Our team of highly-skilled award-winning researchers work at the cutting edge of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour. They combine academic expertise with practitioner experience in a commercial environment to deliver effective and pragmatic, tailor-made solutions.
The following people are part of our core team:
Dr Ben Lupton – Principal Lecturer, Programme Director for Postgraduate Programmes in HRM, and Director for the Centre of People and Performance
With previous practitioner experience at the North West Regional Health Authority, Ben has expertise in conducting surveys, interviews and developing HR policy. His area of specialism encompasses employment inequalities, intersectionalities and ethics. Ben won Best Research Paper at the CIPD Conference in 2012. In the same year, he also won the British Academy of Management’s Best Paper.
Professor Carol Atkinson – Professor of Human Resources Management and Associate Dean for Research, MMU Business School
With a HR practitioner background in the retail, financial services and voluntary sectors, Carol’s expertise includes conducting interviews, focus groups and surveys. She offers advice on policy development, evaluation and implementation. Her research specialisms include employee performance management, employee attitudes, flexible working and HR/performance link. She won the Professor Ian Beardwell prize for the best research paper at the CIPD Centres’ Conferences in June 2011 and 2013, and was the Literati Network Awards for Excellence’s Outstanding Paper Award Winner in 2012.
Professor Rosemary Lucas – Professor of Employment Relations
With 10 years HR and employment experience in the Co-operative movement and the soft drinks industry, Rosemary combines deep practitioner experience with academic expertise. Her research specialisms include employment relations in the hospitality sector, HR practices and reward in English care homes, migrant workers in the hospitality sector, minimum wage and workplace employment relations surveys. She is winner of the Professor Ian Beardwell Prize at the CIPD Centres’ Conferences in 2011 and 2013.
Dr Linda Alker – Principal Lecturer, PG Part-time Programmes and e-Learning Project
Linda has practitioner experience as a Consultant for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and for Norfolk and Lancashire County Councils. She has expertise in conducting surveys, case studies and interviews. Her specialisms include older workers and stress management.
Dr Andrea Bernardi – Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour
Previously a consultant of the President of the Italian Senate Commission for Labour and Welfare, and Consultant of the Italian Minister of Regional Affairs, Andrea has particular expertise in Co-operative firms and industrial relations. He is a member of the European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS) and the research branch of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).
Dr Sarah Crozier – Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour
Sarah has practitioner experience as a Senior Work Psychologist, Business Development Manager and as a freelance consultant for a range of occupational psychology organisations. She is well-versed in a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, including longitudinal audio diaries as an emergent qualitative technique and impact studies including statistical modelling and regression. Her areas of specialism include non-standard forms of employment, diversity management, unfair treatment at work, organisational change, training impact and evaluation and stress and well-being.
Dr Shirley Jenner - Senior Lecturer
Shirley is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) with a special interest in HRD, leadership development and coaching. Shirley has over 20 years of experience working in people development as an academic, researcher and as a practitioner in coaching and mentoring. Shirley teaches on our Executive MBA , MSc courses , commercial and business growth programmes as well as providing leadership mentoring. Shirley has published books , chapters and articles on graduate employment and early career experiences and recently co-authored an Impact Study into a EU Funded Chinese-European Management Exchange programme with colleagues from the Centre of People and Performance.
Dr Anastasia Kynighou - Senior Lecturer
Anastasia Kynighou joined MMU Business School in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Manchester Business School (MBS). She has worked on a CIPD research project studying engagement and alignment of HRM practices within the NHS entitled ‘Improving Health Through HRM: The Process of Engagement and Alignment’. Anastasia’s research has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Human Resource Management. She also reviews for highly rated academic journals and has contributed a chapter to the book ‘Case Studies in People Management, Strategy and Innovation’ (edited by Profs. Tony Dundon and Adrian Wilkinson).
Dr Andrew Rowe - Senior Lecturer
Andrew is currently a senior lecturer in organisational behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University, leading a variety of post-experience courses and successfully supervising at doctoral level. His research agenda centres around the practical contribution of learning in the workplace applied to a range of significant issues including female expatriation and executive remuneration. Over the years, he has also extensive experience of working with MNCs and SMEs, has been a research fellow at the Cranfield School of Management on a £500k EPSRC project looking at teamworking in construction. Prior to joining MMUBS, he completed a PhD in Management Learning at the University of Essex. He has published in a range of international journals and has written on Learning and Development for a CIPD publication.
Dr Anna Sutton – Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour
As a Chartered Psychologist, Anna combines practitioner experience with expertise in conducting interviews and questionnaire development and analysis. Her specialisms in Occupational Psychology include self-awareness, work attitudes and well-being. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the ESRC Michael Young Prize for an early career social science researcher whose research has the potential to make a positive and far-reaching impact beyond academia.
In addition to this core team, we also draw on the experience of the following specialists:-
We also currently have over 20 PhD students researching in the field of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. This gives us access to a pipeline of research talent and provides you with leading-edge research into key people challenges facing organisations.