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Salford Business School

Dr Kathy Hartley

Lecturer in People Management


I joined Salford Business School as Lecturer in People Management in May 2014. Prior to that I was at Leeds University Business School where I completed an ESRC funded PhD followed by a two year Research Fellowship. Before entering academia my career spanned the public and private sectors – the NHS (where I started my career as a nurse) followed by a number of years within the healthcare and nutrition industries in sales, training and management roles.

My research to date has focused on changes to ways of working and training in the medical profession, including clinical leadership and the movement of doctors into management role. 


Undergraduate level

Organisational Behaviour (Module Leader) – level 5

Postgraduate level

Strategic International Business Management (HRM/OB element)

Resourcing, Learning & Talent Management

Research Interests

The changing context of professional work and its impact on roles and identities, particularly the hybridisation of professional identities; career progression and transitions, including the influence of gender and age. 

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising students in the areas of ‘talent management within Higher Education’ and ‘professional culture and responses to alleged sexual offences against children.’

I would be interested in supervising future doctoral students in areas related to my interests.

Qualifications and Memberships

 PhD, University of Leeds

MA (Distinction), University of Leeds

BSc (Hons), Open University



Assoc CIPD


 Journal Articles

Hartley, K. (2016) Untangling approaches to management and leadership across systems of medical education. BMC Health Services Research, 16 (Suppl 2):180

Kirkpatrick, I., Kuhlmann, E., Hartley, K., Dent, M. and Lega, F. (2016) Medicine and management in European hospitals: a comparative overview. BMC Health Services Research, 16(Suppl 2):171

Hartley, K. and Kautsch, M. (2014). ‘Polish and UK doctors’ engagement with hospital management,’ International Journal of Public Sector Management, 27 (6)

Kautsch, M. and Hartley, K. (2012) ‘Zmiany ról zarzadczych lekarzy w szpitalach:czego mozemy nauczyc sie od Brytyjczyków?’, Problemy Zarzadzania (Management Issues), Vol 11, Nr 1 (41), t. 2, 112-127

Book chapters

Kirkpatrick, I., Hartley, K., Veronesi, G. & Kuhlmann, E. (2015) ‘Clinical management and professionalism.’In Kuhlmann, E., Blank, R., Bourgeault, I. and Wendt, C. (Eds) The Palgrave International Handbook of Healthcare Policy and Governance, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Part IV, Chapter 28