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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.

Seminar Series


Members of the Organisation Studies Group have been successful in obtaining Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding for a prestigious seminar series.

Read more about the ESRC Seminar Series

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



What's Next for Silicon Valley?

  • with David Law; UC Berkeley
  • Calendar Monday
  • Clock 18:00–20:30
  • Navigate Concourse

Join the Entrepreneurship Club for a discussion & Q&A with David Law of UC Berkeley

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Seminar



Exchange Traded Funds: A free lunch for active fund managers?

    • Calendar Tuesday
    • Clock 13:30–15:30
    • Navigate LT1A

    Talis Putnins joined the Business School as a Professorial Fellow in Finance in 2019.




    Shareholder Risk-Taking Incentives in the Presence of Contingent Capital

    • with Dr Mahmoud Fatouh; Bank of England
    • Calendar Friday
    • Clock 14:00–15:30
    • Navigate Conference Room

    MSBE Group presents a research seminar from Dr Mahmoud Fatouh on Shareholder Risk-Taking Incentives in the Presence of Contingent Capital.




    Crushing myths, sharing truths: Social media marketing and its relevance for business-to-business relationships

      • Calendar Friday
      • Clock 09:00–13:00
      • Navigate Conference Room

      This is a highly interactive half-day workshop that explores social media and marketing and its relevance to B2B brands.




      Bank lending technologies and credit availability in Europe: What can we learn from the crisis?

      • with Dr Pierluigi Murro; Department of Business and Management at LUISS-Guido Carli University
      • Calendar Friday
      • Clock 14:00–15:30
      • Navigate LT2

      MSBE Group presents a research seminar from Dr Pierluigi Murro on “Bank lending technologies and credit availability in Europe.”