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Dr. Alina Ileana Petrescu

Research Fellow in Labour Economics

School of Business

Greenbank Building, GR040

+44 (0) 1772 89 4679

APetrescu@uclan.ac.uk

Alina's field of specialisation is Labour Economics, combined with an interdisciplinary approach on Human Resource Management (HRM) and behaviour in organisations. Her research interests include analysing the impact of HRM practices on job satisfaction, company performance and work effort in Britain as well as in an international comparative context.

Alina is research active within the area of business and management and is a member of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research.

Full Profile

Alina's research focuses on analysing workplace flexibility practices (WFPs) in relation to various corporate performance measures, such as absenteeism, financial turnover or redundancies.

Alina's current research relates to labour market flexibility and workplace flexibility practices (WFPs). She works at in the Division of Business, Economics and International Business within a small team led by Professor Philip B. Whyman including Dr. Mark Baimbridge from the University of Bradford and Dr. Buraimo Babatunde from Liverpool University. Her activity is part of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research (LIEBR).

The main focus of research is initially British labour market flexibility, but other national and international avenues may also be explored as our project will extend to embrace an international comparative perspective. This collaborative multi-facetted project involves a mixture of research methods, enabling an examination of, on the one hand, the interactions between different elements WFPs, as well as, on the other hand, an assessment of their impact upon employee, company and macroeconomic performance.

Thus, our team's research evaluates the flexibilisation of working life, both where initiatives are intended to provide improved work-life balance for employees, and, alternatively, where the stimulus arises from the intention to promote more efficient company working patterns, enhanced productivity and higher rates of economic expansion. Proposals advanced to improve the former employee work situation may be expected to modify the “time squeeze” experienced by a growing number of professional and/or managerial employees, together with a wider purported inability of many workers to balance work and family (or non-work) commitments. Similarly, programmes intended to facilitate the latter superior corporate performance may lead to greater labour market flexibility through better matching of production to fluctuating product demand, promoting productivity through more efficient reorganisation of working conditions and facilitating macroeconomic goals.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Labour Economics: Workplace flexibility practices (WFPs); Job satisfaction; Worker, company and economy-wide performance; Training and promotion linkages; Labour market trends

Management: HRM practices and their impact on company and employee performance; Historical and cross-country comparisons of development in management science and evolution of managerial techniques

Organisational Behaviour: Cross-disciplinary insights derived from sociology and psychology e.g. the role of attitudinal variables in understanding organisational and worker behaviour; The impact of technology on organisational and societal evolution

Examples of HRM practices of interest in Alina's work incorporate both pecuniary and non-pecuniary workplaces incentives and practices such as: workplace flexibility practices (WFPs), workplace organisation, employee participation, job autonomy, job design, training, communication and consultation, job security, various pay methods. The primary research aim is to answer the fundamental need for practitioners, employees and academics to estimate the role of HRM practices in improving workplace employee and company outcomes. This also contributes to a wider aim of creating a stronger economy and achieving higher societal well-being.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Ph.D. in Economics (December 2008) Department of Economics, Lancaster University, U.K.
Thesis title: “The Impact of Workplace Practices on Company and Employee Performance in Britain”
Supervisors: Prof. Steve Bradley and Dr. Rob Simmons
Examiners: Prof. Sarah Brown (external) and Prof. Jim Taylor (internal)

Master in Business Administration (1999-2000) Huron University, London, U.K.

Business Studies Programme (1999) Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Paris, France

B.Sc. Degree (Valedictorian), Major in Business Administration (1995-1999)
Faculty of Economic Studies in Foreign Languages, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

Publications

Whyman, Philip B, Bainbridge, M, Buraimo, Babatunde A and Petrescu, Alina (2014) Workplace flexibility practices and corporate performance. British Journal of Management, - (-). ISSN 1467-8551 (Submitted) Item not available from this repository.

Whyman, Philip B and Petrescu, Alina (2013) Workplace Flexibility Practices in SMEs: Relationship with Performance via Redundancies, Absenteeism, and Financial Turnover. Journal of Small Business Management, - (-). ISSN 1540-627X

Whyman, Philip B and Petrescu, Alina (2013) Partnership, flexible workplace practices and the realisation of mutual gains: evidence from the British WERS 2004 dataset. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, - (-). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0958-5192 Item not available from this repository.

Petrescu, Alina Ileana and Simmons, Rob (2008) Human resource management practices and workers' job satisfaction. International Journal of Manpower, 29 (7). pp. 651-667. ISSN 0143-7720 Item not available from this repository.

More publications

Teaching

Teaching averaging 8 weekly hours per 30 week-teaching year at UCLan

IN 2014-2015

International Labour Markets (BU4101)
Postgraduate (Masters) level, Full Year, Module Leader: Alina

Intermediate Economics Principles (EC2002)
Undergraduate level, Year 2. Semester 1: Microeconomics, Module Leader: Alina

Labour Market Economics (EC3004)
Undergraduate level, Year 3, Full Year, Module Leader: Alina

Europe and the World Economy (EC3408)
Undergraduate level, Year 3, Full Year, Module Leader: Alina

Research Related Employment Record

May 2008 to Present - Research Fellow in Labour Economics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. Contract: Full-time; employed on a fixed-term contract from 19 May 2008 to 1 August 2014, and on a permanent contract with 50% teaching and 50% research as of 1 August 2014.

