The work of Department for People and Organisations (PO) can be considered under three main areas:
Contact details: To contact the Department of People and Organisations, please email our Department Secretary, Karen McCafferty.
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, 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.
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.
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:
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.
'Dimensions of employee privacy: an empirical study', Information Technology and People, pp. (In press).(2013)
Our academic publications can be found on Open Research Online (ORO).
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.
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.
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.