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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 University of Kingston, and at London Business School, where she completed her PhD.

Her research focuses on meaning and purpose at work, employee engagement and strategic human resource management, and 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.

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.

Katie is lead author of 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 incoming 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.

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