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Centre for Research in Organisations and Work (CROW)

CROW is a multi-disciplinary group with an eclectic range of interests united by a passion for understanding “the human side of enterprise”.

We ask “What is the role of the business school? Do we serve society better if we challenge businesses, or if we work to improve the ways in which they perform?”

Research themes

Our work is focused around three research themes:

The meaning and experience of work

  • Ethics, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • 21st Century Working Lives
  • Gender(ing) Identities
  • The Globalised Workforce

Employment relationships

  • Comparative Industrial Relations
  • Trade Unions
  • Workers' Rights

Human resource management and organisational behaviour

  • HRM and Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Learning

Centre for Research in Organisations and Work - Research Themes

Within these themes, researchers examine issues such as employment relations, social justice, ethics, human rights, leadership, working lives, gender studies, organisational effectiveness and learning.


The Centre has a large number of international collaborations as well as strong networks with commissioners of research including the regional and national TUC, Kent Police, the PCS union and the NHS. Members of CROW are also involved in journal editorial work.


Latest blog posts:

28 September - How can your business take advantage of your local university?

26 September - My CPS Work Experience

20 September - The rise of psychometric testing is harming workplace diversity

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