Exploring organisational complexity: The contribution of HR research

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Exploring organisational complexity: The contribution of HR research

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


The Postgraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus


The CIPD Oxford Committee and Oxford Brookes University are delighted to be hosting the third annual HRM Research Conference.

CONFERENCE THEME: Exploring organisational complexity: The contribution of HR research Organisations are faced with an increasingly fluid and dynamic environment where social, economic and technological change are creating a new set of demands. Meeting these demands often means organisations have to become more complex as traditional expectations around the role of such things as hierarchy, professional expertise and the employment relationship are challenged. This creates a fascinating but uncertain terrain for HR professionals and this is reflected in the research conducted by Oxford Brookes HRM students.  

This conference provides an opportunity to hear more about how this research engages with organisational complexity in a variety of public and private sector organisations. During the conference a number of students will present their findings and show how their research has helped them better understand both new and emerging challenges. 


 09:30-10:00 Registration, networking and refreshments

 10:00-10:45 Keynote speaker Deborah Strazza, Head of Organisational Effectiveness & Talent, John Lewis Partnership

 10:50-11:30 Research presentations

 11:30-11:45 Tea and coffee

 11:45-12:30 Research presentations

 12:30-12:45 Plenary and prize-giving

 12:45-13:30 Lunch and networking  


HR insight & data, how Org Effectiveness contribute towards the long term sustainability of the Partnership.

Deborah Strazza, Head of Organisation Effectiveness and Talent for the John Lewis Partnership. Deborah joined the Partnership in 2001, as the Managing Director, for John Lewis Milton Keynes, before moving into Personnel 4 years ago. Prior to working in the Partnership, she held a mixture of senior operational roles with Mitsubishi & Rover Cars, and Homebase. This gives her a strong commercial lens, and so an ability to translate complex and strategic thinking into commercial reality. 

Deborah currently leads two specialist teams within the John Lewis Partnership. OE provides insight on the structures, capabilities and culture needed to be a better way of doing business. Talent provides the data and insight for leaders to ensure the Partnership builds the capabilities it needs, has succession where it needs it most and a healthy pipeline of talent. 

VENUE The event will take place at:

The Postgraduate Centre, 

Oxford Brookes University,

 Wheatley Campus,

 Oxford, OX33 1HX 

Saturday 14th November 2015 9.30am - 1.00pm, followed by lunch


Members and non-members of CIPD are welcome. 


 For further information and opportunities for student research and internships please contact the Programme Lead HRM, Joy Butcher at Oxford Brookes University Business School on: jbutcher@brookes.ac.uk.