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Professor of Sustainability and Leadership

HR Management & Organisational Behaviour

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 22 July 2024
Reference:  2761224TR

Inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders  

Southampton Business School (SBS) is placed at the centre of the University of Southampton – a top 100 University in the world (QS; US News & World Report) – and a founding member of the Russell Group of elite research UK universities. SBS hosts a vibrant and diverse community of scholars and students. It has grown substantially in breadth and size in the recent years, covering all core business and management disciplines via six Departments: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Decision Analytics and Risk, Digital and Data-Driven Marketing, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, and Strategy Innovation and Entrepreneurship. SBS academics conduct cutting edge research and publish consistently in world-class journals. Research activity within SBS is coordinated through ten multidisciplinary research centres. The longest established research centre is the Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS), which ranks top 50 (QS) in the world. Building on its continued success, SBS is now ranked in the top quartile of the research-intensive business schools in the UK, with a strong research environment which is ranked 12th (REF2021) in the UK. The School has an ambitious growth plan, which includes investments in people and facilities. The school has recently relocated to a state of art business building. 

Building on this success, in July 2022, the School secured AMBA 5-year re-accreditation of the MBA programme which is ranked 13th in the UK (QS data) and its AACSB accreditation was recently re-extended for another full period of 5 years. A member of the UNPRM, our commitment to the SDGs was also recognised through the GRI accreditation. The school holds the CABS Small Business Charter award in recognition of the SBS’ world-class support to students and local businesses, including the development of student entrepreneurial skills and the support and development of wider economic and social opportunities for business. Our placement team has been recognised as one of the best in the UK, demonstrating our commitment to the student experience. In 2022 our accounting & finance students were recognised as the global winner in the global Bloomberg challenge demonstrating our commitment to excellence. We value our relationship with our global network of alumni, who are successful leaders, entrepreneurs and members of our engaged community of academics, students, business leaders and entrepreneurs. SBS also hosts a vibrant Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Residence Network. 

Our research underpins our enterprise and educational activities. With an extensive programme portfolio accredited by 14 professional bodies we aim to develop future leaders who want to make a tangible impact on business and society. At the heart of the execution of our activities is our triple helix model whereby our research, education and enterprise activities are intertwined. Particularly, our integrated enterprise strategy enables us to reinforce our connections with the wider university, and communities we serve. These connections enable us to further deliver impactful research and improve the student learning experience. 

About the Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour 

The Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour (DHRMOB) is an internationally recognised world-class department where our teaching and research interests relate to the shifting worlds of work and employment, together with the management and behaviour of people and organisations. Members of the DHRMOB are thought leaders in their respective domains of expertise and publish widely in top-tier journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Work, Employment and Society, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Organisational Behaviour, Human Relations. DHRMOB has an expanding portfolio of UG and PG programmes and is home to a thriving student community. Sustainability research is a key strength within SBS. The department aims to leverage this interdisciplinary capability by bringing a leadership perspective to sustainability research, and further expand its research, education and knowledge exchange to ultimately address societal, business and organisational challenges in a world of complex interdependencies. The department fully embraces SBS interdisciplinarity and works with colleagues across the rest of the school.

About you

As a Professor, you will play a key role in planning and shaping sustainability and leadership research, teaching, and knowledge exchange, as well as the school’s agenda for interdisciplinary research in these critical areas for world-class business schools. You will bring to the role a strong professional reputation that should be evidenced through the production of world class research in leading academic journals. You should have led (or participated in) major funding bids, setting up, and managing the resources needed to deliver research projects. You should also be willing to act as a leader of the department of human resource management and organisational behaviour in a formal capacity (e.g., as Head of Department) or as a mentor of junior scholars. In addition, you will act as a leader and ambassador for our school and university across management and enterprise or other engagement activities.

You will be an experienced educator with a proven track record of high-quality teaching and pedagogical innovations, and willing to contribute to the development of education policy and practice as well as design and develop courses and programmes at all levels (UG, MSc, MBA and Executive Education). You should have sufficient experience supervising doctoral students (PhD and DBA programmes).   

We welcome applications from candidates with a well-established research profile in the areas of sustainability and leadership. The ideal candidate will have research expertise in sustainability and leadership from both scholarly and practice perspectives. 

Given that you will have to engage in some leadership role, you should also have demonstrable leadership skills. Such skills can be evidenced through your research, education and/or having held a key leadership role. Overall, you will have proven ability to innovate, engage and inspire students and colleagues alike, helping thus build a strong academic and collegial community. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Peter Rodgers, Head of the Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, email: p.rodgers@soton.ac.uk

What we can offer you

We recognise that this may be your first role in an academic institution.  Through our Centre for Higher Educational Practice, we promote academic professional learning for every member of University staff.  We actively support educators through either a taught programme (Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice) or a portfolio based approach (Professional Recognition of Educator Practice).

Committed to supporting our teaching and research community we are open to a flexible working approach.  With an understanding that there is a need to be on campus for teaching duties we are open to a hybrid approach.  We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and those who have taken a career break. Proud to be a founding signatory of the Athena Swan gender equality charter we hold an institutional Silver award.

As well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.  

As a university we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.

We are interested in applications from individuals from 0.8 FTE and above. 

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As a university we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. With a generous holiday allowance as well as additional university closure days we are committed to supporting our staff and students and open to a flexible working approach.

Apply by 11.59 pm GMT on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or recruitment@soton.ac.uk quoting the job number.


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