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PrOPEL Hub to boost UK productivity

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Nottingham University Business School is part of a new research hub to boost UK business productivity.

The PrOPEL Hub is a three year project to work on business management and employee engagement.

The Productivity Outcomes of Workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning (PrOPEL) Hub is being supported by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding of more than £1.5 million as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund. Further funding is being provided by partner universities.

Led by the University of Strathclyde, the multidisciplinary project will work with businesses, policymakers and support organisations to help improve the UK’s productivity performance through better management and employee engagement.

The partnership includes seven universities – Aston University, Ulster University and the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham, East Anglia, Cardiff and Strathclyde - and five separate ESRC research projects.

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Dr Cher Li, Associate Professor in Industrial Economics at the Business School, is one of the Hub’s two researchers from Nottingham. Cher is working with Professor Richard Kneller, School of Economics, to integrate insights from five research projects addressing the UK’s productivity challenge, which were funded by the ESRC under the same initiative.

Cher says, in particular, our project will focus on designing and evaluating interventions aiming at improving management practices and technology adoption, to deliver policy and managerial insight into 'what works' in addressing productivity issues.

A range of themes, from management and leadership, to innovation, job design, and lessons from workplace practice and employee engagement will be studied, with the aim of identifying practical steps to boost productivity within businesses and the UK economy.

The PrOPEL Hub will also act as a focal point for engagement with policymakers, businesses and employee organisations across the UK, with the aim of informing future decision making with the latest research.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) will play a key role in helping to translate the evidence base and research into practical and insightful content for human resources and people management professionals.

More information about the ProPEL Hub is available from the UK Economic and Research Council.


Posted on Tuesday 3rd March 2020




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