People, Work & Organisation

Lancaster has always being known for its interdisciplinary and theoretically informed approach to management and organisational research. It is internationally recognised for its critical examination of contemporary challenges facing people at work.

Through interdisciplinary collaboration a number of researchers have made world-leading contributions in areas such as organisational wellbeing, stress and work/life balance (working with the Faculty of Health and Medicine) and critical studies of work and organisation (working with the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Science and Technology).

Also significant is a stream of critical research on leadership (which highlights, for example, the importance of power and identity for understanding leadership dynamics) and a long-established reputation in critical gender studies in organisations.

Some of the work of the group is also located in the outward-facing Centre for Performance-led HR (CPHR), which has been described by the Financial Times as “... an innovative research centre where academics and executives jointly set the agenda”. The impact of this stream of work is demonstrated by the fact that LUMS is the only UK Management School to have three of its senior staff included in HR Magazine’s ‘Top 15 Most Influential UK Thinkers’.

Some of the key thematic themes pursued by members of this group include the following:

  • Organisational wellbeing, stress and work/life balance
  • Strategic human resource management and talent management 
  • Critical studies of work and organisation
  • Critical research on leadership
  • Critical gender studies in organisations