Workplace learning and development
The need for skilled employees across organisations of every size and type has never been greater. Our Workplace Learning and Development research is helping organisations work out how best to design learning and skills development into everyday work processes.
At work, people learn most through their experiences — rather than sitting in a classroom. We're working to develop productive ways of learning-in-action, and investigating how adults learn best in workplace settings.
We're looking at workplace practices including training, coaching, performance management, and organisation development, making use of different theoretical perspectives. We're also exploring the role of coaching in individual and organisational effectiveness – from small businesses to multi-nationals.
Social learning technology provides incredible opportunities for people to learn through communities of practice, and our research helps organisations make maximum benefit from these opportunities. We're also investigating social learning technology that use software or social media to provide learning through interactions between individuals and systems.
We have a particular interest in leadership development and critical thinking that strengthens the personal development impact of business school education – and expertise in action learning, action research and qualitative techniques, such as grounded theory.
Our research covers the following topics
- Doctoral education and development
- International human resource development
- Strategic HRD
- The role of continuing professional development (CPD) in the workplace
- Reflective learning
- The practice of cross-cultural action learning
- Coaching, learning and development
- Learning and development in SMEs
Projects and publications
Researchers at Portsmouth also fulfil journal editorial roles in Human Resource Development Quarterly and Action Learning: Research and Practice, and our work is regularly published in leading academic journals including Management Learning, Human Resource Development International, Studies in Higher Education, and the Human Resource Management Journal.
Discover our areas of expertise
We're exploring the nature of leadership and management, and the cultures and practices which influence how people are led and work within organisations of all sizes.
We're answering fundamental questions about the worker/employee relationship – from how it's regulated by employers, trade unions, governments and other bodies, to how conflicts arise in the workplace.
Interested in a PhD in Human Resource Management?
Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Human Resource Management postgraduate research degrees page.