Work, Organisation and Management (WOM)

The group hosts over 35 academic staff members and a vibrant PhD community. Group members pursue research across the full range of topics related to human resource management, organisational behaviour and organisation studies as well as management education. We offer a strongly collegial, research-supportive, and intellectually stimulating interdisciplinary environment and excellent provision for PhD students. Group members are involved in the delivery of highly successful specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that are research-led and reflect the wide-ranging disciplinary areas associated with WOM including a BA in Business ManagementMSc in Human Resource Management (CIPD Accredited), Master in Management (MIM), and MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology (BPS Accredited).

Group members publish regularly in FT 50 listed academic journals such as  Academy of Management Journal, Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods, Organization Studies, and Research Policy, as well as leading specialist academic journals including Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Work, Employment and Society. They hold senior editorial positions for the following journals: Journal of Management Studies (Professor Caroline Gatrell, editor-in-chief incoming), International Journal of Management Reviews (Professor Caroline Gatrell, co-editor-in-chief),  Academy of Management Learning & Education  (Dr Clare Rigg; associate editor), Work, Employment and Society (Professor Rory Donnelly, editor), Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (Professor Stephen Woods, associate editor) and International Journal of Human Resource Management (Dr Huadong Yang, associate editor). They also sit on numerous editorial boards, including: Academy of Management ReviewJournal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Learning & EducationBritish Journal of ManagementHuman Relations, Journal of Management, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Members of WOM work closely with business, the public sector and the third sector in impactful research and knowledge exchange. Such activities are funded by a range of national and international funding agencies including the ESRC, Leverhulme, the British Academy, and the public and private sector. The Group currently supports the Organisational and Employee Well-Being research cluster.

Human Resource Management

Group activities related to human resource management (HRM) cover a range of research topics and span different research methodologies including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Professor Rory Donnelly’s work focuses on knowledge work, particularly IT work in the UK, US and India; changing work and career dynamics; diversity and inclusion; the employment relationship and comparative employment systems. Research by Dr Emma Hughes examines employment relations; comparative employment systems; workplace partnership/conflict; the moral economy of work. Prof Stephen Woods researches recruitment and selection in organisations, especially around digital assessments, people and HR analytics and process fairness. Dr Sandra Costa’s research focuses on psychological contract as well as job insecurity. Professor Caroline Gatrell currently studies fathers, employment and the work-family interface through the lenses of gender and the body. Dr Laura Radcliffe researches the impact of organisational polices and structures on work-life balance. Professor Yves Guillaume’s research looks at the effectiveness of diversity, equality and inclusion management practices. Dr Lillian Otaye’s research examines strategic human resource management, employee relations, diversity management (race/ethnicity and gender), international HRM and employee well-being. Dr Salma Raheem’s research revolves around international human resource management in the Middle East and the management of multicultural teams. Dr Samuel Davies is concerned with the management of expatriates and how they are integrated into foreign multinational enterprises. Dr Huadong Yang’s work focuses on the effects of employee self-identity in HRM, implementation of HRM in teams, and high-performance work systems. Dr Mariella Miraglia’s work examines performance management with a special focus on feedback and job crafting. Dr Ming Li (Lily) researches international HRM.

Organisational Behaviour

Group members’ research in the area of organisational behaviour draws on a range of disciplines including HRM, Organisation Studies, and Organisational Psychology and employs a wide spectrum of research methodologies, such as laboratory experiments, surveys, meta-analysis as well as qualitative and mixed methods.  Professor Yves Guillaume’s research revolves around the study of diversity, leadership, teams, performance, innovation, well-being, and more recently social responsibility behaviours. Dr Huadong Yang researches culturally diverse teams and conflict management. Dr Ming Li (Lily) studies global leadership, cross-cultural and Chinese management, and application of research methods. Dr Samuel Davies examines expatriates' perceptions of inclusion, their embeddedness in host multinational enterprises and countries, as well as their knowledge management roles. Dr Salma Raheem’s researches the role of multicultural individuals in enhancing team productivity and cohesion as well as leadership in developing inclusive organisational cultures. Dr Pascale Daher’s work investigates leadership, gender and diversity, teams, and emotions. Professor Steve Woods research focuses on personality at work, assessment of traits, and the ways in which personality develops in work environments. Dr Joanne Lyubovnikova’s research focuses on five interrelated areas; team composition and processes; team leadership; team innovation and creativity; multiple team membership; and teamwork in the context of healthcare. Dr Laura Radcliffe research focuses on how people manage their various roles and identities as well as gender and diversity issues at the intersection of work and other life domains. Employing innovative qualitative methods, Dr Leighann Spencer‘s research examines two substantive domains, those of workplace mistreatment and the integration of scholarship and practice. Xiaomin Xu focuses on organisational justice, leadership and stress and coping behaviour. Dr Mariella Miraglia studies attendance behaviour in organisations (absenteeism and presenteeism) and wellbeing. Research by Dr Sandra Costa focuses on the effects of positive psychological capital as well as revenge and forgiveness in the workplace.

