iROWE

iROWE Contact Details

General Enquiries:

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894537 | Email: iroweresearch@uclan.ac.uk

Director: Dr. Adrian Wright

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894721 | Email: AWright2@uclan.ac.uk

The Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (iROWE) aims to engage with stakeholders to help build a fair and equitable future of work.

Our institute conducts and disseminates high quality research and engages with key organisations such as the TUC, ISBE, CIPD, ACAS, the RSA and local Government to inform the development of effective workplace practice and employment policy.

Current iROWE projects

Dr Gemma Wibberley and Dr Carol Jones (iROWE, University of Central Lancashire) and Dr Tony Bennett (Sheffield Hallam University) are examining domestic abuse and its impact in the workplace, and the valuable support of trade unions (HEIF and Universities Funding)

Dr Adrian Wright, Dr Gemma Wibberley and Dr Dorota Marsh explore the working practices of entrepreneurs, moving away from the romanticised and clichés narratives (EDRF Funding).

Dr Adrian Wright, Dr Gemma Wibberley and Dr Dorota Marsh, investigate identity in coworking space, how much protection can be offered to precarious work through coworking and the social relations surrounding this (LSBE funded).

Dr Steve Willcocks, Dr Adrian Wright, Seyi Kuti and Emma Ball are working with academic colleagues within and outside of UCLan, led by Professor Mark Dooris, to evaluate the Healthy Universities Network. The research project will explore how members engage in the network and what they value about it, any facilitating factors or barriers and future development ideas.

Latest iROWE news and events

Domestic abuse and its impact in the workplace – Key findings

"Only when it starts crumbling down, that's when you'll know": The role of trade union officers and reps in supporting employees who are experiencing domestic violence/abuse. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY June 2019. By Dr. Tony Bennett, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University (Visiting Fellow, iROWE), Dr. Carol Jones And Dr. Gemma Wibberley, iROWE, UCLan.

Expertise

iROWE is interested in research relating to work and employment but crosses academic silos. These include, but are not limited to, Enterprise and entrepreneurialism, Workplace conflict and Mediation, Lean Management, Wellbeing, Domestic Violence and the workplace, Employment relations and performance, Quality of work life, Mental and physical health at work, Trade unions, Employment relations, Creative and technology work, Business and Management research. Please get in touch if you are interested in discussing potential projects with us.

Research Themes

Equality and work 

This theme explores the worker’s personal characteristics and circumstances and the impact they have upon their working life including recruitment, progression, retention and exit.  This theme considers differing experiences of work dependent on factors such as a worker’s caring responsibilities, gender, occupation, employment status and interactions in-between.

Good and sustainable work 

This theme focuses on the quality of work and employment. It considers the impact of the changing world of work in the context of tensions around innovation, productivity and  technological and organisational change . Our key areas of interest include, but are not limited to, working practices, are enhancing employee voice, work in new and emerging spaces and health and wellbeing.

Current Projects

Participants wanted for research study into ‘returning to work’ after a career break

iROWE is conducting a study to explore the individual and organisational issues involved in supporting those whom have taken a career break, in returning to work. This research predominantly, but not exclusively, focuses on women returning to work after taking time out of employment due to caring responsibilities.

From a business and organisational perspective, we would like to find out the experiences encountered or any potential barriers or constraints which may exist, in returning or supporting returners back into work.

The research will be treated in strictest confidence, all data will be fully anonymised. Anonymised results will be shared with the academics and practitioners to help shape our research and knowledge exchange activities.

We are asking participants to take part in a 30-minute interview either via SKYPE, phone or face to face.

If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us on iroweresearch@uclan.ac.uk


The Impact of  Domestic Abuse in the Workplace and the Role of Trade Unions in Supporting Affected Staff co-authored by Project team Dr Gemma Wibberley and Dr Carol Jones (iROWE, University of Central Lancashire) and Dr Tony Bennett (Sheffield Hallam University).

Working closely with the TUC and unions, Dr Gemma Wibberley and Dr Carol Jones (iROWE, University of Central Lancashire) and Dr Tony Bennett (Sheffield Hallam University), have been researching the impact of domestic abuse in the workplace. They found that union representatives and officers were a key source of support for both victims/ survivors and organizations in helping them better handle workplace issues relating to domestic violence; through, for instance, negotiating changes in work patterns and signposting victims to external support groups. However, the research also highlighted that much more that needs to be understood about domestic violence in a workplace context, and that there is an urgent need to raise awareness within all organisations. Findings also suggest that to be effective workplace actions need to be underpinned by clear domestic abuse policy that works seamlessly with other existing people management policy and practice - for instance absence and performance management. The project is funded by Higher Education Industry Funding, and the Universities of Central Lancashire and Sheffield Hallam.  

Key findings

"Only when it starts crumbling down, that's when you'll know": The role of trade union officers and reps in supporting employees who are experiencing domestic violence/abuse. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY June 2019. By Dr. Tony Bennett, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University (Visiting Fellow, iROWE), Dr. Carol Jones And Dr. Gemma Wibberley, iROWE, UCLan.

