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HR research

Through the research centre, The Centre for Research in Work and Organisations, 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: investigating optimum ways to enable more sustainable practices; exploring sharing economy business models for sustainability and integrating sustainability into hairdresser training and practice (; social and solidarity initiatives in response to the global financial crisis of 2008; leader behaviours associated with developing high quality leadership relationships; and the impacts of crisis-driven working from home during lockdown for organisational learning (Work After Lockdown).

Research interests include multi-level approaches to leadership and change, ethics, corporate social responsibility, human resource development, fostering sustainable behaviour/practice; emotional intelligence, leadership and change (including leadership in projects, leading change, leadership in the third and health sectors), organisation development, employee relations, employee relations, workforce diversity and inequalities, entrepreneurship and self-employment, strategy and policy, labour markets, skills and careers, labour markets, skills and careers, technologies and workplace innovation, work and well-being, new global economies, work/non-work interface, new ways of working, labour market and workplace institutions, social and solidarity economy, alternative forms of organising, post-work imaginaries and identity in organisations.

Our research centre has a very active PhD programme. 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.

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