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Name:

Dr. Alina Ileana Petrescu

Position:

Research Fellow in Labour Economics

Department:

Division of Business, Economics and International Business

Lancashire Business School

Email:

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Phone: 

+ 44 1772 894 679

Work address:

Greenbank Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE
Lancashire, UK

CONTENTS:

1. AREAS OF INTEREST/EXPERTISE

2. RESEARCH PROJECTS

3. RESEARCH DISSEMINATION

4. EDUCATIONAL/PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

5. CURRENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES

6. GRANTS AND AWARDS

7. OTHER EXTERNAL ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES AND ROLES

 

 

1. AREAS OF INTEREST/EXPERTISE

Alina's field of specialisation is Labour Economics, combined with a interdisciplinary approach on Human Resource Management (HRM) and Behaviour in Organisations. Her research interests include analysing the impact of HRM practices such on job satisfaction, company performance and work effort, in Britain as well as in an international comparative context. Examples of HRM practices of interest incorporate both pecuniary and non-pecuniary workplaces incentives and practices such as: flexible working practices, workplace organisation,, employee participation, job autonomy, job design, training, communication and consultation, job security, various pay methods. The aim of such research is to answer the fundamental need for practitioners, employees and academics to estimate the role of HRM practices in improving workplace employee and company outcomes. It also contributes to a wider aim of creating a stronger economy and achieving higher societal well-being.

 Alina’s areas of interest are: 

Labour Economics

  • flexible working practices
  • job satisfaction
  • worker, company and economy-wide performance
  • training and promotion linkages
  • labour market trends

Management

  • HRM practices and their impact on company and employee performance
  • historical and cross-country comparisons of development in management science and evolution of managerial techniques

Organisational Behaviour

  • cross-disciplinary insights derived from Sociology and Psychology e.g. the role of attitudinal variables in understanding organisational and worker behaviour
  • the impact of technology on organisational and societal evolution

 

2. RESEARCH PROJECTS

2. 1. Current Research Projects

Current research includes:

Alina's current research relates to labour market flexibility and flexible working practices. She works at Lancashire Business School (LBS) in the Division of Business, Economics and International Business within a small team led by Professor Philip B. Whyman  including Dr. Mark Baimbridge from the University of Bradford and Dr. Buraimo Babatunde from the School of Sport Tourism and the Outdoors.

The current main focus of research is initially British labour market flexibility, but other national and international avenues may also be explored as our project will extend to embrace an international comparative perspective. This collaborative multi-facetted project involves a mixture of research methods, enabling an examination of, on the one hand, the interactions between different elements of labour market flexibility and flexible workplace practices, as well as, on the other hand, an assessment of their impact upon employee, company and macroeconomic performance. 

Thus, our research evaluates the flexibilisation of working life, both where initiatives are intended to provide improved work-life balance for employees, and, alternatively, where the stimulus arises from the intention to promote more efficient company working patterns, enhanced productivity and higher rates of economic expansion. Proposals advanced to improve the former employee work situation may be expected to modify the “time squeeze” experienced by a growing number of professional and/or managerial employees, together with a wider purported inability of many workers to balance work and family (or non-work) commitments. Similarly, programmes intended to facilitate the latter superior corporate performance may lead to greater labour market flexibility through better matching of production to fluctuating product demand, promoting productivity through more efficient reorganisation of working conditions and facilitating macroeconomic goals.

 

2.2. Completed Research Projects

A short summary of Alina’s research projects previous to joining UCLan is as follows:

 

 

 

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January 2007 - March 2008

Research Officer in Management and Productivity Analysis

Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, Oxford  

Project Title (EPSRC grant): “The role of management practices in closing the productivity gap - A Closing the Gap, Crossing the Levels Ideas Factory Project”.

Co-operation project between Oxford, Nottingham, Birmingham and Sheffield universities.                