Publications include:

  • Bennett, Tony, Wibberley, Gemma and Jones, Carol (2019) The Legal, Moral and Business Implications of Domestic Abuse and its Impact in the Workplace. Industrial Law Journal . ISSN 0305-9332 https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy026
  • Wibberley, G. , Bennett, T.,  Jones, C. and Hollinrake, A (2018) The role of trade unions in supporting victims of domestic violence in the workplace. Industrial Relations Journal, 49 (1). pp. 69-85. ISSN 0019-8692. https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12204
  • Wibberley, G. , Jones, C., Bennett, T. and Hollinrake, A. (2016) ‘Domestic Violence–a management challenge: how trade unions can help’, in Overcoming Challenges to Gender Equality in the Workplace : Leadership and Innovation, (eds.)  Flynn, P., Haynes, K., and Kilgour, M., Greenleaf Publishing: Sheffield, pp.124-138

On the Margins of Entrepreneurship: Community and Entrepreneurial Identity, co-authored by Adrian Wright, Gemma Wibberley and Dorota Marsh.

The mainstream discourse of entrepreneurship tends to romanticise and normalise self-employment as fulfilling and liberating, offering a readily accessible narrative for shaping the identity of entrepreneurs. However, research conducted by iROWE has highlighted that for precarious entrepreneurs, the clichéd narratives are far away from lived experiences of working for low returns accompanied by anxieties, isolation and individualisation.  In the absence of traditional structures, work arrangements and attachments to strong organisational contexts, entrepreneurs’ work identity is especially ambiguous. Our research explores how entrepreneurs deal with the fragmented nature of self-employment its fluidity and uncertainty and the challenges in supporting coherent self-narratives outside traditional organisational contexts.


Exploring identity in Coworking spaces, co-authored by Adrian Wright and Dr Gemma Wibberley.

Coworking refers to the practice of working alongside one another in flexible, shared work settings, where desks can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Research projects from iROWE have found that coworking can mitigate certain negative aspects often associated with entrepreneurial activity such as lone working. This is achieved by creating a communal space and sense of community, through offering emotional support to one another. Similarly, within coworking spaces there is often an emphasis on developing the person themselves as entrepreneurs, which can encourage characteristics such as bravery, risk taking and self-promotion. However, the project explores other implications of coworking, which by its inherent nature can offer limited protection from precarious work. These include the possibility of the practice of helping others being viewed as an obligation towards the community, which potentially may contribute to unintended consequences, such as results in self-exploitative outcomes.

Upcoming Events

One-Day Symposium

Gender, Enterprise and Wellbeing
Research, Policy and Practice

Thursday 11 July 2019, 9.30am – 3pm
Greenbank Building, GR170 (TBC), UCLan

iROWE and partners: Enterprising Women’s Group and Institute for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) would like to invite you to our one-day symposium at UCLan.

The day will include presentations and discussion in relation to gender, enterprise and wellbeing.

Speakers will include academics from University of Central Lancashire, University of Loughborough and Sheffield Hallam University. There will also be speakers from the Women’s Organisation and Women’s Equality Party, advising on policy and practice.

Please contact iroweresearch@uclan.ac.uk with any queries

Previous Seminar Series and Events

  • Sexual Harassment in the workplace and the #metoo movement Speaker: Caroline Rayner, Partner
  • Solidarities and Collective Action amongst Young Workers Guest Speaker: Professor Mel Simms, Glasgow University
  • Mental Health in the Workplace: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom: Speakers: Dr Ian Ashman (Reader in Work and Organisations) and Dr Alison Collins (Reader in Leadership and Management) from Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University - Tuesday 12 March 2019
  • Anthony Curley - Unite the Youth. February 2019: Organising Young Workers: The 2018 TGI Friday’s Strikes at Greenbank Building, UCLan
  • Dr Gemma Wibberley .July 2018: Domestic Violence is a Trade Union Issue. Unison NW Women’   Seminar – ‘This is the Year, This is the Place’ at the Pankhurst Centre (Incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid)  (invited speaker)
  • Dr Gemma Wibberley, Dr Carol Jones, and Dr Tony Bennett (Sheffield Hallam University) July 2018: Domestic Abuse in the Workplace and the Role of Trade Unions and Representatives in Supporting Staff. Domestic Violence and its impacts on the workplace: A conference exploring how to help, Mechanics Centre, Manchester
  • Anthony Curley, Unite the Youth, Organising Young Workers: The 2018 TGI Friday’s strikes.

Previous Seminars 2012-2014

Upcoming Conferences

Conference Acceptances by iROWE Members

  • Dr Douglas Martin will be teaching at Ostvold University College in Norway during the period 4th to 8th March 2019. Douglas will be presenting his recent publications to a group of Masters students.
  • Dr Adrian Wright, Dr Dorota Marsh and Dr Gemma Wibberley have been accepted to present at the British Sociological Society around the theme Challenging Social Hierarchies and Inequalities. The conference will take place at Glasgow Caledonian University, 24th—26th April 2019.
  • Dr Adrian Wright, Dr Dorota Marsh and Dr Gemma Wibberley have had a paper accepted to the International Labour Process Conference in Vienna. The conference will take place 24th—26th April 2019.

