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Dr Tina Kowalski
Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

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Biography

Tina was appointed to the School for Business and Society as lecturer in Human Resource Management in January 2016. Prior to this, Tina fulfilled an Early Career Fellow in HRM role at the University of Edinburgh Business School, where she had also been a postgraduate research student, completing her MSc in Research there in 2007 and her PhD, investigating the contribution of social support to employee psychological wellbeing, in 2013.

Tina has a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and an MSc in Health Psychology from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She successfully completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in 2017 and is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Tina is a Graduate member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the British Academy of Management, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology and the Academy of Management. In 2014, Tina gained Academic Associate membership of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).

From 2013-2016, Tina was Principal Investigator on an ESRC funded seminar series entitled ‘Sustaining employee wellbeing in the 21 st  century’. A key output from the series was a special issue in the International Journal of Human Resource Management on the theme of ‘Wellbeing and HRM in the Changing Workplace’, which was published in August 2017.

Career

 

Departmental roles

 

University roles

 

Research

Overview

  • Employee health and wellbeing
  • Psychosocial work environment
  • Health effects of organisational change 
  • The experience of older workers
  • Technology and social media and the effects of these on employee wellbeing
  • HR policies and organisational interventions in health and wellbeing
  • Qualitative research methods; diary studies

Projects

 

Research group(s)

 

Grants

 

Collaborators

 

Available PhD research projects

 

Supervision

 

Publications

Selected publications

Research article

Archer -Brown, C; Marder, B; Calvard, T; Kowalski, T (2018) Hybrid social media:
employees’ use of a boundary spanning technology. New Technology, Work and
Employment. 33 (1).

Kowalski, T and Loretto, W (2017) HRM and Wellbeing in the Changing workplace.
International Journal of Human Resource Management Volume 28, Issue 16, p.2229-2255.

Kowalski, T and Rojon, C (2014) Industrial-Organizational Psychologists in Business Schools: Insights from a UK Perspective.  Industrial and Organizational Psychology:  Perspectives on Science and Practice, Volume 7, Issue 3.

Web Publication

Kowalski, T and Loretto, W (2014) Pitfalls in implementing wellbeing initiatives – why good policy and practice are not enough. HRZone. www.hrzone.com

Book chapter

Gibbs, J., Loretto, W., Kowalski, T. and Platt, S. (2011) ‘Organisational change and employee health and wellbeing in the NHS’ in S Vickerstaff, C Phillipson and R Wilkie (2011) (eds) Work, Health and Wellbeing: The Challenges of Managing Health at Work, Bristol: Policy Press.

Encyclopedia entry

Potocnik, K and Kowalski, T (2014)Retirement, Cognitive Effects" for publication in The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging.

Reports

Vickerstaff, S., Loretto, W., Billings, J., Brown, P., Mitton, L., Parkin, T., and White, P. (2008) Encouraging Labour Market Activity among 60-64 year olds, DWP Research Report No. 531. Available from:

The National Archives Research Reports 1990-2009 (published under the name Parkin, T).

Buchan, J. Parkin, T, and Sochalski, J (2003) International Nurse Mobility: Trends and Policy Implications, World Health Organisation, Geneva.(published under the name Parkin, T).

Conference papers presented

Loretto, W and Kowalski, T (2015) Pitfalls of implementing HR interventions aimed at enhancing employee wellbeing. Workshop at the Scottish Parliament on "Future Directions for wellbeing Policy: Measurement, Implementation, and Engagement”. 18th September, 2015.

Kowalski, T, Marder, B, Calvard, T and Archer-Brown, C (2014) Social media use in the workplace. Academy of Management annual conference, Vancouver, August, 2015.

Kowalski, T, Marder, B, Calvard, T and Archer-Brown, C (2014) Employee perceptions of social media use in the workplace: Implications for employees and for HR professionals Institute of Work Psychology conference, Sheffield, 24-26th June, 2014

Kowalski, T and Loretto, W (2014) Pitfalls of implementing HR interventions aimed at enhancing wellbeing. Scottish Universities insight Institute, GLADS seminar. May, 2014. Edinburgh.

Kowalski, T and Loretto, W (2014) Exploring employee understandings of wellbeing insights from a UK case study. HR and wellbeing conference. BAM/ESRC. 8-9th May, 2014. Manchester.

Kowalski, T (2014) Employee understandings of social support and the implications for theory and practice: insights from a UK case study European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology conference, 14-16th April, 2014. London.

Kowalski, T (2013) “Employee understanding of wellbeing: implications for research and practice”Qualitative Methods in Psychology Annual Conference, Huddersfield, UK, 4th – 6th September 2013

Kowalski, T(2013) Technological advances in working practices: implications for employee psychological wellbeing. European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology Congress, Munster, Germany (May, 2013)

Kowalski, Tand Calvard, T(2013) Web 2.0 and Social Media in the Workplace: Implications for Organisational Psychology. Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Chester, UK (January, 2013)

Kowalski, T(2012) ‘Exploring the Contribution of Work and Non-Work Sources of Social Support to Employee wellbeing: A Mixed Methods Case Study’. European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology conference, Zurich (April 2012) 

Kowalski, T and Loretto, W(2010) ‘Qualitative investigation of the relationships between staff health and change management processes in the UK National Health Service’ European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology conference, Rome (March, 2010).

Kowalski, T (2010)‘It’s good to talk: exploring social support and employee wellbeing’ Scottish Doctoral Management Conference, St. Andrews, UK (June, 2010).

Kowalski, T (2009) ‘Exploring the contribution of social support to employee wellbeing’ Scottish Doctoral Management Conference, St. Andrews, UK (June, 2009).

Conference Posters presented

Kowalski, T and Potocnik, K (2015) Age and employee wellbeing: What factors make a difference? Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Glasgow (7th-9th January, 2015)

Kowalski, T (2010) ‘It’s good to talk: Exploring social support and wellbeing at work’ European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology conference, Rome (March, 2010). 

Full publications list

 

Compositions

 

Recordings

 

 ‌‌Tina Kowalski

School for Business and Society
University of York
Church Lane Building
York Science Park
Heslington
York YO10 5ZF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1904 325303
Email: tina.kowalski@york.ac.uk
Room: A/C/113

Subject Group

People, Operations and Marketing

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External activities

Business engagement

My research is in employee wellbeing. I’m keen to engage with businesses of any size to:

  • support you in identifying issues around wellbeing in your organisation
  • help you improve systems and processes that can enhance employee wellbeing, performance and productivity
  • harness the potential of all employees.

I take a people-centred approach to exploring workplace environments and relationships. I can support you to explore perceptions and experiences of your employees to help you understand your workforce and how to enhance their wellbeing.

If you are interested to explore these topics for your organisation please feel free to contact me at tina.kowalski@york.ac.uk.

What is my objective in terms of collaborating with businesses?

By sharing my knowledge and expertise with businesses, my aim is to create a valuable space for them to reflect on how they can improve systems, processes and the working environment in ways that prioritise and sustain employee wellbeing.

What is the purpose of starting this engagement with business?

To identify from businesses what issues they are experiencing around employee wellbeing and use these to co-create the design of future research projects.

To share my research skills and knowledge with businesses and shed light on what influences employee wellbeing as well as the tools available to organisations to address wellbeing in the workplace.

What type of collaboration am I looking for?

I’m looking to have long term, flexible relationships with companies, with whom I can co-create research projects and ensure meaningful objectives and outcomes.