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, leadership and organisations in contemporary society.
Research in the department and our PhD programme contributes to a range of debates in the field of organisation studies. Underlying our contributions is an interdisciplinary approach to research and members of the department are drawn from diverse backgrounds. This allows our research to bring humanities and wider social science perspectives into studying management, organisations, technology and leadership; this 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 five 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.
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.
Members: Kostas Amiridis; Pavel Bogolyubov, David Collinson; Bogdan Costea; Karen Dale; James Faulconbridge, Yu Fu; Kay Greasley; Anthony Hesketh; David Knights; Bernadette Loacker; Darren McCabe; Dermot O’Reilly; Lara Pecis; Pete Thomas; Haina Zhang. Please visit our Department Staff List for more information on our members.
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 of society, of various organisations, and the practice in 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.
Members: Martin Brigham; James Faulconbridge; Sarah Gregory; Niall Hayes; Alison Stowell; Lucas Introna; Bernadette Loacker; Gail Whiteman; Lucia Cervi; Anthony Hesketh; Dermot O’Reilly; Uzair Shah; Haina Zhang. Please visit our Department staff list for more information on our members.
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.
Members: Brian Bloomfield, Pavel Bogolyubov, Martin Brigham, Karen Dale, Joe Deville, James Faulconbridge, Kay Greasley, Niall Hayes, David Knights, Yvonne Latham, Lara Pecis, Alison Stowell, Pete Thomas, Theo Vurdubakis, Lucia Cervi, Uzair Shah. Please visit our Department staff list for more information on our members.
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:
Members: Kostas Amiridis, Martin Brigham, David Collinson, Bogdan Costea, James Faulconbridge, Laurence Hemming, Vivien Hodgson, Peter Lenney Bernadette Loacker, Dermot O’Reilly, Lara Pecis, Pete Thomas, Lucia Cervi; Anthony Hesketh Haina Zhang. Please visit our Department staff list for more information on our members.
Leadership discourses, practices and relations crucially influence contemporary organizations and societies. Research on leadership in the department is informed by diverse perspectives that contribute to the growing interest in ‘Critical Leadership Studies’. This approach explores the ways that leadership dynamics are socially constructed, frequently rationalized, sometimes resisted, and occasionally transformed. Questions about the role of leadership education and development are also a primary concern.
Current research includes:
Some members of the department play a role in the Leadership Studies and Practice Research Centre. Critical research on leadership is supported at Lancaster by the inter-disciplinary and international ‘Leadership’ journal (Sage) launched at LUMS in 2005, and by the Annual International Studying Leadership Conference (ISLC) first held in 2002, and hosted at Lancaster four times.
Members: David Collinson, David Knights, Darren McCabe, Dermot O’Reilly, Haina Zhang. Please visit our Department staff list for more information on our members.