Dr Huiping Xian

Management School

Lecturer in Work, Employment, People and Organisation Division

+44 114 222 3468

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Dr Huiping Xian
Management School
Room A019
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Huiping Xian, PhD, is a lecturer in Work, Employment, People and Organisation Division at the University of Sheffield Management School.

She received her doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

Huiping has been Programme Directors of BA Business Management (with Sino British College) since 2014 and MSc Human Resource Management programmes since 2016.

Prior to joining Sheffield in August 2014, she worked in Bournemouth University as a Lecturer in the HR/OB division (August 2011- July 2014).

Previously Huiping also lectured in Manchester Metropolitan University (2007-2011).

Research interests

Her research interests include:

  • women's careers
  • HRM issues in Chinese organisations
  • qualitative research methods
  • cross-cultural research
  • translation issues in international research

Her current projects include ‘Developing Women’s Careers in Japan’ which is funded by the British Academy.



  • Xian H & Meng-Lewis Y (2018) Business Research Methods for Chinese Students: A Practical Guide to Your Research Project. SAGE Publications. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Research group

Huiping has supervised a PhD student to completion. She is interested in supervising in the following topics:

  • HRM issues in China
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Cross-cultural research involving language and translation
  • Gender studies
Teaching interests

Huiping acknowledges that every student has a different learning style and has used various techniques to facilitate in lectures and tutorials. For example, she often uses videos to demonstrate certain points from the theories.

She also introduces case studies from famous companies so that students experience real-life business scenarios.

Moreover, she encourages students to use academic theories they learn in class to analyse their own organisations and identify areas for improvement.

Huiping is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. She has been working in a multicultural environment for many years and met students from many different countries.

She is keen to offer practical help to them and uses her personal experience to motivate them to adapt to the new environment.

Professional activities

Huiping is a HEA Fellow