Professor Duncan Lewis
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Professor Duncan Lewis

Chair in Management

Plymouth Graduate School of Management & Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)

Role

I am Professor of Management with teaching, supervision and research responsibilities. My teaching area is in leadership, HRM and IR practices. I am specifically interested in workplace conflicts such as bullying and discrimination. I am also interested in emotional labour, emotion work, employee engagement and destructive leadership.

Qualifications

PhD (Cardiff University)

PGCE (FE)
BA (Hons) CNAA

Professional membership

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Teaching interests

I teach on mainly Masters programmes in HR and Leadership topics.

Research interests

I have recently completed two large ESRC funded research projects. The first with Ralph Fevre of Cardiff School of Social Sciences. Cardiff University was a nationwide study of negative behaviours in the workplace. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the practitioner report, please send me an email. The second piece of research that has just ended (Feb 2014) was also funded by the ESRC and was undertaken in conjunction with Helge Hoel at Manchester Business School and Anna Einarsdottir of Hull Business School. This study also involved a nationwide survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual employee experiences of discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace and utilised a complex mixed methods study of survey, interviews and focus groups. This study had the support of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. If you require a PDF of the report please email me.


in 2015 I commenced a national study of workplace ill-treatment in Ireland with Margaret Hodgins of the National University of Ireland (Galway) and colleagues at the University of Limerick. The study replicates the above ESRC project with Fevre and deploys a mixed methods methodology of survey,organizational case studies and key informant interviews. The study is funded by IOSH.

In October 2015 I am acting as co-investigator for a 3 year study on interventions and preventions for workplace bullying and mistreatment in organizations in Manitoba, Canada. Working in conjunction with the University of Winnipeg and with colleagues from other Canadian, US and European universities, the project aims to compare Canadian and international experiences of these phenomena with the aim of improving organizational responses to these destructive workplace problems.
 
I am broadly interested in emotional labour, destructive leadership, discrimination, bullying and in workplace conflicts more generally. I supervise a number of PhD students in these broad disciplines and welcome conversations with anyone interested in undertaking doctoral level research in applied topics. 

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I have supervised a number of students to successful completion of doctoral theses including PhD and DBA students including:

  • 2014 Keith Davies (PhD) - ‘Emotional Dissonance Among UK Animal Technologists: Evidence, Impact and Management Implications’.
  • 2013 Hazel Mawdsley (PhD) - ‘A Tri-partite study of Trade Union Intervention in Workplace Bullying: The Role of Collective Voice’.
  • 2012 Melinda Drowley (DBA) - ‘Post-merger narratives in a high education context: re(constructing identity’.
  • 2010 Joy Zhang (Ph.D.) – ‘Ethical Decision Making among Chinese and British Managers: An Exploratory Study’, with Dr. Simon Brooks
  • 2010 Andrew Hunt (DBA) – ‘Exploring the Identity of Embedded Micro-consultants in an Organisation Change Environment’, with Dr. Paul Thomas 
  • 2009 Kemi Adewumi (Ph.D.) – ‘The Exploration of the Nature and Extent of Workplace Bullying in an Emergency Services Organisation in the UK’, with Professor Michael Sheehan
  • 2009 Peter Williams (DBA) – ‘Third Party Intervention into Workplace Bullying: An Exploratory Study’, with Professor Michael Sheehan
  • 2007 Javier De-Rentera (DBA) – ‘Pharmaceutical Lobbying in Argentina: a study of Pharmacopolitics’, with Professor Kerry Howell, Plymouth Business School

Grants & contracts

I have recently been a co-investigator on two large ESRC funded research grants:


1. £800,000 with Professor Ralph Fevre, Professor of Social Research at Cardiff University ‘Workplace Bullying in Britain: With Special Reference to Race and Ethnicity’  

2. £520.000 with Dr. Helge Hoel, Senior Lecturer in Organizational Psychology, Manchester Business School. 'Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual employees experience of discrimination, bullying and harassment at work’. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (RES-062-23-2412)

I commenced a new project in 2015 funded by IOSH in collaboration with the National University of Ireland and the University of Limerick. The study deploys a mixed methods methodology exploring ill-treatment in Irish workplaces. The project is led by Margaret Hodgins of the National University of Ireland.

