Lancashire", July, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, U.K..

2009, Conference presentation: British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) 59th Annual Conference. Paper presented by Dr Alina I. Petrescu: Whyman, P. B., Baimbridge, M.Buraimo, B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2009) 'Workplace flexibility and corporate performance: Challenges for the British private sector in a dynamic environment'. July, Cardiff University, Cardiff, U.K.

2008, Conference presentation: Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM): Celia, H.,Iona, A., Petrescu, A. I., Clegg, C. W.Battisti, G. and Fu, X. 'Understanding Retail Capabilities'. September. Manchester. U.K.

2008, Conference presentation: Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM) Presentation by Dr Alina I. Petrescu:  Celia, H.,Iona, A., Petrescu, A. I., Clegg, C. W.Battisti, G. and Fu, X. 'Survey of British retail'. February, London, U.K.

2005, Conference presentation: Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists. Paper presented by Dr. Rob SimmonsBradley, S., Petrescu, A. I., Simmons, R. (2005) ‘Cherry picking in the British labour market: Are trained workers more likely to be promoted?', San Francisco, U.S.A.

2004, Conference presentation: The 79th Conference of the Western Economic Association International. Paper presented by Dr. Rob SimmonsBradley, S., Petrescu, A. I., Simmons, R. 'The Impacts of Human Resource Management Practices and Pay Inequality on Workers' Job Satisfaction', Vancouver, Canada. 

1997, Faculty of Economic Studies in Foreign Languages Staff and Student Conference. Presentation by Dr Alina I. Petrescu: 'The human resouces: A key to Romania's future'. Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Bucharest. Romania.

 

  • Working papers / Thesis Chapters

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2010) 'SME workplace flexibility and performance: Evidence from Lancashire, Britain in 2009', Working Paper, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire.

Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2010) 'The effects of economic recession on small and medium enterprises in Lancashire", Working Paper, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire.

Whyman, P. B., Baimbridge, M., Buraimo, B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2009) Workplace flexibility and establishment absenteeism in the British public and private sectors', Working Paper, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire.

Whyman, P. B., Baimbridge, M.Buraimo, B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2010) 'Flexibility and performance in British workplaces', Working Paper, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire.

Whyman, P. B., Baimbridge, M.Buraimo, B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2008) 'Workplace flexibility and corporate performance: Challenges for the British private sector in a dynamic environment', Working Paper, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire.

Fu, X., and Petrescu, A. (2007) “The impact of management practices on firm productivity in manufacturing and retail sectors in Britain: Evidence from the WERS 04 dataset”, Working Paper, Oxford University, Oxford.

Fu, X.,. and Petrescu, A. (2007) “Management practices and productivity in the retail sector: A review”, Working Paper, Oxford University, Oxford.

Petrescu, A. I. (2006) ‘Determinants of work effort in Britain: Managerial and employee perspectives’, Thesis Chapter, Lancaster University, Lancaster.

Bradley, S., Petrescu, A. I., Simmons, R. (2005) ‘Cherry picking in the British labour market: Are trained workers more likely to be promoted?’, Thesis Chapter, Lancaster University, Lancaster.

Bradley, S., Petrescu, A. I., Simmons, R. (2004) ‘The impacts of human resource management practices and pay inequality on workers' job satisfaction’Working Paper, Lancaster University, Lancaster. Available at: http://www.lums.lancs.ac.uk/publications/viewpdf/000276/


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