Research at Leeds Beckett
About Mahmoud Abubaker
Dr. Mahmoud Abubaker specialises in human resource management, with a focus on research and practice in applying work-life balance benefits in international organisations; on the theory and development of high-performance management systems; and on gender issues in international management.
Before Mahmoud Abubaker joined Leeds Beckett University in 2017, he worked as a lecturer in business and management at Al-Aqsa University, Palestine for several years, and then at Bradford University in the UK. He also has experience of working in profit and non-profit organisations in Arab countries as a human resource advisor.
Dr. Abubaker has published academic papers on research with international organisations in Palestine, and Jordan on how work-life balance benefits are perceived and implemented. He has also published a review of barriers to success for women in management, with a special focus on women in Islamic cultures. With colleagues from the Universities of Southampton, and Oxford he has completed and published research on work-life balance stress experienced by nurses in England. With colleagues from the Universities of Southampton and Amsterdam, his recent published research focussing on a comparative study of employment discrimination in England and The Netherlands, experienced by Muslim women accountants.
- Organisational Behaviour
- Performance and Reward Management
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Management and Leadership
- Supervision of Master’s dissertations
The application and experience of human resource management (HRM), including work-life balance policy and practice; organisational performance; the role of line managers; and high-performance work systems. This is an international perspective with a focus on: (a) international organisations in Middle Eastern countries; and (b) how HRM policies in Western countries address the aspirations of minority ethnic and religious groups.
Mahmoud enjoys supervising Masters students whose research has a significant impact upon organisational change and performance. He welcomes new doctoral students within his areas of expertise.
Current research project (2019-2021): Experience of Job-Seeking, Front-Line Managers, and HRM: Study of a British-Arab Population. This research includes hiring practices, promotions, and application of WLB benefits.