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Human Resource Management and Employment Relations

Our multi-disciplinary research spans the fields of human resource management, organizational behaviour and employment relations. We are interested in understanding how the changing nature of work and employment affects individuals, organizations and society.

Employment Relations

Our work on employment relations examines issues around the world, from globalization and industrial relations to the changing role of trade unions and how they can maintain influence. Key themes include:

  • The collective power of trade unions
  • The impact of AI on the organization of work, leadership and the experience of workers
  • Skills and institutions
  • Work-life balance and self-sacrifice
  • Graduate employment and internships
  • Frontline service work
  • Atypical working
  • Critical approaches to understanding managerial strategies

Human Resource Management

Research within the group on HRM focuses on contemporary issues such as careers, retirement, HR systems and strategies, inequality, gender, engagement and meaningful work. Key themes include:

  • HR systems and strategies
  • The role of HRM in workplace inequality and flexibility
  • Careers, callings and occupational regret
  • Retirement
  • Gender in careers and the gender pay gap
  • Employee assessment, selection and development
  • Employee engagement
  • Meaning, purpose and meaningful work
  • Temporality and interstitial times and places in organizations
  • Management practice and pedagogy

Organizational behaviour

Our organizational behaviour research focuses on a range of core topics related to individual attitudes and behaviours at work. In particular, we are currently investigating the following themes:

  • Employee wellbeing and performance
  • Burnout
  • Organizational citizenship behaviour
  • Motivation and proactivity
  • Affect regulation
  • The psychological contract
  • Social exchange relationships
  • Leadership styles and leadership development
  • Learning styles and strategies

Research seminars:

The Human Resource Management and Employment Relations group of King's Business School organises regular research seminars with guest speakers in human resource management. These seminars will take place in Bush House, check the schedule below for times and locations. 

Further details: Research seminars in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations


Professor Katie Bailey
Head of the Hurman Resource Management and Employment Relations Research Group 


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