Other sections in Organisation, Work and Technology:
Leading the debate in the field of organisation studies.
Our research sets the agenda in debates about human resource management and employment relations; ethics, sustainability and management; and information, technology and society. This is all part of a wider programme to advance studies of the role and effects of management and organisations in contemporary society.
We strive to bring humanities and wider social science perspectives into management research, which is being widely acknowledged as a crucial part of reshaping management research and education in the twenty-first century.
Research by our faculty members covers a variety of topics in Organisation, Work and Technology organised into four main areas along with our research in the Centre for Technological Futures.
The implications for managers and employees of ‘new’ workplace initiatives such as flexible working, team working, well-being, quality and knowledge management are pressing contemporary concerns. Similarly, the ways in which employees are managed, and the way this has differential impacts according to the age, gender and professional status of an individual are equally significant. The Department makes substantial contributions to the critical exploration of such developments in both the public (e.g National Health Service) and private sectors (e.g. financial and professional service firms) as part of an analysis of the changing world of work and employment.
Our research focuses on:
Members of the Department also play a central role in the Lancaster University Centre for Mobilities Research, examining forms of mobile work, its management and effects on workers and society.
News of serious moral transgressions in the world of business and management, which have far-reaching economic, social and political repercussions, appears in the media with alarming regularity. The same intensity and urgency is also reflected in questions about the relationship between business, management and the natural environment. Environmental sustainability poses one of the most significant challenges in current attempts to rethink and re-imagine the role and practice of management.
The Department has a vibrant research environment and internationally recognised research portfolio focussed on ethics and sustainability. Examples of current areas of interest include:
Members of the department play an active role in the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business which brings our research into dialogue with sustainability scholarship in Lancaster’s other faculties and departments. The Centre’s mission is that of connecting the best minds in science with the best brains in business to co-design research for a more sustainable world.
A broad range of factors influence the development and uptake of technological innovations and how these shape organisational processes and social practices. Researchers in the Department aim to develop new accounts of these factors, while attending to the effects of technologies in a diverse (from airports to consumer credit to universities) and global (including Africa, Europe, and Australasia) set of contexts. Several foci cut across research in this area including:
The Department hosts the Centre for Technological Futures which brings together researchers from across Lancaster University interested in questions about information technology and society.
All kinds of organisations and their management ideas, values, structures, and practices influence our contemporary lives. Cutting across all of the Department’s research is, therefore, a concern with the origins of contemporary forms of management and organising, their impacts on society, and the way various functional areas of management acquire their legitimacy. Questions about the role of management education in a world which is profoundly global and interdependent are also of concern.
Research considers in particular: