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Dr Emma Thirkell's current research interests are twofold – agile organisations and pedagogy.

Firstly, Emma's research interests lie in understanding and exploring employee experiences of Lean and agile work environments. This includes skills, training, development, leadership, professional identity, business improvement and organisaitons change.

Secondly, Emma is interested in pedagogy and education. Her current projects focus on digital skills for a digital age, gamification of learning and teaching and technology enabled learning and teaching (TELT). Emma is one of the founders of the OneNote Research and Practice Institute, which aims to bring together HE and FE tutors and academics to collaborate and research. She is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and has developed digital Escape Room games that have been discussed by the Chartered Association of Business Schools, Advance HE and the Financial Times. Her round table presentation on Escape Rooms was voted as 'Standout Presentation' at the CABS Teaching and Leanring Conference (Manchester) 2019.

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  • Re-imagining hybrid pedagogies: lessons from the pandemic using the Diffusion of Innovation model, Thirkell, E., Munday, D. 21 Jul 2023, Building the Post-Pandemic University, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Lean towards learning: connecting Lean Thinking and human resource management in UK higher education, Thirkell, E., Ashman, I. 30 Nov 2014, In: The International Journal of Human Resource Management

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  • Other: Developing an evidence-based health and wellbeing resource pack to improve employee engagement 2021
  • Invited talk: OneNote Escape Rooms 2019
  • Other: “Escaping” traditional technologies through a OneNote Escape Room 2019
  • Other: To the escape room! How business schools are embracing games 2019
  • Other: Unlocking the padlock – using an Escape Room to teach Business students 2019

  • Management PhD June 16 2016
  • Human Resource Management MA September 01 2008
  • Management Studies BA (Hons) June 30 2007
  • Chartered Management and Business Educator CMBE 2019
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert MIEE 2019
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy FHEA 2011
  • Associate Member Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 2008

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