Sarah Leidner

Dr Sarah Leidner

  • Senior Lecturer In Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
  • Dorset House D232, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Green HRM Research

In my PhD research I investigated how Green Human Resource Management (GHRM) practices can be used to instigate green (environmental) behaviours in employees. Initially, I explored GHRM practices in Multinational Organisations across Europe and I found that sustainability advocates are well aware of what needs to be done to achieve true value-driven environmental change, and corporations implement exciting initiatives. However, some of the incentives and metrics that go along with those initiatives promote self-interest driven or extrinsically driven behaviours.

To understand how value-driven behaviours are successfully instigated and maintained, I decided to explore GHRM in a 'sustainable' company in Germany. The research revealed as set of soft GHRM practices that can be applied in organisations that seek value driven environmental betterment. Furthermore, it develops our understanding of the reframing of environmental activities in times of change (company growth and leadership change). I am currently finalising a draft for submission to an ABS 3* journal. I am an emerging thought leader in driving a values-based GHRM research agenda.

As a result of a conference in summer 2022, I am co-authoring a paper with Andrew Bratton (Edinburgh Napier University) and Sean Ross (student) that investigates GHRM practices in the banking industry.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting enforced national lockdowns, universities have had to replace in-person teaching with online alternatives. With the ongoing marketization of Higher Education, it is important to understand how this change in delivery may have impacted upon student learning.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Decent work and economic growth

"Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Life on land

"Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss"

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Journal Articles

  • Leidner, S., Polkinghorne, M., Roushan, G. and Taylor, J., 2022. Evaluating Student Learning Gain: A Study to Consider How Teaching Online During the Covid-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning. , 3-20.
  • Leidner, S., Baden, D. and Ashleigh, M., 2019. Green (environmental) HRM: Aligning ideals with appropriate practices. Personnel Review, 48 (5), 1169-1185.
  • Stokes, P., Liu, Y., Smith, S.M., Leidner, S. and Rowland, C., 2017. Managing talent across advanced and emerging economies: HR issues and challenges in a Sino-German strategic collaboration. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (20), 2310-2338.
  • Leidner, S. and Smith, S.M., 2013. Keeping potential jobā€hoppers' feet on the ground: Well trained workers stay loyal to their employer. Human Resource Management International Digest, 21 (1), 31-33.


PhD Students

  • Maureen Kehinde. The institutionalisation of Environmental Sustainability in North-East Scottish Universities: Factors of Decoupling and Tight-Coupling, (In progress)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Leadership Essentials
  • MBA summer school

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Organisational Leadership
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour and Ethics
  • Understanding Organisations and HRM
  • Responsible Business Practice
  • Academic Skills and Professional Practice

Internal Responsibilities

  • Programme Coordinator, BA Business Studies / BA Business and Managment

Attended Training

  • Supervisory Development Training for Established Supervisors, 28 Apr 2022


  • PhD in Green Human Resource Management (University of Southampton, 2021)
  • Senior Fellow in Pedagogy (Higher Education Academy, 2021)