In October 2015 I am co-investigator on a large research project in Manitoba, Canada funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada) and in conjunction of Dr Karen Harlos of the University of Winnipeg. The study also adopts a mixed methods approach exploring interventions and solutions for workplace bullying and mistreatment in Manitoba workplaces.

I have also recently completed two independent research contracts for Royal Mail and Barts Health NHS Trust on workplace bullying and discrimination. 

Research groups

  • Research Centre for Sustainable Leadership, Governance and Policy (SLGP)

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Einarsdottir AE, Hoel H & Lewis DO 2015 '‘It’s Nothing Personal’: Anti-Homosexuality in the British Workplace' Sociology 1-17 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Einarsdottir AE, Hoel H & Lewis DO 2015 'Fitting the bill? (Dis)embodied disclosure of sexual identities in the workplace' Work, Employment & Society 1-17 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Drowley M, Lewis DO & Brooks SB 2013 'Merger in Higher Education: learning from experiences' Higher Education Quarterly 67, (2) 201-214 , DOI
Lewis DO, Fevre R, Robinson A & Jones T 2013 'The ill-treatment of employees with disabilities in British Workplaces' Work Employment & Society 2, (27) 288-307 Publisher Site , DOI
Fevre, RF, Lewis, DO, Robinson, A, Jones & T 2012 'Insight into ill-treatment in the workplace: patterns, causes and solutions' Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice 4, (2) 245-277 Publisher Site
Jones T, Robinson A, Fevre R & Lewis D 2011 'Workplace Assults in Britain: Understanding the Influence of Individual and Workplace Characteristics' British Journal of Criminology 51, (1) 159-178 , DOI
Davies K & Lewis D 2010 'Can Caring for Laboratory Animals be Classified as Emotional Labour’?' Animal Technology and Welfare 9, (1)
Fevre R, Robinson A, Jones T & Lewis D 2010 'Researching workplace bullying: the benefits of taking an integrated approach' International Journal of Social Research Methodology 13, (1) 71-85 , DOI
Williams W & Lewis D 2008 'STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT: The challenge of context specificity' Public Management Review 10, (5) 653-671 , DOI
Lewis D, Sheehan M & Davies C 2008 'Uncovering Workplace Bullying' Journal of Workplace Rights 13, (3) 281-301 , DOI
Books
Fevre R, Lewis D, Robinson A & Jones T 2012 Trouble at Work. London Bloomsbury Academic Press Publisher Site
Chapters
Hoel H & Lewis D 2011 'Bullying, harassment and sexual orientation in the workplace' in Brown J; Walklate S Handbook of Sexual Violence London Routledge Publisher Site
Lewis D, Giga S & Hoel H 2010 'Bullying and Discrimination' in Einarsen S; Hoel H; Zapf D; Cooper C Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace: Developments in Theory, Research, and Practice London CRC Press (Taylor and Francis)
Rayner C & Lewis D 2010 'Managing Workplace Bullying: The role of policies' in Einarsen S; Hoel H; Zapf D; Cooper C Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace: Developments in Theory, Research, and Practice London CRC Press (Taylor and Francis)
Matthiesen SB, Glaso L & Lewis D 0 '’Når jobben blir ugrei: Om diskriminering og mobbing av innvandrere på arbeidsplassen’ (job discrimination and workplace bullying, with special focus on the immigrant worker)' in Sandal GM Kulturelt mangfold i arbeidslivet. Utfordringer og virkemidler (Cultural diversity in working life: Challenges and interventions) Bergen, Norway Fagbokforlaget
Conference Papers
Hoel H, Lewis DO & Notelaers G 2015 'The moderating effect of work discrimination on workplace bullying: social group categorisation and the impact of socially stigmatised identities' 17th Congress of the European Work and Organizational Psychology Oslo 20150520 20150523
Manolchev C, Lewis DO & Saundry R 2014 'Precarious Work as a Symptom of Systemic Dis-Ease: Theorising Workplace Displacement against Conditions of Global Change' British Academy of Management Belfast 20140909 20140911
