Business and Management

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management research seminars

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management research seminars take place at the times and locations specified below. Click on the seminar title for more information about each seminar and the speaker(s).

Upcoming seminars

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Past seminars

Autumn term 2017
1 November
A shocking omission? The exclusion of Milgram’s conformity experiments in organisational behaviour textbooks
Todd Bridgman (Victoria University of Wellington)


Textbooks have a central role in creating the maintaining the boundaries of academic fields. While authors of management’s best-selling textbooks acknowledge their books are ideological, in the sense of privileging a managerial worldview, they justify their stance by only including research which meets rigorous scientific standards. I explore the relationship between ideology and science by analysing coverage of Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments in introductory textbooks in organizational behaviour and social psychology. They are conspicuously absent from organizational behaviour textbooks, despite them being seen by social psychology textbooks as an exemplar of experimental science and of great relevance to understanding human dynamics at work. The case of Milgram demonstrates the value of reflecting critically on the boundaries of what is considered ‘management knowledge’, as well as the purpose of management teaching and research.


Todd Bridgman is a senior lecturer in the School of Management, Victoria University of Wellington and currently an academic visitor of Wolfson College, Cambridge. His research on the representation of management history within management education appears in A New History of Management (Cambridge University Press), Human Relations and Academy of Management Learning & Education. He is co-editor-in-chief of Management Learning.

8 November
What helps young people find work?
Melanie Simms (Univ. of Leicester), Jackie O'Reilly (Univ. of Sussex) and a roundtable of employers


Young people have found it increasingly difficult to find good quality employment when they leave education. What kinds of jobs do they get? What do employers do to engage with them? And are ethnic inequalities for young people diminishing?

To answer these questions we are organising a discussion with employers and researchers from the ESRC-funded research on ‘Precarious pathways to employment for young people’ and an EU funded project on youth employment STYLE.

Prof Melanie Simms will look at how employers engage with employing young people and Prof Jacqueline O'Reilly will look at how ethnic inequalities are changing for young people in the UK.

A roundtable of employers will discuss the kinds of opportunities they offer, the challenges they face and what they are looking for in their young workforce.

This event is intended for both employers interested in actively engaging young people as part of their future workforce, as well as for young people interested in discussing their future options.

Details of the research informing this event are available here:

9 November
Publishing in Work, Employment and Society
Melanie Simms (University of Leicester)


Work, Employment and Society (WES) is an ABS 4 ranked journal that publishes work that extends and develops theories and concepts of the sociology of work and employment. Melanie Simms is outgoing Editor-in-Chief of the journal and will discuss the review and publication process. In this interactive session, she will also answer questions on any publication-related issues of interest to the audience, so come prepared to ask questions!


Melanie Simms is currently Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Leicester, and is moving to the University of Glasgow in January 2018. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Work, Employment and Society and Associate Dean for Research in her School. Her research interests include young people’s transitions into the labour market, the effects of labour market policies, worker representation, and comparative studies of work and employment.