Organisation & HRM

The Organisation and HRM (OHRM) group at Warwick Business School is one of the leading groups of organisation, human resource management and employment relations scholars in Europe. Our members share an interest in thinking critically about organisation, work, employment, practices, processes, institutions and management within contemporary and future organisations. We conduct research with significant impact for private, public and NGO organisations and wider society around the world.

The group has about 30 academic staff, including leading organisation and HRM scholars; the General Editors of the Journal of Management Studies (Professor Gerardo Patriotta), Journal of Management (Professor David Allen) and Human Resource Management (Professor James Hayton), Associate Editors of Organization Studies (Professors Marianna Fotaki and Jacky Swan) and Human Relations (Professor Kim Hoque), and key figures within process and practice-based organisational studies (Professors Hari Tsoukas and Davide Nicolini).

By creating an intellectually and socially stimulating environment, at the forefront of research and scholarship, the OHRM Group has also been able to nurture future 'thought leaders' at Assistant and Associate Professor level, who have lead-authored publications in prestigious management journals, including in the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Accounting, Organizations & Society, Administrative Science Quarterly, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Strategic Management Journal.

The group also comprises outstanding Teaching Fellows, whose teaching excellence has been recognised through a National Teaching Fellowship and Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE) nominations and awards.

OHRM's academic focus broadly falls into two areas:

Organisation Theory

The group is inclusive and members conduct world-leading organisational research on a variety of topics, including innovation, the interface between organisation and new technologies, networks, gender, ethics, sense-making, leadership, emotions, managerial work, routines, identity, professions and health care management. Members of the group regularly publish in the top journal in the world and actively contribute to shape the current and future research agendas in organisation and management studies.

A significant theme among organisational scholars in OHRM is the study of organisational ‘process, practices and institutions’ (PPI). The PPI theme brings together a thriving community of organisational researchers who approach the study of organisation and managerial phenomena in processual terms, and explore the emergent, accomplished, material, discursive and historically-situated dimensions of organisational and managerial phenomena.

The group also houses the IKON Research Centre, which carries out funded research projects in the fields of innovation, knowledge and organization studies. IKON members help to develop the social science of innovation by applying theoretical perspectives from social and organization theory to team-based empirical studies of the creation, translation and adoption of technological and organizational innovations.

HRM and ER

The activities of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment Relations (ER) scholars in the group are centred on the Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU), which is a world-leading centre for the study of industrial relations, employment relations and HRM. IRRU’s three main research streams are:

HR and ER strategy: This stream focuses on the implications of HRM strategies for organisational performance and on how environmental, institutional and governance factors shape organisations’ HRM systems and practices. It also focuses on skill creation, mechanisms of employee voice, union and other stakeholder strategies. Research in this stream also addresses micro-level studies of the employment relationship from an organisational psychology perspective.

Social responsibility: This stream focuses on issues concerning equality, diversity, careers and work-life balance, labour market flexibility and issues such as the use of migrant labour and inclusive labour markets.

Multi-level governance in a global context: This stream focuses on employment relations in the EU and the multi-level governance of employment in a global context, including international soft law, international and regional organisations, national regulations and sub-national systems. It focuses in particular on the dissemination of HRM practices in multinational companies, the setting of global labour standards, and cross-country phenomena such as migration and international restructuring.

We have a thriving community of over 30 PhD students. We will support potential candidates to find scholarship opportunities at WBS although such scholarships are highly competitive and usually awarded to exceptional candidates with a strong research proposal and distinction in a relevant Masters degree. Interested candidates should contact Gerardo Patriotta.

If you are interested in any aspect of our work, please contact Gerry McGivern (Head of Group) or Racheal Monnington (Group administrator).


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