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Human Resource Management and Organization Behaviour Research Group (HRM - OB) | Brunel Business School

Leader(s)
Professor Neil Anderson

Staff
Dr Ana-Cristina Costa (Senior Lecturer)
Professor Mustafa Ozbilgin (Professor)
Professor Ruth Simpson (Professor) 

About the group

The Human Resource Management and Organization Behaviour Research Group (HRM - OB) was known asthe Work and Organisation Research Centre (WORC).

Since then, the group has developed and extended far from past themes in order to explore broader issues in employment relations, HRM, and performance at work.

The group has a mix of senior professors & readers and staff and researches in stages of their careers from mid to early.

The group has continued to develop five main themes of research excellence: workplace innovation, diversity, team working, social inclusion, and employee selection.

Across the five themes, the Group has produced a total of over 50 journal articles, numerous book chapters, and several books since 2014.

A number of our staff serve as Editors and Associate Editors and currently sit on the international editorial boards of top-tier journals in the fields of HRM - OB.

Staff members in the early stages of their career have won British Academy grants to explore different aspects of performance in the workplace.

Neil Anderson and Ana-Cristina Costa got a grant of around £90,000 over 30 months from the Leverhulme Centre to explore innovation and psychological well-being. They have also co-edited a prestigious series ofedited collections with Sage Publications, a series that includes themes of industrial-organisational psychology, selection & performance, and innovation & knowledge management.In addition,together they won a grant ofaround $30,000 funded by NASA, in orderto undertake a major review of team working in extreme circumstances, and to advise the MARS mission at NASA over this multi-year funded project.

Mustafa Ozbilgin won a grant of £30,000 fromthe Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)to model the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) & ACCA business case for diversity in the UK and nations abroad, such as 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.

Members continue to publish in 4-star, and even 5-star ‘world elite’, journals in the HRM and OB/management sciences, such as (among others):

  • the Academy of Management Journal
  • the Journal of Management
  • the Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Human Relations
  • the British Journal of Management.
The Group has a culture of supporting its members and developing possible impact cases for future inclusion. This culture continues, as they pursue input & output indicators of high quality.