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As one of the first departments of organisation studies to be established in the UK, we are known for the advancement and application of organisational and social theory. A succession of well-known academics have worked in the Department and many of our students, who have subsequently become influential figures in their own right, continue Lancaster traditions.
As a multi-disciplinary department, we draw primarily on the disciplines of social psychology, sociology and philosophy. We research and teach within and across three main themes of organisation, work and technology. Empirical research has always been an important focus, conducted on the basis of strong theoretic foundations.
Our vision for the engagement is to utilise the intellectual resources of the Department to engage critically with the challenges faced by our local and global communities. We aim to do this in a way that helps all types of organisations and individuals to deal with the grand challenges of the 21st Century - in a way that improves the contribution that management can make to all stakeholders in society. To achieve this we engage with businesses and trade unions, but equally importantly, with policy makers and community groups.
Our Engagement, focusing on ‘grand challenges’ faced by management, organisations and workers in the 21st century, deals with questions such as:
Our research is concerned with the broader significance of managerial and organisational practices for society rather than the efficacy of these practices. As such, the preoccupation is with the analysis of management and organisations rather than an analysis for management and organizations. Our research-led engagement seeks to intervene in policy and practice to improve the contribution that management can make to all stakeholders in society – and in particular the lives of different groups and communities. Our goal is to provide critical analysis that can inform debates, provide input to policy decisions and open up new ways of thinking about contemporary challenges.
Our teaching is driven not by a desire to teach students how to use particular models, but by a desire to equip them with the analytical skills and theoretical perspectives that allow reflection on the appropriateness of models and on the complexity of a rapidly changing world of work. This approach is the basis for the development by the Department of engagement through executive education that adopts analysis and reflective practice as the basis for improving the contribution that management can make to all stakeholders in society. Practically, this means that our approach encourages critical reflection and diversity of thinking from all our students. In executive education we aim to develop the ability of students to make mature and informed judgements about their own conduct, and that of their organisations, in order to do the right things for the right reasons—and ultimately to learn from doing so. In short to become critical and reflective practitioners.
Our undergraduate, Masters and PhD courses provide a balance of theory and practice, where you will benefit from being taught by some of the leading thinkers in the field.
Our undergraduate degrees are designed to give you a broad appreciation of management theory and practice combined with specialised knowledge of key disciplines.
Our Masters courses reflect our interdisciplinary focus, drawing on the latest research and encouraging a critical approach to contemporary organisational practices.
Our PhD and Doctor of Management programmes immerse you in the Department's leading research activities.
Our research sets the agenda in debates about areas such as employment relations, aiming to advance the role of organisations in contemporary society.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology (OWT) we have been hosting a diverse range of events to reflect on the past 50 years of achievements and to look forward to the Department's future developments.
This year we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology (OWT). The Department has been hosting various celebratory seminars and workshops to reflect on the past 50 years of achievements and to look forward to the Department's future developments.
An article titled “Identity, Mental Health and Work" which was published in the journal of Human Relations has been made free to access for a limited time to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month.
Lancaster University’s new £41m Health Innovation Campus (HIC) is beginning to take shape.
Lancaster University business students benefitted from advice and insight from a leading figure at one of the world’s biggest food-products corporations.
On the 6th March, Professor Niall Hayes and Dr Haina Zhang from the department of Organisation, Work and Technology, held their interactive event ‘Mobile Age’, at the fifth season of Campus in the City, in the St Nicholas Arcade Lancaster.