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Department of People and Organisations

The work of Department for People and Organisations (PO) can be considered under three main areas:

  • Organisational studies and human resource management
  • Organisational psychology and professional development
  • Management learning and organisational change

Contact details: To contact the Department of People and Organisations, please email our Department Secretary, Karen McCafferty.


  • Professor Kirstie Ball features in openDemocracy

Professor Kirstie Ball, Professor of Organization at The Open University Business School has written an article for openDemocracy which looks at surveillance and human rights entitled Mass surveillance just doesn’t work. openDemocracy is a digital commons - a pluralist, high quality online space free and open to all - covering world affairs, ideas and culture.

You can read the full article via openDemocracy.


  • Lecturer in Organisational Studies contributes to The Conversation

Dr Peter Bloom, Lecturer in Organisational Studies at The Open University Business School has had his article ‘As anti-globalisation politics fail, nationalism sweeps the world’ published in The Conversation. The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

You can read the full article via The Conversation.


  • Internationalization and The Open University Business School 

Professor Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, Associate Dean (International Strategy) at The Open University Business School (OUBS), features in an article ‘When Distance No Longer Matters’ by AACSB. The first part entitled The Open University’s Take on Distance Education and the Internationalization of their Curriculum sees Professor Fenton-O’Creevy talking about the challenges internationalization poses and the work OUBS is doing to meet those challenges. The article is available via the AACSB website.

The second part, It is The Open University’s Partnerships and Collaborations that Make their Worldwide Teaching Strategies both Viable and Effective can also be viewed via their website.


  • Professor Mark Fenton-O’Creevy contributes to The Case Centre

Professor Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at The Open University Business School, has contributed to an article in The Case Centre, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the case method in business education and sharing world-leading knowledge and expertise in case teaching, writing and learning.

Professor Fenton-O’Creevy contributed on teaching with cases on-line in the article Making cases work on-line. Within the article, teaching with cases on-line is explored by pioneering faculty on programmes of all sizes and practical conclusions are drawn from their experiences and analysis of the pedagogy involved.

You can read the full article via The Case Centre.


  • 9 in 10 people are concerned about who can access their personal information

90% of people are ‘concerned that their personal information may be shared without their permission’. That was the conclusion of a UK summit on surveillance, privacy and security held in Birmingham.

Hosted by broadcaster and economist, Evan Davis and developed by The Open University Business School (OUBS) the SurPRISE (Surveillance, Privacy and Security) UK Citizens’ Summit invited a carefully selected sample of 214 local residents to two events (1 March and 15 March 2014) to explore the public’s perception of surveillance in society.

Professor of Organisation at OUBS, Kirstie Ball and her colleagues Professor Sally Dibb and Sara Degli Esposti are leading the research in the UK. Read the full news article.


  • Punita Bhatt invited for panel discussion at the London Feminist Film Festival, 2013

Punita, a research fellow at the Open University Business School specialising in women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship in India was invited for panel discussion on women's empowerment in India to discuss her research on women's entrepreneurship at the London Feminist Film Festival, on 24 November 2013.

According to the festival’s website, the Spice Girls of India went down very well with the audience and panellists and inspired a lively discussion on women’s empowerment in India, chaired by Naila Kabeer, with Punita Bhatt talking about her research on women’s entrepreneurship in India and Rahila Gupta giving her thoughts on the film and Indian women’s rights. Rama Dieng also joined the panel to talk about women’s leadership in Africa in general and in Senegal in particular, inspired by the film Women Rising: Political Leadership in Africa, and Jennifer Okungu, director of the film, was in the audience and answered some questions on the making of her film. The films were linked in their themes of women striving in a male-dominated world. The unusual short animation Falling Blossom also mesmerised with its kaleidoscopic colours. 


  • Q&A with Professor John Storey after OUBS is awarded £475,000 research grant

The Open University Business School has been awarded a major research grant by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). The grant award is £475,000 and the study will take place over 3 years. The scope of the study will extend across primary care, acute hospital care, community services and social care including the work of local authorities. The ways in which these bodies with the aid of clinical engagement and leadership can rethink and redesign health and social services is the core of the study. 

Click here to read the full Q&A with Professor John Storey (leader of the research team and member of the Responsibility and Regulation centre) to find out why this study is important, how it will be managed, which are the biggest challenges the research team will face and what is needed in order for this project to be considered a success. 


Research

The Department has strengths in development and change strategies, practice based-learning, creativity and innovation, strategic and cross-national human resource management, surveillance studies, leadership and critical organisational theory. Staff conduct a wide range of research. Areas covered include:

Organisational studies and human resource management

  • Strategic and international human resource management
  • Cross-national comparative management
  • Innovation across supply chains and networks
  • Governance and incentives
  • Surveillance in organisations and society
  • Organisational and individual identity
  • Enterprise, the home-work interface, and home-based businesses

Organisational psychology and professional development:

  • Personal and professional development
  • Creativity in organisations, change strategies
  • Positive organisational development, applied positive psychology
  • Use of coaching and action learning in management education
  • Management and leadership development in small businesses
  • Critical approaches to leadership
  • Leadership in small and medium enterprises

Management learning and organisational change:

  • Practice and work-based learning
  • Action-centred approaches to change
  • Work-based risk
  • Narrative and conversational approaches
  • Cross-national management learning
  • The development of MBA education
  • Visual images/representations of management education/business schools

Department researchers are associated with the CETL in Practice-based Professional Learning, the proposed centre for International Management Learning and the inter-faculty Open Creativity Centre. Department staff hold grants from research-funding, government, commercial, charitable and educational institutions.

Latest research publication

Ball, K, Daniel, E, Stride, C  (2013)  'Dimensions of employee privacy: an empirical study', Information Technology and People, pp. (In press).

Academic Publications

Our academic publications can be found on Open Research Online (ORO). 

Teaching

Members of the Department teach organisational behaviour, management of learning and change, professional development, human resource management, creativity, leadership, innovation, organisational culture and organisational development. They contribute at foundation, undergraduate, certificate, diploma, masters, MBA and CPD levels. We also host the CIPD accredited Masters in Human Resource Managment. Department staff are currently responsible for leading the following Open University Business School courses:

A course on Organisational Behaviour is under development. 

Department members

Research students

Academic focus

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Creativity workshop

Joined by Dr Jane Henry, OUBS recently ran a creativity residential workshop, in this video hear how delegates intend to use creativity in their workplace.

Department news

The Big Money Test

How do you feel about money? Are you an impulsive shopper? Led by Professor Mark Fenton-O’Creevy and published by the BBC and the Friends Provident Foundation, The Big Money Test results show that there is far more to managing our money than financial know-how.

Emotional Finance

 
  • Mark Fenton-O'Creevy

    I explore what often gets missed by economists; the rich emotional relationships we all have with money and the financial decisions we make. Mark Fenton-O'Creevy.

 

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