Duminda Rajasinghe

PhD - Leadership Development through Executive Coaching: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

York Business School - Research Student

E: d.rajasinghe@yorksj.ac.uk

Further Information


I am a third year PhD student and have been a Visiting Lecturer in York Business School, teaching Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management for Undergraduate students at York St John University. I have also recently lectured at the University of Salford.

I have taught topics including Research Methods for Business, Employment Development, Managing Employment Practices, Managing a Diverse Workforce and Study Skills across the Undergraduate Curriculum. I have worked in the industry for over five years as a HR Professional in a few different multinational organisations in Sri Lanka, and as a Business Analyst in the United Kingdom. I have also done consultancy work with local businesses on their web presence and the use of web 2.0 technologies for development.


PhD Thesis: Leadership Development through Executive Coaching: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to understand how leaders make sense of their development

Supervisors: Professor Bob Garvey; Dr George Boak

My doctoral research is on Executive Coaching and Leadership Development where I explore how executive coaching delivers leadership development. My research employs a phenomenological research approach called 'Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)' and aims to develop a heuristic device to illustrate how executive coaching develops business leaders. My work is supervised by Professor Bob Garvey and Dr George Boak.

My wider research interests include coaching and mentoring for people development, leadership for organisational development and social media for business and social value creation. I am an active contributor and a group member of London's IPA group where I network and share my research ideas with fellow IPA researchers.

Professional Activities


Rajasinghe, D.R. (2015) Executive Coaching for Leadership Development: Understanding Leaders' sense making of their development, 17th Annual ILA global conference, leading across borders and generations, 14th October - 18th October, Barcelona, Spain.

Rajasinghe, D.R. (2015) Emerging themes of an interpretative phenomenological analysis on business leaders' experience of executive coaching, research reflections, York St John University Research Conference, 10th September.

Rajasinghe, D.R. (2015) Interpretative phenomenological analysis to understand how leaders make sense of their development, 16th International Human Development Research and Practice Conference across Europe, 3rd June - 5th June, University College Cork, Ireland.

Rajasinghe, D.R. (2015) Leadership Development through Executive Coaching, 11th Annual Coaching and Mentoring Research Conference, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 15th January.

Rajasinghe, D.R. (2014) Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis as a Coaching Research Method, 9th Postgraduate Research Methodologies Conference, York St John University, York, 10th November

Hettiarchchi, C.D. and Rajasinghe, D.R. (2010) Implications of Social Media on Presidential Election Campaign in Sri Lanka, Internet Institute, Oxford University, Oxford.

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