Centre for Professional Work and Society

Our research

Prof Donald Hislop

Professor Donald Hislop

Professor Hislop's research into tele-working looks at the pros and cons of working remotely.

The Centre for Professional Work and Society conducts independent research on issues affecting work, professions and society with an aim to

  1. Consider and empirically investigate how work impacts upon and is impacted by societal concerns;
  2. Explore how changing professional practice in both public and private sector environments is impacting upon the individual, and
  3. Improve understanding around the impact of these changing work practices for individuals, their managers and organisations more broadly.

Research Themes

The Centre is dedicated to conducting research on contemporary professional work and society, investigating important dimensions of transformations in professional work settings and their consequences.

In particular we will be developing projects and engaging with key partners in the following areas:

  • The way professional work is changing and being reshaped by contemporary transformations in the economy and society more generally
  • The way discourses of professionalism and professionalisation are being articulated, and impacting on people’s experiences of work
  • The professionalisation of manual work
  • Health and social care (care providers in the NHS and private sector)
  • Professional work around employee well-being
  • Mobility and remote working arrangements amongst knowledge workers
  • Professional work and identities
  • Professional careers (e.g., sports careers); embodied, fractured, sensemaking
  • Professional work engaged in sustainability and accountability practices
  • The management of professional careers in organisations
  • Thriving at work in late career
  • Career decisions and transitions
  • The advantages and downsides of using technology in organisations


Members of the Centre for Professional Work and Society research videos:

Professor Christine Coupland talks about embodied careers


Professor Donald Hislop talks about his research into tele-working


Professor John Arnold talks about his interest in the psychology of people at work


Dr Andrew Rothwell talks about professional work and careers


Professor Peter Ackers talks about the history of labour and Hugh Clegg



Some recent publications (in date then alphabetical order)

McConville, D., Arnold, J., and Smith, A. (in press). What do people think employee share ownership schemes do for them? A qualitative study of participants’ experiences in three UK share schemes. International Journal of Human Resource Management. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2018.1445655

Gubler, M., Coombs, C. R., and Arnold, J. (2018). The gap between career management expectations and reality – empirical insights from the IT industry. Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. 49(1), 12-22.  Doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11612-018-0402-1

Arnold, J., Coombs, C. R., and Gubler, M. (in press). Career anchors and preferences for organizational career management: A study of information technology professionals in three European countries. International Journal of Human Resource Management http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2017.1380058

Taneva, S. K., and Arnold, J. (2018). Thriving, surviving and performing in late career: A mixed-method study of pathways to successful aging in organizations. Work, Aging and Retirement  4(2), 189-212.   Doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/workar/wax027

Coyne, IJ and Campbell, M (Accepted for publication) "Preventing bullying in School and Work Contexts!. In Pontell, H (ed) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press, pp.1-64.

Coyne, IJ, Gopaul, A-M, Campbell, M, Pankász, A, Garland, R, Cousans, F (Accepted for publication) Bystander responses to bullying at work: The role of mode, type and relationship to target, Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN: 1573-0697.

Vargas R., Sánchez-Queija M.I., Rothwell A., Parra A., (2018) "Self-perceived employability in Spain", Education + Training, Vol. 60 Issue: 3,pp.226-237, https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-03-2017-0037

Trusson, C, Hislop, D, Doherty, N (forthcoming). 'The rhetoric of ‘knowledge hoarding’: a research-based critique.' Journal of Knowledge Management

Coyne, IJ (2018) "Continuities into the workplace: what can we learn from research into workplace bullying". In School Bullying and Mental Health: Risks, Intervention and Prevention, Routledge, pp.217-222, ISBN: 9781138674127. Full text: https://www.routledge.com/School-Bullying-and-Mental-Health-Risks-intervention-and-prevention/Cowie-Myers/p/book/9781138674127 .

Patterson, F, Cousans, F, Coyne, I, Jones, J, Macleod, S, Zibarras, L (2017) A preliminary investigation to explore the cognitive resources of physicians experiencing difficulty in training, BMC Medical Education, 17(1), DOI: 10.1186/s12909-017-0918-z.

Strauss K. & Kelly, C. (2016) Proactivity and Identity. In Parker, S. and Bindl, U. (Eds) Proactivity at work. Routledge.

Selenko, E., Maekikangas, A., & Stride, C.B. Does job insecurity threaten who you are? Introducing a social identity perspective to explain well-being and performance consequences of job insecurity, Journal of Organization Behaviour.

Inkson, K., Dries, N., and Arnold, J. (forthcoming) Understanding Careers, 2nd Edition. London: Sage

Coupland, C., (forthcoming) Organizing masculine bodies in rugby league football: groomed to fail. Organization.

