Centre for People, Work and Organizational Practice

  • Unit(s) of assessment: Business and Management Studies
  • Research theme: Health and Wellbeing
  • School: Nottingham Business School


The research within the Centre explores the ways in which leadership and HR practices influence employees’ attitudes and behaviours at work. We are also interested in labour supply changes and new forms of work. While some members deploy quantitative research designs, others adopt qualitative or practice-based perspectives. Our aim overall is to cast new light on the tensions and challenges facing individuals and their managers within the modern working environment.  We seek to influence scholarly communities, policy bodies and practitioners through our research and our engagement with policy bodies, managers and employees.

Our research is consistently published in world-leading ABS ranked academic journals such as Human Resource Management; Human Resource Management Journal; International Journal of Human Resource Management; Academy of Management, Learning and Education; Organization Science; Organization Studies; Human Relations and the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

The Centre has strong links with industry, academic journals (as editors and board members) and academic bodies such as the British Academy of Management, the British Academy and the ESRC. Centre Director Helen Shipton is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Co-Chair on the British Academy of Management Executive Council. Professor Ian Clark Edited Work, Employment and Society (4*) from 2014-2018 and presented formal evidence to the Taylor Review (2017), the Watson Review of Work, (2017) and to the director of labour market enforcement, 2017). Dr Daniel King and Dr Amanda Hay deliver consultancy work to regional SMEs.


Related staff

Helen Shipton

Ian Clark

Amanda Hay

Daniel King

Douglas Renwick

Alistair Mutch

Dalvir Samra-Fredericks

Sue Kirk

Other Core Members:

Catherine Abe

Mumin Abubakre

Yvonne Carlisle

Val Caven

Huw Fearnall-Williams

Nadia Kougiannou

Stefanos Nachmias

Sarah Pass

Maranda Ridgway

Amanda Thompson

Zara Whysall

Hazel Williams

Ning Wu

Associated Doctoral Students:

Adam Kitt

Silvia Pirrioni


YATES, E. and CLARK, I., 2018. The strategic economic governance of Greater Manchester's local labour market by the local state: implications for young workers. Economic and Industrial Democracy. ISSN 0143-831X

CLARK, I., 2017. Containing, embracing and hyper-activating Britishness: British-based foreign-owned firms. Economic and Industrial Democracy. ISSN 0143-831X

HAY, A. and SAMRA-FREDERICKS, D., 2018. Bringing the heart and soul back in: collaborative inquiry and the DBA. Academy of Management Learning & Education. ISSN 1537-260X

REEDY, P.C. and KING, D.R., 2017. Critical performativity in the field: methodological principles for activist ethnographers. Organizational Research Methods. ISSN 1094-4281

PAINTER-MORLAND, M., KIRK, S., DESLANDES, G. and TANSLEY, C., 2018. Talent management: the good, the bad, and the possible. European Management Review: the Journal of the European Academy of Management. ISSN 1740-4754

TANSLEY, C. and KIRK, S., 2017. You've been framed - framing talent mobility in emerging markets. Thunderbird International Business Review. ISSN 1520-6874

DELMONICO, D., JABBOUR, C.J.C., PEREIRA, S.C.F., DE SOUSA JABBOUR, A.B.L., RENWICK, D.W.S. and THOMÉ, A.M.T., 2018. Unveiling barriers to sustainable public procurement in emerging economies: evidence from a leading sustainable supply chain initiative in Latin America. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 134, pp. 70-79. ISSN 0921-3449

JABBOUR, C.J.C. and RENWICK, D.W.S., 2018. The soft side of environmentally-sustainable organizations.RAUSP Management Journal. ISSN 2531-0488 (Forthcoming)

LIN, C.-H., SANDERS, K., SUN, J.-M., SHIPTON, H. and MOOI, E., 2018. HRM and innovation: the mediating role of market-sensing capability and the moderating role of national power distance. International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192 (Forthcoming)

SANDERS, K., JORGENSEN, F., SHIPTON, H., VAN ROSSENBERG, Y., CUNHA, R., LI, X., RODRIGUES, R., WONG, S.-I. and DYSVIK, A., 2018. Performance-based rewards and innovative behaviors. Human Resource Management.ISSN 0090-4848 (Forthcoming)

BEDNALL, T.C., RAFFERTY, A.E., SHIPTON, H., SANDERS, K. and JACKSON, C.J., 2018. Innovative behaviour: how much transformational leadership do you need? British Journal of Management. ISSN 1045-3172

MUTCH, A., 2018. Practice, substance and history: reframing institutional logics. Academy of Management Review, 42 (2), pp. 242-258. ISSN 0363-7425

MUTCH, A., 2017. Practices and morphogenesis. Journal of Critical Realism. ISSN 1476-7430

Related projects

Structuring for Voice - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Shipton, H. King, D.

Turning the spotlight on employee voice in order to uncover factors that influence voice, in particular why, when and how voice influences outcomes in conventional as well as alternative work structures.

Gendered Jobs - Caven, V. Nachmias, S. Abe, C.

This project explores the micro and macro factors that influence pay structure and occupational development to examine why people do the jobs they do, what factors influence their choices and how this contributes to the gender pay gap.

Department for Culture Media and Sport 50+ Evaluation - King, D. Rossiter, W.  Shipton, C.

Scale Up Evaluation - Oxborrow, L. King, D. Shipton, H., Smith, S. Abe, C. Stuart, J.

Evaluating the delivery and impact of the Scale Up programme, funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and delivered by Nottingham Business School, on SMEs in the region.

Coaching for Creativity - Shipton, H. Nyfoudi, M.

Coaching for creativity is an innovative framework designed to develop an innovation culture in business and optimise the individual creativity and innovation through the use of a diagnostic and a tailored coaching oriented intervention.

Gangmaster’s Labour Abuse Authority - Clark, I. Fearnall-Williams, H.

A pilot study which examines the feasibility of licencing hand car washes, an area where there is currently significant labour market exploitation. This work will play a central role in the forthcoming Parliamentary inquiry into hand car washes conducted by the Environment Audit select committee.

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