Holland RE & Lewis DO 2014 'Employee voice and the deconstruction of a bullying and harassment narrative: The challenges of using focus groups in an organisational context' 9th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment University of Milan 20140618 20140620
Lewis DO, Hoel H, Einarsdottir AE & Notelaers G 2014 'Sexualities and discrimination: Who’s at risk?' 9th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment University of Milan 20140618 20140620
Mawdsley H, Lewis DO & Jarvis M 2014 'You can complain but we may not listen: the impact of anti-bullying policies upon prevalence and outcomes' 9th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment University of Milan 20140618 20140620
Lewis DO, Hoel. H & Einarsdottir AE 2013 'Researching Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Employees in Britain: The Value of a Mixed Methods Approach' British Academy of Management Liverpool, UK 20130910 20130912
Lewis DO, Einarsdottir A & Hoel H 2013 'Fitting the bill?: (Dis)embodied disclosure of sexual identities' American Sociological Association New York 20130810 20130813 Publisher Site
Lewis DO, Hoel H & Einarsdottir A 2013 'Bullying and discrimination at work: what protection does ‘protected group’ status offer?' REGULATING FOR DECENT WORK: Regulating for Equitable and Job-Rich Growth International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland 20130703 20130705 Publisher Site
Lewis DO, Einarsdottir A & Hoel H 2013 '‘Just homophobic’ or ‘offensive homophobic’?: Understanding homophobic discourses in British workplaces' Equality, Diversity and Inclusion conference Athens, Greece 20130701 20130703 Publisher Site
Lewis DO, Mawdsley H & Jarvis M 2013 'Are direct voice channels effective in addressing employees' concerns about workplace bullying?' British universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) Annual Conference University of Strathclyde 20130627 20130629
Lewis DO, Hoel, H, Einarsdottir & AE 2013 'Hard to Research and Hard to Reach: Methodological Challenges in Exploring Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Employees' European Academy of Management Galatasary University, Istanbul, Turkey 20130626 20130629 Publisher Site
Lewis DO, Hoel H & Einarsdottir A 2013 'Openness about sexuality and exposure to workplace bullying' EURAM Istanbul, Turkey 20130626 20130629
Einarsdottir, AE, Hoel, H, Lewis & DO 2013 'Fitting the bill?: broadening understanding of disclosure at work' British Sociological Association London 20130403 20130405 London Publisher Site
Hoel H, Lewis D & Einarsdottir A 2012 '‘Sexual identities and the experience of discrimination, bullying and harassment at work: evidence from a nationwide representative study'' Fairness at Work University of Manchester 20120906 20130307 University of Manchester Publisher Site
Einarsdottir A, Hoel H & Lewis D 2012 '‘Looking the part?: Managing sexual identity and challenging expectations through (non)disclosure at work’' Fairness at Work Conference University of Manchester 20120906 20120907
Mawdsley H, Lewis D & Jarvis M 2012 '‘The impact of austerity upon workers with longstanding health conditions: License to bully?' British Universities Industrial Relations Conference University of Bradford 20120628 20120630
Janes K, Fisher V & Lewis D 2012 '‘LGBT experiences of equality in local government: rhetoric or reality?’' Gender Work and Organization Keele University 20120627 20120629
Mawdsley H & Lewis D 2010 'The Efficacy of Trade Union Support for Targets of Workplace Bullying' 7th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment Cardiff 20100604 20100606 Pontypridd, Cardiff, Wales University of Glamorgan
Lewis DO, Hoel H & Einarsdottir A 0 'Lewis, D., Hoel, H. and Einarsdottir, A. (2012). Methodological Challenges of Researching Workplace Bullying and Discrimination Among Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGBs) Employees' 8th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 20120613 20120615
