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About us

We are a hub for research-active staff from the Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at Southampton Business School. We respond critically to academic, policy and practitioner debates around a broad range of work and organisations-related issues.  

Our members are from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and research interests. These include:


We have five main objectives:

Contact us

Please get in touch with our Director, Jane Parry, to find out more about our work:

You can follow the Centre for Research on Work and Organisations on twitter: @CRWO14

Dr Melanie Ashleigh Associate Professor
Professor Denise Baden Professor; Chair of University of Southampton Green Group; Sustainability Officer for Southampton Business Schoo
Professor Yehuda Baruch Professor
Dr Barbara Bradbury Research Fellow
Dr Mina Beigi Associate Professor; Co-Director of Work Futures Research Centr
Dr Bernard Bempong Teaching Fellow of OB and HRM
Ms Sian Campbell Senior Enterprise Fellow
Dr David Cross Lecturer in OB and HRM
Dr Chianu Dibia Lecturer in HRM and OB
Dr Trang Gardner Teaching Fellow of HRM and OB
Dr Gloria Kutscher Lecturer in Organisation Studies
Dr Jane Parry  Associate Professor; Deputy Head of Department for Research
Dr Tahir Nisar  Associate Professor
Dr Jelena Petrovic Principal Enterprise Fellow; Associate Professor
Dr Naveena Prakasam Lecturer in OB and HRM
Prof Peter Rodgers  Professor; MBA Director at Southampton Business School
Dr Matthew Sinnicks Associate Professor
Dr Michail Veliziotis  Associate Professor; Head of Department; Co-Director of Work Futures Research Centre
Dr Guy Vernon Associate Professor; Programme Leader of MSc HRM
Dr Taposh Roy Senior Teaching Fellow in OB and HRM; Deputy Head of Department for Teaching
Dr. Ai Yu Associate Professor
Mr Lihui Zhang

Teaching Fellow



Mr Nigel Campbell Adjunct Professor
Dr William Donald Visiting Fellow (Associate Professor)
Dr Lee Gazit Visiting Fellow
Dr Dan Hart Visiting Fellow
Dr Zoe Young Visiting Fellow


PGR Students

Alaa Mohammed Alqahtany  Xiaohan Li
Bandar Alomari  Yafan Yu
Chloe Dixon  Leonora Amponsah-Asante
Colette Lees  Roz Stanton
Elfrida Hamilton-Russell  Lakni Vishaka Galmangodage
Fabien Littel  Nigel Cumberbatch
Genping Ye  Sarah Chapman
Huainan Wang  Yihui Lin
Jeremy Brown  Yuzhong Liu
Jiaqi Chen  Zhaoying Lu
Olivia Sarhene  Hanaa Alzaidi
Qingyang Xu  Vivien Xiao Yu
Susan Patrick  Hamid Reza Maleki

Visiting academics

Last year Dr Eneli Kindsiko, worked with Yehuda Baruch on the careers of academics in early career. Dr Inci Ozturk is currently working with Yehuda Baruch on a project on female academics in STEM. Dr William Donald is working with Melanie Ashleigh and Yehuda Baruch on a project on the impact of Covid-19 on students’ graduation careers.

Dr Zoe Young, author of Women’s Work and Director of flexible work consultancy Half the Sky, is currently working with Jane Parry, Yehuda Baruch, Mina Beigi and Michalis Veliziotis on the Work after Lockdown project.

You can find the latest on news and seminars here.

News & events

Our staff regularly comment on their research in national and local media sources, and also write for The Conversation, where they tie their research in with topical news stories.

Research seminars

The Centre runs a research seminar series, which invites scholars to present their research.  Please email for joining instructions.  Seminars scheduled for 2021 are:

Wednesday 9th  June

Dr Mark Williams, Queen Mary’s

Mapping Good Work: The quality of working life across the occupational structur 

Wed 12 May

Professor Tracey Warren, University of Nottingham, and Prof Clare Lyonette, University of Warwick

Work and care during the COVID-19 pandemic: Intensifying inequalities of class and gender? 

