Postal address:
Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey
Phone: +44 1784 443478

Organisation profile

The Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management (OSHRM) group is one of the leading international clusters for academic research and teaching in these subjects. We study a massive range of organizations and occupations from scientists and engineers (Lam) to City of London professionals (Ashley), Second World War codebreakers (Grey) and Church of England priests (Conway).

We also draw on and contribute to many theoretical perspectives, ranging from feminism (McCartney) to critical realism (Rees, Smith) and neo-Weberianism (du Gay) and, associated with this, utilise multiple research methods from ethnography (Moore, Karreman), to archival studies (Grey) to large surveys (SenGupta).

We research issues such as patterns of employee participation (Gold, SenGupta), the effectiveness of pay and reward structures (SenGupta), technological development and change in organisations (Symon), employee motivation and behaviour (Conway), careers (Ashley, Lam, Simosi) and the links between HRM and organisational performance (SenGupta, Tsai). We also have a strong focus on sustainability and ethics (Spence, McCartney).

Our work is concerned with organisations in many countries including China (Smith, Zheng), Japan (Zheng), India (SenGupta), Korea (Moore), Bulgaria and Rumania (Rees, Gold) and Greece (Simosi). It also has multiple impacts on policy and practice, for example social mobility and access to elite professions (Ashley), corporate social responsibility (Spence) and digital technologies and work-life balance (Symon).

All our research-active staff teach students at all levels and, additionally, we have staff (Boni, Tzouramani) who specialise in teaching.

External links

Several members of the group sit on the editorial and associate boards of leading academic journals in the field: e.g. Organization Studies (Lam, du Gay, Grey, Karreman), Human Relations (Conway, Grey), Organization (Grey, du Gay, Karreman), Work Employment & Society (Rees, SenGupta), Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology (Conway, Symon), Journal of Organizational Behavior (Conway, Symon). Group members regularly give key note addresses to international conferences and appear in the media.


The group is committed to research-informed teaching, and the expertise of group members is reflected in a number of courses at under-graduate level as well as in the MSc in International HRM. The group has a highly collegiate ethos and group members share and discuss their research and ideas with each other in a wide variety of ways.

Further information

Details of the research and publications of individual members of the group can be found on our staff web pages.

For further information on the work of the OSHRM group please contact the Group Convenor Professor Chris Grey (

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