Latest iROWE publications

  • Bennett, Tony, Wibberley, Gemma and Jones, Carol (2019) The Legal, Moral and Business Implications of Domestic Abuse and its Impact in the Workplace. Industrial Law Journal. ISSN 0305-9332 https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy026
  • Wibberley, Gemma, Bennett, Tony, Jones, Carol and Hollinrake, Alison (2018) The role of trade unions in supporting victims of domestic violence in the workplace. Industrial Relations Journal, 49 (1). pp. 69-85.
  • Martin, D.  (2018) ‘Lean in a cold fiscal climate: the public sector in an age of reduced resources’ in Public Money and Management, 38:1, pp.29-38
  • Steve Willcocks (2017) Exploring team working and shared leadership in multi-disciplinary cancer care” in Leadership in Health Services
  • Martin, D., (2017), “Making tax and social security decisions: lean and deskilling in the UK Civil Service” New Technology, Work and Employment
  • Martin, D., (2017), “Lean in a cold fiscal climate: the public sector in an age of reduced resources” Public Money and Management
  • Welch,M., Ruck, K. and Menara, B. (forthcoming), ‘Employee voice: An antecedent to organisational engagement’, Public Relations Review
  • Marsh, D.  &  Thomas, P. (2017) ‘Governance of Welfare and Expropriation of the Common: Polish tales of entrepreneurship’,  in Essers, C., Dey, P., & Tedmanson, D. (Eds.).Critical Perspectives on Entrepreneurship: Challenging Dominant Discourses, London: Routledge.
  • Wright, A. (2017), Understanding Self-Exploitation in the Digital Games Sector. in (eds.) Briken, K, Chillas, S, Krzywdzinski, M and Marks, A. The new digital workplace. How new technologies revolutionise work: Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment Series, Palgrave: Basingstoke,
  • Martin, D., (2017),’ ‘Lean’ in the UK Civil Service: from a theory of improvement to the varied realities of costs cutting’,  La Nouvelle Revue du travail
  • Saundry, R., Bennett. T and Wibberley, G. (2016) ‘Inside the Mediation Room - Efficiency, Voice and Equity in Workplace Mediation’, The International Journal of Human Resource Management. [online before print] DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1180314
  • Wibberley, G. , Jones, C., Bennett, T. and Hollinrake, A. (2016) ‘Domestic Violence–a management challenge: how trade unions can help’, in Gender Equality as a Challenge for Business and Management Education, (eds.)  Flynn, P., Haynes, K., and Kilgour, M., Greenleaf Publishing: Sheffield, pp.124-138
  • Saundry, R., Latreille, P. and Ashman, I. (eds.) (2016) Reframing Resolution - Innovation and Change in the Management of Workplace Conflict,  Palgrave Macmillan: London
    • Included chapters from Carol Jones, Louise McArdle, Gemma Wibberley, Virginia Branney
  • Willcocks, Stephen George (2016) The Leadership Role of Psychiatrists in the NHS. British Journal of Healthcare Management  Vol 22, 9, pp 455-460           
  • Richard Saundry, Valerie Antcliff and Alison Hollinrake(2016) ‘Union learning representatives in the UK: activity, impact and organization’, Work Employment & Society. Published online before print doi: 10.1177/0950017016630247
  • Willcocks, Stephen George (2016) Exploring leadership in the context of dentistry in the UK. Leadership in Health Services, 29 (2).
  • Saundry, R., Adam, D., Ashman, I., Forde, C., Wibberley, G.  and Wright, S. (2016) ‘Managing individual conflict in the contemporary British workplace‘ Acas Research Paper, Ref: 02/16
  • Judi Morgan and Pete Thomas ‘Special Ones, Zombies, and Tissue Rejection: An Exploration of the Experience of a Leadership Development Programme and its Impact on Participant Identity’ Callahan, J. L., Stewart, J., Trehan, K., Sambrook, S., & Rigg, C. (Eds.) (2015). Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    • Academy of Human Resource Development R. Wayne Pace Outstanding Book of the Year Award.
  • Willcocks, S. and Wibberley, G (2015),  ‘Exploring a shared leadership perspective for NHS doctors’ Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 28 Iss: 4, pp.345 – 355.
    • Awarded  ‘Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network
    • Awards for Excellence’

Publications

Thirkell, E. and Ashman, I. (2015) ‘Lean towards learning: connecting Lean Thinking and human resource management in UK higher education’, The International Journal of Human Resource Management

Featured in an article collection focussing on lean management.

Waterworth, C, Willcocks, S G, Roddam, H and Self, J (2015) Implementing Care Aims in an Integrated Team: the Impact of Culture, British Journal of Healthcare Management

Wright, A. (2015), ‘It's all about games: enterprise and entrepreneurialism in digital games’. New Technology, Work and Employment, 30: 32–46

Tony Bennett, (2014) "The role of workplace mediation: A critical assessment", Personnel Review, Vol. 43 Iss: 5

Saundry , R., Latreille. P., Dickens, L., Irvine, C. , Teague, P., Urwin, P. and Wibberley , G. (2014) Reframing Resolution - Managing Conflict and Resolving Individual Employment Disputes in the Contemporary Workplace, London, Acas.

