Ms Barbara Allan

Dr Barbara Allan

Organisational Behaviour and HRM

Deputy Dean

+44 (0) 1482 463 067

Room 030 Wharfe

BSc Biological Sciences (Birmingham), MSc Information Science (City), MA Adult Education (Hull), MEd Networked Collaborative Learning (Sheffield), PGCE (Huddersfield), EdD (Sheffield)

Dr Barbara Allan is Deputy Dean of the Business School and Director of the Centre for Innovations in Business and Management Education. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 for her innovative work in e-learning and e-mentoring. Barbara is interested in new approaches to supporting research students and led the development of the Graduate Virtual Research Environment. Her book, Supporting Research Students, was published by Facet Publishing in 2009. Barbara is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Main areas include: E-learning; Management development; Academic and professional skills; and Research methods. Barbara teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students, and also management practitioners. In addition, she is regularly asked to run workshops and other events for information and knowledge management professionals.

Barbara's research interests include: E-learning and e-mentoring as a tool for professional development; Facilitating virtual learning communities; Use of ICT to promote learning and development. She is particularly interested in researching temporal landscapes of organisations, individual timescapes and their impact on learning experiences.

Since 2002 she has published articles in journals such as: Management Learning; Library and Information Update; Legal Information Management; British Journal of Educational Technology; Journal of Workplace Learning; Information Management Report; and Training Journal.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Loureiro-Koechlin, C. & Allan, B. (2010) Time, Space and Structure in an E-learning and E-mentoring Project. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41, accepted for publication.

Allan, B. (2009) Evidently a good way to coach. Library and Information Gazette, 10 – 23 April, 2.

Allan, B. & Loureiro-Koechlin, C. (2008) What is it? Approaches to developing shared meaning about the Logistics and Supply Chain industries. Lessons from the EMPATHY NET-WORKS project. International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications, Special issue: Logistics Research Network Conference, 11 (5), 381-392.

Allan, B. (2007) Time to learn? E-learners’ experiences of time in virtual learning communities, Management Learning, 38 (5), December 2007, 557-572.

Allan, B. (2007) Developing the best blend? From blended e-learning to blended learning. Library and Information Update, 6 (3), 26-28.

Allan, B. & Lewis, D. (2006) Workplace realities: impact on a virtual learning community. Journal of Workplace Learning, 18 (6), 367-383.

Allan, B. (2006) Juggling with fast and slow time: some of the challenges of project management. Legal Information Management, 6 (4), 251-254.

Allan, B. and Lewis, D. (2006) The impact of membership of a virtual learning community on individual learning careers and professional identity. British Journal of Educational Technology. Special issue on communities of practice, 7 (6), 841-852.


Allan, B. (2009) Supporting Research Students. Facet Publishing.

Allan, B. (2009) Study Skills for Business and Management Students. Open University Press.

Allan, B. (2007) Blended Learning. Facet Publishing.

Allan, B. (2006) Supervising and Leading Teams in ILS. Facet Publishing.

Lewis, D. & Allan, B. (2005) Virtual Learning Communities. Open University Press.

Allan, B. (2004) Project Management. Facet  Publishing.

Allan, B. (2003) Training Skills for Information & Library Service Staff. Scarecrow Press.

Allan, B. (2003) Developing Information & Library Staff through Work-based Learning. Scarecrow Press.

Allan, B. (2002) E-learning and Teaching in Library and Information Services. Facet Publishing.

Allan, B. (1998) Financial Times: Manager's Briefing Report. Developing Learning Organisations. Pearson.

Allan, B. (1997) Running Learning Groups. Folens Ltd (formerly Framework Press).

Reports and book chapters

Allan, B. & Lewis, D. (2009) Time, Individual Careers and Lifelong Learning. IN: J. Field, J. Gallaher & R. Ingram (Eds) Researching Transitions in Lifelong Learning. Routledge, 40-49.

Allan, B. (2009) Communities of practice. IN: Alan Brine (ed.) Handbook of Library Training Practice, 3rd edition. Gower, 311-335.

Allan, B. (2009) Supporting first line managers. IN: Alan Brine (ed.) Handbook of Library Training Practice, 3rd edition. Gower, 179-198.

Allan, B., Craig, J., Louereiro-Koechlin, C. and Robinson, H. (2007) The EMPATHY Net-Works E-mentoring Project. Hull: University of Hull Business School.

Allan, B. & Gregory, W. (2005) Women into Social Enterprise (WISE) Project: an analysis of the project and its outcomes. Research Memorandum, University of Hull Business School.

Sutherland, A. & Allan, B. (2002) Workplace learning champions. Report commissioned by East Riding Learning Partnership for Yorkshire Forward. Beverley, East Riding County Council.

Allan, B. (2002) Project management. In Handbook of Information Management, 8th ed. Edited by Alison Scammell. ASLIB, pp. 322-352.