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- Job title:
- Senior Lecturer in Leadership & Management
- Teesside University Business School
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About Gill Owens
Gill left school aged 16, in the middle of a recession, with dreams of owning a Mercedes and a shoe collection to rival Imelda Marcos. Fast forward 23 years and after a lot of hard graft she decided to semi-retire from the business world so she could return to study and oversee the home extension that would house the shoe collection.
Those 23 years provided Gill with a vast amount of experience in the private sector and a sound understanding of all aspects of business across a variety of sectors (including business support, property development and accountancy). Her biggest skill lies in involving employees inall aspects of strategic growth ensuring their commitment through change.
Gill’s return to study was the beginning of a new life in academia. After gaining a first class Honours in Psychology, she decided to register for a PhD and combine her love of understanding people with her business skills and experience. Her desire to pass on this knowledge to business students naturally led to securing a lecturing post at Teesside University Business School.
Whilst Gill’s varied experience of all elements of business means she is flexible in what she can teach, her main interests lie in strategic development, understanding behaviour in the workplace and holistic employee development. Her mantra to colleagues continues to be, ‘you can mess about with the numbers all you like but you have to look after your staff.’
Gill remains committed to ensuring that students receive the most up-to-date information and so, in addition to retaining a small interestin two local businesses, she continues to be research-active whilst developing new delivery material. Reluctantly, this means that the prized shoe collection now shares space with a vast array of reading material, however this is definitely not met with the same admiring gasps from female friends.
Areas of research interest include:
• Interpersonal relationships and their impact on business
• Strategic relationships
• International management