Saundry, R. and Wibberley, G. (2014) Workplace Dispute Resolution and the Management of Individual Conflict —A Thematic Analysis of Five Case Studies Acas: 06/14, http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/q/a/0614-Workplace-Dispute-Resolution-Thematic-Review.pdf

Saundry, R., Bennett. T and Wibberley, G. (2013) Workplace mediation: the participant experience, London, Acas. ref 2/13

Bennett, Anthony Joseph William (2013) Workplace mediation and the empowerment of disputants: rhetoric or reality? Industrial Relations Journal, 44 (2). pp. 189-209.

Bennett, Anthony Joseph William (2013) Do learning partnerships reduce conflict in the workplace? Joint report for the University Forum for HRD and TUC Unionlearn http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/category/research-archives/

Bennett, Anthony Joseph William (2013) The learning and conflict project: A tutor’s guide. Joint teaching resource for the University Forum for HRD and TUC Unionlearn http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/teaching-learning/

Bennett, Anthony Joseph William (2013) Do union-management learning partnerships reduce workplace conflict? Accepted for publication in Employee Relations Journal.

Bennett, A. (2012) A review of ‘From Argument to Agreement: Resolving Disputes through Mediation’ By John Crawley Industrial Relations JournalVol. 43 Iss. 6

Bennett, A. (forthcoming) ‘The role of mediation: A critical analysis of the changing nature of dispute resolution in the workplace’ Accepted for publication by the Industrial Law Journal

Saundry, R. and Wibberley, G. (2012) Managing individual conflict in the private sector – a case study, London, Acas. 05/12

Saundry, R. and Wibberley, G. (2012) ‘Mediation and Early Resolution A Case Study in Conflict Management’, Acas. 12/12

Bennett, A. and Ridley-Duff, R. (2011) Mediation: Developing a theoretical framework for understanding alternative dispute resolution, Industrial Relations Journal Vol. 42 Issue 2.

Carol Jones & Richard Saundry (2012), ‘The practice of discipline: evaluating the roles and relationships between managers and HR professionals’, Human Resource Management Journal,

Saundry, R., Jones, C. and Antcliff, V. (2011) ‘Discipline, representation and dispute resolution – exploring the role of companions in workplace discipline’, Industrial Relations Journal. 42: 195–211

Saundry, R., McArdle, L. and Thomas, P. (2011) Transforming Conflict Management in the Public Sector? Mediation, Trade Unions and Partnerships in a Primary Care Trust, ACAS Research paper, Ref: 01/11.

Lisa Banks and Richard Saundry (2010) 'A comprehensive review of the literature examining workplace mediation', iROWE Research Paper No. 1.

Jones, C. & Appleby, Y. (2009) Domestic violence and its impact on women's experiences of employment and work-based learning in the UK: Results of a pilot study.

Antcliff, V. and Saundry R (2009) ‘Accompaniment, Workplace Representation and Disciplinary Outcomes in British Workplaces – Just a Formality?, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47:1, 100-121.

Saundry, R, Antcliff, V. and Jones, C (2008) “Accompaniment and Representation in Workplace Discipline and Grievance”, Acas research papers, London: ACAS.

Saundry, R. and Antcliff, V. (2006) “Employee Representation in Grievance and Disciplinary Matters – Making a Difference?”, DTI Employment Relations Research Series, No. 69, London: DTI

Jones, C. (2006), ‘Drawing boundaries: Exploring the relationship between sexual harassment, gender and bullying’, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 29, pp147-58.

Managing redundancy

Ashman, I. (2013) The Face-to-Face Delivery of Downsizing Decisions in UK Public Sector Organizations, Public Management Review, Taylor and Francis Early Online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2013.785583

Ashman, I. (2012) ‘The nature of bad news infects the teller’: the experiences of envoys in the face to face delivery of downsizing initiatives in UK public sector organisations, London, Acas.

Ashman, I. (2012) ‘Downsizing envoys: A public/private sector comparison’, London, Acas. 11/12

Ashman, I. (2012) ‘A new role emerges in downsizing: Special envoys’ People Management

Rhetoric, discourse and its importance for managers

Thomas P. and Hewitt J (2011) Managerial organization and professional autonomy: a discourse-based conceptualization. Organization Studies,, Vol.32, No. 10, pp 1373-1393

Thomas, P. (forthcoming) Strategy Talk - A Critical Discourse Analysis of Strategic Management, London, Routledge

Thomas, P., Hewitt, J. and Wilson, J. (2010) ‘The discursive construction of professionalism in British management’, International Journal of Critical Accounting 2(3): 319—336.

Thomas, P. and Fairclough, N. (2004) ‘Globalization : the discourse of globalization and the globalization of discourse’ in Grant D. et al (eds) The Sage Handbook of Organisational Discourse. London : Sage.

Thomas, P. (2003) ‘The recontextualization of management : a discourse based approach to analysing the development of management thinking’, Journal of Management Studies 40(4): 775-801.

