A community of scholars delivering excellent people-centred research and learning.

Group leaders: Dr Simon Sweeney and Dr Jeremy Aroles

We are a scholarly community with a diverse range of interests. The group inhabits an intellectually plural space characterised by inter-disciplinary, heterodox and critical approaches to research and learning.

We embrace a broad range of qualitative and quantitative approaches including ethnography, archival research, data mining, survey, interview, observation and creative methods incorporating drawing, art, photography, poetry, film, music and sound.


Our interests include:

  • Human resource management
  • International business
  • Management history
  • Complex systems
  • Gender
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International development
  • Organisation theory and strategy

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Impact and engagement

We work with a broad range of national and international stakeholders across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Our research has informed the work of international corporations, charities, government departments, local communities and individual workers. This includes the NHS England, World Health Organisation, CIPD, Diageo, Hewlett Packard, European Space Agency, Samaritans, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the World Bank.


We contribute to teaching across the School, covering undergraduate, Masters, online, PhD and executive education. We are committed to providing the very best educational experiences through research-led learning that is based on innovative methods and scholarly interest. 



Doctoral research

We welcome PhD applications in any of our research areas or allied to our related research interests.

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PhD students

Our students are investigating a huge range of topics in organisations and management.

Meet our students

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