Building on a long tradition of research on societal influences on the quality of working life and the consequences for employee experience and well-being. This includes research on:
- The labour process examining changes in skill formation and organisational control systems, new technologies (including social media) and their influence on employment relations and worker voice.
- The labour market exploring access to work, skills and employability, and patterns of labour market exclusion with a policy-oriented focus on improving opportunities for disadvantaged groups.
- The impact of workplace and social change on professional, occupational and other social identities; and divisions of age, gender, socio-economic status and ethnicity in access to and experiences of work.
Management and Organisation Studies
Our research investigates the ongoing significance of management and organisation for present-day democratic societies through research on:
- Policy processes and governance; healthcare management and operations and the ethics of care with respect to commercialisation and financialisation in health and social care settings.
- Scenario planning; top management teams and strategic learning and inter-organisational dynamics; reappraisals of classic management texts and debates on ethics in management learning; education and research.
- Innovation and management in SMEs, especially high growth firms, through policy-orientated outputs relating to government, university and industry interactions and to regulation, business support programmes and entrepreneurial finance.