Public sector research

Waterworth, C, Willcocks, S G, Roddam, H and Self, J 2015 Implementing Care Aims in an Integrated Team: the Impact of Culture, British Journal of Healthcare Management

Willcocks S G 2015 Exploring the use of Strategic Frameworks in Dental Practice, British Dental Journal,

Willcocks S G 2012 Exploring leadership Effectiveness: nurses as clinical leaders in the NHS Leadership in Health Services.

Thirkhill, E. (2012) ‘Spotlight: Emma Thirkell, Lecturer in Human Resource Management, University of Central Lancashire.’ ProcessFix, Spring Newsletter, http://www.processfix.com/news-and-events/quarterly-newsletter.aspx

S G Willcocks (2012) The entrepreneurial role in primary care dentistry, British Dental Journal
Willcocks S G 2011 Understanding strategy, change and leadership in health and social care in the UK, Journal of Integrated Care.

Willcocks S G 2011 Identifying Clinical Leadership Functions in the NHS British Journal of Health Care Management, March.

Willcocks SG 2011 Leadership theory: Implications for developing dental surgeons in primary care? British Dental Journal.

Bennett, A. (2011) Learning to be job ready: Strategies for greater social inclusion in public sector employment, Journal of Business Ethics Vol. 103 No. 4

Bennett, A. Employee voice initiatives in the public sector: Views from the workplace (2010) International Journal of Public Sector Management Vol. 23 Issue 5. pp. 444-455.

Willcocks S G 2002 Adopting a Multi-Perspective Approach to the Study of Public Sector Managerial Effectiveness, International Journal of Public Sector Management.

Willcocks S G 2001 “Diversity, Change and The Professional Manager,” in Baxter C, (Ed) Managing Diversity And Inequality In Health Care, Baillere, Tindal London.

Elmer P (2000) Beyond professionalism: exploring a government model Corporate Communications; an international journal, December 2000

Conway, A. Willcocks, S, G. 1993, A Local Authority Management Development Programme: Some Practical Considerations, Local Government Studies, Vol 19.1

Learning and Development

Fox, S and Vickers, D (2014) ‘Innovation, learning, communities and actor-networks of practice’, Chapter 2 in Soliman, F. (ed.) “From Knowledge Management to Learning Organization to Innovation: The way ahead!” Cambridge Mass., IGI Global Publishing.

Saundry, R., Hollinrake, A. and Antcliff V. (2011) Union Learning Representatives –
Activity, Impact and Organisation - Results of the 2009 survey of ULRs and managers, Unionlearn, Research paper 12, TUC: London.

Vickers, D.; Morgan, E. and Moore, A. (2010), ‘Theoretically Driven Training: from Design to Evaluation’, ch.3 in Ireland, C. A. and Fisher, M (eds.) “Consultancy and Advising in Forensic Practice: Empirical and Practical Guidelines”, BPS-Blackwell.

Saundry, R. Hollinrake, A. Antcliff, V. (2010), Learning Works, Report of the 2009 survey of union learning representatives and their managers, unionlearn with the TUC

Hollinrake, A. Antcliff, V. and Saundry, R. (2008), Explaining activity and exploring experience—findings from a survey of union learning representatives, Industrial Relations Journal 39:5, 392–410.

Hollinrake, A, Antcliff, V and Saundry R. (2008) “Explaining activity and exploring experience – findings from a survey of union learning representatives”, Industrial Relations Journal, 39:5, 392-410.

Hollinrake, A. (2006), Union Learning Representative Research Report 2004-05 2006, unionlearn with the North West TUC.

Willcocks S G and Milne, P 2006 Work Based Learning for Practice Managers in Primary Care, Work Based Learning in Primary Care.

Elmer P and Ferguson S (2005) ‘Blurred Boundaries, Sharp Focus: Learning how to be a consultant’ International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management.

Woodall, J. Alker (nee Hollinrake), A. MacNeil, C. and Shaw, S. Convergence and Divergence in HRD Research and Practice across Europe in McGoldrick, J. Stewart, J. and Watson, S. (2001), Understanding Human Resource Development A research-based approach, Routledge.

Willcocks, S,G. & Conway, A. 1995, A Local Authority management development programme: Behavioural versus cognitive development; Journal of Executive Development.

Willcocks, S, G. Conway, A. 1993, In Search of Competence: A Management Development Programme for the NHS, Journal of Training and Development

Working with the trade unions

Richard Saundry, Valerie Antcliff and Alison Hollinrake(2016) ‘Union learning representatives in the UK: activity, impact and organization’, Work Employment & Society. Published online before print doi: 10.1177/0950017016630247

Saundry, R. and Wibberley, G. (2013) Contemporary union organizing in the UK – back to the future? Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 281-299

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2011), ‘Social Capital and Union Revitalization: A Study of Worker Networks in the UK Audio-Visual Industries’. British Journal of Industrial Relations. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00850.x

Bennett, A. Exploring the potential of the union equality representative (2010) Employee Relations Journal Vol. 32, Issue 5. pp. 509-525.