Wednesday 3 March, 13:00 – 14:30

Professor Peter Rodgers, University of Southampton

Leveraging Symbolic Capital: Transnational journeys for East European migrants

Wednesday 17 February, 13:00 – 14:30

Dr Naveena Prakasam, University of Southampton, and Dr Natasha Cooper, UCL

The dialectics of meritocracy and positive discrimination amidst racialised and gendered foreign workers

Wednesday 3 February, 13:00 – 14:30

Professor Peter Case, University of the West of England

Studying leadership in non-Anglophone contexts: An ethnographic account of leadership practices in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Wednesday 27 January, 13:00 – 14:30

Professor Colin Williams, University of Sheffield

Explaining and tackling undeclared work: reflections on a European journey

Previous seminars have included:

Professor Maria Daskalaki, University of Southampton

The gendered impact of COVID-19: Struggles over working from home and social reproduction

Dr Ahmed Mustafa, Leeds Business School

Work-family conflict and emotional exhaustion: Do self-sacrificing disposition and work meaningfulness make a difference?

Dr Emily Yarrow, Edinburgh Business School

Informal networks and inequality: Women’s lived experiences of REF

Dr Kathryn Hartwell, LSE

Navigating transitions in institutional logics: How a UK law firm is responding to increasing institutional complexity in real time

Dr David Cross, Southampton Business School

The (ir)relevance of human resource management in independent work: Challenging assumptions 

Our members are active in theoretical and empirical research with policy and practice impact. We frequently respond to parliamentary inquiries, media, and provide specialist review and advice to policy communities on current issues in work and organisation. Our current research portfolio includes:

  • COVID-19 focused projects: NHS ambulance performance in the NW (Peter Rodgers); dual-earner parents during lockdown (Mina Beigi); impact of COVID-19 on French managers & executives (Yehuda Baruch)
  • the Department was awarded a UKRI/ESRC grant in their funding call for ideas that respond to COVID-19, for the project Work after Lockdown (PI Jane Parry; Co-I Yehuda Baruch; Co-I Mina Beigi; Co-I Michail Veliziotis; partnering with the Institute for Employment Studies and Half the Sky: £214,820)
  • a KTP funded by UKRI/Innovate UK looking at gamification, agent motivation & job design (Tahir Nisar) with Execview, a London-based software provider firm that works with the public sector
  • research funded by the CIPD investigating the relationship between HR practice and the self-employed (David Cross)
  • a project funded by the Arts Council England that explores new leadership and entrepreneurial career pathways in the arts (£585,284); this is a collaboration between The Point Theatre, Southampton Business School and cultural organisations in the south of England (Co-I @ HRM & OB, Professor Yehuda Baruch)
  • Denise Baden, Professor of Sustainable Business has developed her ESRC work on sustainability in the hairdressing curriculum by working with Green Salon Collective and brands such as Henkel, Wella, Davines and L’Oréal to embed more sustainable practices across the hair and beauty sector. In 2018 Professor Baden was awarded  the prestigious ESRC price for Outstanding Impact in Business and Enterprise for her work. She is also engaged in exploring sharing economy business models for sustainability and integrating sustainability into hairdresser training and practice (
  • Ai Yu has received £12,289.60 from the Web Science Institute at UoS to conduct a pilot project on relational accountability in using AI for immigration and refugee decision-making
  • Naveena Prakasam, together with colleagues in the University of Sheffield, Northumbria University, and University of West of England, won £20, 190 to research ecosystem enablers: supporting individuals and communities of researchers
  • Jane Parry, Michalis Veliziotis and Barbara Bradbury received £19,622 to conduct organisational research on flexible work for Acas. 
  • international collaborations are taking place with Audencia Business School, France
  • Mina Beigi is leading a collaboration with Wee Chan Au (Newcastle) and Faiza Ali (Lahore University of Management Sciences) on promoting gender equality in Pakistan higher education (£24,389, British Council Going Global Partnerships)
  • Dr Tahir Nisar ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant Project on AI, big data analytics and machine learning in the service sector. The project uses Claritum data to create supply chain management related categories so as to improve efficiencies in the company’s relationships with its clients and customers

Learn more about the impact our work and research has led to. Our most recent publications can be found here.

Impact and Publications

Our research is engaged with rapid changes in the world of work, and Centre staff work with practitioners and policy communities to share our findings and improve the quality of evidence available to support decision-making in the rapidly changing world of work and organisations.

For example:

Professor Denise Baden has been researching around sustainability in the hair and beauty sectors for a number of years, and in 2018 was awarded the ESRC’s Celebrating Impact Prize for Outstanding Impact in Business and Enterprise.  You can read more about this work here.

The Work after Lockdown team are engaging with employers and policy makers on organisational learning around working from home, as it happens, and have already contributed to several parliamentary inquiries and given oral evidence at the Welsh Government on their proposals for remote working.”

