Centre for Work, Organisation and Society

Our research

Clive Trusson

Dr Clive Trusson

Dr Trusson conducts research on the experience of work, with a focus on IT work and IT professionals

The Centre for Work, Organisation and Society conducts independent research on issues affecting work, organisations and society with an aim to:

  • Consider and investigate how organisations manage changing technological developments and their impact on working practices and employee wellbeing
  • Explore how work is changing and the impact of these changes on organisational functioning and employee wellbeing
  • Improve understanding around the role of societal and environmental factors in management agendas and readiness for change

Research Themes

Technology and organisations

  • Exploring the positive and negative features of digital technology at work; including innovation in personnel selection, changing employment relationships; algorithmic management

Changing practices of work

  • The expansion of atypical work: issues of precarious jobs, identity, meanings of work, changes in career patterns, changing professional occupations
  • Employee health and wellbeing; improving gender equalities, preventing bullying and enhancing dignity and respect; quality of work life

Societal and environmental issues

  • Citizenship, responsibility and sustainability: implications for organisations, management, employment practices, industry
  • Employee voice and participation in MNCs: advancement of mutual benefits and joint responsibilities for sustainable business and fair labour practices


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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