2007 to 2008 - Research Officer in Management and Productivity Analysis, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, U.K.

DOCTORAL STUDENT (PHD) SUPERVISION

Director of Studies for one PhD Student with postgraduate study start date 1 April 2014

Co-supervisor for one PhD student with postgraduate study start date January 2013

CONFERENCES

2010: Annual Staff and Research Student Symposium, Paper presented by Dr Alina Petrescu: Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. 'The effects of economic recession on small and medium enterprises in Lancashire". July. University of Central Lancashire, Preston, U.K.

2009: British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) 59th Annual Conference. Paper presented by Dr Alina Petrescu: Whyman, P. B., Baimbridge, M., Buraimo, B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2009) 'Workplace flexibility and corporate performance: Challenges for the British private sector in a dynamic environment'. July. Cardiff University, Cardiff, U.K.

2008: Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM). Celia, H., Iona, A., Petrescu, A. I., Battisti, G., Clegg, C. W. and Fu, X., 'Survey of British retail'. September. London, U.K.

2008: Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM), Presentation by Dr Alina Petrescu: Celia, H., Iona, A., Petrescu, A. I., Battisti, G., Clegg, C. W. and Fu, X., 'Survey of British retail'. February. London, U.K.

2005: Conference of the European Association of Labour Economists. Paper presented by Dr. Rob Simmons: Bradley, S., Petrescu, A. I., Simmons, R. (2005) 'Cherry picking in the British labour market: Are trained workers more likely to be promoted?'. July. San Francisco, U.S.A.

2004: The 79th Conference of the Western Economic Association International. Paper presented by Dr. Rob Simmons: Bradley, S., Petrescu, A. I., Simmons, R. 'The impacts of Human Resource Management practices and pay inequality on workers' job satisfaction', July. Vancouver, Canada.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND LEARNING

June 2015 - September 2015 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Training at D2 Teaching Level, UCLan

January 2013 - October 2013
Certificate in Research Degree Supervision
University of Central Lancashire

October 2013
Secure Data Service (SDS) Approved Researcher
London

October 2002 - May 2006
Research Training Courses in Statistics and Career Development
Lancaster University, Lancaster

October 2002 - May 2005
(Self-taught) Learning to use Stata and SPSS
Lancaster University, Lancaster

October 2001 - June 2002
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Lancaster University, Lancaster

October 1997 - August 1999
Diploma in Pedagogy for Higher Education Lecturers
Faculty of Economic Studies in Foreign Languages, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

External Activities

Journal Referee for: International Journal of Manpower

Personnel Review

Human Relations

Book reviewer for: Routledge

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) I Rapporteur since October 2013

Media presence: January 2014 - Videocast (Presentation as part of the KN4B project on Small and Medium Enterprises research conducted at LIEBR, UCLan)

GRANTS, RECOGNITION AND AWARDS

May 2012 - September 2012
Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS)
Awarded as funding for an Internship Programme (one intern student and one student from the USA), University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Grant value: £2,000

May 2012 - Autumn 2012
Commercial Grant for writing a report
Awarded as funding for a study of socio-economic impact in Lancashire, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Grant value: £40,000

May 2011 - September 2011
Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS)
University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Grant awarded for an Internship Programme (hiring one intern student), Primary data collection: national postal and e-survey of SMEs in U.K.
Grant value: £2,000

May 2009 - September 2009
Lancashire Business School Research Internship Funding, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Grant awarded for an Internship Programme (hiring one intern student), Primary data collection: regional postal and e-survey of SMEs in central Lancashire, U.K.
Grant value: £2,000

October 2001 - October 2004
Overseas Research Student (ORS) Awards Scheme
Awarded as funding for PhD Degree, Lancaster University, Lancaster

October 2001- October 2005
Management School Scholarship
Awarded as funding for PhD Degree, Lancaster University, Lancaster

October 1999 - October 2000
Huron University School Scholarship
Awarded as funding for MBA Degree, Huron University, London

August 1999
Excellence Recognition Award
Academy of Economic Studies (Valedictorian), Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

October 1995 - August 1999
Academic Excellence Scholarship
Faculty of Economic Studies in Foreign Languages, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

January 1998 - July 1998
Erasmus Scholarship Programme
Mulhouse, France

Languages

English Fluent

Romanian Fluent/native

French Fluent reading and understanding

Italian Basic use

Spanish Basic use

German Basic understanding of some written academic terms

Memberships

Intra-university institutes / organisations:

2009-present
Seminar convenor and offering website support for the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research (LIEBR)
External institutes / organisations:

European Association of Labour Economists (EALE)
Royal Economic Society (RES)
British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)

Online

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