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Essex Business School

Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Group

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We get inside organisations by focusing on the people

A business isn’t a collection of stock, equipment and buildings, it is an organisation made up of people. Our Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management research group digs deep into the heart of the people issues facing all types of organisations.

Whether it’s addressing issues of inequality, campaigning for changes they believe in or helping organisations like the NHS to manage change, academics in the group are exploring issues that should matter to all of us. Their regular seminars, events and publications ensure that the wider research community at Essex, students and the general public can all benefit from this work.

Our research at a glance

Equality in the world of work

Professor Elisabeth Kelan is actively researching, speaking about and campaigning on the big issues of equality in the workplace. Her research focuses on women in leadership, men as change agents for gender equality, generations at work, and diversity and inclusion. Her research is regularly featured in the media such as the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph and HR Magazine. She’s author of ‘Rising Stars: Developing Millennial Women as Leaders' and The Times has also featured her as one of the management thinkers to watch, and we agree!

Uniform and makeup policies in the workplace

Professor Philip Hancock and Professor Melissa Tyler recently wrote for The Conversation in response to a change in policy at transatlantic airline Virgin Atlantic. The airline had relaxed rules which had previously required female cabin crew to wear makeup however after digging deeper the Professors argued that the change was only a baby step towards addressing serious discriminatory issues across the industry.

 

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Change management in public sector organisations

It’s in all our interests for public sector organisations to operate efficient and effective services. Dr Danielle Tucker’s research interests focus on evaluating complex change management initiatives in public sector organisations. She has recently been working with NHS organisations making changes in care models and adopting a new integrated care partnerships approach, aiming to reduce reliance on A&E and hospitals and to create better continuity of care for complex patients.

Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

Pasi Ahonen
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: Management of diversity and difference in organisations; History, memory and temporality in and of organisations; Leadership, power and ways of leading; Organisations, the media and representation and mediatisation of organisations
Edward Barratt
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: the use of genealogical and historical perspectives in the study of management and human resource management; management and human resource management in the Civil Service and public sector in the UK; power and elites; the ethics of human resource management
Stefano Cirella
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: Creativity and Organisation; Collective Creativity; Leadership, Change and Transformation; Organisational Learning Mechanisms; Collaborative Management Research; Collaborative Innovation
Huiyan Fu
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Sophie Hales
Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: Emotional, aesthetic and sexualized labour in interactive service work; Gender, sexuality and embodiment at work; Lived experiences of sexualized forms of work; Gender, sexuality and the body in work organizations
Anita Hammer
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Philip Hancock
Professor, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: The Colonisation of Everyday Life Through Managerial Discourse and Practice; Critical Social Theory (Marxist and Post-Marxist) and Organisation; Critical Approaches to Recognition at Work and in the Labour Market; The Uses and Abuses of Organisational Culture, Art, Aesthetics and Symbolism; The Management and Lived Experience of Organisational Space and Architecture; The Organisational and Economic Dimensions of Christmas and Other Festivities; Vintage Production, Consumption, and its Organisation
Casper Hoedemaekers
Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Maria Hudson
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: Equality and Diversity; Precarious work and livelihoods; Organisational learning, social justice and moral economy; Qualitative research methodologies
Elisabeth Kelan
Professor, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Paul Kelly
Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: Organisation Studies; Information Systems; Impact and Evaluation; Global Development; Approaches to "Power" and "Practice" for research and engagement
Aylin Kunter
Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Marina Michalski
Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: Sustainable HRM; Country-specific evaluations of Employment Relations, HRM practice and Talent Management (Global South/rest-of-the-world countries); Inclusion and diversity in Human Resource Development; L&D, skills development and macro human resource development; HRM professionals' identity and values from a national-context perspective.; Language-sensitive perspective on cross-national talent management; Apprenticeships in context
Sandra Moog
Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: international environmental politics and transnational civic activism (focus: forest issues/ the Amazon); globalization, sustainable development and environmental justice; the role of NGOs and corporations in processes of environmental governance; ideas of nature within the contemporary environmental movement
Beatrice Piccoli
Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: Job insecurity; Organizational justice; Organisational identification; Psychological well-being; Organisational behaviours
Ian Roper
Reader, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Stevphen Shukaitis
Reader, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: cultural production and contemporary capitalism; social theory; artistic labour; social and political imaginaries; communication technologies; avant-gardes and aesthetics; continental philosophy; social movements; intellectual and social history
Danielle Tucker
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: Organisational change management; Change Communication; Organisational Trust; Public Sector Management; Organisational Memory and Forgetting; Policy Implementation; Change Agents; Organisational Failure; Integrated Care
Melissa Tyler
Professor, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: Feminist perspectives on work and organization; Gender, sexuality and embodiment at work; Organizational space, place, aesthetics and materiality; Emotional, aesthetic and sexualized forms of labour; Sales-service work and consumer culture; Gender, sexuality and the body in work organizations; Any work drawing on and developing feminist theory; The organization, management and lived experience of organizational space, place and setting; Emotional, aesthetic and sexualized labour in sales-service work

Research projects