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Konstantinos Kakavelakis


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I am a lecturer in HRM/OB with a background in organisational sociology. My research has touched upon the areas of workplace learning and organisational change and more recently I have become interested in leadership, critical HRM and the creative industries. My involvement with teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels has covered a broad range of topics in the areas of organizational analysis and HRM. I am an ad hoc reviewer for several academic journals whilst consultancy activity has included evaluation of a governmental initiative as well as a change management programme aimed at the Milton Keynes Community health service.



My PhD research drew on relational sociology to examine situated learning in the context of change. It aimed to address limitations pertaining to a narrow conception of agency as habitual action whilst acknowledging the role of institutional context and temporality of practice and their impact on the enactment of communal knowledge.

A relational perspective also informed my post-doctoral work as part of a multidisciplinary research project entitled “Learning as Work” hosted by Cardiff University. Drawing on insights from political economy and educational research, the project aimed to provide a multi-layered perspective of workplace learning and its potential impact on organisational performance.

My current research continues to apply insights from relational perspectives (including relational realism) to the following areas:

-          Leader-follower relations as shaped by structural conditioning and corporate ideology.

-          Critical HRM with a particular interest in the relationship between HRM practices and knowledge sharing as well as devolvement of HRM to the line.


Area of Expertise:

Relational sociology, workplace learning, leadership, critical HRM.

Research Interests

Leader-follower relationships,leadership and corporate ideology, HRM and knowledge sharing, line management discretion, production of culture.

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Research Output 2007 2016

Leadership as a Relational Process: A Reflection on Moral Mazes

Kakavelakis, K., 30 Jun 2016, (Submitted).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

12 Citations (Scopus)

Situated Learning Theory and Agentic Orientation: A Relational Sociology Approach

Kakavelakis, K. & Edwards, T., 25 Nov 2012, In : Management Learning. 43, 5, p. 475-494 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Learning theory
Situated learning
Social cohesion
9 Citations (Scopus)

A Relational Approach to Understanding Knowing in Communities of Practice

Kakavelakis, K., 1 Oct 2010, In : Knowledge and Process Management. 17, 4, p. 168-79 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Communities of practice
Project teams
Work practices
Fast Foods

Constructing Learning: Adversarial and Collaborative Working in the British Construction Industry

Bishop, D., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Jewson, N., Unwin, L. & Kakavelakis, K., 14 Oct 2009, In : Journal of Education and Work. 22, 4, p. 243-60 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

University of Athens

Kayleigh Blackstock (Supervisor), Claire Harper (Visiting lecturer), Konstantinos Kakavelakis (Visiting lecturer)
21 May 201825 May 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution