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Paul Sparrow  
Paul Sparrow

An expert in human resources with specialisms in cross-cultural and international HR strategy

Currently Professor of International Human Resource Management at Lancaster University’s Management School and the director of the university’s Centre for Performance-led HR, Paul Sparrow is an internationally respected expert in HR who has previously worked as an advisor to the UK government and to multinational companies. Voted one of the Top 15 Most Influential HR Thinkers by Human Resources Magazine in 2010, Sparrow is contributing his insight via journal articles and books and is an extremely popular expert speaker whose knowledge is helping clients to compete in an ever more global marketplace.

  • HR expert for the modern age
  • Chair and Director of the Centre for Performance led HR at Lancaster University
  • Professor of International Human Resource Management at Lancaster University Management School
  • Topics covered include Globalisation and the Impact on International Human Resources Management (HRM), Comparative HRM Systems, Impact of National Culture on Employee Behaviour, Key Challenges Facing HR, International Recruitment, Selection and Assessment and Organisational Learning and Strategic Competence

Speaking Style: Years of work as a professor and author make Paul Sparrow a leading voice in HR; his uniquely captivating speaking style combined with his in depth knowledge make for influential and unforgettable events. 

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Currently working with Lancaster University as chair and director of the Centre for Performance-led HR and as the Professor of International Human Resource Management, Paul Sparrow is a leading expert in his field. Between 2002 and 2004 he occupied the Ford Chair at Manchester Business School, where he was also the director of the Executive Education programme until 2005. Having worked in numerous academic positions during his career, including as a Professor at Sheffield University, a Senior Research Fellow at Warwick University and a Research Fellow at Aston University, Sparrow’s ability to educate and motivate others has also enabled him to become a sought-after speaker and advisor.

Formerly an expert advisor to the UK government’s Sector Skills Development Agency, Sparrow has worked extensively with organisations in both the public and private sectors. Just some of the organisations he has assisted with HR and leadership matters include the Global Advanced Leadership Programme, Argos Retail Group, BP, the Council of Europe, EMAP, JCB, Volvo IT, Group 4 Securicor, the NHS and the Trinity Mirror Group. He has also been the principal consultant at London’s acclaimed PA Consulting Group, assisting high profile clients with matters concerning their HR strategy.

Having co-authored several books and contributed chapters to others, as well as writing numerous academic journals, it is little wonder that Paul Sparrow was included in Human Resources Magazine’s 2010 list of the Top 15 Most Influential HR Thinkers. One of the top speakers and advisors in his field, Sparrow guides his clients through the complexities of international and cross-cultural HR, essential topics for any large business looking to remain successful in the current economy.

Positions and Honours
  • Included in Top 15 Most Influential HR Thinkers - Human Resources Magazine (2010)
Selected Publications
  • Globalizing Human Resource Management (with Chris Brewster and Hilary Harris) (2004)
  • The Employment Relationship: Key Challenges for HR (with Cary L. Cooper) (2003)
  • European Human Resource Management Trans (with Jean M. Hiltrop) (1994)
Paul Sparrow has also contributed articles to numerous specialist journals, including The International Journal of Human Resource Management, the International Journal of Manpower, and the International Journal of Cross Cultural Management and Organization Studies.
  • Globalisation and the Impact on International HRM
  • Comparative Human Resource Management Systems
  • Impact of National Culture on Employee Behaviour
  • Key Challenges Facing HR
  • International Recruitment, Selection and Assessment
  • Organisational Learning and Strategic Competence
  • English
  • European Human Resource Management Trans (with Jean M. Hiltrop) (1994)
  • The Employment Relationship: Key Challenges for HR (with Cary L. Cooper) (2003)
  • Globalizing Human Resource Management (with Chris Brewster and Hilary Harris) (2004)
 
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