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Dr Usman Talat

Lecturer in People Management

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The past 15 years illustrate a fertile learning curve of my development. As an undergraduate student I explored Information Systems in Business settings. Excited by the prospect, I further pursued this avenue at a postgraduate level through a Masters in Information Systems and another Masters in Research Methods. It was during my exposure to computer systems that my attention shifted to discussions about information systems applicable to wider society. I grew an interest in the functioning and adaptation of humans as systems facing change.

Developing this interest further, my PhD explored philosophical and psychological arguments about emotion as an adaptive response in organizational change situations. I earned a passion for knowledge of human behavior and, in my current position, I am involved in research on intuition as a method of adaptation in organizations. At the same time I continue to lecture on worker behavior in social situations, designed to develop knowledge, tools, and skills for coping in contemporary society, where information prevails.


Current Teaching ¿

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Past Teaching ¿

  • Research Methods ¿
  • Economics ¿
  • Organizational Change and Management

Research Interests

My PhD explored the role of Emotion in Organizational Change at the National Health Service in the UK. During this time I also participated in a research project on small and medium-sized enterprises in the North West of the UK.

Postdoc, my research interests include Philosophy and Cognitive Psychology of Mind, Evolutionary psychology, and Organizational change.

PhD Supervision

I would be interested in supervising future doctoral students in the general areas of: Emotions in Organizational Change; Managerial Cognition and Decision Making; Organizational Learning; Leadership; and Managerial Intuition.  

Qualifications and Memberships

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2014)

PgCert. Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education

PhD. An Exploration of the Workers Emotional Experience during Organizational Change

MRes. Management and Business

MSc. Management and Information Systems: Change and Development

BSc(Hons). The Use of Information Technology in Education



Talat.U (2017) Emotion in Organizational Change: An Interdisciplinary Exploration. London: Palgrave  

Book Chapter

Talat.U and Owens, J (2017) Exploring the Openness Philosophy as a Knowledge Transfer Tool in UK Higher Education Teaching and Learning Environments In (Eds) H.C Alphin., J. Lavine and R.Y Chan Exploring the Future of Accessibility in Higher Education. 

Conference papers

Talat, U (2015) “Ontological Foundations and Epistemic Claims of Organizational Neuroscience”. Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative: Morecambe, UK October 2015            

Talat, U (2015) “The Existentialist Turn: An Interpretation of Leader Emotion and related fantasies. New Directions in Leadership Studies: Exploring the Critical Turn 14th International Studying Leadership Conference 13-15 Dec 2015 Lancaster University Management School: Submitted: Accepted. May 2016             

Talat, U and Rosatti, D (2016) “Evolutionary interpretation of international legal principles and negative Emotional bias: The case of the Common But Differentiated Responsibility principle in the international climate change regime” Conference on Emotion and Law: University of Buenos, Aires, Argentina, South America.                

March 2014: Talat. U (2015) “An Exploration of the Workers Emotional Experience during Organizational Change. Ph.D. Thesis. Manchester Metropolitan University Business School: U.K.

April, 2009: “A perspective on Management Research: Based on Heidegger’s text Being and Time”, 18th European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration conference, Submitted: Accepted

June, 2008 “Emotion and Decision Theory: A Review of the Philosophical and Methodological Aspects”, 17th European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration conference, Submitted: Accepted.

June 2007 Emotion and Decisions Research conference Manchester Metropolitan University. 2nd place Award Best Paper in stream.

Journals Talat, U., & Chang, K. (2017). Employee imagination and its implication for entrepreneurs. Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, 8 (2): 129-152. Talat, U., Chang, K., & Nguyen, B. (2017). Decision and intuition during organizational change: An evolutionary critique of dual process theory. The Bottom Line, 30 (3), 236-254.