Pathway 5: Work, Organisations & Business Management (WOBM)

Pathway Leads:

Dr Andreas Kornelakis, King’s College

Prof Ahu Tatli, Queen Mary University

Dr Marco Aurisicchio, Imperial College

Research in this pathway is concerned with the internal and external factors shaping organisational behaviour in both national and international contexts, the organisation of work, the political economy of employment relations, the development and utilisation of employees, innovation and technology management, and the nature of public sector management. Using interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological resources drawn from sociology, psychology and economics, the training combines conventional and critical perspectives on organisational performance, management strategy and variations in the institutionalisation of employment relations in international and comparative perspective. WOBM investigates issues of economic performance and sustainable growth, working at the intersection of business innovation, workforce skills and entrepreneurship.

The five training sub-pathways constituting this theme are:

A. HRM & Organisational Behaviour: investigates the impact of human resource practices and employment relations (including union organisation) on employee well-being and engagement, employee voice, change management, leadership practices and organisational performance.

King’s College London

MSc Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis

Queen Mary University of London

MRes International Human Resource Management

Imperial College

Imperial College Business School MRes

B. Public Services Management: focusing on especially healthcare and higher education, this sub-pathway investigates knowledge mobilisation activity, networks in health care, the visible and invisible effects of medical and higher education regulation, and the enactment of management knowledge by general and clinical managers.

King’s College London

MSc Public Policy & Management 

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Public Policy

Imperial College

Imperial College Business School MRes

MSc Management

C. Business & Management in an International Context: investigates strategic management, the challenges of internationalisation, particularly entry modes, patterns of international integration and differentiation employed by multinationals and the transfer of human resource practices across countries.

King’s College London

MSc International Management

Queen Mary University of London

MRes International Business

Imperial College

Imperial College Business School MRes

MSc International Health Management

D. Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at Work: this sub-pathway is an integral part of the QMUL SBM’s nationally and internationally recognised Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity (CRED), focusing on global diversity management and the intersecting nature of inequalities including gender, ethnicity, religion, age and class within economic sectors, professional and low paid work.

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Work and Organisation

MRes International Human Resource Management

E. Technology, Innovation & Enterprise: focuses on understanding workplace interactions and technology, the influence of media and digital technologies on social interaction, and the impact of new product development and business ecosystems on innovation, entrepreneurship and technology management.

Queen Mary University of London

MRes Innovation & Enterprise

Imperial College

MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management