Dr Graham Perkins
Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Director of Education for SITE
+44 (0) 1392 726462
Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Graham Perkins is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management within the Management 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 how organisations create people structures that promote creativity. His thesis examined organisational factors that affect idea generation in SME contexts including the impact of leadership, network ties and the physical working environment. He has since published articles in journals such as the Journal of Small Business Management, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and Creativity and Innovation Management.
In addition to his work at the Business School, Graham also writes for the CIPD and is an examiner 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.
- BA Personnel Management
- MA Personnel and Development
- PhD Business and Management
- Idea generation and creativity in SMEs
- Human resource development and life-long learning
- Hierarchy, power, and organisational politics
Graham’s primary area of research interest surrounds the generation of ideas, 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. He is also interested in aspects of human resource development, and how hierarchy and power structures impact upon creative ideas.
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.
- BEMM044 - Human Resource Development (HRD)
- BEMM056 - Masters Dissertation (HRM)
- BEMM057 - Management Research Report