People, Organizations and Strategy Research Group

The People, Organizations and Strategy Research Group is home to a very active community of academics whose research interests span from the Social and Solidarity Economy to Human Resource and Careers to Gender and Management (see research programme below).  Research leadership of the group is provided by Professor Carole Elliot and Professor Maria Daskalaki, with members and external guests invited to present their work as part of the ongoing seminar series. The group also meet frequently in Southland College for less formal discussions and support. 

The members of the group have a track record of publishing their research in high profile journals including Human Relations, Organization Studies, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Management Inquiry, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Culture and Organisation, and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

The current research programme of the group includes:

  • Gender & Management; 
  • Leadership & Change; 
  • Leadership Learning; Gender and the Media; 
  • Employability; 
  • Careers; 
  • Reward/PRP & Psychological contract; 
  • Cross-Cultural Management; 
  • Human Resource Development; 
  • Organization Studies; 
  • Talent Management


Women 'Elite' Leaders At Work

This research stream seeks to improve gender diversity and leadership across a range of sectors and organisations. Women occupy less than 25% of the ‘top’ positions in public and private institutions alike, including universities. Led by Professor Carole Elliott, this research is influencing policy, informing organisational practices and contributing to public discourses and understanding of the issues facing women in the modern workplace. 

The research has found that while media coverage of women leaders during the financial crisis has promoted a greater acceptability of ‘feminine qualities’, it is not yet sufficient to challenge the association of masculinity with leadership. Even in broadsheet newspapers, a retreat into stereotypes and a focus on women leaders’ appearance was detected. The research has attracted funding from the ESRC and Professor Elliot has recently edited an associated book (Gender, Media, and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)Representations of Women Leaders and Managers).

Alternative Organizational Forms and Social Transformation in times of Crisis.

This project explores new forms of organizing (and organisation-creation) in relation to entrepreneurship and social transformation. In particular, we attempt to study the ways through which social transformation is or can be related to community action and public/social entrepreneurship. By focusing on contemporary socio-economic environments in flux, it explores different alternative initiatives not as oppositional resistance forces, but new organizing assemblages that co-constitute new socialities that urgently need to be actualized. Led by Professor Maria Daskalawi, the aim is 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. The project has attracted funding by the British Academy of Management.