Spedale, S., Coupland, C. and Tempest, S. (forthcoming) Gendered ageism and organisational routines at work: The case of day-parting in television broadcasting. Organization Studies

Gubler, M., Arnold, J., & Coombs, C. R. (in press). Reassessing the protean career concept: Empirical findings, conceptual components, and measurement. Journal of Organizational Behavior

Coyne, I. et al (in press). Understanding the relationship between workplace cyberbullying, employee mental strain and job satisfaction: A dysempowerment approach. International Journal of Human Resource Management

Teoh, K., Coyne, I. et al (in press). The interaction between supportive and unsupportive manager behaviors on employee work attitudes. Personnel Review

Houdmont, J, Madjwick, P, Randall, R. (Accepted for publication) Sun safety in construction: A UK intervention study, Occupational Medicine, ISSN: 1471-8405. Full text here

Sage, D. (In press) Rethinking construction expertise with posthumanism, Construction Management & Economics.

Selenko, E. & Pils, K. (in press). The after-effects of youth unemployment: More vulnerable persons are less likely to succeed in Youth Guarantee programmes. Economic and Industrial Democracy.

Arnold, J and Clark, M (2015) Running the penultimate lap of the race: A multimethod analysis of growth, generativity, career orientation, and personality amongst men in mid/late career, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, pp.n/a-n/a, ISSN: 0963-1798. DOI: 10.1111/joop.12125.

Farley, S., Coyne, I., Sprigg, C., Axtell, C. & Subramanian, G. (2015). Exploring the impact of workplace cyberbullying on trainee doctors. Medical Education, 49, 436-443

Hislop, D. and Axtell, C (2015) The work-related affordances of business travel: a disaggregated analysis of journey stage and mode of transport. Work, Employment & Society, 29, 6, 950-968

Hislop, D., Axtell, C, Collins, A, Daniels, K, Glover, J, Niven, K (2015). Variability in the use of mobile ICTs by homeworkers and its consequences for boundary management and social isolation. Information & Organization, 25, 4, 222-232

Nielsen, K, Randall, R, Christensen, KB (2015) Do Different Training Conditions Facilitate Team Implementation? A Quasi-Experimental Mixed Methods Study, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, ISSN: 1558-6898. DOI: 10.1177/1558689815589050.

Rothwell A., (2015), Employability, in Hartung, P. J., Savickas, M. L., & Walsh, W. B.  (Eds.). (in press). The APA handbook of career Intervention (Volumes 1 and 2). Washington, DC:  APA Books.

Cheung, R and Arnold, J (2014) The Impact of Career Exploration on Career Development Among Hong Kong Chinese University Students, Journal of College Student Development, 55(7), pp.732-748, ISSN: 0897-5264.

Gubler, M, Arnold, J, Coombs, C (2014) Organizational boundaries and beyond A new look at the components of a boundaryless career orientation, Career Development International, 19(6), pp.641-667, ISSN: 1362-0436. DOI: 10.1108/CDI-11-2013-0143.

Inkson, K., Dries, N., and Arnold J. (2014). Understanding Careers 2nd Ed. London: Sage.

Coupland C., (2014) Organizing masculine bodies in rugby league football: groomed to fail. Organization. Published online before print January 7, 2014, doi: 10.1177/1350508413517409 

Greenidge, D., and Coyne, I. (2014). Job stressors and voluntary work behaviours: mediating effect of emotion and moderating roles of personality and emotional intelligence. Human Resource Management Journal, 24, 4, 479-495

Trusson, CR, Doherty, NF, Hislop, D. (2014) Knowledge sharing using IT service management tools: Conflicting discourses and incompatible practicesInformation Systems Journal, 24(4), pp.347-371.

Sage, D. (2014), How Outer Space Made America: Geography, Organization, the Cosmic Sublime. Ashgate: Farnham

Houdmont, J, Randall, R, Kerr, R, Addley, K (2013) Psychosocial risk assessment in organizations: Concurrent validity of the brief version of the Management Standards Indicator ToolWork and Stress, Online first, pp.1-10, ISSN: 0267-8373. Full text:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02678373.2013.843607#.Um6BqRb7V-U. DOI: 10.1080/02678373.2013.843607.

Nielsen, K and Randall, R (2013) Opening the black box: A framework for evaluating organizational-level occupational health interventionsEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22(5), pp.601-617, ISSN: 1359-432X. DOI:10.1080/1359432X.2012.690556

Silvester, J, Wyatt, M, Randall, R (2013) Politician personality, Machiavellianism, and political skill as predictors of performance ratings in political rolesJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Online first, ISSN: 0963-1798. DOI:10.1111/joop.12038.

Rothwell, A. and Rothwell, F. (2013) Sustaining Academic Professional Careers, in Gornall, L., Cook, C., Daunton, L., Salisbury, J., & Thomas, B., (Eds.) Academic Working Lives: Experience, Practice and Change, London, Bloomsbury, ISBN: hb: 978-1-4411-8534-1

Rothwell A. and Rothwell F., (2013), Sustaining academic professional careers, in Gornall L., Cook, C, Daunton, L., Salisbury, J. and Thomas, B. (Eds.), Academic Working Lives: Experience, Practice and Change. London, Bloomsbury Publishing

Hislop, D., Bosch-Sijtsema, P. and Zimmermann, A. (2013) Introduction for special themed section: information and communication technologies and the work–life boundary (pages 177–178) Online first: 11 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/ntwe.12015