We are an intellectually exciting, creative and productive international research group, advancing understanding of social processes, people management and organisational effectiveness, whilst also making a demonstrable difference to effective practice and policy in organisations. Our basic and applied research is highly recognised, both nationally and internationally. It covers individual, team and organisational effectiveness, creativity and innovation, cross-cultural leadership, the organisation of health services, high quality health care and employee well-being, composition and processes in top management teams and how they relate to organisational effectiveness, and effectiveness of voluntary and nonprofit organisations.
Aston's high international reputation as a research-led business school owes much to the tradtion of the Aston Studies conducted by the Organisation Studies group (as W&OP was formerly called) in the 1960s and 1970s. The tradition of research into organisational structures, climates and performance continues under new leadership with Basic and Applied Psychology as a core scientific basis.
W&OP group members supervise students and teach a variety of modules in Undergraduate, Postgraduate (MSc, MBA), and Doctoral programmes covering a whole variety of significant topics from Social Psychology, Work Psychology, Organisational Behaviour, HRM, Leadership, International and Cross-Cultural Issues, and Applied Research Methods. In addition to this broad range of topics covered, members of W&OP group members have expertise in state-of-the-art methods such as multilevel analysis and run several large scale surveys (including the annual NHS staff survey with more than 200,000 respondends).