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HRM in Uncertain Times: Economic Crisis, Brexit and Beyond







The conference aims to discuss the impact of different forms of uncertainty (e.g. economic, political) on the management of human resources (HR), as well as identify innovative HR practices and policy responses during turbulent times. 

It is now almost a decade since the economic crisis of 2007/8, the most serious crisis to hit the global economy since the 1930s. This crisis saw fundamental changes to dynamics of work and employment; for instance, one in seven workers – 3.5 million employees – were made redundant in the period 2008-2012 (Philpott, 2013). In addition, many workplaces experienced a freeze and reduction in wages, a halt in recruitment, reorganization of work, as well as reduction in basic working hours and the use of temporary and agency staff (van Wanrooy et al, 2013). The political environment subsequently shifted with austerity measures, budget cuts and policy reforms widely implemented in both the private and public sector, which often resulted in a deterioration of working conditions (Mulholland, 2009; Markovits et al., 2014; Roche et al., 2011). 

The long-term implementation of such measures has had significant consequences worldwide, both in workplaces and in wider society. However, the economic crisis and its aftermath has not featured prominently in mainstream HRM research and commentary (Heery, 2016). Further ‘unforeseen events’ (Wood and Budhwar, 2016) such as the Brexit vote, have not only brought political upheaval, but raised the spectre of further economic uncertainty, and created many practical concerns to employers, HR departments as well as workers (Allen, Reanor, & Goodley, 2016; Salh, Nyfoudi, De Ruyter, 2017). Emerging from this is the continuing political uncertainty regarding Scottish independence, with the prospect of a second ballot in the future.




This event will take place on the 7th & 8th June, 9am-4pm


Who Should Attend


In looking to advance discussions about the role of HRM in uncertain times, we invite submissions (conceptual, theoretical and empirical) that widen our understanding of the way in which HRM is impacted by ongoing uncertainty and turbulence in the economic and political environment, and which evaluate employer and policy responses.

We welcome contributions that address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

• What have been the enduring implications of economic crisis on key HR priorities including pay and conditions, workforce reduction, labour flexibility, employee voice and engagement, employment relations and HRM? 

• Which theories can help us explain the impact of political and economic turbulence on HRM, work and employment? 

• What are the implications of ongoing political and economic uncertainty for the future of HRM, work and employment in Europe and beyond?

• What are the likely implications of Brexit for workers’ rights and employment regulation?
• What impact has Brexit had on workplace dynamics, e.g. local workers and migrant workers, employee attitudes? 

• How are trade unions responding to ongoing economic and political turbulence? 

• What impact does the current scenario of uncertainty have for HR concerns e.g. recruitment, talent & diversity management, performance management, employee wellbeing?

• What are the implications of political and economic uncertainty for different types of organisations (e.g. SMEs, large organisations, public sector, multinationals) and cultural settings?

What would be effective HR actions/strategies that could help organisations, workplaces and workers deal with the negative impact of current climate of uncertainty?


Benefits of Attendance


- Increase understanding of the role of HRM in uncertain times
- Develop awareness and evaluate employer and policy responses
- Network with both academic and practitioners in the field




Newcastle University London Campus

102 Middlesex St


E1 7EZ


Paper Submission Details


Please submit an extended abstract of up to 2000 words via email to Dr Margarita Nyfoudi via e-mail


Deadline for submissions: 24th April 2017 at 17.00 UK time.





Keynote speakers:


  • Professor Katie Bailey, Sussex University
  • Nita Clarke, Director, Involvement and Participation Association 
  • Professor David Guest, King’s College London
  • Professor Stephen Procter, Newcastle University





Wednesday 7th June


11:00-12:00   Arrival, Registration and Welcome Brunch

12:00-12:15   Welcome and Introduction: Drs. Alison Glaister and Stewart Johnstone

12:15–12:45   Keynote Speaker: Why HRM is no help in uncertain times, Professor Stephen Procter

1245-1315   Keynote Speaker: What happened to temporary work (and temporary workers) during the financial crisis?, Professor David Guest

13:15-13:45   The UK’s Conundrum, Dr. Michael Brookes

13:45-14:15   Brexit and the multiple challenges and questions it poses to HRM, Dr. Jenny Rodriguez

14:15-14:45   Reconsidering the impact of political and economic turbulence on HRM, work and employment relations: Internationally comparative perspectives —Beyond national systems’, Professor Greg Bamber

14:45-15:00   Coffee Break

15:00-1530   Exploring perceived environmental uncertainty of managers for UK firms in the context of Brexit, Sterling Rauseo

15:30–16:00   Smart Leadership, Wise Leadership: environments of value in an uncertain future, Dr Christopher Steed

16:00-16:30   Post Brexit World – Will a hard Brexit jeopardise worker’s rights, or is it “business as usual”?, Sukhwinder Salh

16:30-17:00   A force for good? The role of Diversity and Inclusion during uncertain political and economic time, Elaine Yerby

17:00-17:30   Male and female promotions within firms over the business cycle: Does size matter?, Professor George Saridakis

19:00      BAM HRM SIG Evening Meal: Carluccios, Old Spitalfields Market,


Thursday 8th June


09:15-09:30   Coffee and Registration

09:30-10:00   Keynote Speaker : Changing Times, Changing Ways: the HRM Implications, Professor Katie Bailey (nee Truss)

10:00-10:30   Keynote Speaker: Why employee voice matters more than ever in these uncertain times, Nita Clarke – Director – Involvement and Participation Association

10:30-11:00   Understanding the HRM performance link: The critically real problem of context, Professor Steve Vincent

11:00-11:30   Austerity and status in domiciliary care: the prospects for professionalization via increased workforce training and development., Professor Carol


11:30-11:45   Coffee Break

11:45-12:15   Revisiting the concept of solidarity in relation to HRM: A conceptual framework and research agenda, Dr. Tom Calvard

12:15-12:45   ‘Othering’ and the Challenges of Global Work Experience under Political Uncertainties: from Boundaryless Career to Bounded Career, Dr. Minjie Cai

12:45-13:15   Did the recession transform work and employment practices? An automotive case study, Dr. Stewart Johnstone

13:15   Closing Thoughts and Farewell Lunch, Drs. Stewart Johnstone and Alison Glaister


Provider Information


BAM Human Resource Management SIG




Participants need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. The event is hosted centrally in London and the venue is easily accessible with a range of different hotels, bed & breakfast and hostels in close proximity.


Travel Information


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Additional Information


Deadline for registration for presenters: 22nd May 2017

Deadline for registration if attending only: 1st June 2017




For specific information about this event please contact the workshop facilitator(s): 


For general enquiries please contact Oana Mihut at the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at


Event Fee 


BAM Members: £100

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  • Deadline for registration for presenters: 22nd May 2017
  • Deadline for registration if attending only: 1st June 2017

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Cancelation Policy - Should you wish to cancel your place, you will receive a full refund if your cancelation is made 4 weeks prior to the event. After this, full payment will be required.  BAM reserves the right to cancel the event if there are not enough people to justify running the workshops.


7th June 2017   to   8th June 2017
BAM Member Event Fee: HRM in Uncertain Times: Economic Crisis, Brexit and Beyond £ 100.00
Event Information
Event Provider BAM Human Resource Management SIG
Date / Time 7-8 June 2017
Venue Newcastle University London Campus 102 Middlesex St, London E1 7EZ
Event Type Conference
Target Audience All Levels
Price BAM Members Only: £100
Booking Deadline 1st June 2017
Link to Booking Form
Contact For more information on this event please contact the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at
Delegate List Available? No

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