Portsmouth Business School

Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

Introduction

Members of the Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Subject Group actively engage in research and knowledge transfer in the areas of human resource management, employment relations, leadership, international human resource management, learning and development and organisational studies. Their work strongly influences teaching and learning activities within Portsmouth Business School. Examples include:

Leadership

Examples of research-informed teaching

James McCalman's research work into leadership, ethics, politics and culture seeks to identify the extent to which leaders utilise position and power to mould change agendas. It also examines leadership for the greater good and the extent to which leaders use culture as a hegemonic control mechanism.  The findings are used on our MBA programme where students are encouraged to consider the implications and likelihood of unethical leader behaviour.

Alex Tymon’s research into Implicit Leadership Theories (ILTs) seeks to identify the extent to which there is gap between leader and leadership development interventions and the realities of leadership in everyday life.  The findings of this research are used in units where students are encouraged to consider the implications of ILTs for practice.

Iona Byford’s research involvement with the UNITE Community initiative has resulted in a visit by the South-East Regional Organiser to students taking courses which cover the topic of trade union organising.

Vijay Pereira's research informed teaching involves two strands. Both these are in the context of emerging economies such as India. The first strand involves strategic and international HRM in the context of the Indian business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, which has gained a lot of prominence within global businesses. The other strand is to understand the Indian business culture since Indian organisations now operate globally.

Sarah Gilmore's research on the management of change within elite sport and the National Theatre informs her teaching of this subject within the MBA programme. 

Business people walking

Examples of research-informed teaching

David Hall’s work on performance management is used as the basis for in-class case studies and debates.

Rui Yang uses empirical cases collected as part of his research on the interface between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and guanxi in China in the teaching of business ethics. They provide students with a good opportunity to gauge the management of business ethics in non Anglo-Saxon cultural contexts.

Liza Howe-Walsh’s research, which evaluates the repatriation process within international banking, is used to facilitate discussion among students; they are encouraged to debate ‘who’ should be responsible for HR activities and the possible consequences of not having clear lines of responsibility.   

Work by Peter Scott and Steve Williams on employment relations under the UK coalition government stands as an example of research that feeds directly into the teaching of employment relations to students.

Margaret Mackay and Alex Tymon explore the areas of reflective learning and critical reflection for students and lecturers.  The outcomes of their research have led to changes in course content and pedagogy, with students being encouraged to develop the life-long learning skill of reflection alongside their technical knowledge and skills.

 

 

 

Books that inform teaching

Members of the Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Subject Group also produce a number of high profile textbooks, helping to disseminate knowledge and learning to students and academics around the world. See below for details of some recent books written by members of the Subject Group:

Business in Society

Title: Business in Society
Discipline: Sociology of Work
Publisher: Polity
Author: Steve Williams
Co-author(s): Harriet Bradley, Mark Erickson, Carol Stephenson
Publication date: 2009

Synopsis:

This book provides a concise, engaging, and accessible introduction to human resource management which is academically rigorous and appropriate for students taking courses in HRM, business studies and related areas. In addition to covering the core issues relating to human resource management, such as recruitment and selection, training and development, and reward, the book also includes material devoted to new and emerging issues, like talent management and the effective management of staff on international assignments. It features a wide range of pedagogic features designed to enhance your knowledge of human resource management issues, including boxed skills exercises and learning activities, section summaries, suggestions for further reading, assignment and discussion questions, and a guide to key concepts. Written by a team of experts who have extensive experience of teaching, researching, and consultancy activity, the book is an essential companion when it comes to helping you to develop your understanding of human resource management topics.

Business in Society

Contemporary Themes in Strategic People Management: a Case-Based Approach

Title: Contemporary Themes in Strategic People Management: a Case-Based Approach
Discipline: Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies
Publisher: Palgrave 
Authors: David Hall, Stephen Pilbeam, Marjorie Corbridge
Publication date: 2013

Synopsis:

The book examines core contemporary topics in HRM using case studies to highlight theory and provide students with a business context within which to understand the topic. Questions help students to critically evaluate the material and reflect on alternative approaches. Ideal for undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students, it addresses a number of key and important issues facing organisations, whether public, private or those in the third sector. It provides a critical link between the theoretical models and frameworks and the real world, through a case study approach. It also provides flexibility in its use, which will appeal to a number of different groups and, as important, caters for different learning styles. The book’s focus on theory and practice provides students with genuine insights into critical principles and their application in the real world.

