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Jacqueline O'Reilly
Professor of Comparative Human ResourceManagement (Management)
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How I like to teach

I like to work with inquisitive and industrious minds. I really enjoy helping my students learn how to structure their ideas in a concise, comprehensive and analytical manner.

Most of my current teaching involves supervising doctoral research students working on issues related to international comparisons of work and employment, equality and diversity, across the life cycle and for very different groups of workers. Some of my students have gone on to be academics whilst others have established their own business, or are working in NGOs, with trade unions or in HRM.

In undergraduate classes, I like to combine a range of multi-media sources to draw links between theoretical approaches and their relevance to contemporary economic developments.

One of the questions we recently examined with some undergraduate students looked at organisational structures based on the research from Levitt and Dubner authors of Freakeconomics. The seminar examined the similarities between seemingly disparate organisations like drug cartels and MacDonalds - what do they have in common? A franchise structure. And what are the employment conditions for different members of these organisations? We also compared internet organisations like Google, Amazon and Apple and looked at why these internet organisations are so different, despite the fact they all work through the medium of the internet. The students identified key determining factors such as the type of product being sold or services provided; the skills of the workers employed, and the different international markets they were working in.

Whilst at the University of Sussex (2004-8) my undergraduate teaching was recognised to be in the top 5 percent of all academic staff at the university based on student evaluations of my classes in research methods.