Research in the Centre is theoretical and empirical developing studies of people in the context of social, economic and organisational social change, with particular reference to work.
The Centre for People, Organisation and Work (formerly the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work - CSOW) is an inter-disciplinary social science research centre based at RMIT University, Australia. It is located in the College of Business where it undertakes rigorous research, working with other academics and end users on focused projects. Centre researchers consider agency in relation to organisation, focusing on processes and outcomes in relation to the changing nature of communities, workplaces, government, labour markets and public policy. Scholars examine questions about agency in a variety of social settings: Who participates? How do they participate? Who is marginalised? Who is involved? What are the outcomes of decisions? Who benefits and who loses?
The research speaks to a range of key stakeholder groups, including policy makers, employers, and civil society organisations at local, national and international levels. Through research, the CPOW seeks to contribute to an informed debate on the nature of sustainable organisations and communities in the 21st century.
Drawing from the expertise of over 30 researchers working in a comprehensive range of theoretical and methodological approaches, the CSOW produces leading research in:
- Policy Development
- Knowledge Management
- Human Resources Management
- Industrial Relations
- Business and Labour History
- Information Technology and Sustainability
- Theoretical innovation and input: Developing theoretically informed applied analyses; an emerging political economy approach to skills analyses; the historical and current position and future of trade unions; gender analyses of work; the development of knowledge management processes in relation to disaster practice; management practice that build resilience and flexibility and agility into management processes; and the transformative power of information technologies in sustainability.
- Methodological innovation – The Centre is successful in developing innovative work in relation to research methodologies. The areas in which this is becoming evident are: scenario analysis, labour market and related socio-demographic analyses, households as a unit of analysis, skill formation and regulatory frameworks.
- The Centre draws social science staff together across the College. This feature has been important in attracting recent staff as well as providing a congenial home once in position. The Centre has 56 members (as at December 2015).
- The Centre can facilitate cross college activity, especially notable in the social care and support program.
- The Centre has considerable reputational value,
- The Centre is the focus of international links and networks.
- One feature of the Centre as a college centre is to become an incubator for research clusters as they develop: to date entrepreneurship and innovation; organisational principles and practice ; and the focus on big data research.
Centre Governance is as follows:
|Vanessa Cooper - Director||Peter Fairbrother Executive member|
|Cathy Brigden - Executive member||Marta Poblett - Executive member|
|Sara Charlesworth - Executive member||Aaron Smith - Executive member|
|Cameron Duff - Executive member||Mike Rafferty - Executive member|
|Fiona MacDonald - Executive member||Stephen Teo - Executive member|
|Alem Mola - Executive member||Meagan Tyler - Executive member|