  • data encoding and data modelling using the Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2004, using Stata software
  • using multilevel and multidisciplinary models of relevant variables to understand and predict management practices
  • generating ideas on good practice for productivity improvements
  • aided in the commission, design and analysis of an independent UK and US Retail Survey 2007 (500 UK observations and 500 US observations)
  • preparation of academic papers for publishing

 

March 2004 - July 2004

Research Assistant

Department of Economics, Lancaster University, Lancaster

Project Title: ‘Training and Promotion in Britain’

  • data encoding and data modelling of the British Household Panel Survey Waves 1991 – 2003, using Stata software
  • preparation of academic papers for publishing
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February 2000 - August 2000

Research Assistant

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), London

  • compiling case study material on workplace learning
  • researching theoretical concepts in experiential learning: literature research conducted in CIPD archives as well as mainstream libraries
  • conducting interviews in business and academia (e.g. CBI, BAE, Nottingham University, Lancaster University).
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January 2000 - August 2000

Research Assistant

Department of Experiential Learning, Huron University, London 

  • helping to design an effective environment for work placements with the aim of producing a model of experiential learning
  • collaborating with organisations such as the Prince’s Trust and Voluntary Service Overseas  (VSO) in co-ordinating  research activity
  • evaluating psychometric testing techniques: literature search and testing

 

3. RESEARCH DISSEMINATION

  • 3.1. Articles

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 >  

 

  • 3.2. 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/

 

  •  3.3. Conference Papers

2010, 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, 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, Celia, H.,Iona, A., Petrescu, A. I., Clegg, C. W.Battisti, G. and Fu, X. 'Understanding Retail Capabilities'. September. Manchester. U.K.

2008, 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 of the European Association of Labour Economists. Paper presented by Dr. Rob Simmons: Bradley, 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, The 79th Conference of the Western Economic Association International. Paper presented by Dr. Rob Simmons: Bradley, 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.

 

  • 3.4. Reports

Battisti, G. Celia, H., Clegg, C. W.Fu, X. Iona, 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.

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.

 

  • 3.5. Books

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

 

4. EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

 

2008 -         Research Fellow in Labour Economics, Lancashire Business School, Preston, U.K.

2007-2008  Research Officer in Management and Productivity Analysis, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, U.K.

2008           Ph.D. in Economics, Department of Economics, Lancaster University,  U.K.   

                   Thesis area: Labour Economics

                   Thesis title: “The Impact of Workplace Practices on Company and Employee Performance in Britain”

                   Supervisors: Prof. Steve Bradley and Dr. Rob Simmons

                   Examiners: Prof. Sarah Brown (external) and Prof. Jim Taylor (internal)

2000           Master in Business Administration (MBA), Huron University, London, U.K.

1999           Business Studies Programme, Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Paris, France

1999           B.Sc. Degree (Valedictorian), Major in Business Administration, Faculty of Economic Studies in Foreign Languages,

                   Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

 

5. CURRENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES

 

Undergraduate, 3rd Year:       Labour Market Economics (EC3004)

Undergraduate, 2nd Year:       Intermediate Principles of Economics (EC2002).

 

6. GRANTS AND AWARDS

 

October      2001 -        Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme (ORSAS)

October      2004           Awarded as funding for PhD Degree, Lancaster University, Lancaster

 

October      2001 -        Lancaster University Management School Scholarship

October      2005           Awarded as funding for PhD Degree, Lancaster University, Lancaster

 

October      1999 -       Huron University School Scholarship

October      2000           Awarded as funding for MBA Degree, Huron University, London

 

August        1999          Excellence Recognition Award

                                      Academy of Economic Studies Valedictorian

                                      Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

 

7. OTHER EXTERNAL ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES AND ROLES

Member:                       Institute for International Business (IIB)

Member:                       European Association of Labour Economists (EALE)

Member:                       Royal Economic Society (RES)

Member:                       British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)

Referee:                      International Journal of Manpower

 


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