Mr Michael Leat

Mr Michael Leat

Honorary Research Fellow

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)




I am Director of Undergraduate Programmes in PBS. 

Ihave responsibility for providingstrategic leadership for the development ofthe School’s portfolio ofprogrammes and securing its smooth operation andcontinuous improvement interms of quality, market suitability, internationalreputation and accreditation.

I coordinate and oversee the team of Programme Leaders responsible for individualprogramme(s) within the programmes portfolio.

Ioversee and support the student experience in relation to the suite ofprogrammes and lead and co-ordinate recruitment and marketing activitiesfor the suite of programmes including target numbers and target tariffs.    

Iam a member of the School Executive Team and thereby am involved in thedetermination of School policies and strategies across a wide range of subjectmatter.

Iact as both Chair and Panel member on Programme Approval events for programmesin other Faculties within the University. I chair the Academic Offences Panel

As a separate but current role i am also the ProgrammeManager for the B.Sc in Business Management. We have obtainedaccreditation by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for this programmeand I put together the submission for this accreditation. The School is now aCMI centre of Excellence.


Degrees/Professional Qualification

University College Cardiff. 1964-69

1967 B. Sc. Econ. Obtained Upper Second in 1967. Main subjects: Law and Accountancy

1968 Post Grad. Diploma in Personnel Management, Sept. 1968 which also conferred Graduate Membership of the Institute of Personnel Management.

1973 M.Sc. Econ. by research.

Thesis Title: A study of the levels and sources of job satisfaction among bus drivers and bus conductors. Superviser Prof. George Thomason.

Present and previous positions:
- 2010 Associate Head of School of Management.

· Sept. 2002 Head of Subject Group HRS group.

· Jan. 1999. Appointed Academic Group Leader of the Human Resource Studies Group.

· 1985-present: Plymouth Polytechnic, latterly the University of Plymouth.

Initially temporary and part-time, permanent since 1988-9.

· 1977-82 British Film Institute. Personnel Manager and subsequently Head of Personnel and Administrative Services.

· 1974-77 Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)-Industrial Relations Officer/Senior Industrial Relations Officer.

· 1973-74 Commission on Industrial Relations (CIR) -Industrial Relations Officer.

· 1970-73 Portsmouth Polytechnic- Lecturer I and II in Economics and Industrial Relations.



Research interests

Currently my main research interests include the;· 

·. Issues of Social Sustainability in Supply Chains and with particular reference to MNCs.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I have supervised as Director of Studies 5 successful Ph.D and 1 M.Phil. students, topics have included; team effectiveness and quality of work life issues in Egypt, Human resource management practices in Taiwan, employee commitment and trust in the NHS and training needs analysis.
I have also acted as Ph.D. examiner.




  • Ashby, A. Hudson Smith, M. and Leat, M. (2012) “Definition into Action - Interpreting and Implementing Sustainability in Clothing Supply ains”, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.
  • Liu S., Leat M., Moizer J. Megicks P. and Kasturiratne D. (2012) A decision-focused knowledge management framework to support collaborative decision making for lean supply chain management. Journal: International Journal of Production Research. Special Issue on Knowledge Management on Collaborative Networks. Published August 2012.
  • Ashby. A., Leat. M. and Hudson-Smith. M. Making Connections - A Review of Supply Chain Management and Sustainability Literature. Supply Chain Management - an International Journal. Vol 17, No 4. Aug. 2012.
  • Liu.S., Hudson-Smith.M.and Leat.M. State-of-the-art sustainability analysis methodologies for efficient decision support in green production operations. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering. April 2011.
  • Leat M. and El-Kot. G. Interpersonal trust at work, intrinsic motivation, work related tension and satisfaction in Egypt. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. Vol. 2. No. 2 pp. 180-194. 2009.
  • El-Kot G. and Leat M. Employees perceptions of supervisory facets: an investigation within an Egyptian context. International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management. Vol.1. No. 2.149-165. 2008.
  • Leat M.and El-Kot G. A survey of recruitment and selection practices in Egypt. Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues, 1 (3): 200-212. 2008.
  • Leat, M. and El Kot, G. HRM Practices in Egypt: The influence of national context? International Journal of Human Resource Management. Volume 18 Issue 1, pp.147-pp.158. 2007.
  • El Kot G. and Leat M. HRM Practices in Egypt: do Egyptian and Foreign owned organisations adopt similar practices and the influence of national context. Arab Journal of Administration, 27 (1): 175-199. 2007.
  • Leat M and El Kot G. Investigating Team Work in the Egyptian Context. Personnel Review. Vol. 34 no.1. 2005.
  • El Kot G, Leat M. and Sadler Smith E,. Differentiating Work Autonomy Facets in an Egyptian Context. Journal of Organisational Behaviour. 24, 709-731 (2003).
  • Gardiner P, Leat M.J. and Sadler-Smith E. Learning in Organisations: HR Implications and Considerations. Human Resource Development International. 2001 4:3 pp 391-405.
  • Hsu, Yu-Ru, and Leat M.J. A Study of recruitment and Selection Policies and Practices in Taiwan. International Journal Of Human Resource Management 11: 2 April 2000 pp. 413-435.
  • Sadler-Smith E, Badger B and Leat M. J Physician heal thyself! Tension vs Satisfaction in Personnel practitioners. Human Resource Management Journal. 10. 4. 2000 pp.8-15.
  • Leat M. J. and Lovell M.J., Training needs analysis: weaknesses in the conventional approach., Journal of Industrial Training 1997. Vol 21 No. 4, pp.143-153.


Sole Author:

  • Leat. M. 2007 Exploring Employee Relations in an International Context. Elsevier.
  • Leat. M 2001 Exploring Employee Relations. Butterworth Heinnemann. 440 pp.
  • Leat M. 1998 Human Resource Issues of the European Union. Financial Times Pitman Publishing. 380pp. Now available as a print on demand edition.

Joint Author

  • Hollinshead G & Leat M. 1995 Human Resource Management : An International and Comparative Perspective on the Employment Relationship. Pitman.


  • Leat M 2003 The European Union and the impact for employee relations in the UK. in Hollinshead G., Nicholls P. and Tailby S. Employee Relations. 2nd Edit. Pearson.
  • Leat M. 2003. Multinationals and Employee Relations. in Hollinshead G., Nicholls P. and Tailby S. Employee Relations. 2nd Edit. Pearson.
  • Leat M 1999 The European Union and the impact for employee relations in the UK. in Hollinshead G., Nicholls P. and Tailby S. Employee Relations Financial Times Pitman Publishing.
  • Leat M. and Woolley J. 1999 Multinationals and Employee Relations. in Hollinshead G., Nicholls P. and Tailby S. Employee Relations Financial Times Pitman Publishing.