Management and HRM

Department of Management and Human Resource Management

GCU has been providing high quality Management and HRM education and professional development for over 40 years. Our faculty members are committed to delivering first class education, research and consultancy related to general and strategic management, human resource management (HRM), responsible leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our management education, research and consultancy are underpinned by collaborations with business leaders, policymakers and like-minded academics in the United Kingdom and overseas.    

Our educational programmes are practice-based, recognised by a number of professional bodies, accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development, and aligned with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), in order to inspire, shape and connect students, business and society.

For example, staff in the Department  work with students on extra-curricular projects linked to the UK’s largest corporate responsibility network Business in the Community and the worldwide Enactus network and are committed to entrepreneurial action to create a better world. In order to help our students to develop critical management skills for their chosen careers, we support our students’ participation in national business competitions such as the Universities Business Challenge Worldwide (UBC). Moreover, our delivery of the Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management programme, in partnership with the GCU University to Business Centre also ensures our close connectivity with industry.

Degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels differ in focus from general business management, to more specialist programmes in Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, International Business and Social Innovation, the latter delivered in partnership with GCU’s world-famous Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health.

Whether you wish to study in our department, work with us on collaborative research projects, or explore how our expertise might benefit you, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Research 

Staff in the department are active researchers and have published a range of books and 3-star articles in leading international journals as well as holding a range of editorial board positions.  #

International research projects that staff have recently been or are currently working on include:

  • 4H-CREAT: a ERDF funded project focusing on development of innovation capacity among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the cultural and creative industry.
  • ATLANTIC SOCIAL LAB: ERDF funded project that aims to enhance innovative capacity for social entrepreneurs and social innovators in marginal communities in the Atlantic area.
  • ENPRENDIA (Enhancing Entrepreneurial Culture in India): An EU funded project focusing on enhancing the entrepreneurial culture among women in India
  • ENHANCEErasmus + project focusing on strengthening national research and innovation capacities in Vietnam.
  • HARVEST ATLANTIC (Harnessing All Resources Valuable to Economies of Seaside Territories on the Atlantic):  an EU funded project researching economic development of the marine economy in the Atlantic area through identifying sustainable solutions based on innovation, diversification and marketing for the maritime economy.
  • LASIN (Latin American Social Innovation Network):Erasmus + funded project that aims to promote and support social innovation across 4 regions of Latin America.
  • LAURDS (Latin America University Research and Doctoral Support): Erasmus + funded project working mainly with universities in Panama and Columbia.
  • SEASIN (South-East Asia Social Innovation Network): a project funded by the European Commission which supports and promotes social innovation as a means to achieve sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth, social cohesion and equity in South East Asia.
  • SIKE (Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange):  EU Erasmus+ funded project  that aims to develop new paradigms and tools for knowledge exchange practice that embrace social innovation, encourage social entrepreneurship and offer more effective support to local communities

Staff have also worked on a variety of smaller projects from a range of funding sources, including for example:

  • Community Asset Management (Scottish Government)
  • Community Asset Innovation and Management (ESRC)
  • People Security (UK Government agency)
  • Strategic HRM for SME international Growth (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Scotland)
  • Creativity and Innovation in Learning (Innovation Vouchers, Interface/Scottish Funding Council)

Accreditations

In 2015, following a rigorous process of international peer review, the Department was successful in becoming the first university in Scotland to be awarded EPAS accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development for our BA (Hons) Business Management and BA (Hons) International Business suite of programmes. The reaccreditation in 2018 provided further strategic guidance for the continued development of our programmes in line with international best practice.

In addition, our  undergraduate and postgraduate HRM programmes have  professional accreditation from the UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel  and Development (CIPD), additionally our postgraduate HRM programmes have  curriculum alignment recognition with the US-based Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

In  the field of operations and supply chain management, our postgraduate programme is accredited by both the CIPS (Chartered Institute  of Procurement and Supply) and CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport), and is distinctive in offering  the opportunity to gain Lean Yellow Belt certification as part of the course.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in international business and business management have CMI accreditation.

