Dr Amanda Harrington

BA (Hons) York; MSc Imperial College; MSc Birkbeck; PhD Loughborough

  • Associate Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Expertise: 360-degree feedback; coaching; increasing student involvement in large undergraduate modules.

Research groups and centres

Within Executive Education, Amanda Harrington is Director for postgraduate programmes in Management and Leadership. These include both an open, public programme and a number of Certificate, Diploma and MSc programmes tailored for specific organisations. Amanda’s earlier experience as a Company Training Manager has given her an appreciation of a corporate perspective on academic study. With this understanding, she enjoys collaborating with corporates to design and deliver courses that support organisational objectives.

Within the wider School, Amanda delivers undergraduate and postgraduate modules for Loughborough Business School. Her particular interests lie in learning and development, organisation development, coaching, feedback and change management.

Amanda completed her PhD at Loughborough in 2013: 'numbers, words and anonymity in 360-degree feedback, a qualitative study'. Her research centres on how people give meaning to organisational processes and events, and the actions that ensue. Also interested in pedagogic research, Amanda has explored how to increase student involvement in large modules.

She has a Linguistics degree from York University and master's degrees in Management Science and Occupational Psychology, both from London University.

Having worked earlier as a learning and development specialist in community education, local government and manufacturing, Amanda is now a coaching psychologist and organisational development consultant.

Amanda is a Chartered Psychologist, registered with the Health Professions Council; previously accredited with the International Coach Federation, now a member of the Special Group for Coaching Psychology with the British Psychological Society as well as a member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology; and a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Conferences and published papers

  • '360-degree feedback: what does it all mean and to whom?' – paper at the BPS Postgraduate Occupational Psychology Conference, Brighton 2010, and conference poster at the following BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Conference.
  • '360-degree feedback: can it improve the way we handle day-to-day feedback?' – presentation at a session for FCIPD members at Leicester, 2009.
  • 'Simplicity and complexity: making meaning through 360 feedback' – paper at British Academy of Management conference, Harrogate, September 2008.
  • 'The emergence of the online mentor' – presented at the Online Learning Conference organised by SMI, London 2000.
  • 'E-mentoring: The Advantages and Disadvantages of using email to support distant mentoring'
  • 'Students’ perceptions of competence development in undergraduate business-related degrees' – presented at 1997 BAM conference with John Arnold, John Loan-Clarke & Cathy Hart. Published in Studies in Higher Education, Vol 24, No 1, 1999: 43-59.
  • 'Corporate venturing in 12 UK companies' – presented at the International Strategic Management Conference, Amsterdam, 1988.