People, Work and Organisations

Research theme

This research theme focuses on the interface between social psychological processes and organisational and work systems, and how these shape the performance and well-being of individuals, organisations and institutions.

The way we work is fundamentally changing. like ubiquitous technology, alternative work arrangements, and hyper-efficiency are revolutionising our work experiences, making it easier to share information, collaborate with others, and achieve more with less effort. At the same time, these changes can have hidden and sometimes unintended negative consequences across all aspects of people's lives. 

Given that people spend most of their life at work and that work and can add value to society, researchers in this theme are working to redesign the world of work such that it enables people to make a positive difference through the work they do, without compromising well-being or productivity.

Organisations are becoming increasingly complex, more dynamic and faster changing social systems. To confront these changes, organisations need to become nimble, innovative and effective if they are to survive and thrive. 21st century organisations require therefore more flexible organisational structures, new types of leadership and new ways of managing. Our research and practice aims to help organisations and institutions navigate this difficult terrain.

We have also seen how since the Great Recession, employment conditions have changed across the world and employment risk is shifting from state and employers to citizens and employees. Labour markets have become characterised by a decline in attachment to employers, with an increase in long-term unemployment, underemployment and working poverty, and non-standard and contingent work (International Labour Organisation [ILO], 2018). Thus, people, work and organisations, face challenges that cannot be addressed with 20th century thinking.

Researchers in this theme explore the current and future challenges regarding work, employment and organisations from both a theoretical and practical perspective. We draw on theory and methods from social psychology, management, organisation studies, sociology and behavioural science to look at the processes of organising in both organisations and society.

Expertise and resources

Below you can find experts, research and media focussed on the role of current and future challenges regarding work, employment and organisations.



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Dr Lucia Garcia-Lorenzo

Associate Professor




Dr Ilka Gleibs

Associate Professor



Dr Alex Gillespie

Associate Professor

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Dr Laura M. Giurge 

Assistant Professor




Dr Liora Moskovitz

LSE Fellow



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Dr Tom W. Reader

Associate Professor



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Dr Lea Ruesch

LSE Fellow



Selected publications

Bracht, …Gleibs, et al (2022). Innovation across cultures: Connecting leadership, identification, and innovative behaviour. Applied Psychology: international review.

Giurge, Laura M. & Woolley, Kaitlin (2022). Working during non-standard work time undermines intrinsic motivation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. (equal authorship).

Heliot, Gleibs … (2021) Religious identity in the workplace.

Giurge, Laura M. & Bohns, Vanessa K. (2021). You don’t need to answer right away! Receivers overestimate  how quickly senders expect responses to non-urgent work emails. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Lucas, Brian J., Berry, Zachariah., Giurge, Laura M., & Chugh, Dolly (2021). A longer shortlist increases the consideration of female candidates in male-dominant domains. Nature Human Behaviour.

Garcia-Lorenzo, L., Sell-Trujillo, L., & Donnelly, P. (2020). Entrepreneuring after 50: the liminal identity transitions of older emergent entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 32(9-10), 922-942.

Garcia-Lorenzo, L. (2020). Organizational remembering as a trigger for cultural change: Exploring the episodic memories of a financial scandal. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 36(1), 101089.

Giurge, Laura M., van Dijke, Marius, Zheng, Xue, & De Cremer, David. (2019). Does power corrupt the mind? The influence of power on moral reasoning and self-interested behavior. The Leadership Quarterly, 69 (6): 1387–1418.

Garcia-Lorenzo, L., Donnelly, P., Sell-Trujillo, L., & Imas, J. M. (2018). Liminal entrepreneuring: The creative practices of nascent necessity entrepreneurs. Organization Studies, 39(2-3), 373-395.

Gleibs, I. H., & Haslam, S. A. (2016). Do we want a fighter? The influence of group status and the stability of intergroup relations on leader prototypicality and endorsementThe Leadership Quarterly27(4), 557-573.

Moskovitz, L., & Garcia-Lorenzo, L. (2016). Changing the NHS a day at a time: The role of enactment in the mobilisation and prefiguration of change. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 4(1), 196-219.


LSE event podcast recordings

Couples That Work, with Jennifer Petriglieri and Ilka Gleibs. 17 November 2020. Jennifer Petriglieri spoke on her book and research into how people’s close relationships shape who they become professionally and personally, and for the past 6 years she has been studying the lives of dual-career couples. Access the podcast recording via LSE Player here.