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About Paula O'Brien

Paula O'Brien is a Senior Lecturer in the Lincoln International Business School My doctoral research is on the internationalisation of UK Higher Education (HE) and draws attention to 2 key areas:  the experiences of international students. and their identity work during study abroad. This research has continues to contribute to curriculum design, the transferrable skills and knowledge of students, raising the importance awareness of cross cultural issues in future managers. Prior to undertaking my doctoral research I undertook the delivery of international MBA programmes specialising in Organisational Analysis in centres in Hong Kong, Zambia and Oman. Before being appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Lincoln I gained professional experience advising SME’s   on training and recruitment as a Recruitment Manager before returning to academia. I have more recently undertaken a lead role for Student Engagement Champions and I am currently a member of the Self Assessment Team for Racial Equality at the University of Lincoln.

Department Responsibilities

Student Engagement Champion Lead in the Lincoln International Business School Former Programme Leader for BA Business and Management, BA Business Studies, Business and Advertising, Business and PR, Business and Marketing Personal Tutor Dissertation Supervisor (undergraduate and postgraduate) Module Co-ordinator for Managing Diversity, Cross Cultural Management, Contemporary Issues in Management

Subject Specialism

Critical Management Studies, identity work, diversity and cross cultural management


  • ESRC Management Teaching Fellowship — ESRC at Loughborough University, 1990
  • MSc Econ in Industrial Relations and Management Studies — Cardiff University, 1987
  • BSc Econ in Sociology and Psychology — Swansea University, 1985


External Examiner at Nottingham Trent University [partner college] Subject Interest Group for RAISE: Diversity and Inclusion European First Year Experience network CIPD RAISE

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Research Interests

  • Cross-cultutral awareness

  • Identity

  • Student Engagement

Professional Affiliations

  • CIPD — Academic Membership
  • Loughborough University — Alumni Member
  • CMI — Associate Member
  • HEA — Associate Fellow


External Examiner for Business