Bespoke Research Projects
The Centre's core research is driven the its remit and is linked to the production of White Papers. However, the Centre also conducts specific in-house research for either sponsors or other stakeholders.
This bespoke research tends to be one of three types:
- We have run Innovation events and data-sharpening workshops during which sponsors send members of their HR strategy team to co-work on issues central to their HR strategy. During these events Centre staff broker in lead research findings, sponsors articulate their issues and needs around the topic, and we jointly move towards an articulated strategy. The benefit for sponsors is deeper insight into their strategy and business alignment. For Centre researchers it is insight into the decision logics that are applied to each aspect of HR strategy.
- Bespoke work has included projects that involve the use of our analytical skills to existing data bases, such as links between leadership and engagement within employee survey data and international variations in employee engagement.
- Finally, projects can involve elements of evaluation of ongoing change and HR programmes.
We are particularly interested in seeking applied research and consultancy projects that have the utility to influence academic research, that sits within the Centre’s academic themes, and that has relevance to solving a performance-led issue. This enables the Centre to undertake the following sorts of projects:
- “Blue Sky” HR research and thinking, either produced in isolation, or co-produced with partners
- Applied Research for partners and members
- White Papers on areas of HR policy
- Consulting in areas of our expertise
- Conference presentations in both academic and practice communities
Examples of recent commisioned work includes:
- Collaborative contexts and HR Operating Models
- Employee attitudes and business unit performance
- International mobility: the challenge of emerging markets