Organisation Studies

In Organisation Studies, group members draw on a range of perspectives including Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and History. The group employs a wide spectrum of reflective, analytical, and empirical methodologies. Research by Professor Caroline Gatrell research centres on work, family and health, which she explores from a socio-cultural perspective. Professor Roy Suddaby’s research focuses on processes of change at the individual, organizational and institutional levels of analysis. He is particularly interested in the critical role of symbolic resources - legitimacy, authenticity, identity and history - in improving an organization's competitive position. Yihan Liu‘s research centres on organisational space, organisational history, and archive-based research methods.  Dr Garance Marechal research investigates sensemaking, strategizing and reflexive processes in professional firms as well as gender. Drawing on recent approaches to cognitive science, Dr Meziani’s research centres on sensemaking, and on how a relational bundle made of words, objects and bodies contribute to meaning construction. Dr Mike Rowe’s work examines police discretion, policing, and police culture and he has a strong interest in ethnographic research approaches. Dr Claes Belfrage examines the political economy of financial regulation and market integration, inequality and climate change with a particular interest in the Nordic economies and the Mercosur. Dr Adriana Nilsson’s research focuses on the interaction between /organisational action and the institutional environment, particularly in relation to macro-processes of international political economy and regional and transnational governance. Dr Michael Cole researches local government, devolution and student unions. He is also interested in public leadership in China.

Management Education  

The group also sees its role increasingly as a leader in intellectual and policy debate on university education, and is very active in pedagogy scholarship. Group members publish in national and international peer-reviewed management learning journals, producing monographs and edited collections with a learning and teaching focus. Professor Lisa Anderson’s research focuses on the aim of improving management practice and developing the management profession; she is currently Vice Chair of the British Academy of Management. Dr Gary Brown’s research focuses on identity at work, precariousness in professional services, and dual interviewing methodology; he is a member of the AQA Higher Education Expert Panel. Dr Jason Macvaugh has a particular research interest in higher education pedagogy and practice. Dr Susan Minten’s research revolves around graduate employability and careers as well as managing change in elite sport. Dr Patricia Murtagh has a particular research interest in technology, representation, media and strategy as practice. Dr Denise Preece research revolves around high performance working, learning, and development; she is also an Athena Swan National Panellist. Jennifer Johnson’s research focuses on how culture, personality and individual ecology affect learning; she is a Branch Chair of CIPD. Dr Graeme Ridgeway research interests centre on micro ethics in organisations. Dr Caroline Ramsey’s research explores practice-based and processual as well as dialogic approaches to learning and practice innovation, reflective learning, judgment and quality of practical wisdom.  Dr Clare Rigg’s research is close to practice and is concerned to enable students to make a critical impact in their organisations and communities. John Hunter-Jones’s research focuses on recreational health and safety and fundraising strategies for charities. Dr Ali Rostron’s research explores the implications of an identity perspective in manager education and development; she is a member of the British Academy of Management Identity SIG Organising Committee. Other research on management education focuses for example on the changing function of university student unions (Dr Michael Cole), and the role of reflexivity and cultural sensitivity in academic performance of MBA students (Dr Joanne Lyubovnikova).

    Speaker Series

    Speaker Series


    Juliane Reinecke (King’s College London)

    Resolving the paradox of institutional stability: Process ontology and the temporality of institutions

    09 December



    Allison Gabriel (Eller College of Management, University of Arizona, US)

    Understanding the factors that support breastfeeding women at work

    08 July       


    Brian Silverman (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada) and David Berry (University of Sussex)

    Event in the Technologies and the Futures of Work series

    10 June


    Patrizia Zanoni (Hasselt University, Belgium, & Utrecht University School of Governance, the Netherlands)

    Labor market inclusion through predatory capitalism? The ‘sharing economy’, diversity, and the crisis of social reproduction in the Belgian coordinated market economy

    12 February

    2018 - 2019

    Felix Brodbeck (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
    Organizational culture and change: Developing theory and evidence-based SEMs for measuring organizational characteristics of relevance for adaptive change

    19 June


    Christiana Weber (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)

    Do relation-specific investments pay off? Comparing cross-sector and within-sector partnerships from a relational view perspective

    22 May       


    Gokhan Ertug (Singapore Management University, Singapore)

    When is hierarchy functional? Clarity between status levels in the hierarchy system impacts the functionality of hierarchy in crowdsourcing teams & To Ask or Not to Ask: Effect of Age on Advice Seeking

    01 May       


    Jonatan Pinkse (University of Manchester)
    Business model innovation in the energy industry

    03 Apr


    Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro (London School of Economics)
    Expanding our understanding of the employee-organization relationship

    20 Mar


    Roy Suddaby (ULMS & University of Victoria, Canada)
    History and the Micro-foundations of Dynamic Capabilities

    22 Feb


    Bill Foster (University of Alberta, Canada)

    Nostalgic uses of the past.

