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Salford Business School

Laylah Pyke

Lecturer in People Management


I joined Salford Business School as Lecturer in People Management after researching for a PhD (fully funded) at Hull University Business School. Prior to entering academia, I worked for over twelve years at a strategic level within the public (local, regional and national government) commercial and third sectors and has knowledge of organizations and processes and practices of management across a range of functions.

I am an alumna of the Cultural Leadership Programme and, during my time on the scheme, delivered projects at the Tate gallery as well as developing skills in in facilitating learning (coaching, action learning, and critical friendship) and leadership development in academic and organizational settings.

To date my research has focused on applying the critical social theories of Pierre Bourdieu to a concrete case -leadership and leadership development within the UK cultural sector.



Level 7

Resourcing, Learning and Talent Management

Managing the Organizational Resource

Research Interests

Management and leadership learning.

Materiality, age, gender and leadership. 

History of leadership development ideologies and their effects.

The leadership industries - how leadership is produced, distributed and consumed.

Development and application of qualitative research methodologies and methods.

PhD Supervision

I would be interested in supervising future doctoral students within the area of leadership learning and development, including critical and alternative approaches and women’s leadership learning.


Qualifications and Memberships

MA University of Manchester

GDL (Commendation) The University of Law

PGDip University of Warwick

PGCert (Distinction) Liverpool John Moores University

BA (Hons) University of Manchester


Conference Papers

Pyke, L. (2014) ‘Criticality as a whole approach to research’, How Critical is your Critical Management Studies PhD?, Leicester University Management School in September 2014

Pyke, L. (2014) ‘Leadership and Well-being in the Cultural Sector: A Bourdieusian Analysis’, 6th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference, The New Romantics of Responsible Leadership at Lancaster University Management School in July 2014.

Pyke, L. (2014) ‘Autoethnography: Where and When is the Field?’, NARTI Annual Doctoral Conference, Dialogues and Debates in Management Research at Keele University in June 2014.

Book Chapter

Pyke, L. (2010) ‘New Models for Emotionally Intelligent Leadership’ in Kay, S., Venner, K. Burns, S. and Schwarz, M. (eds.) A Cultural Leadership Reader, London: Cultural Leadership Programme.