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Contemporary Themes in Strategic People Management

Cross-cultural management in work organisations

Title:Cross-cultural management in work organisations
Discipline: Organizational Behaviour
Publisher: CIPD 
Author: Ray French
Publication date: 2010

Synopsis:

Cross-Cultural Management is the essential introduction to cross-cultural social relations in the work setting.

- Provides an evaluation of existing frameworks for understanding cross-cultural differences
- Examines the inter-cultural competencies needed by managers, such as cultural awareness
- Evaluates how both cultural and non-cultural factors influence social processes at work

New to this edition:

- More on emerging issues and frameworks such as the role of language, diversity management and the concept of identity
- Greater emphasis on cross-cultural negotiation and intercultural team-building
- New case studies and examples taken from different regions of the world
- 'Applying theory to practice' boxes

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Cross-cultural management: in work organisations

Globalization and Work

Title: Globalization and Work
Discipline: Sociology of Work and Employment
Publisher: Polity
Author: Steve Williams
Co-author(s): Harriet Bradley, Ranji Devadason, Mark Erickson
Publication date: 2013

Synopsis:

This engaging book offers a lively and rigorous synthesis of the varied interconnections between work and globalization. Drawing on relevant sociological insights, and based on extensive, up-to-date research studies of work and employment, it brings together for the first time in a single volume a range of key topics, including: consumption, work and identity in a globalizing world; work and employment in multinationals; international labour standards; trade unions, labour movements and labour conflict under globalization; gender and inequality; migrant labour; transnational mobility; and the organization of work in global factories. Globalization and Work challenges conceptions of globalization as a project orchestrated by governments, multinational companies and international agencies. The authors highlight the importance of integrating a grounded, bottom-up perspective which recognizes that globalization is not just something that happens to working people, thereby revealing the fascinating extent to which workers actively engage in producing globalization. Throughout, the book contains a number of features to deepen understanding, including case study boxes of topical examples from across the globe. Globalization and Work is an essential new book for anyone interested in globalization, the sociology of work and comparative employment relations, especially undergraduate and postgraduate students taking modules on these and related topics.

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Globalization and Work

Hospitality Management and Organisational Behaviour

Title: Hospitality Management and Organisational Behaviour
Discipline: Management and Organisational Behaviour
Publisher: Pearsons
Authors: Laurie J. Mullins and Penny Dossor
Publication date: May 2013

Synopsis:

However the nature of the hospitality industry is viewed, it is an inescapable fact that an overriding determinant of successful organisational performance is the actions and behaviour of its members of staff. The concepts and ideas presented in this book provide a basis for the critical analysis of the structure and management of hospitality organisations, and interactions among people who work in them.

The central theme is improved organisational performance through the effective management of the people resource. This involves an understanding of individual and group behaviour, and factors influencing the effective management of people. There are many aspects to management but the one essential ingredient of any successful manager is the ability to handle people effectively. This book provides a foundation for the critical appraisal of organisational and managerial processes. Managers within the hospitality industry, today, are faced with managing an increasingly diverse and multicultural workforce and the nature of the economic realities facing the industry. These and other contemporary issues in modern hospitality management are addressed by this text.

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Hospitality Management and Organisational Behaviour

Human Resource Management (2nd edition)

Title: Human Resource Management (2nd edition)
Discipline: Human Resource Management
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Sarah Gilmore and Steve Williams
Publication date: 2013

Synopsis:

This new edition of Human Resource Management is designed to serve as an introduction to HRM and is suitable for undergraduate students studying HMR modules as part of a degree in business or a business-related subject. It is also suitable for Master's-level students who are studying HRM for the first time. The book is divided into five parts. Part one studies the nature of HRM in contemporary organizations: the origins of the phenomenon and its relationship to business strategy. The second part is concerned with the contexts in which HRM operates - such as the business environment, the wider political economy - as well as the implications of the internal organizational context, such as the structure and design of organizations and organizational change, on HRM. Part three focuses on the core issues of HRM: recruitment and selection, employee development, pay and reward, talent management, health and safety as well as redundancy. Part four highlights controversies in HRM such as issues of diversity and dignity at work. There is also a focus on managing performance, employment relations, workplace conflict as well as grievances, disciplinaries and their resolution. the Final part of the book looks at ethics and the increasingly international component of effective people management.

