Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

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Professor Charlotte Rayner

  • Qualifications: BA, MBA, PhD
  • Role Title: Emeritus Professor
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
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  • Department: Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I am now Emeritus Professor at Portsmouth Business School (PBS) which means I write, research and support other academics. Previous roles include Professor of HRM (PBS), Head of Department (PBS) and Reader in Strategy (Staffordshire Business School).  I was a founding member and first elected President of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH) which continues to be the meeting point for academics and practitioners in the workplace bullying field. I have run MBA and PhD programmes and continue to be enthusiastic about enabling others' research programmes and continue to be ethusiastic about enabling others' research methods.

I have a PhD from Manchester, an MBA from Cass Business School and a first degree in Psychology from Newcastle. I write on the topic of bullying at work and negative behaviour for professional and academic publications. I am particularly interested in prevention strategies for organisations. This has led to becoming interested in non-pay motivators - purpose, meaning, socialisation and other reasons for the enjoyment of work.


I have been in academic research since the mid 1990's when I completed the first major UK survey on workplace bullying for the BBC. My clients have included The Work Foundation, NHS Trusts, UNISON, Amicus and smaller unions, as well as local councils and the private sector. Research topics have included stress, bullying and harassment, motivation surveys and service performance measurement. Much of my work has been confidential. I continue to contribute to knowledge in workplace bullying and write articles and chapters in books on the topic.

My new area of scholarship is Meaning at Work where there is almost no work being undertaken in the UK. 

I strongly support the recent US academic interest into emotion as this is the next step for quantitative researchers like myself to be able to study meaning and purpose at work.


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