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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European money is helping to improve the performance of Welsh public services

A report produced by Cardiff Business School (with Shared Intelligence and IFF Research), and commissioned by the Welsh Government, has found that EU funding has helped to speed up collaboration between partners and in some cases deliver improved outcomes for the public.

Local government reorganisation could limit representation according to Cardiff Business School research

A new report from Dr James Downe (Cardiff Business School), Ian Bottrill (Learning for Leadership Cymru) and Lynne Wardle (Taylor Haig) has found that local government reorganisation could deter new councillors from standing for election and impact heavily on democratic processes and representation.

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.

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 Jonathan Murphy

Senior Lecturer, International Management

Professor Edmund Heery

Professor of Employment Relations

Professor Martin Kitchener

Dean and Head of School

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