    AMLE publishing workshop

    22 Jan


    Jane Lê (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany)
    The Origins of 'Organizational' Wrongdoing: Complicity-in-Practice

    12 Dec


    Sam Aryee (University of Surrey)
    Servant Leadership and Frontline Employees' Customer Service Performance: A Cross-Level Test of Competing Perspectives

    07 Nov


    Hari Tsoukas (University of Cyprus; Warwick Business School)
    Strategy and virtue: Revisiting strategic management through virtue ethics

    17 Oct

    Selected recent publications:

    Goumaa, R., Anderson, L. and Zundel, M. (2019). What can managers learn online? Investigating possibilities for active understanding in the online MBA classroom, Management Learning, 50(2): 226 - 244.

    Anderson, L., Ellwood, P., & Coleman, C. (2017). The Impactful Academic: Relational management education as an intervention for impact. British Journal of Management, 28(1): 14 - 28.

    Belfrage, C. A., & Kallifatides, M. (2018). The politicisation of macroprudential regulation: The critical Swedish case. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 50(3): 709-729.

    Belfrage, C., & Hauf, F. (2017). The Gentle Art of Retroduction: Critical Realism, Cultural Political Economy and Critical Grounded Theory. Organization Studies, 38(2): 251-271.

    Sun, J., Cole, M., Huang, Z. and Wang, S. (2019). Chinese leadership: Provincial perspectives on promotion and performanceEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 37(4): 750 - 772.

    Cole, M. (2016). Committee Scrutiny in Scotland: A Comparative and Bi-Constitutional Perspective. Policy and Politics, 44(3): 465-483.

    Stollberger, J., Bosch, M. J., Las Heras, M., Rofcanin, Y., & Daher, P. (2020.). The tone at the top: A trickle-down model of how manager anger relates to employee moral behaviour. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2020.1804876

    Stoermer, S., Davies, S., & Froese, F. J. (2020). The influence of expatriate cultural intelligence on organizational embeddedness and knowledge sharing: The moderating effects of host country context. Journal of International Business Studies. doi:10.1057/s41267-020-00349-3

    Davies, S. E., Stoermer, S., & Froese, F. J. (2019). When the going gets tough: The influence of expatriate resilience and perceived organizational inclusion climate on work adjustment and turnover intentions. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(8): 1393–1417.

    Kenny, E. J., and Donnelly, R. (2020). Navigating the gender structure in information technology: How does this affect the experiences and behaviours of women? Human Relations, 73(3): 326-350.

    Donnelly, R. (2019). Using involvement to enhance employee engagement in IT firms: examining leadership initiatives in a key developing national context. New Technology, Work & Employment, 33(2): 187-201.

    Breslin, D., & Gatrell, C. (2020). Theorizing Through Literature Reviews: The Miner-Prospector Continuum. Organizational Research Methods. Doi: 1094428120943288.

    Gatrell, C. (2019). Boundary creatures? Employed, breastfeeding mothers and ‘abjection as practice’. Organization Studies, 40(3): 421-442.

    Lee, A., Thomas, G., Martin, R., Guillaume, Y., & Marstand, A. F. (2019). Beyond relationship quality: The role of leader–member exchange importance in leader–follower dyads. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 92 (4), 736-763

    Lee, A., Thomas, G., Martin, R., & Guillaume, Y. R. F. (2019). Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) ambivalence and task performance: The cross-domain buffering role of social support. Journal of Management, 45(5), 1927-1957.

    Nechanska, E., Hughes, E., & Dundon, T. (2019). Towards an integration of employee voice and silence. Human Resource Management Review, 30(1), 100674.

    Hughes, E. S., Dobbins, T., & Murphy, S. (2019). ‘Going Underground’: A Tube Worker’s Experience of Struggles over the Frontier of Control. Work, Employment and Society, 33(1), 174-183.

    Li, M. (2020). An examination of two major constructs of cross-cultural competence: Cultural intelligence and intercultural competence. Personality and Individual Differences, 164(1). 110105.

    Li, M., Sharp, B. M., Bergh, D. D. and Vandenberg, R. (2019). Statistical and methodological myths and urban legends in strategic management research: The case of moderation analysis. European Management Review, 16(1), 209-220.

    Liu, Y., & Grey, C. (2018). History, gendered space and organizational identity: An archival study of a university building. Human Relations, 71(5), 640-667.

