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Elaine Fryett

Head of Department (Business Management)

Elaine Fryett

About Elaine Fryett

Elaine is the Head of Department for Business Management at Teesside University Business School. She is responsible for the operation of the department as well as the development of the new Business School and as such plays a vital role in the strategic development of the school as well as leading on Portfolio Development. Elaine teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, mainly in the areas of strategy, leadership and organisational behaviour.  Her current research area focuses on organizational citizenship behaviour, the main focus of her PhD project.

Elaine’s diverse skills and interests are reflected in her educational background. She graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from Northumbria University and later achieved a distinction in her MBA at Teesside University. Her MBA dissertation focused on Partnership Effectiveness within Sport and resulted in her securing a role with a Management Consultancy firm leading on a project with Sport England.  

Elaine’s career pathway includes recruitment consultancy, service development and leadership and project management.  Prior to joining the teaching team at Teesside University Elaine worked with clients across the public, private and third sector as a Management Consultant supporting the development of organizations, teams and wider partnerships.    Projects focused on strategy and business growth and as such Elaine focused much of her attention on the development of skills in others and worked with senior teams and their staff to build capacity and enable the embedding of systems and skills to support sustainability. 

Her hands on understanding of strategic, managerial and organisational challenges and opportunities translates directly to her work with students in the classroom and consultancy with external businesses is something she continues in her current role.  Throughout Elaine’s career she has focused on the development of relationships to achieve results and believes this is a key factor in organisational success.  In a previous role as a Project Manager at Tees Valley Sport, Elaine helped the organisation to establish partnerships with several communities. Although these were set up a number of years ago, many of these relationships remain strong today.

Research interests and activities

Elaine is currently completing her PhD and is exploring the concept of extra-role behaviour within the Higher Education sector.  Specific research interests include:

  • Organisational Citizenship Behaviour
  • Counterproductive Work Behaviour
  • Organisational Effectiveness
  • Employee Behaviour
  • Strategic Capability

Enterprise interest and activities

Elaine is an active member of the business engagement team within the school and works closely with businesses on a range of consultancy projects.  Recent projects include:

  • County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service - Senior Team Development (Strategy)
  • All In Project - Capacity Building within the service
  • Sound Training for Reading - Strategic Development
  • Inspire to Learn - Partnership and Strategy Development

Elaine also works closely with the University's central enterprise team on projects such as Leading for Growth and contributing to Leadership Masterclasses.