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Dr Ishan Jalan

Formerly at Lancaster University

Ishan Jalan

PhD supervision

I welcome prospective PhD applications in the following areas: Leadership and Leader-follower relations; Emotions and subjectivity at workplace; Topics in organizational studies approached from a Psychoanalytic perspective; Topics approached through a narrative or storytelling methodology; Identity & gender studies; Topics exploring cultural, non-western and international perspectives;

Research Interests

Drawing from a social, critical and a psychoanalytical approach, my research interests mainly explores the following research areas broadly:

  • Emotions & affect in organizationsVarious nuances of emotions (their ambiguities, dynamics, mysteries and manifestations). In particular, complex, taboo and hidden emotions (eg: envy, fear, shame, guilt, anxiety); Organizations as emotion spaces: how emotions influence affairs at work and how events at work influence our emotions; Interplay between emotions, individual subjectivities and organizational life (eg: narcissism, fear, fantasy). 
  • Leadership & Identity: Drawing from a critical approach, I am particularly interested in exploring the dark side of leadership, Leader dysfunctions & Leader-follower relations (with a focus on gender, culture & non-western perspectives); Leadership and emotions; Self and psychodynamic perspectives on leadership and identity; 
  • Psychoanalytic study of organisations: exploring organizational phenomena using concepts such as unconscious & defense mechanisms; applying psychodynamic approaches to group work and organizational consulting; exploring organizational darkness (eg: derision, miasma, toxicity, sabotage). 
  • Qualitative methodologies: Storytelling and narrative techniques; free association method; semiotics and symbolism


Research Grants

Project Title: "Exploring the role of discreet emotions in the workplace" (£4,100)

Additional Information

I am currently supervising two PhD students:

  1. Diansha Wang: (Project title) Leaders or followers? Deconstructing Leadershpi Duality in a Social Networking Context. 
  2. Fraser Tidman: (Project title) HRM: And identity crisis? The changing shape of traditional human resource management and the emergence of the People Function



BA (Hons.), MSc (LSE), PhD (Bath), Post-Doc (Lund), PGCAP (Lancs), FHEA


Current Teaching

  • Module Director, Course Lecturer and Tutor: MNGT200 Management and Consulting: Practice and Critique
  • Course Lecturer and Tutor: MNGT320 Rethinking Leadership
  • Dissertation Supervisor: MA in HRM and Consulting; MSc Management
  • PhD Supervision


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