Hoel H, Lewis D, Notelaers G & Einarsdottir A 0 'Sexual identity and the risk of experiencing workplace bullying and harassment: Evidence from a nationwide, representative UK sample' 8th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 20120613 20120615
Einarsdottir A, Hoel H & Lewis D 0 'The price of ‘being out’, the cost of staying in: A case study of bullying of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) members of staff' 8th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 20120613 20120615
Lewis DO, Beynon MJ & Morgan A 0 'Employee Engagement attitudes in the NHS: A Fuzzy Clustering and External Variable Validation based approach' 15th European Congress on Work and Organizational Psychology University of Maastricht, Netherlands 20110525 20110528
Davies K & Lewis DO 0 'Investigating Concepts of Emotional Labour and Emotional Dissonance among UK Animal Technicians' 41st, SCAND-Las Symposium Copenhagen, Denmark 20110525 20110528
Mawdsley H & Lewis DO 0 'The Role of Co-Worker Support for Targets of Workplace Bullying' 15th European Congress on Work and Organizational Psychology University of Maastricht, Netherlands 20110525 20110528
Reid L & Lewis D 0 'Water Management and Bullying: Achieving Distributive Justice' 7th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability Waikato, New Zealand 20110106 20110108
Mawdsley H & Lewis D 0 'Workplace bullying and the role of trade unions: issues of voice and collectivism' International Industrial Relations Association - European Congress 2010 Copenhagen, Denmark 20100628 20100701
Priem R, Vanevenhoven J, Lau T, Magnanelli B, Gibbons P, Lewis D, Williams W & Reid L 0 'Strategy Formation Practices in Seven Countries: Developing and Comparing Empirical Taxonomies of the Strategy Process' Strategic Management Society Finland 20100317 20100320
Giga S, Hoel H & Lewis D 0 'Evaluating the Financial Costs of Workplace Bullying' The Eighth International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health (American Psychological Association) Puerto Rico 20091105 20091108
Lewis 0 'A CaRBS Analysis of the Discernment of Ethnic and White Bullying Experiences in the Workplace' American Academy of Management Conference Los Angeles, USA 20080808 20080813
Fevre R, Robinson A, Jones T & Lewis D 0 'Disability, Long-term Illness and Negative Behaviour in the British Workplace' American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Boston, USA 20080802 20080804
Reports
Hoel H, Lewis DO & Einarsdottir AE 2014 The ups and downs of LGBs' workplace experiences: Discrimination, bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees in Britain. The ups and downs of LGBs' workplace experiences: Discrimination, bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees in Britain Manchester UK Manchester University Author Site
Lewis DO 2014 The ups and downs of LGBs' workplace experiences: Discrimination, bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees in Britain. The ups and downs of LGBs' workplace experiences: Discrimination, bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees in Britain Manchester UK Manchester University Author Site
Fevre R, Lewis D, Robinson A & Jones T 2011 Insight into ill-treatment in the workplace: patterns, causes and solutions. Insight into ill-treatment in the workplace: patterns, causes and solutions Cardiff, Wales Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
Giga S, Hoel H & Lewis D 2008 A Review of Black and Minority Ethnic Employee Experiences of Workplace Bullying. A Review of Black and Minority Ethnic Employee Experiences of Workplace Bullying UNITE The Union and Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform UNITE The Union
Giga S, Hoel H & Lewis D 2008 The Costs of Workplace Bullying. ‘The Costs of Workplace Bullying’ UNITE The Union and Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform UNITE The Union
Fevre R, Robinson A, Jones T & Lewis D 2008 Work fit for all - disability, health and the experience of negative treatment in the British workplace. Work fit for all - disability, health and the experience of negative treatment in the British workplace Equality and Human Rights Commission London Equality and Human Rights Commission