New ways of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace: The role of the union equality representative (2009) Equal Opportunities International Vol. 28 Issue 5

Martin D,(2010)The removal of workplace partnership in the UK Civil Service: a trade union perspective” in the Industrial Relations Journal 41:3, pp.218-232

Business Ethics

J.A.H. Hine and I. Ashman (2010) ‘Iceland’s Banking Sector and the Political Economy of Crisis’ in R.W. Kolb, (ed.) Lessons from the Financial Crisis: Causes, Consequences, and Our Economic Future, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Ashman, I. & Winstanley, D. (2007) ‘For or Against Corporate Identity? Personification and the Problem of Moral Agency’, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 76, 83-95.

Ashman, I. & Winstanley, D. (2006) ‘Business ethics and existentialism’, Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 15, No. 3, 218-233. This article was selected as one of the fifty best articles published in 2006 in management and winner of an Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence.

Ashman, I. & Winstanley, D. (2006) ‘The ethics of organizational commitment’, Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 15, No. 2, 142-153.

Public Relations

Elmer P (2012, in press) PR in a digital age in Tench R and Yeomans L (eds) Exploring Public Relations (3rd ed), Harlow, Pearson

Elmer P (in press) Public Relations People: the social construction of PR work and workers

Elmer P (2011) Public relations and storytelling in Edwards L and Hodges C (eds) Public Relations: Society and Culture, Abingdon, Routledge

Elmer, P. (2010). Re-encountering the PR man. PRism 7(4)

Elmer P (2008) Exploring embodied practices: public relations education and the problem of complex social performance, CIM 08, Vol 2, pp 783-798, Istanbul University Press ISBN 978-975-404-834-6

Elmer P (2007) Unmanaging public relations, PR Review, Fall 2007

Welch, M. (2006) Rethinking relationship management: exploring the dimension of trust. Journal of Communication Management. Vol. 10 No.2 pp. 138-155.

Elmer P (2005) Constructing the public relations role, Journal of Media Practice, Autumn 2005

Elmer P (2001) Accounting for public relations: exploring radical approaches, Corporate

Communications; an international journal March 2001

Leadership

Steve Willcocks (forthcoming) ‘Exploring leadership in the context of dentistry , S, G. and Milne, P. 2011, Pilot Study: Implementing the Medical Leadership Competency Framework in General Practice, Report for East Lancashire Primary Care Trust

Ashman (2010) ‘Ethical Leadership’ in C. Fisher (ed) Business Ethics, The Marketing & Management Collection, Henry Stewart Talks Ltd, London (online at http://www.hstalks.com/go)

Willcocks SG 2010 Marketing and Clinical Leadership, E. Hospital: Journal of the European Association of Hospital Managers, Vol. 12.1*

Willcocks S G 2010 Leadership Effectiveness, Health Service Journal (Online: hsj.co.uk, 19/5)*

Willcocks S G 2010 Leadership: the challenge for GPs, British Journal of Health Care Management, October.

Ashman, I. and Lawler, J. (2008) ‘Existential Communication and Leadership’, Leadership, Vol. 4, No. 3, 253-269.

Willcocks SG 2008 Clinical Leadership in UK Healthcare: Exploring a Marketing Perspective, Leadership in Health Services.

Ashman, I. (2007) ‘Existentialism and Leadership: A Response to John Lawler with Some Further Thoughts’, Leadership, Vol.3, No. 1, 91-106.

Willcocks S G 2005 Doctors and Leadership in the UK NHS, Clinician in Management.

Internal Communication

Mary Welch (2015) Internal communication education: A historical study. Journal of Communication Management. Vol. 19 No. 4 pp. 388-405. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JCOM-09-2014-0053

Welch, M. (2015) Dimensions of internal communication and implications for employee engagement. In Ruck, K. (Ed.) (2015) Exploring internal communication: Towards informed employee voice (pp. 25-36). Farnham. Gower.

Welch, Mary (2013) Mastering internal communication: Knowledge foundations and postgraduate education. Public Relations Review, 39 (5) Pages 615–617. ISSN 03638111 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pubrev.2013.04.003

Ruck, K. Welch, M. (2012) Valuing internal communication: management and employee perspectives. Book chapter in Ruck, K. (Ed.) Exploring internal communication. Harlow. Pearson Education.

Welch, M., Jackson, P.R. (2012) Rethinking internal communication. Book chapter in Ruck, K. (Ed.) Exploring internal communication. Harlow. Pearson Education.

Ruck, K. Welch, M. (2012) Valuing internal communication; management and employee perspectives. Public Relations Review. Vol. 38 No. 2 pp. 294-302.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pubrev.2011.12.016

Welch, M. (2012) Appropriateness and acceptability: Employee perspectives of internal communication. Public Relations Review. Vol. 38 No. 2 pp. 246-254.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pubrev.2011.12.017

Welch, M. (2011) The evolution of the employee engagement concept: communication implications.
Corporate Communications: An International Journal. Vol. 16 No. 4 pp. 328-346. DOI:10.1108/13563281111186968

Welch, M., Jackson, P.R. (2010) Rethinking internal communication. In Ruck, K (Ed.) Exploring internal communication. Harlow. Pearson Education.

