Management and HRM

Management and HRM

Faculty members in the Department of Management and HRM 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.

Our partners benefit from GSBS networks that operate from Europe to Latin America, Asia, the Pacific Rim,  South Africa and the Middle East, and include programmes delivered at the National University of Science and Technology, Oman and at the African Leadership College, Mauritius.

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.  

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.

Areas of Teaching and Research Excellence

  • Change Management
  • Conflict Management and Mediation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics and Responsible Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Digital Business
  • Diversity and Talent Management
  • Employee Engagement and High Performance Working
  • Employability Skills and Career Development, including Coaching and Mentoring.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
  • Human Resource Development
  • International Business Strategy/Strategic Management
  • Leadership Development/Competencies of International Leaders
  • Lean Six Sigma  
  • Operations Management/Sustainable Operations Management
  • People Security/Insider Threat
  • Public Services HRM
  • Quality Management and Business Transformation
  • Social Innovation/Social Entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management and Procurement


GCU has been providing high quality Management and HRM education and professional development for over 40 years.

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.


List of Accreditations:

European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme (FMD EPAS)

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI),

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

Society of HRM (SHRM)



Research Projects:

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
  • ENHANCE: Erasmus + 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)


Dr Susan Ogden, Head of Department 

T: +44 141 331 8466 E:


Dr David McGuire, Deputy Head of Department

T: +44 141 331 1506  E: