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Dr Graham Perkins

Dr Graham Perkins

Lecturer in Human Resource Management


+44 (0) 1392 726462

Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Graham Perkins is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management within the Organisation Studies Department.  Completing his PhD in early 2014, Graham also holds both undergraduate and masters degrees in the human resource management field and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Graham’s areas of research interest cut across both the innovation and human resource management fields, with a particular interest in the management of people in small medium enterprises (SMEs).  His thesis examined organisational factors that affect idea generation in SME contexts including the impact of leadership, network ties and the physical working environment.

In addition to his work at the Business School, Graham also writes for the CIPD and is a marker for their Leading, Managing and Developing People module.  Graham also completes ad-hoc HRM project/case work including staff engagement/attitude surveys and learning and development interventions.

Nationality: British


  • BA Personnel Management
  • MA Personnel and Development
  • PhD Business and Management

Research clusters

Research interests

  • Idea generation and creativity in SMEs
  • The dimensions of social capital and their impact on idea generation
  • The management of "creatives"

Graham’s primary area of research interest surrounds the generation of ideas in SME contexts and how organisations stimulate and sustain creative thought.  Connected with this are a variety of issues including aspects of leadership, the impact of relationships both internal and external to organisations and how working environments impact on creative thought.

Research projects

Graham is currently working to distil his thesis into a series of papers connected with themes previously expressed.  On-going areas of research interest involve the relationship between organisational vision and the guidance of idea generation and the role that the dimensions of social capital have on stimulating creative thought.  In addition to this Graham also has an interest in understanding the role that HRM policies and practices have on idea generation, exploring issues including employee engagement, voice, participation and human resource development.

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Graham’s core area of teaching interest is Human Resource Management.  He lectures on a wide variety of topics including human resource development, international human resource management and research methods.