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  • CIPD accredited

    Our master’s degree in Human Resource Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

  • Diverse research methodologies

    We have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research approaches

  • We edit top HRM and OB journals

    Our academics are editors of journals including Human Relations and Human Resource Management

About the department

Part of Southampton Business School, our departmental interests encompass the fields of human resource management (HRM) and organisational behaviour (OB). This includes research within the related fields of:

  • industrial or employment relations
  • employment studies
  • organisation studies
  • labour economics
  • work sociology

We aim to develop future leaders in management who can engage with people from diverse national and international backgrounds. We lead the CIPD-accredited MSc Human Resource Management degree. We provide research-informed teaching on other undergraduate and specialist master’s courses. Our team also teach on the Business School’s Help to Grow executive course.

We’re influential within the HR sector and contribute to leading academic journals. Our academic experts are regularly recognised for their research.


Recent research topics include:

  • alternative theorising of leadership
  • careers and skills
  • digital media technologies and people
  • corporate social responsibility
  • sustainability and ethics
  • entrepreneurship and self-employment
  • human resource development
  • independent professionals
  • individual and organisational responses to hardship
  • labour market institutions and workplace trade unions
  • new ways of working
  • power in technological change programmes
  • work/non-work interface
  • work quality and well-being
  • workforce diversity and inequalities

Our influence

We are an active department with international influence. Our academics publish in leading academic outlets, such as:

  • British Journal of Management
  • British Journal of Industrial Relations
  • Human Relations
  • Human Resource Management Journal
  • Journal of Vocational Behavior

Many of our members also edit journals:

  • Professor Peter Rogers is the co-editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
  • Professor Yehuda Baruch is the consulting editor of the Journal of International Business Studies
  • Professor Mina Beigi is the Associate Editor of Human Relation
  • Professor Tahir Nisar is the Associate Editor for Management Decision

Our work is recognised within the HR sector:

  • the most recent Stanford 2% Global Scientist Citation Rankings (2021) features 8 of our staff
  • Dr Jane Parry made the top 10 in HR Magazine’s most influential thinkers in 2021
  • Professor Yehuda Baruch received the Business and Management in United Kingdom Leader Award in 2023 from

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The values of equality, diversity and inclusion are at the very heart of everything we do. This includes our research, teaching and engagement with the business world and the broader community.

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My research interests focus on corruption, state-business relations and the linkages between formal and informal work practices.
Head of Department HRMOB

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Southampton Business School, Building 175, Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton SO16 7QF
We’re open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00 GMT

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