Research Fellow, Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research, CASS Business School & School of Health Sciences, City, University of London
Yaru’s research lies in the field of public management and organisation studies in healthcare. Her research is informed by a number of theoretical perspectives, including professional identity, role identity, sensemaking, sensegiving, and job crafting. Yaru’s recent work has focused on applying these theoretical lenses to explore the adoption and diffusion of technological innovation in healthcare organisations.
Before joining the interdisciplinary Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research, Yaru worked at Warwick Business School and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration of Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands. She holds a PhD in Management from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, and an MSc in International Business from Nottingham University Business School (UK). Yaru has led and worked on projects across health and social care sector such as workforce innovation which aims to help support the frail elderly population to remain in their home setting, and the development, implementation, and diffusion of a healthcare innovation called StarTBack, which helps GPs and physiotherapists to stratify care for patients with lower back pain. Yaru has also worked closely with other stakeholders in healthcare such as commissioners and Public Involvement (PI) members on a number of projects.
- Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Mar 2015
- PhD, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK, Oct 2011 – May 2016
- MSc, Nottingham University Business School (Nottingham), UK, Sep 2009 – Dec 2010
- Research Fellow, Cass Business School, Jan 2019 – present
- Research Fellow, Warwick Business School, May 2016 – Sep 2019
- Research Assistant, Warwick Business School, Nov 2015 – May 2016
Chinese (Mandarin) (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review) and English (can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review).
- Organization Theory
- Organizational Behaviour
- Public Sector Management
- Human Resource Management
- Qualitative Research Methods
- health care
- Asia - East
- Europe - Western
Journal articles (4)
- Chen, Y., Currie, G. and McGivern, G. (2021). The role of professional identity in HRM implementation: Evidence from a case study of job redesign. Human Resource Management Journal. doi:10.1111/1748-8583.12399.
- Liu, Z., Kirkpatrick, I., Chen, Y. and Mei, J. (2020). Overcoming the legacy of marketisation: China’s response to COVID-19 and the fast-forward of healthcare reorganisation. BMJ Leader. doi:10.1136/leader-2020-000294.
- Chen, Y. and Reay, T. (2020). Responding to imposed job redesign: The evolving dynamics of work and identity in restructuring professional identity. Human Relations pp. 1872672090643–1872672090643. doi:10.1177/0018726720906437.
- Millar, R., Chen, Y., Wang, M., Fang, L., Liu, J., Xuan, Z. … Li, G. (2017). It’s all about the money? A qualitative study of healthcare worker motivation in urban China. International Journal for Equity in Health, 16(1). doi:10.1186/s12939-017-0616-9.
- Currie, G., Croft, C., Chen, Y., Kiefer, T., Staniszewska, S. and Lilford, R.J. The capacity of health service commissioners to use evidence: a case study. National Institute for Health Research.