Welch, M., Jackson, P.R. (2007) Rethinking internal communication: a stakeholder approach. Corporate Communications: An International Journal. Vol. 12 No. 2 pp. 177-198.

Critical Management

Marsh, D.  &  Thomas, P. (2017) ‘Governance of Welfare and Expropriation of      : An Exploration of the Experience of a Leadership Development Programme and its Impact on Participant Identity’ Callahan, J. L., Stewart, J., Trehan, K., Sambrook, S., & Rigg, C. (Eds.) (2015). Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Academy of Human Resource Development R. Wayne Pace Outstanding Book of the Year Award).

McClelland, G. P., Leach, D. J., Clegg, C. W. and McGowan, I. (2014), Collaborative crafting in call centre teams. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 87: 464–486. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joop.12058/abstract

Louise McArdle, Pete Thomas, (2012) "Fair enough? Women and Fair Trade", Critical perspectives on international business, Vol. 8 Iss: 4, pp.277 – 294.

Vickers, D and Fox, S (2010) ‘Towards practice-based studies of HRM: An Actor-Network and Communities of Practice informed approach’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21, 6, May 899-914.

Bolton, S. and Wibberley, G.(2007) ‘Best Companies, Best Practice and Dignity at Work’ in Bolton, S. (ed) Dimensions of Dignity at Work, London: Butterworth Heinemann, pp. 134-

Thomas, P. (2006) ‘Strategizing is organizing: does practice add anything to strategy and does strategy add anything to organizing?’ Sub-theme: Strategizing and Organizing Activity and Practice, 22nd EGOS Colloquium, Bergen.

Vickers, D; (2008) ‘Beyond the Hegemonic Narrative - A Study of managers’, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 21, 5, 560-573.

Resourcing

Causer, G. & Jones, C. (1993), “Responding to ‘Skill Shortages: Recruitment and Retention in a High Technology Labour Market”, Human Resource Management Journal vol. 3 no. 3 Spring, pp 1-20.

Ashman, I. (2007) ‘An Investigation of the British Organizational Commitment Questionnaire: A Qualitative approach to Evaluating Construct Validity’, Management Research News, Vol.30, No.1, 5-24.

Health and social care research

Waterworth, C, Willcocks, S G, Roddam, H and Self, J (2015) Implementing Care Aims in an Integrated Team: the Impact of Culture, British Journal of Healthcare Management

Willcocks S G (2015) Exploring the use of Strategic Frameworks in Dental Practice, British Dental Journal

Ashman, Ian; Willcocks, Steve (2014) Engaging with clinical commissioning: the attitudes of general practitioners in East Lancashire, Quality in Primary Care, Volume 22, Number 2,pp. 91-99

Bolton, S. and Wibberley, G. (2014) Domiciliary care: the formal and informal labour process, Sociology, Vol. 48, No.4 , pp.682–697

Ashman, I. and Willcocks, S, G. 2013, Engaging with Clinical Commissioning: the Attitudes of GPs in East Lancashire, Report for East Lancashire CCG

Wibberley, G. (2013) The problems of a ‘dirty workplace’ in domiciliary care, Health and Place, Vol 21, Pages 156-162

Wibberley, G. (2013) ‘Getting the bodies of the workers to the bodies of the clients - the role of the rota in domiciliary care’ in (eds.) Wolkowitz C., Cohen,R., Sanders, T. and Hardy,K. Body/Sex/Work – intimate, embodied and sexualised labour :Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment Series, Palgrave: Basingstoke, pp223-238

S G Willcocks (2012) The entrepreneurial role in primary care dentistry, British Dental Journal

Willcocks, S, G. 2012, Strategy and the strategic role of GPs in the NHS, British Journal of Health Care Management, September

Willcocks S G 2004 Clinician Managers and the Cultural Context: comparisons in Secondary andm Primary Care, Health Services Management Research.

Willcocks S G 2003 Developing the effectiveness of Primary care organisations: A Case Study, Journalof Health Organisation and Management, Vol 17.

Willcocks S G Conway A 2002 Managing the Seamless Service: the Case of the Primary Care Group, Health Services Management Research.

Willcocks, S, G. & Conway, A. 2000, Responding to Diversity: the Primary Care Group in the NHS; International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance.

Conway, A. & Willcocks, S, G. 2000, Relationship-based services marketing: the case of the new Primary Care Groups in the NHS; International Journal of Public Sector Management.

Willcocks, S, G. 1999, Clinical management and cultural diversity: the cultural context of doctor involvement in the managerial process; Health Services Management Research; 12, 1-8.

Willcocks, S, G. 1999, The use of expectation enactment as a conceptual framework for assessing managerial effectiveness: an NHS Hospital Trust example; Health Services Management Research; 12, 1-8.

Willcocks, S,G. 1998, Managerial Effectiveness in an NHS Hospital Trust: Some Observations based on contrasting organisational perspectives; International Journal of Public Sector Management; Vol 11, nos 2 and 3.

Willcocks, S,G. 1998, The development of Clinical Management at an NHS Trust Hospital: A Case Study Example; Journal of Management in Medicine; Vol 12, No 2/3

Willcocks, S,G. & Conway, A. 1998, Strategic Marketing and Clinical Management in Health Care: A possible way forward; Journal of Management in Medicine; Vol 12, No 2 and 3.

