In December 2018, the Applied Research Conference took place at Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University. This annual conference was set up to showcase and debate academic research in people management, employment and learning and development. As well as looking at theoretical and empirical advances, the conference has a particular focus on the practical application of research to labour markets and organisational life. The conference exists to strengthen the links between academics and practitioners and is thus aimed at both audiences.

The research papers are available to download below. We hope you find them interesting.

‘All for one and one for all’: Line managers might be the catalyst but ‘everyone’s responsible’ for employee engagement


Sarah Pass, Konstantina Kougiannou, Maranda Ridgway, Derek Watling and Catherine Abe
Nottingham Trent University

An introduction to micro job crafting: How job crafting for 12 minutes or less a day contributes to sustainable positive behaviour change


Robert Baker, Tailored Thinking

Dr Gavin Slemp, University of Melbourne

Lifting the lid on sexual harassment and power in the workplace


Dr Virginia Fisher and Dr Sue Kinsey
University of Plymouth

The building blocks for a ‘more strategic’ role for HR


Dr Kevin Delany and Professor Olga Tregaskis
University of East Anglia, Norwich Business School

What does the future hold? Investigating the benefits and challenges of agile and remote working


Dr Claire Stone, Shannon Horan and Dr Paul Flaxman
City, University of London

Women of African origin and career advancement in the UK: a case study


Dr Loliya A Akobo
Liverpool John Moores University

Working with external quality standards and awards: strategic implications for human resource and quality


Angela Mulvie
Corporate Elevation Coaching

Work–life balance supports can improve employee well-being


Professor Stephen Wood
University of Leicester