Dr Wen Wang

Associate Professor in HRM Data Analytics and Interpretation

School/Department: Business, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 294 4688



I am interested in workplace changes aimed at improving efficiency and staff wellbeing practices that can facilitate the flourishing of a diverse workforce (age ethnicity gender ability) through job design and harnessing the advancement of technology. As a quantitative researcher I have endeavoured to capture the 'pulse of change' at the workplace through innovative research methods including using internet-based platform data administrative data and secure data in the UK. I joined the University of Leicester in 2021 and taught at University of East Anglia (UK) University of Wolverhampton (UK) and University of Geosciences (China). 


I am a researcher known for workplace Diversity Inclusion and Equality through identifying good business practices in the UK Germany and China; my work has been widely covered by prestigious media in the UK and internationally. I have secured (PI or be part of a team) £1.5 million from a wide source of funders including European Commission European Management Academy British Council Department for Work and Pensions PCS union Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Charities (YMCA Walsall for All etc).


(0) 2021 Wang, W., Seifert, R., The end of meaningful work in charities? A case study of ethics in employee relations, Journal of Business Ethics, DOI: 10.1007/s10551-021-04891-4

2021    Wang, W. and Seifert, R.  Job stress and employee outcomes: employment practices in a charity, Employee Relations, 43(5), 1178-1193, DOI: 10. 1108/ER-05-2020-0242   

2021 Wang, W., Cook, M., & Seifert, R., Foreign-ownership and job insecurity during the recession: the moderating effect of union density in the UK. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 42(3): 1-20, DOI: 10.1177/0143831X18808596, CABS3*.

2019   Wang, W.,  Using Survival Analysis in HRM research, SAGE Research Methods Cases Business & Management, invited submission, March 2019.

2018    Wang, W., & Seifert, R., BAME staff and public service motivation: the mediating role of perceived fairness in English local government, Journal of Business Ethics, 161(3), 653-664. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-018-3953-8, CABS3*.

2018 Seifert, R., & Wang, W., The moderating role of trade unions in embedding equality at work practices: a case study of five English local authorities, Industrial Relations Journal, 49(3), 259-277. DOI: 10.1111/irj.12214, CABS 3*.

2018    Wang, W., Mather.K., & Seifert, R., Job insecurity, employee anxiety, and commitment: the moderating role of collective trust in management, Journal of Trust Research, DOI:10.1080/21515581.2018.1463229, 8(2), 220-237
2017 Wang, W., & Heyes, J., Flexibility, labour retention and productivity, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 31(3): 1-21, 23 Jan 2017, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1277370, CABS 3*. 
2017 Wang, W., & Seifert, R.,  Pay reductions and work attitudes: the moderating effect of employee involvement practices, Employee Relations, 39(7), 935-950. DOI 10.1108/ER-04-2016-0078. CABS 2*. 

2017  Wang.W., & Seifert, R.,   Employee referrals: A study of ‘close ties’ and career benefits in China, European Management Journal, 35 (4), 514-522. DOI 10.1016/j.emj.2016.09.004, CABS 2*. P



I would like to work with Ph.D. applicants who share a similar passion with me to address societal challenges of our time to pursue topics related to diversity and inclusion especially those who wish to take a socio-technical systems approach centred around job design to enable effective self-regulation and sustain personal growth at work/employment. I particularly value innovation in research methods in the application.


MN7369 Implementing Improvements in Organisational Performance MN1027 Enterprise in Practices MN1028 Contemporary Issues in Business and Management MN7415 Managing Clinical Professionals in Healthcare

Press and media

I have the expertise to comment on diversity and inclusion practices at the workplace including 50+ workers' retention and employment transition in the UK (including manufacturing sector and in NHS) graduates job transition job security pay and wellbeing of low-paid workers. My research has been reported by prestigious media: BBC Radio 2 the Guardian ITV The Independent The Daily Mirror The Times The Daily Telegraph Daily Express Belfast Telegraph BT news Eastern Daily Express TUC; Management professional media: People Management HRZone the Manufacturer; BSA website; CMI website; IoD Black Country Chamber of Commerce PersonnelToday; International media: AOL Onrec Focus Germany.


I am a member of the Academy of Management (AOM) Association of British Chinese Professors (ABCP) British Academy of Management (BAM) and European Management Academy (EURAM). I regularly review conference paper and grant applications for these organisations. I am the conference track chair and organiser of the ABCP annual conference 2021/2022. I also review articles for European Management Review The International Journal of Human Resource Management Industrial Relations Journal Journal of Business Ethics European Management Journal Employee Relations Personnel Economics International Journal of Management Practice International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics.


Reviewer of the Year for Industrial Relations Journal in 2018 2019


I regularly presented at AOM BAM EURAM International Labour Process Conference (ILPC) and Work Employment and Society (WES) conference


I have a passion for research impact since my research aims to address the societal challenges of our time. In this pursuit I have formed good partnerships with wide stakeholders through funded research/impact projects including European Management Academy DWP Officers’ Association PCS Union Unison and YMCA. This has led to evidence that was referred by or reached policy-makers including the Selective Committee of the UK parliament Department for Work and Pensions the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and TUC.

Media coverage

I have a passion to facilitate workers aged 50 or over fully working life this strand of research has been reported in the media CMI and HR zone since 2011. In 2021 my research into 50+ ex-servicemen civilian employment transition workplace diversity and inclusion practices have been disseminated by the media.


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) PhD in Labour Economics University of East Anglia UK. MSc HRM&OB Zhongnan Finance and Law University Wuhan China BSc Business Management China University of Geosciences China 
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