Management, Work and Organisation

Management, Work and Organisation is a diverse research area that draws on disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research in the sociology of work, organisational analysis, entrepreneurship and operations management. Areas of distinctive strength link together researchers across the division, including the management and organisation of health care, as well as financialization, performance regimes and organisational restructuring.

Our research

Working Lives

There has been a long and successful tradition of research on the societal influences on Working Lives and the consequences for employee experience and well-being. Research highlights the dynamics of changes in labour process and labour markets and the interactions between them. Research on labour process focuses on changes in skill formation and organisational control systems, new technologies (including social media) and their often negative influence on employment relations and worker voice. Research on labour markets includes issues around access to work, skills and employability, and patterns of labour market exclusion and inclusion and has established a strong body of policy-oriented outputs that enable governments and employers to improve opportunities for disadvantaged groups. Emergent areas of research include the impact of workplace and social change on professional, occupational and other social identities; and divisions of age, gender and ethnicity in access to and experiences of work.

Management and Organisation Studies

The other prominent stream of research in Management, Work and Organisation covers a range of issues connected to Management and Organisation Studies. Research focuses on scenario planning, top management teams and strategic learning, enterprise policy and inter-organisational dynamics. Here is a well-established, impactful area of expertise on policy processes and governance and a particular focus on healthcare management drawing on operations management and also exploring issues such as commercialization and financialization in healthcare settings. A strong emergent area looks at innovation and management in SMEs, especially high growth firms, including policy-orientated outputs relating to government, university and industry interactions to regulation, business support programmes and entrepreneurial finance.

Featured project

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Coordinated higher institution responses to digitalization (ESCALATE)

An EU ERASMUS+ funded project – increasing levels of digital competences for employability and upskilling.

PhD opportunities in Management, Work and Organisation

Conducting a PhD in Management, Work and Organisation at the University of Stirling will put you at the heart of a vibrant environment which facilitates the development of world-class research. Research in the Division covers a range of business and management topics and supports knowledge exchange, research impact, as well as the development of young scholars. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework we were ranked among the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 Business Schools, and 90% of our research is rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

The Management, Work and Organisation Division is comprised of two Groups – Business and Strategy, and Working Lives. Staff in these Groups have international reputations for the quality of their research, which is published in leading journals such as the Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics and more.

As a PhD researcher, you’ll benefit from all of our expertise and make your own key contributions in a supportive, collaborative environment.  

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