Recent Publications

Academics in the Centre regularly publish in ABS 3* and 4* journals.  Our articles in the past 2 years include:


  • Alshaikhmubarak, A., Da Camara, N. & Baruch, Y. (2020) ‘The impact of high-performance human resource practices on the research performance and career success of academics in Saudi Arabia’, Career Development International, 25(6): 671-690.
  •  Avetisyan, E., Baruch, Y., Meschi, P., Metais, E. & Norheim-Hansen, A. (2020) ‘Tying the acquirer’s human resource management quality to cross-border acquisition divestment probability: Curvilinear connection with slacklining’, British Journal of Management, 31(3): 568-588.
  • Baden, D., Peattie, K. and Oke, A. (2020) ‘Access over ownership: Case studies of libraries of things’, Sustainability, 12 (17): 7180.
    Baden, D., Wilson, M. & Wilkinson, S. (2020) ‘Towards ecological health: Cuba’s moral economy of food and agriculture’, Third World Quarterly, 1-16.
  • Beigi, M. & Otaye-Ebede, L. (2020) ‘Social media, work and nonwork interface: a qualitative inquiry’, Applied Psychology
  • Cross, D. & Swart, J. (2020) ‘Professional fluidity: reconceptualising the professional status of self-employed neo-professionals’, Organization Studies
  • D’Amato, A. & Baruch, Y. (2020) ‘Cultural and generational predictors of learning goal orientation: A multilevel analysis of managers across 20 countries’, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 20 (2): 159-179. doi: 10.1177/1470595820926218
  • Daskalaki, M., Fotaki, M. & Simosi, M (2020). ‘The gendered impact of the financial crisis: Struggles over social reproduction in Greece’, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.
  • Degbey, W., Rodgers, P., Kromah, M. & Weber, Y. (2020) ‘The impact of psychological ownership on employee retention in mergers and acquisitions’, Human Resource Management Review
  • Eldridge, D. & Nisar, T. (2020) ‘Does making a business case for voluntary quota-induced board gender diversity pay off?’ Academy of Management Proceedings
  • Fotaki, M. & Daskalaki, M. (2020). Politicizing the Body in the Anti-Mining Protest in Greece. Organization Studies,
    Gao, L. & Baruch, Y. (2020) ‘The moderating role of a city’s institutional capital and people’s migration status on career success in China’, Human Relations, 1-27.
  • Hughes, P., Hughes, M., Stokes, P., Rodgers, P. & Degbey, W. (2020) ‘Micro-foundations of organizational ambidexterity in the context of cross-border mergers and acquisitions’, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 153: 1-14.
  • Ma, C., Lin, X., Chen, Z. X. & Wei, W. (2020) ‘Linking perceived overqualification with task performance and proactivity? An examination from self-concept-based perspective’, Journal of Business Research, 118: 199-209.
  • Murithi, W., Vershinina, N. & Rodgers, P. (2020) ‘Where less is more: institutional voids and business families in Sub-Saharan Africa’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 26(1): 158-174.
  • Nisar, T., Prabhakar, G. & Torchia, M. (2020) ‘Crowdfunding innovations in emerging economies’, Strategic Change, 29(3): 355-361.
  • Parry, J., Brookfield, K. & Bolton, V. (2020) ‘The Long Arm of the Household: gendered struggles in combining paid work with social and civil participation over the lifecourse’ Gender, Work & Organization.
  • Parry, J. & Hracs, B. (2020) ‘From leisure to labour: towards a typology of the motivations, structures and experiences of work-related blogging’, New Technology, Work and Employment. Doi: 10.1111/(ISSN)1468-005X
  • Roy, T., Al-Abdin, A. & Quazi, P. A. (2020) Examining the CSR strategy of MNCs in Bangladesh. Sustainability Accounting Management and Policy Journal
  • Shirmohammadi, M., Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., Beigi, M. & McLean, G. (2020) ‘Mapping human resource development: Visualizing the past, bridging the gaps, and moving toward the future’, Human Resource Development Quarterly
  • Vershinina, N., Markman, G., Han, L., Rodgers, P., Kitching, J., Hashimzade, N. & Barrett, R. (2020) ‘Gendered regulations and SMEs’ performance in transition economies, Small Business Economics
  • Voskeritsian, H., Kornelakis, A., Kapotas, P. & Veliziotis, M. (2020) ‘United we stand? Marketization, institutional change and Employers’ Associations in crisis’, Economic and Industrial Democracy
  • Wankhade, P., Stokes, P., Tarba, S. & Rodgers, P. (2020) ‘Work Intensification and ambidexterity - the notions of extreme and 'everyday' experiences in emergency contexts: surfacing dynamics in the ambulance service’, Public Management Review, 22(1): 48-74.
  • Yao, C., Zheng, D. & Baruch, Y. (2020) ‘Time, space, Confucianism and careers: A contextualised review of careers research in China – current knowledge and future research agenda’, International Journal of Management Reviews, 22(3), 222-248.


