Sociologies of Work and Gender Studies

Our research group takes a critical approach to the study of management, organisations and societies.

Our interests and expertise lie in:

  • Critical approaches to management
  • Work–life balance, health and well-being and work-family relations
  • Strategy as practice and communities of practice
  • Human capital, human resource management and development
  • Policy in public and private sector management
  • Power, politics and emotions in organisations
  • Gender, diversity and inclusion within organisations
  • Social and media networks (online and face-to-face)
  • International management
  • Management cultures
  • Identities and work
  • The body and work

Our research explores relationships between the theory and practice of management within organisational settings. From a variety of perspectives, including socio-cultural, strategic and international, our research shapes knowledge and understandings of how human relations and cultures impact on management policies and practices.

Publications in leading academic journals and conferences are part of our regular research dissemination activity, alongside media and public engagement. Policy and practitioner engagement ensure our group has a consistently high impact on workplace policies and practices.

Our recent research includes:

  • The impact of the media on psychological contracts
  • The interrelated significance of power, context and identity
  • Sociological and business-based approaches to gambling
  • Owner-managerial self-concept and dynamic capabilities
  • Prioritisation of child care and income earning among UK fathers: gender and flexible working
  • Managing the value of talent (new frameworks for human capital management)
  • Researching dark emotions and stories of envy
  • The process of identity construction
  • Representations of women in the business press
  • Social network perspectives on relationship management in the HR outsourcing network