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Centre for Research on Work and Organisations

Research into organisational behaviour and human resource is organised and coordinated through the Centre for Research on Work and Organisations. It provides a hub for research-active staff in the area to work within a closer collaborative research agenda.

The Centre’s research reflects its interdisciplinary approach to people and organisations, focusing on a broad range of organisational behaviour and human resource management issues, such as leadership, diversity, teams, collaborative learning, workplace and organisational learning, performance management, corporate social responsibility and other governance related transformations. The Centre Staff also investigate the impact that individuals, groups, and structures have on behaviour within the organisation.

The Centre’s members are from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and research interests.  These include: organisational behaviour (Yehuda Baruch, Mina Beigi, Jane Parry, Naveena Prakasam, David Cross, Maria Daskalaki); leadership (Naveena Prakasam, Malcolm Higgs, Alessia D’amato, Mina Beig); HR (Yehuda Baruch, Bernard Bempong, Taposh Roy, Jane Parry); Economics (Guy Vernon, Tahir Nisar, Michail Veliziotis); Psychology (Melanie Ashleigh, Malcolm Higgs, Alessia D’Amato); Corporate Social Responsibility (Denise Baden); Sociology (Jane Parry); and Governance (Michail Veliziotis, Melanie Ashleigh, Guy Vernon, Denise Baden, Tahir Nisar).


The Group has three main functions:

  • to stimulate research among group members, both as individual researchers and as a group 
  • to provide means of support in ensuring we maintain awareness of the latest management theoretical and empirical research by regular seminars
  • to foster a research environment in which researchers, including PhD students, can develop their professional knowledge and skills

Staff list

Professor Maria Daskalaki Head of Department for HR Management and Organisational Behaviour
Dr Melanie Ashleigh Associate Professor of OB and HRM; Director of DBA Programme
Professor Denise Baden Professor of Sustainable Business; Chair of University of Southampton Green Group; Sustainability Officer for Southampton Business School
Professor Yehuda Baruch Professor of Management
Dr Mina Beigi Associate Professor of OB and HRM; Faculty of Social Sciences Research Integrity Champion; Head of Centre of Research of Work and Organisations
Dr Bernard Bempong Teaching Fellow of OB and HRM; Senior Tutor for BA Business Management Programme
Dr David Cross Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Professor Malcolm Higgs Professor of OB and HRM
Dr Jane Parry Lecturer of OB and HRM
Dr Tahir Nisar Associate Professor of OB and Strategy
Dr Naveena Prakasam Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Prof Peter Rodgers Professor of Strategy & International Management
Dr Michail Veliziotis Lecturer of HRM
Dr Guy Vernon Associate Professor of OB and HRM; Programme Leader of MSc in HRM
Dr Taposh Roy Senior Teaching Fellow in Organisational Behaviour and HRM
Dr Xiaoshuang Lin Lecturer of OB and HRM

PhD students

Alden, Anna Maria  Ismail, Edora 
Alghamdi, Dina Lees, Colette Susan
Alshaikhmubarak, Abdulrahman A I Leidner, Sarah
Bariakova, Daniela Petrova Lu, Zhaoying
Bradbury, Barbara Caroline Moomin, Zenabu
Callander, Jeff Nwosu, Belinda Uzo (Uzoejinwa) Nnenia
Clark, Jane Louise Patrick, Susan
Collins, Eilis Raho, Renato Martyn
Cumberbatch, Nigel Clive Simpson-Silo, Toby Arthur Louis
Hollyoake, Mark John Olivia Sarhene 


Introducing seminar series

The Centre has hosted guest speakers from London School of Economics, Leeds University Business School, and other prestigious universities, as well as internal speakers.

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.

Examples of recent publications

Baruch, Y., & Rousseau, D. M. (2019). Integrating psychological contracts and ecosystems in career studies and managementAcademy of Management Annals, 13(1): 84-111.

Beigi, M., Nayyeri, S., & Shirmohammadi, M. (2019). Driving a career in Tehran: Experiences of female internet taxi driversJournal of Vocational Behavior,  116: 103347.

Daskalaki, M. & Simosi, M. (2017) ‘Unemployment as a liminoid phenomenon: Identity trajectories in times of crisis’, Human Relations, 71 (9): 1153-1178.

Dawson, C., Veliziotis, M., & Hopkins, B. (2017). Understanding the perception of the "Migrant Work Ethic"Work, Employment and Society, 32 (5): 811-830.

Examples of recent grants

UKRI (ESRC) for Work After Lockdown, a project that looks at the impact of working from home upon organisational learning 2020-2022; £214,820.  A project lead by the OB/HRM department, collaborating with the Institute for Employment Studies and Half the Sky.   PI Jane Parry

UK Arts Council for a project looking at the entrepreneurial careers of artists; £585,284.  A collaboration between The Point Theatre, Southampton Business School and cultural organisations in the south of England.  Co-I Yehuda Baruch

Contact us

We welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students. Members of the group are always happy to discuss possible areas of research with prospective students. For more information, contact the Director of PhD Programmes.

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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