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Professor in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

About Southampton Business School

Southampton Business School (SBS) is placed at the centre of the University of Southampton, a top 100 University in the world, ranked 78th (QS), and a founder member of the Russell Group Universities. SBS hosts a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and students. It has grown substantially in breadth and size in the recent years, covering all core business and management disciplines via six Departments: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Decision Analytics and Risk, Digital and Data-Driven Marketing, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, and Strategy Innovation and Entrepreneurship. SBS academics conduct cutting edge research and publish consistently in world-class journals. Research activity within SBS is coordinated through ten multidisciplinary research centres. The longest established research centre is the Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS), which ranks 34th (QS) in the world. Building on its continued success, SBS is now ranked in the top quartile of the research-intensive business schools in the UK, with a strong research environment which is ranked 12th (REF2021) in the UK. The School has an ambitious growth plan, which includes investments in people and relocation to a state of art business building.

Building on this success, in July 2022, the School secured the 5-year re-accreditation of the MBA programme which is ranked 13th in the UK (QS data). A member of the UNPRM, the school was recently awarded the CABS Small Business Charter in recognition of the SBS’ world-class support to students and local businesses, including the development of student entrepreneurial skills and the support and development of wider economic and social opportunities for business.   In 2019, our Placement Team was recognised as the best in the UK, demonstrating our commitment to the student experience, with the team remaining in the top 5 since, validating our focus and efforts on learner success. Recently our accounting & finance students were recognised as the global winner in the 2022 Bloomberg challenge demonstrating our commitment to excellence. We value our relationship with our global network of alumni, who are successful leaders and entrepreneurs and members of our engaged community of academics and business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Our research underpins our enterprise and educational activities. With an extensive programme portfolio accredited by 15 professional bodies we aim to develop future leaders who want to make a tangible impact on business and society. At the heart of the execution of our activities is our triple helix model whereby our research, education and enterprise activities are intertwined. Particularly, our integrated enterprise strategy enables us to reinforce our connections with the wider university, and communities we serve. These connections enable us to further deliver impactful research and improve the student learning experience. We hope you will be considering to apply for one of the Professorships to join a very inclusive and diverse team of talented colleagues and contribute to our impactful activities.

The Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviours

The Department of HRM and OB at SBS brings together a multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned academics with teaching and research interests in the fields of human resource management and organisational behaviour, as well as in associated fields such as industrial/employment relations, employment studies, organisation studies, labour economics, and work sociology. The Department has a thriving undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, which is built on the staff’s research strengths and expertise. We lead the MSc HRM programme, and contribute to several other programmes offered by SBS.

Recent research topics of the HRM and OB group members include alternative theorising of leadership, careers and skills, digital media, technologies and people, corporate social responsibility, employee ethics and religions, entrepreneurship and self-employment, ethics and accountability, future of work, human resource development, independent professionals, individual and organisational responses to hardship, labour market institutions and workplace trade unions, meaningful work, new ways of working, organisational culture, power in technological change programmes, strategic leadership and corporate governance, sustainability and CSR, work/non-work interface, work quality and well-being, and workforce diversity and inequalities. Members of the Department have published in leading academic outlets, such as the British Journal of Management, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Gender, Work & Organization, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Organization Studies, Public Management Review, Research Policy, and Work, Employment and Society. 

About you

As a Professor you will play a central role in leading the research agenda of the Department of HRM & OB. You will bring to the role a strong professional reputation, including a sustained record of world leading research and thought leadership, through a sustained publication record in world leading international academic journals. You will have experience in leading and winning major funding bids, setting up and managing the resources needed to deliver the research plan. You will act as a leader and ambassador for us across management, knowledge exchange/enterprise, or other engagement activities.

You will be an experienced educator with proven track record of high-quality teaching, able to lead in the development of education policy and practice and able to design and develop courses and programmes at all level (UG, MSc and MBA Level). You will be an experienced researcher able to supervise doctoral students (PhD and DBA programmes).

You will have a strong research vision and leadership skills. Your leadership skills will be evident, whether through your research, education or having held a leadership role.  You will have proven your ability to innovate and engage to inspire students and colleagues alike, helping to build a strong academic community.

You will play a leading role in the implementation of the strategy of the Southampton Business School and the Department of HRM & OB. We expect you to make strong leadership contributions towards the implementation of the University of Southampton Triple Helix approach ( You are expected to be a role model and lead others in the implementation of this strategy.


What we can offer you

Committed to supporting our teaching and research community we are open to a flexible working approach. With an understanding that there is a need to be on campus for teaching duties, we are open to a hybrid approach. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly.  There could be flexibility in the number of working hours, whereby we encourage applicants to engage in discussion. Proud to be a founding signatory of the Athena Swan gender equality charter, we hold an institutional Silver award.

We also offer additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities, and a range of discounts.

As a university we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.


We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity.

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