Human Resource Management and Organization Behaviour Research Group (HRM - OB)
Previously known as the Work and Organisation Research Centre (WORC), HRM-OB has substantially developed and extended past themes to explore broader issues in employment relations, HRM, and performance at work. Led by Neil Anderson, with Mustafa Ozbilgin and Ruth Simpson as professorial staff, and also with a healthy mix of mid-career (Ana-Cristina Costa andSavita Kumra) and early-career (Aida Hajro, Chima Mordi, Selcuk Ugyur and Raffaella Valsecchi) researchers, the group has continued to develop four nodes of research excellence in workplace innovation, diversity, groupworking, and social inclusion.
Neil Anderson and Ana-Cristina Costa completed a 30-month Leverhulme Centre grant of approximately £90k in 2014, to explore innovation and psychological well-being, and have co-edited a prestigious series of major works collections with SAGE Publications (selection and performance; innovation and knowledge management). Recently they jointly won a NASA funded grant of approximately $30k to undertake a major review of team-working in extreme circumstances and to advise the Mars mission at NASA for the years 2015-2017 inclusive.
Across the nodes, the group has produced a total of over 65 journal articles and 14 books between 2008 and 2015. Mustafa Ozbilgin won a £30k grant in 2013 from ACCA to model the ESRC/ACCA business case for diversity in the UK and abroad, including Brazil, Russia, India and China. Ruth Simpson’s work on emotional labour has formed the basis of a case study on ‘emotional entrepreneurs’ and fringe theatre. Across the group, members continue to publish in 4-star, and world elite, journals in the HRM and management sciences (e.g. Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, and British Journal of Management). Two early-career researchers (Aida Hajro and Raffaella Valsecchi)have won British Academy grants to explore networks and organisational learning, and occupational health service delivery to small firms, respectively. The group thus continues to provide a vibrant and highly active research culture, to support its members in pursuing these high-quality input and output indicators, and to develop possible impact cases for future inclusion.