  • Adjei-Bamfo, P., Bempong, B., Osei, J. & Kusi-Sarpong, S. (2019) ‘Green candidate selection for organisational environmental management’, International Journal of Manpower
  • Afreh, B., Rodgers, P., Vershinina, N. & Williams, C. (2019) ‘Varieties of context and informal entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial activities of migrant youths in rural Ghana’, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 25 (5): 996-1013.
  • Altman, Y., Baruch, Y., Zoghbi Manrique-de-Lara, P. & Viera Armas, M. M. (2019) ‘Baby boomers at the cusp of their academic career: Storming ahead, Hanging on, or Calling it a day’, Studies in Higher Education: 1335-1350.
  • Baden, D. (2019) ‘Solution-focused stories are more effective than catastrophic stories in motivating pro-environmental intentions’, Ecopsychology, 11 (4). doi.10.1089/eco.2019.0023
  • Baden, D., Mcintyre, K. and Fabian, H. (2019) ‘The impact of constructive news on affective and behavioural responses’, Journalism Studies, 20 (13): 1940-1959. Doi.10.1080/1461670X.2018/1545599
  • Baruch, Y., Ashleigh, M. & Donald, W. (2019) ‘Striving for sustainable graduate careers: Conceptualization via career ecosystems and the new psychological contact, Career Development International, doi: 10.1108/CDI-03-2019-0079
  • Baruch, Y., Point, S. & Humbert, A. L. (2019) ‘Factors related to knowledge creation and career outcomes in French academia’, Academy of Management Learning & Education, 19 (2). doi: 10.5465/amle.2018.0028
  • Baruch, Y. & Rousseau, D. M. (2019) ‘Integrating Psychological Contracts and their Stakeholders in Career Studies and Management’, The Academy of Management Annals, 13(1): 84-111. doi: 10.5465/annals.2016.0103
  • Beigi, M., Callahan, J. & Michaelson., C., (2019) ‘A critical plot twist: Changing characters and foreshadowing the future of organizational storytelling’, International Journal of Management Review. 1-19.
  • Beigi, M., Nayyeri, S. & Shirmohammadi, M. (2019) ‘Driving a career in Tehran: Experiences of female internet taxi drivers’,  Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Beigi, M., Shirmohammadi, M. & Otaye, L. (2019) ‘Half a Century of Work–Nonwork Interface Research: A Review and Taxonomy of Terminologies’, Applied Psychology: An International Review, 68 (3) 449–478. doi: 10.1111/apps.12168
  • Bhaskar, U., Mishra, B. & Baruch, Y. (2019) ‘Career dynamics in India: A two-wave study of career orientations and employability of graduates’, Personnel Review, doi: PR-10-2018-0429
  • Byington, E., Felps, W. & Baruch, Y. (2019) ‘Mapping JVB: A 23-year review. Journal of Vocational Behavior’, 110, 229-244.  doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2018.07.007
  • Daskalaki, M., Fotaki, M. & Sotiropouplou, I. (2019) ‘Performing values, practices and grassroots organizing: The case of solidarity economy initiatives in Greece’, Organization Studies 40 (11): 1741-1765.
  • Donald, W., Ashleigh, M. & Baruch, Y. (2019) ‘Sustainability through employability and competitive advantage: Individual and organizational perspectives of graduates' careers’, Career Development International, doi: CDI-03-2019-0079
  • Donald, W. Baruch, Y. & Ashleigh, M. (2019) ‘The undergraduate self-perception of employability: Human capital, careers advice, and career ownership’, Studies in Higher Education, 44(4): 599-614. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2017.1387107
  • Eldridge, D., Nisar, T. M. & Torchia, M. (2019) ‘What impact does equity crowdfunding have on SME innovation and growth? An empirical study’, Small Business Economics. DOI: 10.1007/s11187-019-00210-4
  • Ilavarasan, P. V., Prabhakar, G., Baabdullah, A. M. & Nisar, T. M. (2019) ‘Up the ante: Electronic word of mouth and its effects on firm reputation and performance’, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services. DOI: 10.1016/j.jretconser.2018.12.010
  • Kindsiko, E. & Baruch, Y. (2019) ‘Careers of PhD graduates: The role of chance events and how to manage them’, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 112: 122-140. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2019.01.010
