Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management

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Mr Gary Rees

  • Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Psychology MBA (Cass Business School) Chartered Fellow FCIPD, FRSA, FHEA, MBPsS, MEEA.
  • Role Title: Head of Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392844221
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  • Department: Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


As head of OSHRM, I manage over 30 Full Time and 20 Part Time academics who deliver a range of programmes from foundation degree to doctoral level. Whilst at Portsmouth University, I have also held a range of managerial roles within General Management and Human Resource Management Programmes and have been a panellist/chair of 47 Quality Assurance events both within and outside of the University. I successfully directed programmes through both CIPD and AMBA accreditations as well as numerous internal quality reviews, including collaborative partner programme reviews.

Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Qualifications Advisory Group as well as the CIPD’s Special Considerations Assessment panel. I have held a number of external examinerships, including the Universities of Brighton, Bournemouth, Essex, Leeds Metropolitan and Derby. Currently act as external examiner on the Bradford University MBA programme, Birkbeck University BSc (Hons) Occupational Psychology degree and the post-graduate CIPD Organizational Design and Organizational Development module.

Prior to joining Portsmouth University, I worked within a blue chip company rising from General Management Trainee to Group Manager (4th Line Manager) within 6 years, managing a division that generated a £12m turnover.  Following my MBA at Cass Business School, I undertook consultancy work, spanning the private and public sectors, including clients such as Norwich Union (AVIVA), the CIPD, Bracknell Forest Borough Council, the MOD and Vosper Thornycroft.

Teaching Responsibilities

I specialise in Strategic Change Management and Strategic Human Resource Management and teach on final year undergraduate and post graduate programmes. I have also taught on programmes in the Netherlands, Greece, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Guernsey and the Cayman Islands.


As a research active member of faculty, I have written 36 chapters in 11 text books and have co-edited/authored three best-selling text books with Wiley, Sage and Kogan-Page Publishing Companies. I have published in a range of peer reviewed journals on the topic of burnout and employee engagement and presented my research at various national and international conferences. Reviewer for the Academy of Management, Personnel Review, the International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, the British Journal of Management and the British Academy of Management. Associate Editor for Change Management: an International Journal. PhD supervisor for Sanam Ammari, who is investigating Employee Engagement and Reward.


Research profile

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