Dr Hugh Waters

Management and Business Studies Alumni

PhD Researcher in Management and Business Studies (ESRC +3)
University of Exeter Business School, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2015

Graduation date: July 2020

Research topic: Organisational identity challenges during major change

The research focuses on the challenges organisations face within the realms of the Third Sector, particularly in response to socio-political driven change for the continued deliverance of public services. Identity evokes questions concerning ‘who we are in relation to others?’ and ‘what makes us different?’. Organisations encompass a collective sense of this, but how does identity initially form and become accomplished by actors over time? The turbulence of both changing environments and institutions introduces a multitude of tensions and interactions between actors seeking to negotiate the challenges of organisational identity.  Particular challenges for organisations include confusion of identity across multiple sectors, the internal and external tensions this elicits, and the positive and/or negative consequences.

Research supervisors: Dr Will Harvey , Dr Beverley Hawkins

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Chair of Great Ideas Start with Discussion (GISWD), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Associate Member, British Academy of Management, Voluntary Sector Studies Network

Email: h.waters@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/hughwaters1