Research of the People Management and Organisation Group at Kent Business School focusses on critical leadership, employer-worker relations, decision making processes, change management and the ways in which cultural norms in the workplace contribute to maintaining inequality. Group members work on a variety of applied projects, ranging from looking into ways to bring flexible approaches to management practices for city bus franchises, to helping future BAME leaders acquire the relevant political skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The group is formed of 15 academics including practitioners, and academics who challenge standard assumptions on best management practice to help generate better methods for the utilisation of a company’s most important assets: its people.
The group’s research aligns with Kent Business School’s goal of promoting sustainable innovation. Its main focus is on developing research projects that can help organisations, from small businesses to big public bodies or multinational companies, improve their people management practices. Examples of these include:
- Professor Yannis Georgellis’ work into the relationship between regional unemployment and work mobility.
- Professor Patricia Lewis’ research into the relationship between gender, merit and pay divergence in her work regarding ‘deservingness’.
- Dr Madeleine Wyatt’s work into the relationship between political skills, leadership and unconscious bias.