Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
Southampton Business SchoolWho we are

HR research

Through the research centre, The Centre for People and Organisational Change, we are engaged in both theoretical and empirical research with a focus on impact for business and organisations funded through research councils as well through collaborations with business and professional bodies. These include the Economic and Social Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation, The Health Foundation, the Project Management Institute, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (formerly the DTI), the British Council and the Department of Health.

Our recent research projects include examining the processes associated with ethical decision making in projects, evaluating the impact of team-based learning and training for developing social worker skills in undertaking assessments in child protective services (full report and executive report available) exploring staff attitudes towards the use of remote care in cochlear implant health services, leader behaviours associated with developing high quality leadership relationships and integrating sustainability into hairdresser training and practice  (

Research interests include multi-level approaches to leadership and change, ethics, corporate social responsibility, human resource development, fostering sustainable behaviour/practice; transactive memory, trust and teams, emotional intelligence, contextual leadership (including leadership in projects, leading change, leadership in the third and health sectors), organisation development, social network analysis and the role of unions in change and organisational performance.

Our research centre has a very active PhD programme with more than 40 students researching PhD or DBA degrees. Members of the group regularly publish the outputs of their research on leading international journals in the field including among others Human Resource Management (US), Leadership Quarterly, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Organization and Management, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Academy of Management Education and Learning.

Privacy Settings