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.
Professor Kirstie Ball, Professor of Organization at The Open University Business School (OUBS), has co-authored ‘The Private Security State? Surveillance, Consumer Data and the War on Terror’ - the first full-length academic text to address the enrolment of the private sector as the new data source for national security initiatives.
The book explores how a number of industrial sectors, including financial services, travel and latterly, communications, now provide the data which enable decisions about national risk and security deployment to be made. It shows that when businesses are required to send customer data to government, their systems and their employees become part of a wider security framework.
The book was written following a Leverhulme Project Grant called Taking Liberties: New Uses of Consumer Data in the UK. The research team was Professor Kirstie Ball, Professor Liz Daniel, Professor Sally Dibb, Maureen Meadows and Dr Keith Spiller from OUBS and Ana Canhoto from Oxford Brookes University.
The Private Security State? is published by Copenhagen Business School Press and is available online.
Professor Kirstie Ball, Professor of Organization at The Open University Business School and Director of the Centre for Research into Information Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP) was interviewed by Documentally about her work on the EU Project SurPRISE (Surveillance, Privacy and Security). Professor Ball talks about her work around people’s acceptance of security technologies in Europe and how people want greater involvement in, and more information about surveillance and privacy.
Listen to the full interview via Documentally.
Three researchers exploring workplace morale and its impact on business performance at call centres have claimed the highest accolade for management research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The annual Management Articles of the Year competition celebrates the best in management and leadership research and thinking, and the winning article is one of five top-ranked essays recognised by CMI.
The winning work, ‘Morale: unravelling its components and testing its impact within contact centres’, was authored by Dr Ben Hardy of The Open University Business School (OUBS) and Dr Tanya Alcock and Dr Jon Malpass from BT’s Research and Innovation unit. Read more.
Professor Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, Associate Dean (International Strategy) and member of the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (True Potential PUFin) at The Open University Business School featured on ShareRadio and talks about emotional finance and the role that emotion plays when it comes to investing.
Listen to the full interview via ShareRadio.
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.
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.
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.