ESRC announces £3.8 million for successful projects to investigate management practices' effect on productivity

18 Jan 2019 11:54 AM

These projects are part of the Transforming Productivity, Management Practices and Employee Engagement call. Projects will explore the impact of different management, engagement and wellbeing initiatives on workplace productivity, and with a particular focus on small businesses

Five research grants have been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to investigate management practices’ and their effect on productivity.

The ESRC is pleased to announce that funding has been approved as part of an earlier call for projects on Transforming Productivity, Management Practices and Employee Engagement. The awards represent a total research council contribution of £3.8 million. The projects will start in February 2019 and are scheduled to run between 24 and 36 months. Aston University, University of Strathclyde, University of Sheffield, University of East Anglia, and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) were all successful in their application. These awards have the potential to produce significant economic and societal impact across the UK. 

Dr Annie Gibney, Portfolio lead at ESRC for Management & Business Studies and Transforming Working Lives said: “This is a very strong set of projects that address the key management practices and employee engagement challenges facing business owners, managers and workers. Not only are they examples of excellent academic research that work closely with firms, policy-makers and key stakeholders – but they also have a real opportunity to lead to meaningful change in business and policy practices.”

The full list of awards are as follows:

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