Research Themes

Engagement and Wellbeing

It is widely recognised that employees who are engaged in their work and feel a sense of wellbeing make significant contributions to their organisation. Organisations are often searching for ways to ensure that employees are engaged in their work and to identify any specific issues that may threaten the wellbeing of people at work. Our researchers focus on issues such as occupational stress, employee engagement, quality of work life, and employee health and well-being.

Typical research projects and activities in this area include:

  • Employee engagement surveys
  • Psychosocial risk assessments
  • Identifying causes of stress in the workplace
  • Engaging a diverse workforce
  • Developing interventions to reduce stress in the workplace
  • Developing tools to measure employee attributes

Culture and Change

Organisational culture includes a wide range of norms, practices and behaviours that govern the way an organisation operates. Culture can heavily impact on individual employees, groups and the organisation as a whole either positively or negatively. Organisations we work with are interested in better understanding their culture and how elements of it may influence behaviour and particularly the implementation of change.Our researchers focus on issues such as change readiness, change management and broader issues of organisational culture to help organisations better understand and manage the culture within the organisation and to effectively implement change.

Typical research projects and activities in this area include:

  • Organisational culture diagnostic surveys
  • Assessment of desired or future organizational culture needs
  • Development of strategic actions to achieve culture change
  • Building a culture of diversity
  • Safety culture and climate assessments for understanding managerial and employee compliance

Workforce Capability

Building the capabilities of the workforce is critical to maintaining and enhancing the competitiveness of organisations. Our research in this area focusses on a broad range of issues relating to workforce capability from workforce analytics and workforce planning, through to workforce development and in particular, the development of management and leadership capabilities. Typical research projects and activities in this area include:

  • Identifying methods of workforce planning to address changing workforce demographics
  • Developing management and leadership capability frameworks
  • Using blended and online learning to enhance workforce capability
  • Developing career path frameworks and diagnosing career progression issues