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School of Management Faculty in Top 10 HR Most Influential UK Thinkers 2014

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Two faculty members from the School of Management, Professor Rob Briner and Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, have been listed in the top ten of the HR Most Influential UK Thinkers 2014 shortlist.

Professor Rob Briner, Professor of Organisational Psychology, placed third in the ranking rising eight places from the previous year. His research has focused on wellbeing, emotions, stress, ethnicity, the psychological contract, absence from work, motivation and everyday work behaviour.

Prfessor Veronica Hope Hailey and Professor Rob Briner

Professor Briner contributed to the The Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management and runs training courses focusing on how HR managers can practice in a more evidence-based way through searching for, collecting and analysing evidence directly relevant to organisational problems and decisions. He is also a founding member and a vice-chair of the academic board of the Center for Evidence-Based Management based in Amsterdam.

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the School of Management, has been ranked seventh in the shortlist of 20 HR Most Influential UK Thinkers. Professor Hope Hailey holds a chair in management studies and is currently a member of the steering group for the UK Government’s Task Force on employee engagement. She has worked for over 20 years on strategic change issues in organisations and has co-authored one of the bestselling text books on the topic, Exploring Strategic Change.

Professor Hope Hailey’s most recent research has focused on employee engagement, trust and trustworthiness. She has written three CIPD research reports in collaboration with the University of Bath: Where has all the trust gone? (2012); Cultivating trustworthy leaders (April 2014) and Experiencing trustworthy leaders (September 2014).

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, said: “This accolade is richly deserved recognition of the contribution of Professor Hope Hailey and Professor Briner to business practice in the field of human resources and management.

“Their success exemplifies the School of Management’s commitment to research that addresses complex contemporary business issues for the benefit of society and the economy.”

Sponsored by HR Magazine, payroll company Ceridian and Open University Business School the annual award recognises UK academics who have made significant contributions to thought leadership in human resources. Nominees were shortlisted in this category because they have spurred new thinking, been influential within and beyond their organisations, contributed to the effectiveness and relevance of ideas and practice and demonstrated commercial impact.

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General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.