  • Lawrence, D.O. and Ashleigh, M.J. (2019) ‘Impact of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) on Users in Higher Educational System: Southampton University as a Case Study’, International Journal of Management, 6(3):1-12.
  • Leidner, S., Baden, D. and Ashleigh, M.J., (2019) ‘Green (environmental) HRM: aligning ideals with appropriate practices’, Personnel Review, 48 (5)
  • Lin, X., Chen, Z. X., Tse, H. H., Wei, W. & Ma, C. (2019) ‘Why and when employees like to speak up more under humble leaders? The roles of personal sense of power and power distance’, Journal of Business Ethics, 158(4): 937-950.
  • Nisar, T., Kumar, N. & Prabhakar, G. (2019) ‘Effects of best management practices on the performance and productivity of small firms’, Production Planning & Control, 30 (10-12): 919-934.
  • Nisar, T. M., Prabhakar, G., Ilavarasan, P. V. & Baabdullah, A. M. (2019) ‘Facebook usage and mental health: An empirical study of role of non-directional social comparisons in the UK’, International Journal of Information Management, 48: 53-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2019.01.017
  • Nisar, T. N., Prabhakar, G. & Strakova, L. (2019) ‘Social media information benefits, knowledge management and smart organizations’, Journal of Business Research, 94, 264-272.
  • Nisar, T., Prabhakar, G. & Torchia, M. (2019) ‘Whistleblowing: When do employees act to ‘blow the whistle’?’, Organizational Dynamics, 44-49.
  • Nisar, T. M., Hajli, N., Prabhakar, G. & Dwivedi, Y. (2019) ‘Sharing economy and the lodging websites: Antecedents and mediators of accommodation purchase intentions’, Information Technology & People. DOI: 10.1108/ITP-06-2018-0297
  • Prakasam, N. & Huxtable-Thomas, L. (2020) ‘Reddit: affordances as an enabler for shifting loyalties’, Information Systems Frontiers
  • Rodgers, P., Khan, Z., Tarba, S., Nurgabdeshov, A. & Ahammad, M. (2019) ‘Exploring the determinants of location choice decisions of offshored R&D projects’, Journal of Business Research, 103: 472-483.
  • Rodgers, P., Shehryar Shahid, M. & Williams, C. (2019) ‘Reconceptualizing informal work practices: some observations from an ethnic minority community in urban UK’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 43 (3:, 476-496.
  • Rodgers, P., Stokes, P., Tarba, S. & Khan, Z. (2019) ‘The role of non-market strategies in establishing legitimacy: the case of service MNEs in emerging economies’, Management International Review, 59 (4): 515–540.
  • Rodgers, P., Vershinina, N., Williams, C. & Theodorakopoulos, N. (2019) ‘Leveraging symbolic capital: the use of blat networks across transnational spaces’, Global Networks, 19 (1): 119-136.
  • Shirmohammadi, M., Beigi, M. Stewart, J. (2019) ‘Understanding skilled migrants’ employment in the host country: A multidisciplinary review and a conceptual model’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(1): 96-121
  • Shoaib, S. & Baruch, Y. (2019) ‘Deviant behavior in a moderated-mediation framework of incentives, organizational justice perception, and reward expectancy’, Journal of Business Ethics, 157(3): 617-633. doi: 10.1007/s10551-017-3651-y
  • Tran, H. Baruch, Y. & Bui, H. T. M. (2019) ‘On the way to self-employment: The dynamics of career mobility’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, doi: 10.1080/09585192.2019.1640267
  • Vershinina, N. & Rodgers, P. (2019) ‘Symbolic capital within the lived experiences of Eastern European migrants: a gendered perspective’, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development
  • Vershinina, N., Rodgers, P., McAdam, M. & Clinton, E. (2019) ‘Transnational migrant entrepreneurship, gender and family business’, Global Networks, 19 (2): 238-260.
    Vershinina , N., Rodgers, P., Tarba, S., Khan, Z. & Stokes, P. (2019) ‘Gaining Legitimacy through proactive stakeholder management: the experiences of high-tech women entrepreneurs in Russia’, Journal of Business Research            

Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

The Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour examines leadership and its professional development from the relational perspective, processes and factors associated with individual and organisational change, and HR practices affecting learning and performance in organisations.

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