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PhD subject group - Human Resource Management - Organisational Behaviour (HRM-OB)

Members of the Human Resource Management-Organisational Behaviour (HRM-OB) group undertake research across the macro, meso, and micro level of organisational life particularly looking at sociology, organisational behaviour and psychology.

We hold a thriving research seminar series within the Management Division seminar series. We have a great track record of supervising PhD students, and we actively invite prospective students to look at our members’ research interests (see below).

We publish articles in leading journals such as:

  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Management Science
  • Organization Studies
  • Human Relations
  • Work, Employment and Society
  • Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Business Ethics, and Sociology

We publish research monographs and text books with leading academic presses such as:

  • Oxford University Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Cornell University Press
  • Routledge, Sage and Palgrave-MacMillan




Members of the groups have served on the editorial boards of notable journals such as:

  • Human Relations
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Work, Employment and Society


Potential supervisors - research interests

Please click a name to see the areas of interest to that member of staff.

Dr Simon Bishop
  • Healthservices management
  • Health services policy
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Public sector HRM
  • Knowledge management
  • Social network analysis
Dr Davide Pero
  • Migrant workers and employment relations
  • Migrant workers and labour and community organising
  • Migrants' practices of citizenship
  • Diversity and multiculturalism
  • Trade unions and social movements
  • Intersectional and workplace politics
  • Ethnographic and action-research methodologies
Dr Ziming Cai
  • International HRM
  • Comparative HRM
  • HRM in MNCs
  • HRM in emerging economies;
  • National culture and HRM
Dr Craig Shepherd
  • Technological change
  • Change management
  • Discourse
  • Research methods
Professor Laurie Cohen
  • Changing careers
  • Careers in emerging forms of organization
  • Research methods in the study of careers, focusing in particular on interpretive approaches and the use of narrative
  • Perceptions and enactment of management in professional organizations – focusing mainly on scientific research establishments.
Mrs Anna Soulsby
  • Organisation and management in post-communist societies of Central and Eastern Europe and in developing and emerging economies
  • Consequences of foreign direct investment
  • Multi-national companies and organisational learning and knowledge transfer
  • Top management teams
  • Longitudinal case study research
  • Narratives and identity construction
Dr Aditya Jain
  • The management of psychological and social factors at work
  • Translation of occupational health and safety knowledge into policy and practice
  • Voluntary standards, social dialogue and corporate social responsibility - working conditions, in developing countries
  • The management of psychosocial risks and work-related stress
  • The promotion of wellbeing and mental health at the workplace
Dr Simona Spedale-Latimer
  • Sensemaking and its relevance in organisational processes such as decision making, organisational change, innovation
  • Entrepreneurial action and creativity
  • Ageing as a combined biological and a socially-constructed process and its relevance for individual identity-work and for individual experiences of the workplace
Professor Ken Kamoche
  • International HRM
  • Knowledge management and the complex challenges of appropriation
  • Africa-China business relations
Dr Stephen Timmons
  • Sociology of health & illness
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of professions
  • Service improvement/patient safety
  • Emergency care
Professor Marek Korczynski
  • The sociology of interactive service work
  • Emotional labour
  • Control
  • Resistance
  • Customer-worker relations
  • Participation
  • Collective organisation of workers
  • Gender; theorising service work; consumption within service interactions.
  • Trade unions and industrial relations
  • Ethnography and fsQCA in the sociology of work
  • Music and work
Professor Justin Waring
  • Organisational sociology
  • Medical sociology
  • Sociology of the professions
  • Public policy and management
  • Risk and error management



Marek Korczynski - Professor of Sociology of Work and HRM

Nottingham University Business School

Jubilee Campus

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