People & Organisations Research Cluster
The People and Organizations Research Cluster is home to a very active community of academics whose research interests span from the social and solidarity economy to human resource development, and careers to gender and management. Research leadership of the cluster is provided by Professors Maria Daskalaki and Professor Carole Elliott, with members and external guests invited to present their work as part of the ongoing seminar series. The members of the cluster also have strong links with colleagues in the UK and internationally and participate in various interdisciplinary research projects.
The members of the cluster have a track record of publishing their research in CABS 4 & CABS 3-rated, peer-reviewed journals including Human Relations, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Management, Work, Employment & Society, Organization Studies, British Journal of Management, Gender Work and Organization, and Journal of Management Inquiry.
The current research programme of the cluster includes
- Gender and the media
- Gender equality
- Social and solidarity economy
- Maternal employment
- Activism and resistance in organizations
- Identity in organizations
- Alternative organizational forms
- Mobile / flexible working
- Career and career transitions
- Employability and careers
- Professionals and the professions
- Human Resource Development
- Leadership and Talent Management
- HR analytics
- Big data ethics
- Professor Maria Daskalaki
- Dr. Cecile Guillaume
- Dr. Mayra Ruiz Castro
- Dr. Michael Izak
- Dr. Paul Aldrich
- Girinandini Khittoo (Supervisors: Prof. Carole Elliott, Dr. Evans)
- Natasha Gjorevska (Supervisors: Prof. Daskalaki, Dr. Izak)
- Ruth Hekman (Supervisors: Prof. Elliott, Dr. Ruiz Castro)
- Tabitha Sindani (Supervisors: Prof. Elliott, Dr. Guillaume)
- Joanne Mackowski (Supervisors: Prof. Daskalaki and Dr. Evans)
BAM/Leverhulme funded research on organizing in relation to entrepreneurship and social transformation leads to six 4* CABS publications
Professor Daskalaki leads the project Alternative Organizational Forms and Social Transformation in times of crisis, funded by the British Academy of Management, in collaboration with Professor Marianna Fotaki (Warwick Business School). It explores new forms of organizing (and organisation-creation) in relation to entrepreneurship and social transformation. By focusing on contemporary socio-economic environments in flux, the project focuses on alternative modes of organizing not as oppositional resistance forces, but new assemblages that co-constitute new socialities that urgently need to be actualized. The project aims to propose a framework, which can pave the way towards embedded and socially transformative organizing. The project includes the following strands: a) Unemployment and identities; b) Unemployment and careers transformation; c) Public entrepreneurship and organisation-creation; d) Solidarity Spaces and Structures of Autonomy and e) Organizing, Values Practices and Solidarity Economy. In her project, Stories On the Move: Translocal Work & Digital Communities of Practice, Professor Maria Daskalaki and Dr Dimitra Vladimirou (Coventry University) explore translocal careers and mobility as organizational phenomena by considering the effects of cosmopolitan careers on personal and professional identities. The project also includes an online platform, a ‘blog of blogs’ where participants can tell their own stories of living and working across borders. In this virtual space, the project participants engage with other participants to help shape the emerging landscape of mobile work patterns and cosmopolitan careers.
BAM/Leverhulme funds a project to explore Returners’ Programmes as a possible solution to motherhood penalty and skills shortage
Dr Guillaume was awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant to investigate the fast development of returnship programmes in the UK, ranging from SMEs to FTSE100 firms and spreading to the law, banking, telecoms and construction sectors. It seeks to address the lack of academic research on these highly sensitive programmes designed to address critical issues for employers in a post-Brexit economic environment such as skills and staff shortages, as well as gender pay gap. The project builds on the investigators’ previous research on workplace gender equality and diversity (Guillaume, 2018; Guillaume and Pochic, 2011; Elliott and Stead, 2018. Stead and Elliott, 2019; Kirton, 2016; Kirton and Guillaume, 2017). Utilizing qualitative methods, the research seeks to examine employers’ and government’s motivations for launching returners’ programmes; evaluate the impact of these programmes on existing HR and diversity policies; investigate returners’ experiences during the recruitment process as well as the impact of returnship on their working and family lives. Alternative Organizational Forms and Social Transformation in times of crisis, funded by the British Academy of Management in collaboration with Professor Marianna Fotaki (Warwick Business School). It explores new forms of organising (and organisation-creation) in relation to entrepreneurship and social transformation. By focusing on contemporary socio-economic environments in flux, the project focuses on alternative modes of organizing not as oppositional resistance forces, but new assemblages that co-constitute new socialities that urgently need to be actualized. The project aims to propose a framework, which can pave the way towards embedded and socially transformative organizing. The project includes the following strands: a) unemployment and identities; b) unemployment and career transformation; c) public entrepreneurship and organisation-creation; d) solidarity spaces and structures of autonomy and e) organizing, values practices, and solidarity economy.
Leading research on mutually satisfying and sustainable flexible working practices
Dr Izak considers the value and risks of different flexible working practices for individuals and organisations and his project titled In the borderland: Spatial, behavioural and conceptual boundaries of flexible workers' work and non-work spaces, undertaken in collaboration with Dr Stefanie Reissner (Newcastle University) Michal explores the processes by which flexible workers negotiate the spatial and conceptual boundaries between work and non-work. Working with public sector and not-for-profit organizations we investigate different strategies employed by flexible workers in managing their home/private life boundaries, as well as the relevant organizational impact. Through engagement with teleworkers and professional bodies we aim to develop better understanding of such issues towards informing the development of mutually satisfying and sustainable flexible working practices.
Our recent research-related successes
Professor Daskalaki had her article on 'The gendered impact of the financial crisis: Struggles over social reproduction in Greece' accepted by the Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space journal. The author team proposes that women’s temporary retreat to unpaid work at home constitutes a form of resistance to intensifying precarisation, and, at times, contributes to the emergence of new collective forms of reproduction.
Professor Daskalaki's latest paper titled 'Unemployment as a Liminoid Phenomenon: Identity Trajectories in Times of Crisis' has been selected as one of the Top 12 published in Human Relations (CABS 4) in 2018. You can watch a Vodcast of this work here.
Dr. Izak in his recent paper on 'Scarred objects and time marks as memory anchors: the significance of scuffs and stains in organisational life' in Human Relations (CABS 4) lays the workplace under the microscope to examine how scuffs on floors, stains on clothes, and battered corners on desks – things we define as ‘scarred objects’ – become material autobiographical archives and are made into memory anchors by workers.
Dr. Ruiz Castro has published a research article titled 'Role Distancing and the Persistance of Long Work Hours in Professional Service Firm' in the journal of Organization Studies (CABS 4). The study of audit and law professionals demonstrates that although many people comply with the professional role, some came to distance themselves from the professional role centered on long work hours.
First-year PhD student Tabitha Sindani was invited to deliver a TEDx talk at the Ruhr University in Germany on female empowerment. You can watch her inspirational talk here.