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Katie Bailey is Professor of Work and Employment and Head of the HRM and Employment Relations Group at King’s Business School. 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 teaches on the MSc in HRM and Organisational Analysis and the BSc in Business Management programmes as well as contributing to executive education.

Areas of expertise:

  • Human resource management
  • Meaningful work
  • Organisational purpose
  • Employee and work engagement
  • Temporality

Katie has published numerous articles 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 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 leading scholarly journals including Human Resource Management and Work, Employment and Society; she was Associate Editor at Human Resource Management Journal and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Management Reviews. Her research has been widely cited in the media in outlets such as the Times, Financial Times, Management Today, Telegraph, Times Higher, People Management, Harvard Business School Publications, Radio 5 Live and Radio 2.

Katie has won a number of international awards including the 2021 5-year Scholarly Impact Award from Human Resource Management Review, the 2020 Elwood F Holton III Research Excellence Award, and the 2019 Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize from the MIT Sloan Management Review. Her research has been supported by major grants from the ESRC, NIHR, CIPD, BA/Leverhulme Trust and industry.

Katie is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the RSA, and Higher Education Academy, Academic Fellow at the 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. In 2020, she was on a working group of academics responsible for reporting to BEIS on the future of work, and from 2021 she is a member of the Renewing Work Advisory Group of Experts (ReWAGE) working with government in support of the recovery and renewal of work and employment in the UK post-Covid 19.

Katie works extensively with employers and organisations interested in engagement, purpose and meaning, and is much in demand as a conference and workshop speaker on these topics. Previous clients have included: the European Parliament, the CIPD, Ministry of Defence, Universities HR, Global Success Partnership, the People Director Partnership, MSL, Jelf, Pfizer, NHS Employers, Engineering Employers’ Federation, Grass Roots, and the Employee Engagement Summit.

Prior to joining King’s Katie held posts at the Universities of Sussex and Kent and Kingston University, as well as at London Business School, where she completed her PhD. 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. In addition to her academic roles, Katie is also a qualified Member of the Association for Coaching and works as a coach, specialising in supporting academics develop their careers.

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22 February 2019

How to find meaning in work

We might not consciously look for meaning at work, but clearly something about working life fulfills…