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Katie Bailey is Professor of Work and Employment and from September 2019, Head of the HRM and Employment Relations Group at King’s Business School. She has previously held posts at the University of Sussex, University of Kent and Kingston University, and at London Business School, where she completed her PhD.

Her research focuses on meaning and purpose at work, temporality and interstitial times and spaces in organisations, employee engagement, and strategic human resource management. She has published numerous studies on these themes in journals such as the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and Work, Employment and Society. She was winner of the 2019 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize with Amanda Shantz for most outstanding MIT Sloan Management Review article on planned change and organizational development for their article 'Building an Ethically Strong Organization'.

Her research has been supported by grants from the ESRC, NIHR, CIPD, BA/Leverhulme Trust and industry and she works extensively with employers and organisations interested in engagement, purpose and meaning, and is much in demand as a conference speaker on these topics. One current project is a collaborative PhD studentship with Laing O'Rourke focusing on how organizational purpose is interpreted and experienced by employees.

Katie is lead author of the textbook Strategic Human Resource Management (2nd Ed, OUP, 2018), co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work (OUP, 2019) and lead editor of Employee Engagement in Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2014).

She has held editorial board roles at several journals including Human Resource Management and Work, Employment and Society; she was Associate Editor at Human Resource Management Journal and is currently Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Management Reviews.

Katie is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the RSA, HEA, and CIPD and Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies. She was a Trustee of the Involvement and Participation Association, and has been a member of a number of government and ESRC panels. At present, she is a member of the UK government working group on making the future of work healthier and more sustainable in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Katie founded the Meaning and Purpose Network (MaPNet) based at King's Business School, which brings together organisational and HR leaders to debate and discuss the latest thinking on how organisational purpose can be developed, and the challenges of implementation. MaPNet runs round-table events and an annual conference.

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Currently accepting new PhD students.