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Scott Lawley

Scott Lawley

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Human Resource Management


Scott is an Associate Professor who leads modules across across undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also supervises research students at doctoral level.

Scott is the co-author, with Professor Daniel King, of the Oxford University Press textbook Organizational Behaviour, which is the UK market-leader in its subject area. The book, which is currently in its third edition, draws upon his experience of designing and delivering innovative teaching materials, in particular from the undergraduate Foundations of Managing and Organising module which is  taught to over 1,000 students across Nottingham Business School and Nottingham Law School. The module uses a fictional problem-based learning approach to stimulate experiential learning amongst first-year students with little experience of management practice.

Scott is involved in further areas of innovative teaching design and delivery. He has pioneered the use of active collaborative teaching methods in the BA Business Management and Human Resources degree programme, and has designed and delivered one of the core modules in the NBS online distance-learning MBA programme and has developed online blended learning material for the Digital Marketing degree apprenticeship.

Scott's research focuses on diversity issues, especially in sports organisations, and he has received grant funding from Sport England and the Government Equalities Office to conduct this research. He is active in scholarly and professional networks, including the CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) and  SCOS (Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism), for whom he is co-Editor of their house journal, Culture and Organization (ABS 2). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Career overview

Scott has worked at NTU since 2003, and before this worked at Edge Hill University. He holds a PhD in Management and an MA in Organisational Analysis and Behaviour from Lancaster University, and a BSc in Management Science from the University of Warwick.

Research areas

Scott's research is in the broad area of diversity and inclusion, in particular with respect to gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. He has published work which examines the differences between official diversity policies and legislation and their implementation in specific organisational contexts and spaces, with a focus on initiatives for LGBT inclusion in sports organisations. This work has gained funding from Sport England which led to the production of a report which informed their strategy for LGBT inclusion in sports and physical activity, and funding from the Government Equalities Office.

External activity

Since 2014, Scott has been a board member of the international scholarly and research network SCOS (Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism). He co-organised their annual conference at NTU in 2015, and is currently the co-editor the house journal Culture and Organization. (ABS 2*, published by Taylor and Francis).

Scott has been an academic member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) since 2014, and gained their level 5 professional accreditation for the BA Business Management and Human Resources degree programme.