Research course

Organisation, Work and Technology

Lancaster University · Organisation, Work and Technology

Entry requirements

A UK Masters degree with a minimum of 65% overall and 65% in the dissertation element, or a non-UK Masters degree, graded at the equivalent level.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Our research interests cover a variety of aspects of contemporary work, management and organisations. We study the relationships between HRM and knowledge management processes, as well as between globalisation and work in the knowledge economy. We systematically investigate processes of organisational change and their relationships with information technology, as well as the complex issues of business ethics and corporate governance.

We have a strong interest in the theoretical frameworks through which work organisations are analysed. Also important to us are the broader social, ethical and environmental concerns raised by the intersection of contemporary economic, cultural, organisational and managerial practices and technology.

We offer excellent postgraduate student support. Supervision is an essential aspect of the research relationship and we always have two members of staff involved with each doctoral student. The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology also organises a series of seminars with leading national and international academics and encourages you to organise annual working conferences at which you can present and develop your own work.

Department specialisms

• Critical leadership studies and follower dynamics: critical study of leaders, leadership and followership; theory and practice of organisational leading, drawing from sociological, psychological and philosophical approaches • Practices and responsibilities of leadership: the purposes, ethics, activities and contexts in which leadership is enacted in organisational relationships and in relationships beyond organisations • Sociologies of work and gender studies: critical approach to the study of management, organisations and societies -- Management learning and action research: broad phenomenon of learning in organisations and society, framed around management and leadership • Human resource management and organisational behaviour: theoretical and practical issues in human behaviours and HR management practice within contemporary organisations • International management and cross-cultural studies: foregrounding alternative paradigms of human practice and thought emerging from the intellectual traditions of Chinese, Indian and Islamic philosophies

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent (minimum element scores apply).

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 510961