Michael Leat

Michael Leat

Undergraduate General Business Programmes Director

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)


I am the Deputy Director of PBS and continue as Director of our suite of Undergraduate General Business programmes and Associate Head with responsibility for Curriculum Development.

I now have overall responsibility for developing our undergraduate curricula. This includes initiating, devising and advising, scrutiny and approval in accordance with University requirements. The over all objective is to ensure that we have a curriculum offer which is up to date, fit for purpose, innovative and competitive, exciting and attractive to students and employers and that students receive a high quality experience and that their employability is enhanced through curricula and co curricula learning and development  opportunities.

I am a member of the School Executive Team and thereby am involved in the determination of School policies and strategies across a wide range of subject matter.

I remain a member of  the School  Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee, Faculty Quality Assurance Group and on University Academic Regulations Sub Committee.

I act as both Chair and Panel member on Programme Approval events for programmes in other Faculties within the University.

As a separate but current role i am also the Programme Manager for the B.Sc in Business Management.  We have obtained accreditation by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for this programme and I put together the submission for this accreditation. The School is now a CMI 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;

· EU Social Dimension,
· HRM policies and practices in Egypt and in Multinational Organisations with particular reference to issues of diffusion and convergence
. 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.

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.

      Chapters in Books

      • 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.

      Peer review Journal Articles. 

      •  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.