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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Research insights and snapshots at 7th Public Uni event

Five academics presented their research in digestible bite-size chunks at the 7th Public Uni event held at Chapter Arts Centre, Thursday 15 October 2015.

The evening’s topics represented a diverse range of disciplines and themes, bringing together academics from the arts, humanities and sciences.

Cardiff Business School launches handbook to help councils collaborate on accountability

Cardiff Business School’s Dr Rachel Ashworth and Dr James Downe have launched the Joint Scrutiny Handbook for councils and public sector partners at a national conference.

HRM alumnus wins British Council Entrepreneurial Award

Zhao Xinyu, MSc Human Resource Management alumnus (2004), has been named the winner of the British Council Entrepreneurial Award at the inaugural Education UK Alumni Awards for China.

Launched by the British Council, the Education UK Alumni Awards honour the achievements of UK alumni all over the world.

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 Maki Umemura

Lecturer in International Business

Dr Hamid Foroughi

University Teacher

Dr Tim Edwards

Reader in Organizational Analysis

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 Dr Leon Gooberman and 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 Community's 7th Framework Program FP7/2007-2013 under Grant Agreement No. 331583

Led by Dr Andrew Crawley with Professor Max Munday

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 Hadar Elraz and Dr Tom Entwistle

Award type: Research