Human Resource Management and Organisation Studies

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    Royal Holloway, University of London Egham Hill, Egham Surrey

    TW20 0EX

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Department of Human Resource Management & Organisational Studies (HRMOS) has 25+ members, a highly collegial ethos and a strong academic reputation in the field. 


Research interests of members include: 

  • international and comparative HRM(transferability of HRM practices, cross-cultural leadership, cross-cultural differences in HRM practices) 
  • digital work(platform employment, digital workplace, technological development and change in organisations) 
  • organisational behaviour(careers, psychological contract, employee motivation, worker wellbeing, performance, knowledge management, creativity) 
  • work and employment studies(employee representation and voice, precarious work, labour markets, gig work, labour mobility) 
  • critical organization studies(identity, diversity and inclusion, leadership) 
  • responsible business and business ethics(ethical and responsible work behaviours, sustainability and corporate social responsibility) 
  • health management  

We draw on and contribute to many theoretical perspectives in these subjects, including critical realism, feminism, institutional theory, moral and social theory, neo-Weberianism and sociomateriality, and, associated with this, utilise multiple research methods from ethnography, discursive and visual analysis to longitudinal quantitative studies and large-scale surveys. 

 Our research takes place within a range of organizations and occupations such as artists, clergy, civil servants, early career researchers, engineers, expatriate managers, freelancers, furloughed workers and scientists, and across many countries including Bulgaria, China, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rumania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and UK.  

HRMOS colleagues’ research work impacts both policy and practice, for example, corporate social responsibility (Spence), digital technologies and work-life balance (Symon), and storytelling in management education about gender and leadership (Moore).

Our research has been funded by grants from most of the major funding bodies, including the EU, ESRC, EPSRC and Leverhulme Trust, and we also regularly gain funding from smaller bodies, charities, and companies, including international funding agencies.   


The Department is committed to research-informed teaching and an inclusive and experiential approach to learning, including the use of creative learning techniques.  We provide a suite of modules that comprise a HRM pathway across all years of the UG degree, compulsory foundational courses to the first and second years of the Undergraduate Business and Management degree and specialist options in the second and third years. We also contribute to the MSc International Business Management and offer a specialist MSc Human Resource Management.    

PhD supervision 

We supervise PhD students across all the areas within the Department's disciplines, many of whom go to become successful academics or go into senior practitioner roles. Inquiries for PhD supervision are welcome. Applicants interested in submitting a research proposal for consideration are invited to review the research interests of our colleagues on the staff web pages.  

External Links 

We have strong links with Copenhagen Business School and our colleagues also hold or have held visiting positions in, for example, Aix-Marseille Université, Carnegie-Mellon, Chinese University Hong Kong, Dalian University of Technology, Kellogg College University of Oxford, National Cheng Chi University, Paris-Dauphine, University of Toulouse, Saïd Business School University of Oxford, Stockholm School of Economics and Erasmus University. 

Several members of the Department sit on the editorial and associate boards of leading academic journals in the field (e.g., European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Gender, Work and Organization, Group and Organization Management, Higher Education, Human Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Management and Organization Review, Organization, Organization Studies, and Work Employment & Society) and are members of various professional organisations/networks e.g., Academy of Management (AOM), ASEAN Norms, British Psychological SocietyChartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD),European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), Higher Education Academy (HEA), Institute of Business Ethics and Involvement and Participation Association (IPA).

 Further Information 

Details of the research, publications, teaching, and external links of individual members of the group can be found on our staff web pages

For further information, please contact the Head of Department, Dr. Chin-Ju Tsai ([email protected]). 



UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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