Degree courses

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  • Business Management

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • EPAS
    • CMI
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Accreditations:
    • EPAS
    • CMI
    If you enjoy being a strong leader, working with others and problem solving, you can become a business manager, analyst or adviser. Learn financial management, marketing, operations management and human resource management at degree level.
  • Award:
    • DBA
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Choose a professionally-focused alternative to the PhD and develop industry-relevant research around your career commitments. The ideal qualification to enhance your career trajectory allowing you to combine employment with study.
  • Award:
    • MBA
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    This distinctive MBA course is based on our commitment to the Common Good and the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education. It appeals to professional, enterprising and socially-minded individuals with an instinct for creating sustainable b
  • Graduate Apprenticeship Business Management

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • CMI
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Accreditation:
    • CMI
    Become a successful leader in business if you enjoy working with others and providing solutions. Study strategy, leadership, risk management, business law and core business management subjects at degree level to enhance your career prospects.
  • Human Resource Management

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • MSc

    Accredited by:

    • CIPD
    Award:
    • MSc
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Accreditation:
    • CIPD
    This CIPD/SHRM accredited course will help you develop the people and leadership skills to manage ethical, cultural, legal and strategic challenges of human resource management.
  • International Business

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • EPAS
    • CMI
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Accreditations:
    • EPAS
    • CMI
    Study international finance, human resources, business economics and international marketing at degree level. Progress into a professional career as a globally-connected business analyst or manager.
  • International Business Management

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • MSc

    Accredited by:

    • CMI
    Award:
    • MSc
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Accreditation:
    • CMI
    This flagship business course will provide the knowledge and practical skills in a range of global business functions. Graduates acquire international business development skills with typical employment destinations including business consultancies a
  • International Business and Human Resource Management (year 3 entry)

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • EPAS
    • CIPD
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Accreditations:
    • EPAS
    • CIPD
    If you hold a college certificate and enjoy leading people, mediating and communicating, you can become a human resources (HR) manager or office manager. Study HR, responsible leadership, employment rights and talent management at degree level.
  • International Business and Human Resource Management Pathway

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • EPAS
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Accreditation:
    • EPAS
    Study an HND at college for two years and progress to year 3 of this degree. You can become a human resources manager or office manager. Study human resources, responsible leadership, employment rights and talent management at degree level.
  • International Business with Languages

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • EPAS
    • CMI
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Accreditations:
    • EPAS
    • CMI
    Become an international business entrepreneur if you enjoy being globally-connected and communicating effectively. Study a choice of two languages from French, Spanish, German or Italian along with international business subjects at degree level.
  • International Human Resource Management

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • MSc

    Accredited by:

    • CIPD
    Award:
    • MSc
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    Accreditation:
    • CIPD
    This course will develop your expertise in managing people in diverse, international and multicultural environments. With an international study trip, you will build the skills to progress to a career as an HR business partner or people manager with
  • Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Management and Human Resources
    You can become a supply chain manager working to oversee production and manufacturing if you enjoy decision-making and being organised. Study purchasing, logistics, operations, procurement and project management at degree level.

Meet the department

Our Management and HRM teaching and support staff are here to help.   For Course and programme enquiries:  T: +44 (0) 141 331 8630

E:  studentenquiries@gcu.ac.uk

Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management

Colin Combe is a senior lecturer in strategic management. He teaches in areas of strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. His research interests are in social innovation, innovation strategies and the intellectual property of digital technologies.

Senior Lecturer in Management

Dr Peter Duncan has taught on a wide range of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. His teaching currently focuses on: strategic management; the strategic use of information systems; and innovation, creativity and enterprise.

Dr Karen Fryer BSc (Hons) MSc MPhil(Eng) PhD PGCHE SFHEA
Lecturer in Management

Following on from my PhD looking at Continuous Improvement in the Public Sector, I have continued to be interested in continuous improvement/performance management and developed a passion for sustainability.

Lecturer in Management

Declan Jones is an experienced university academic focusing on social enterprise teaching, training research and consultancy to government, social enterprise, student enterprise and voluntary sector businesses and support agencies.

Senior Lecturer in Human Resources Management

Kellock Hay specialises in personal and professional development, organisational behaviour and culture/change management and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Psychology Society.

Senior Lecturer in Human Resources Management

Dr Sockalingam's expertise & research centre on contemporary organisational change - particularly transformational & dynamic capability building change, people dynamics & processes for learning, absorptive capacity, knowledge creation & innovation.