An introduction to the Business School's Organisation Studies research group, including a list of academic staff members, group research, and research centres.

Research in Organisation Studies

Ishbel McWha-Hermann discusses her research interests in the area of justice, diversity and reward in international work contexts.

Organisation Studies, as an area of teaching and research, draws together many specific disciplines and schools of thought. The membership of the group reflects that interdisciplinarity.

Research within the group provides insight into major challenges in human resources and public policy in the fields of leadership, governance, and diversity. Group members are at the forefront of developments in their specialised fields, and through their research they seek to make a demonstrable impact on policy and practice.

The group prioritises a high level of engagement with a multiplicity of stakeholders (employees, managers, trade unions, policy makers, professionals, government), and encourages research that is inter-sectoral.

Much of the group's research can be categorised according to three key themes:

Diversity & Well-being at Work

Areas considered within this theme include age, gender, discourses of diversity, employee well-being, diversity, and career development.

Managing Performance at Work

Areas include team working, leadership and coaching, performance appraisal and management, and organisational performance.

Corporate Governance, Responsibility & Sustainability

Areas include executive remuneration, responsibility and sustainability, and executive moral agency.

Research Projects

Details of past and present research projects involving organisation studies are detailed on the Edinburgh Research Explorer.

View projects on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Upcoming Seminars



Non-executive Director Programme 2019

  • with George Elliott; CA Plural Chair of private and public listed companies, former CFO Wolfson Microelectronics plc
  • Calendar Thursday
  • Clock 17:00–21:00
  • Navigate Conference Room

Session 2: 'The Role of the NXD in Growing a Company' – focussing on the issues and challenges arising with entrepreneurial firms including managing the founder and other investors, setting strategic direction, adhering to the business plan, building an effective board, dealing with conflict and fundraising.




Internationalization Strategies of Family Firms In Different Historical Contexts: Critical Junctures And Imprinting

  • with Tanja Leppäaho; Professor of Growth Entrepreneurship and Academy of Finland Research Fellow at LUT University
  • Calendar Wednesday
  • Clock 15:30–17:00
  • Navigate Lecture Theatre 1A

This interactive seminar invites Tanja Leppäaho as an expert in the fields of international entrepreneurship, networking, process, family entrepreneurship, sustainable entrepreneurship and qualitative methodology. Tanja will especially discuss her paper about internationalization strategies of family firms, followed by a Q&A session with our PhD students.




Marketing Research Seminar: Therapeutic servicescapes and market-mediated performances of emotional suffering

  • with Dr Leighanne Higgins; Lancaster University
  • Calendar Wednesday
  • Clock 14:00–15:30
  • Navigate Room G.05

Dr Higgins and Dr Hamilton will present their ethnographic study on therapeutic servicescapes recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research. As part of their talk, they will also share their experiences of writing and revising the paper through the review process.




Executive MBA Open Night and Mini-Masterclass – "New Venture Creation"

  • with Dr Jo Young; Director; Electv & The Scientific Editing Company
  • Calendar Tuesday
  • Clock 18:00–21:00
  • Navigate 1st Floor, MBA Suite

Join us for a Mini-Masterclass and learn how our Executive MBA can accelerate your career.