Human Resource Management

The department of Human Resource Management is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved Centre.  We have a long established reputation for both leading edge research and providing high quality professional education for HR practitioners.

Our strength lies in a combination of academic proficiency and industry experience. Several members of staff are leading authorities in their respective fields and many have practised at a senior level, often as HR consultants.

We have a close relationship with the HR profession and have been involved at CIPD branch level for many years. We also have strong links with other professional bodies such as the British Psychological Society and the British Universities Industrial Relations Association.

The department has specific expertise in the following areas:

  • Equality and diversity
  • International HRM
  • Strategic people management
  • Performance management
  • Reward management
  • Employee relations
  • Change management
  • Employment law
  • Management development


There are 27 members of academic staff in the department and courses are run at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our breadth and depth of expertise and experience enables us to host numerous degrees. We are launching a HRM BA, with the first cohort being recruited for a September 2016 start.

The emphasis in teaching is on blending theory and practice. Many of our students are studying part-time and are experienced practitioners. Classes are therefore often run on a workshop basis, giving the opportunity to discuss the real-world application of theories.

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Visiting professor

We are fortunate to have Michael Gold, Professor of Comparative Employment Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, as visiting Professor in Westminster Business School and in particular in the HRM department. Michael’s research focuses on power and control in employment relationships. Through articles, books and other publications, he has developed these themes in British and European, historical and contemporary, and collective and individual contexts, under the following headings:

  • European Union social and employment policy
  • Employee participation and involvement
  • ‘Portfolio work’, teleworking and home/life boundary management
  • British post-War industrial relations

Through his visiting professorship, Michael maintains a close relationship with the Faculty, where he was a member of staff in until the early 1990s. Throughout the past five years Professor Linda Clarke and Michael have collaborated closely on the following projects:

  • the nation-wide oral history project, Britain at Work ([email protected]) for which both the University of Westminster and Royal Holloway have signed an agreement of cooperation
  • running regular monthly seminars for the Central London Branch of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)
  • running regular seminars for the BUIRA Industrial Relations History study group
  • giving the occasional lecture in the area of International HRM

This collaboration also facilitates the pursuance of joint research interests between Royal Holloway and Westminster, in particular in the area of European industrial relations and in the Centre for the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE).


The research interests of HRM Department staff are based in the following areas (for a list of publications in these areas please refer to the individual's profile page):

  • Employees' experience of working within high performance work systems: Dr Iwona Wilkowska
  • Culture and HRM in Central and Eastern Europe: Dr Kevin Dalton and Liz Kennedy
  • Changing roles in the HR function in the context of public sector agencies in the UK: Dr Francesca Andreescu
  • HRM and pedagogy in relation to international students: Dr Christine Porter
  • Leadership and Management Development: Dr Kevin Dalton
  • Organisational change and culture: psychogeographic explorations: Dr Deborah Knowles
  • Cecilie Bingham and Elisabeth Michielsens work on employment relations and equality/diversity with specific reference to diversity in London companies, gender equality in the printing industry and in aviation and bullying at work. They are currently partners in a European commission funded research on bullying in SMEs, with participants in several EU countries
  • Employment relations in Argentina and Chile: Fernando Duran-Palma
  • The impact of hidden objectives on stakeholder evaluations of executive coaching: Michele Williamson

Key research staff

Linda Clarke is Professor of European Industrial Relations and is responsible for a distinct programme of research in the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE). She undertakes research on vocational education and training, skills, wage relations, social protection, gender, diversity  and labour organisation in a range of European countries, east and west, sponsored by, among others: ESRC and EPSRC, European Commission, Greater London Authority, the Joseph Rowntree Trust, Leverhulme Foundation, Norwegian Work Research Institute, Nuffield Foundation and different government Ministries. She has a particular expertise in the construction sector, is on the Board of the European Institute for Construction Labour Research and a member of several national and international research and scientific committees

Kevin Dalton focuses on management development, and on culture and HRM in Central & Eastern Europe.

Janet Druker joined Westminster Business School in 2010 as Visiting Professor of Human Resource Management and extended that link in 2011 to work more closely with academic colleagues in the Human Resource Management Department. With long-standing interests in the construction industry, she is an associate member of the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE). She has provided professional support to businesses, trade unions and charities. Her current research interests are in work and employment, particularly in recruitment and selection and in comparative aspects of employment relations. She is human resource management and employment relations professional with international experience.

Angela Hetherington has an international reputation in occupational traumatic stress. She has publications, radio and television interviews on the subject of occupational trauma, organisational dynamics, and occupational health and welfare.

Elisabeth Michielsens has published on a number of comparative employment issues such as employment and equality in segregated sectors in Europe, gender and elites in a global context, and implementation of diversity policies in UK. Most recently, she was part of the research team working on a Royal Society project exploring whether there is a business case for diversity in STEMM occupations. She is also a member of the Centre for Employment Research

Careers guidance

In addition to the teaching, HRM course leaders and tutors currently provide career guidance and support in a number of ways:

  • asking employers if they would be prepared to offer placements/internships to WBS students
  • posting placements and internship opportunities on the course Blackboard sites
  • providing career advice on an ad hoc basis as students request it
  • supporting students' continuing professional development throughout their course and providing advice on upgrading to be a chartered member of the CIPD
  • encouraging networking among course members who regularly inform their fellow students of job opportunities arising in their organisations
  • running CV workshops in which students and prospective students can get advice on their CVs.

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Christine Porter

Head of Department: Dr Christine Porter

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