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Human Resource Management (2nd edition)

Introducing Employment Relations: a Critical Approach

Title: Introducing Employment Relations: a Critical Approach
Discipline: Employment Relations
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Steve Williams
Publication date: 2014

Synopsis:

Introducing Employment Relations: a Critical Approach provides a concise and thought-provoking introduction to employment relations. The book goes beyond merely describing the regulation of work and employment relations to examine how they are both experienced and contested by employees. This broad perspective highlights the relevant of employment relations for millions of working people around the world, as well as for organizations, and the wider society. Based on the latest research, and organized thematically, the book shows how employment relations operate in contemporary working environments. The clear and critical approach taken makes it easy for readers to engage with the key debates surrounding each topic.

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Introducing Employment Relations: a Critical Approach

Leading, Managing and Developing People

Title: Leading, Managing and Developing People
Discipline: Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour
Publisher: CIPD
Authors: Gary Rees and Ray French
Publication date: 2013

Synopsis:

Written for the CIPD postgraduate module Leading, Managing and Developing People, this text provides strong academic underpinning with application to practice.

New to this edition:

- New 'Critical Reflection' boxes encourage students' evaluation of research
- More focus on ethics and CSR throughout the text
- Revised discussion of technological developments including social media
- Updated references to the CIPD's HR Profession Map
- Enhanced coverage of cross-cultural debates and a more global application of theory, supported by an increased number of global examples
- Revised and updated case studies and examples
- A critical look at talent management and employee engagement
- More in-depth discussion of leadership development and the debate surrounding the emerging role of the HR function, including the business partner model
- New glossary to support understanding of terminology

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Leading, Managing and Developing People

Organizational Behaviour

Title: Organizational Behaviour
Discipline: Organizational Behaviour
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Ray French, Charlotte Rayner, Gary Rees and Sally Rumbles
Publication date: 2011

Synopsis:

This new edition builds on the strengths and successes of the first edition and has been fully updated to reflect changes in the world of work, following the global financial crisis.

The authors combine a managerial approach, focusing on practical, real-world applications, with a rigorous critical perspective that analyses the research behind the theories. The text addresses alternative theoretical perspectives, in parallel to the introduction of new worldwide cases and examples. New pedagogical features, such as the Ethical Dilemma and Critical Thinking boxes, reinforce the critical approach. The concise coverage of the core topics can be applied to both one-semester and year-long teaching and learning patterns.

In addition, the text includes:

  • Strong applied focus stressing the relative applicability of all topic areas in work organisations
  • New video resource package with video case studies
  • Examples from across all sectors including small businesses and not-for-profit organisations
  • In-depth treatment of personality, emotion and identity

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Organizational Behaviour

People Resourcing and Talent Planning: HRM in practice

Title: People Resourcing and Talent Planning: HRM in practice
Discipline: Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall 
Authors: Stephen Pilbeam, Marjorie Corbridge
Publication date: 2010

Synopsis:

Focusing on the resourcing of organisations with people, this engaging text achieves a balance between academic rigour and practitioner relevance. This balanced approach, together with the breadth and versatility of the content, enables the book to be used effectively for modules based on the CIPD Professional Standards and other upper-level HRM modules. Substantially revised and updated to match new CIPD Professional Standards, this fourth edition promises to make the subject even more involving and understandable. Readable and clear, People Resourcing and Talent Management uses real life examples and case studies to examine how HR theory and concepts apply in practice. This book addresses a broad range of HR issues and covers all the activities that are essential for the acquiring, managing and retaining talent – this from HR planning through to release from employment. It describes and analyses contemporary HR practice and puts it into context, covering the latest developments in people resourcing and talent planning. This text meets the knowledge and understanding requirements for the CIPD’s Resourcing and Talent Management module.

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People Resourcing and Talent Planning: HRM in practice

Research Methods in Human Resource Management

Title: Research Methods in Human Resource Management: Investigating a Business Issue
Discipline: Research Methods
Publisher: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Author: Valerie Anderson
Publication Date: 3rd edition – 2013

Synopsis:

Clear and easy to follow, this book guides you through the planning and execution of HRM research projects, at any level. Research Methods in Human Resource Management is fully mapped to the CIPD advanced level module, Investigating a Business Issue and remains a key resource for anyone undertaking a research report.

Key features:

  • Develops the knowledge and skills of the first-time researcher
  • Balances theoretical frameworks and practical guidance
  • Provides international examples for a global perspective
  • Discussion of ethics in line with current research and practice
  • Many `real life' examples

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Research Methods in Human Resource Management