Cardiff Business School Research

Management, Employment and Organisation

The Management, Employment and Organisation (MEO) Section is home to a number of research groups and centres and undertakes research in three broad areas:

  • Organisation Studies
  • Employment Relations
  • Public Sector Management

As well as promoting research of an international quality, the Section aims to deliver research-led teaching of an outstanding quality and to provide a supportive environment for the development of academic researchers and educators. Our researchers have a very strong publishing, advisory and consulting profile, providing advice and reports for a broad range of corporate and other clients.  Recent users of MEO research include:

  • The International Labour Organisation
  • Trades Union Congress
  • The European Commission
  • The International Transport Workers Federation
  • Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
  • Welsh Government
  • Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 

The standing of the MEO Section is indicated by its success in winning research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and other established sources of funding.  Our research involves ongoing collaboration with other research groups at Cardiff University in sociology and city and regional planning.  A number of major international journals are edited by members of the Section including Organisation, British Journal of Management, the Journal of Management Studies and Work, Employment and Society. 

Research Highlights

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Business School faculty selected for Vice Chancellor’s development initiative

Dr Marco Hauptmeier, Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management, and Dr Sarah Hurlow, Lecturer in Leadership, have both been selected to take part in the Cardiff Futures programme, 2014-2015.

MSc International Human Resource Management programme launched

The new International Human Resource Management (IHRM) programme has been launched and is open for applications starting this September.

Worker Representation through Civil Society organisations

Edmund Heery has published a new paper, which examines the ways in which civil society organizations (CSOs), such as Stonewall, Age UK, Fawcett, MacMillan, Citizens Advice, and Carers UK, advance the interests of working people.

Faculty members

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Professor Keith Whitfield

Head of section

Dr Sarah Hurlow

Deputy Director, Teaching & Learning

Professor Rhys Andrews

Deputy Director, Research

Dr Cara Reed

Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Dr Marco Hauptmeier

Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management

Dr Claire Evans

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

Groups and Centres

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The Management, Employment and Organisation section is home to the following research groups and centres:

Collaborative research

Academics from the Management, Employment and Organisations section also participate in multidisciplinary groups across the University: 


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Some of the projects currently being worked on by members of this section

Gaining collaborative advantages: The changing role of employers' organisations in the British economy

20 June 2014 to 19 June 2017

Sponsored by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Led by Dr Marco Hauptmeier with Professor Edmund Heery

Award type: Research, ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship

Public Policy Institute for Wales

30 September 2013 to 29 September 2016

Sponsored by Welsh Government

Led by Professor Stephen Martin

Award type: Research

Integrating economic regional impact models

31 May 2013 to 30 May 2016

Sponsored by European Commission

Led by Dr Andrew Crawley

Award type: Research, European FP7 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship for Career Development

Process evaluation of the local service board ESF development and priority delivery project

20 September 2012 to 31 January 2016

Sponsored by Shared Intelligence

Led by Professor Stephen Martin with Dr James Downe and

Award type: Research

Evaluation of the Local Service Board European Social Fund (ESF) Development and Priority Delivery Project

31 May 2012 to 31 December 2015

Sponsored by Welsh Government via IFF Research

Led by Professor Stephen Martin with Dr James Downe, Dr Tom Entwistle and

Award type: Research

Innovative capacities of R&D in the regenerative medicine industry in Japan and the UK through case studies of therapeutic developments, such as in stem cell therapy

1 January 2014 to 30 March 2015

Sponsored by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Led by Dr Maki Umemura

Award type: Research

Managing age in organisational context: A comparative study of the meaning of age among managers

30 September 2010 to 31 December 2014

Sponsored by Melbourne University

Led by Professor Robyn Thomas

Award type: Research