    Lee, A., Lyubovnikova, J., Tian, A., & Knight, C. (2020). Servant leadership: A meta-analytic examination of incremental contribution, moderation and mediation. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93 (1), 1-44

    Fletcher, L., Carter, M., & Lyubovnikova, J. (2018). Congruency of resources and demands and their effects on staff turnover within the English health care sector. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 91(3), 688-696.

    Linstead, S. A., & Marechal, G. (2015). Re-reading masculine organization: Phallic, testicular and seminal metaphors. Human Relations, 68(9), 1461-1489.

    Linstead, S., Marechal, G., & Griffin, R. W. (2014). Theorizing and Researching the Dark Side of Organization. Organization Studies, 35(2), 165-188.

    Meziani, N., & Cabantous, L. (2020). Acting intuition into sense: How film crews make sense with embodied ways of knowing. Journal of Management Studies. doi:10.1111/joms.12619

    Miraglia, M., & Johns, G. (2020). The Social and Relational Dynamics of Absenteeism from Work: A Multi-Level Review and Integration. Academy of Management Annals. doi:10.5465/annals.2019.003

    Nielsen, K., & Miraglia, M. (2017). What works for whom in which circumstances? On the need to move beyond the "what works?' question in organizational intervention research. Human Relations, 70(1), 40-62. doi:10.1177/0018726716670226

    Nilsson, A. (2017). Making norms to tackle global challenges: The role of Intergovernmental Organisations. Research Policy, 46(1), 171-181.

    Loon, M., Otaye-Ebede, L., & Stewart, J. (2020). Thriving in the New Normal: The HR Microfoundations of Capabilities for Business Model Innovation. An Integrated Literature Review. Journal of Management Studies, 57(3), 698-726. doi:10.1111/joms.12564

    Otaye-Ebede, L. (2019). Antecedents and outcomes of managing diversity in a UK context: test of a mediation model. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(18), 2605-2627.

    Pereira Costa, S. P., & Neves, P. (2017). Forgiving is good for health and performance: How forgiveness helps individuals cope with the psychological contract breach. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 100, 124-136. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2017.03.005

    Pereira Costa, S., & Neves, P. (2017). Job insecurity and work outcomes: The role of psychological contract breach and positive psychological capital. Work & Stress, 31(4), 375-394.

    Cassell, C., Radcliffe, L., & Malik, F. (2019). Participant Reflexivity in Organizational Research Design. Organizational Research Methods, 23(4), 750-773.

    Radcliffe, L. S., & Cassell, C. (2015). Flexible working, work-family conflict, and maternal gatekeeping: The daily experiences of dual-earner couples. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 88(4), 835-855.

    Vora, D., Martin, L., Fitzsimmons, S. R., Pekerti, A. A., Lakshman, C., & Raheem, S. (2019). Multiculturalism within individuals: A review, critique, and agenda for future research. Journal of International Business Studies, 50(4): 499–524.

    Rigg, C. (2018). Somatic learning: Bringing the body into critical reflection. Management Learning, 49(2): 150-167.

    Pearson, G., & Rowe, M. (2020). Police Street Powers and Criminal Justice: Regulation and Discretion in a Time of Change. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

    Ganzin, M., Islam, G., & Suddaby, R. (2019). Spirituality and Entrepreneurship: The Role of Magical Thinking in Future-Oriented Sensemaking. Organization Studies, 41(1): 77-102

    Wadhwani, R. D., Suddaby, R., Mordhorst, M. and Popp, A. (2018). History as Organizing: Uses of the Past in Organization Studies. Organization Studies, 39(12): 1663-1683.

    Woods, S. A., Wille, B., Wu, C. H., Lievens, F., & De Fruyt, F. (2019) “The influence of work on personality trait development: The demands-affordances TrAnsactional (DATA) model, an integrative review, and research agenda”, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110: 258-271.

    Zhou, Y., Zou, M., Woods, S. A., & Wu, C. -H. (2019). The restorative effect of work after unemployment: An intraindividual analysis of subjective well-being recovery through reemployment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104(9): 1195-1206.

    Yang, H., Sanders, K., & Van Rijn, M. (2020). The effect of supervisor and organisational support on employees’ interactive informal learning: The moderating role of interdependent self-construal. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 31(17), 2217-2237

    Sanders, K., & Yang, H. (2016). The HRM Process Approach: The Influence of Employees' Attribution to Explain the HRM-Performance Relationship. Human Resource Management, 55(2), 201-217. doi:10.1002/hrm.21661

    Lu, C. -Q., Du, D. -Y., Xu, X. -M., & Zhang, R. -F. (2017). Revisiting the relationship between job demands and job performance: The effects of job security and traditionality. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 90(1), 28-50.