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About Organisation Studies

The success of any organisation is built on the people who work in it and especially the extent to which they are engaged, productive, and healthy. Organisation Studies (OS) explores behaviour and performance at organisation, team, and individual levels. Some of the most important OS research is concerned with understanding what affects the behaviour of individuals and teams at work and, by extension, how to influence that behaviour. Key concepts that are crucial to this understanding include leadership, power, culture, motivation, and emotion.

OS research is also concerned with what is sometimes called the macro-level of organisational analysis.  This includes the structure of organisations—where activities are carried out, where responsibility and authority are located, how decisions are made, and so on—and the interaction of organisations with their political, economic, social, institutional and technological environments.

Given the broad subject matter, it is no surprise that Organisation Studies is a strongly interdisciplinary field, drawing heavily on a number of core social sciences including psychology, sociology, economics and political science.  Members of the OS group employ a wide array of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative methods that are often, at the forefront of new approaches such as team- and video-ethnography.

A particular research focus is the study of professionals working in organisations, both professional service firms and in the delivery of expert services that, in the UK at least, are more commonly provided by public sector organisations.  Members of the group have strong links to Professional Service Firms, for example, while others are heavily involved in research projects in the healthcare sector and cultural industries.   

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