Department of 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

Spring term 2020
19 Febuary 
The School for Organizers
Martin Parker


In 2018, my book, Shut Down the Business School was published, and it made the argument that business schools teach capitalism. This means that they increase inequality, increase carbon emissions and encourage the idea that capitalism can reform itself. This seminar will briefly run through this diagnosis, and explore my suggestion that a 'School for Organizing' needs to replace the b-school. I will also talk about the work I have been doing for the last year which tries and connect academics to organizations and networks in the Bristol region in order to help to tilt us towards a low carbon, high inclusion, high democracy economy. This means changing the university, and the way it sees its world, and connects to it.


Martin Parker works at the School of Management, University of Bristol. He writes about alternative organizations and economies, and his next book is Anarchism, Organization and Management: Critical Perspectives for Students (Routledge 2020). At the moment, he is very interested in what academics, and universities, might be doing to address the frightening future that awaits us.

Autumn term 2018
20 November
The Case for a Sustainable Industrial Policy - a Trade Union Perspective
Tim Page (TUC)


The UK Government is committed to an industrial strategy and has recently established an Industrial Strategy Council. In recent decades, however, UK attitudes towards the concept of an industrial strategy have been mixed. This is in contrast to attitudes in other Western European countries, where industrial strategies have formed part of the economic policy mix throughout the post-war period.
Since 2005, the TUC has published various research documents looking at the case for an industrial strategy, based on experiences in France, Germany, Denmark, China and South Korea. This presentation will set out key features of the industrial strategies of those countries, what they have in common and what the UK could learn from them. The presentation will also consider newer developments in industrial policy, such as the need for sustainability in the light of the threat of climate change, and the need to meet the latest challenge, that of the fourth industrial revolution.


Tim Page is a Senior Policy Officer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC). He leads for the TUC on industrial policy, energy and climate change issues, science policy and high performance workplaces. His primary interest is in policies to promote sustainable economic growth as well as issues relating to globalisation.

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.