Broadcast: News items

Future of Work Research Seminar

In September, the University of Sussex Business School accepted three new PhD students to the Department of Management to study the future of work. 

The researchers, all on studentships jointly offered by Roffey Park Institute and the University of Sussex Business School, were formally welcomed with the first seminar of the year at the Future of Work Hub, where they presented their research proposals and received feedback.

Marc Fullman: What is the experience of encountering cyber incivility through enterprise social network platforms?

The research will be on enterprise social network platforms/enterprise social media (e.g. Slack, Microsoft Teams) and whether employees will encounter CI when using these communication tools, and if so, how that impacts their wellbeing. CI is defined as “communicative behaviour exhibited in computer-mediated interactions that violate workplace norms of mutual respect”.

Jessica Horne: Memory and identity in Heritage: Exploring the lived experience of paid and unpaid work in heritage settings

Volunteering is a complex phenomenon that is often considered separately from the concept of work itself. Much of the literature has addressed the antecedents and outcomes of volunteering in order to enhance participation in this form of activity. Because of this, the 'lived experience' of volunteering has been largely overlooked. Against this backdrop, my research explores the micro- felt experiences of paid and unpaid workers in the heritage sector. 'Heritage' itself is intensely political and may be defined in many ways, irrespective of the teachings of 'authorized' heritage discourses. Using a form of grounded- theory, I am to explore the interaction between corporate memory and organizational identity through the lens of workers in this particular context.

Claire Barraclough: What is the Knowledge of Menopause? and if it was listened to how might our workplaces change in structure, leadership culture and working practices? The Menopausal Voice Speaks

Increasingly, more attention is being placed on supporting menopausal women at work to ensure they are included and their voices get heard in the work place. What are these voices saying? And are they really heard? What is the result of them being heard? I believe that a menopausal woman is the embodiment of transformational change. Through this PhD, I seek to continue my curiosity in collaborating with other women to further understand the nature of knowledge creation that could be available to every woman during menopause transition.

The Research Studentship scheme is a novel initiative that results from extensive discussions between academics in the Future of Work Hub within the University of Sussex Business School, and the Roffey Park Institute. Researchers benefit from supervision by mixed teams, with the two supervisors from Sussex-  in line with general University practice - but also joined by a Roffey Park researcher to provide additional insights from a different perspective.

In their work, the researchers are to both contribute to scholarly debates with input from their academic supervision team and address practitioner concerns as guided by input by Roffey Park supervisors. While developing their own projects, the researchers are also going to play an active and key role in consolidating the increasingly multi-faceted links between the two organizations and, in particular, help support the Future of Work Hub.

The three researchers have been selected after two recruitment rounds and are supervised as follows:

Marc Fullman - Michelle Luke, Emma Russell and Meysam Poorkavoos

Jessica Horne - Ödül Bozkurt, Elaine Swan and Simon Newitt

Claire Barraclough -  Elaine Swan, Zahira Jaser and Angus Cameron.

By: Elizabeth Kellingley
Last updated: Thursday, 5 December 2019