Conway, A. & Willcocks, S, G. 1997, The role of expectations in the perceptions of health care quality: developing a conceptual model; International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance.

Willcocks, S,G. 1995, Managerial Effectiveness in the NHS: A Cognitive Perspective; Journal of Managerial Psychology; Vol 10 No 1.

Willcocks, S,G. & Rees, C. July, 1995, A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Organisational Change; Leadership and Organisation Development Journal.

Willcocks, S, G. 1994, The Role of the Clinical Director in the NHS: A Role theory Perspective, Journal of Management in Medicine

Rees, C. Willcocks, S, G. 1994, The Decisions are yours Bob, but whose Criteria, Public Finance and Accountancy*

Willcocks, S, G. 1994, Organisational Analysis: An NHS Commentary,  Leadership and Organisational Development Journal

Willcocks, S, G. 1992, The Role of the Clinical Director In the NHS: Some Observations, Journal of Management in Medicine

Willcocks, S, G. 1992, Managerial Effectiveness in the Public Sector: An NHS Example, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Autumn

Lean

Martin, D. (2017), Making tax and social security decisions: lean and deskilling in the UK Civil Service. New Technology, Work and Employment, 32: 146–159. doi:10.1111/ntwe.12092 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ntwe.12092/full

Martin, D. (2017) ‘Lean’ in the UK Civil Service: from the theory of improvement to the varied realities of costs cutting. La nouvelle revue du travail, 10. Online DOI : 10.4000/nrt.3110 

Emma Thirkell & Ian Ashman (2014) Lean towards learning: connecting Lean Thinking and human resource management in UK higher education, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, (online before print) DOI:10.1080/09585192.2014.948901

Martin,D,“Can Lean make managers mean?” in Public Sector Executive (2009) September/October edition, pp33 & 41.

Martin,D,“Leaner does not always mean fitter” in Public and Commercial Services Union’s Activate magazine (2009) June edition, p16

Working in the media

J. Singer and I. Ashman (2009) ‘User-Generated Content and Journalistic Values’ in S. Allan and E. Thorsen (eds) Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, New York, Peter Lang.

Singer, J. and Ashman, I. (2009) ‘“Comment Is Free, But Facts Are Sacred”: User-generated content and ethical constructs at the Guardian’, The Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Vol. 24, No. 1, 3-21

Ashman, I. (2008) ‘Deep Acting and Bad Faith: A Sartrean Treatment of Emotion Work’, The International Journal of Work, Organization and Emotion, Vol.2, No.3, 288-304.

Antcliff, V., Saundry, R. and Stuart, M. (2007) “The Weakness of Weak Ties – Networks and Social Capital in UK Television”, Human Relations, 60:2, 371-393

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2007) “Broadcasting Discontent: Freelancers, trade unions and the internet”, New Technology, Work and Employment, 22:2.

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2006) “It’s More Than Who You Know’ - Networks and Trade Unions in the Audio-Visual Industries”, Human Resource Management Journal, 16:4, 376-392.

Saundry, R (2001) “Employee Relations in British Television – Regulation, Fragmentation and Flexibility”, Industrial Relations Journal, March 2001, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 22-36.

Saundry, R (1998) "The Limits of Flexibility - The Case of UK Television", British Journal of Management, Vol. 9.

Employment relations and performance

Saundry, R and Turnbull, P (1999) “Contractual (In)Security, Labour Regulation and Competitive Performance in the Port Transport Industry: A Contextual Comparison of Britain and Spain”, British Journal of Industrial Relations, June 1999, vol. 37, no. 2., pp 271-294

Internationalisation

Thompson, P., Nickson, D., Wallace,. T., & Jones, C. (1998) ‘Internationalisation and Integration : A Comparison of Manufacturing and Service Firms’, Competition and Change : The Journal of Global Business and Political Economy, vol. 3, pp 387 – 415.

Jones, C., Thompson, P., & Nickson, D. (1998), ‘Not one of the family : The limits to managing the corporate way in international hotel chains’, International Journal of Human Resource Management vol. 9 no. 6, pp 1048 – 1063.

Jones, C., Taylor, G., & Nickson, D. (1997) ‘Whatever it takes? Managing ‘empowered’ employees and the service encounter in an international hotel chain’, Work, Employment and Society vol. 11 no. 1, pp 541 - 554.

Professions

Causer, G., & Jones, C. (1996), ‘One of them or one of us ?: the ambiguities of the professional as a manager’ in Robin Fincham (ed), New Relations in the Organisation Professions: Managers, Professionals and Knowledge Workers (Avebury), pp 91 - 112.

Causer, G., & Jones, C. (1995), ‘Management and the Control of Technical Labour’, Work, Employment and Society, vol. 10, no. 1, pp 1 – 19

Jones, C., & Causer, G. (1995), “Men Don’t Have Families: Equality and Motherhood in Technical Employment” Gender, Work and Organisations, vol. 2, no. 1, pp 51 – 62

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