Dr Karen Bilsland

  • Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour (Management)

email: Karen.Bilsland@glasgow.ac.uk

Adam Smith Business School, Room 408b, Main Building, University Avenue, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8044-0596


Dr Karen Bilsland is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at the Adam Smith Business School and is a three-time graduate of the University of Glasgow (MA Hons, Business and Management and Geography, 2013; MRes, Sociology and Research Methods, 2014; PhD, Management, 2018). Karen’s research interests broadly include work organisation, organisational change, employee engagement and participation, spatiality and architecture in organisations, and the application of visual and mobile methodologies in organisational research. Her PhD research involved a comparative study of work practices and employee relations in the UK and Sweden within a multinational retail firm.

Prior to re-joining the University in July 2022, Karen was a Lecturer in Management at the University of Aberdeen since October 2018. While completing her PhD, Karen also held a research position as a Research Assistant in Economic Democracy at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. In 2017, Karen was a Visiting Scholar at the Desautels Faculty of Management at Montreal’s McGill University.

Karen has published in journals such as New Technology, Work and Employment and Economic and Industrial Democracy. Karen has successfully secured funding for her research, including a full PhD scholarship in 2014, and as Co-investigator on an interdisciplinary KTP project in 2020, co-funded by Innovate UK and the Scottish Funding Council.

Karen is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE (FHEA).

Research interests

Karen is a member of the School's Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.

Areas of expertise:

  • Work organisation
  • Organisational change
  • Employee engagement and participation
  • Spatiality and architecture in organisations
  • Application of visual and mobile methodologies in organisational research


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