Dr Richard Saundry
Profiles

Dr Richard Saundry

Professor in HRM & Employment Relations

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)

Role

Richard is Associate Professor (Reader) in Human Resource and Leadership Studies. He teaches employee relations and employment law at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. Richard previously worked at the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Leeds.

His main research interests revolve around the management of workplace conflict. He has conducted a number of research projects in this area, funded by Acas and the Department of Trade and Industry (now BIS). He was recently the principal organiser of an ESRC Seminar Series - Reframing Resolution - Managing Conflict and Resolving Individual Employment Disputes in the Contemporary Workplace - which brought together leading academics and practitioners in a series of six seminars held across the UK.

He has also conducted research into trade union revitalisation and union learning receiving funding from the ESRC, TUC and UNISON.

Richard has published a wide range of peer reviewed journal articles and policy reports and is currently a meber of editorial board of Work, Employment and Society.

Qualifications

Richard has a BA (hons) in Economics with Industrial Relations, an MA in Economics (by research) and PhD, all from the University of Leeds. His PhD research examined the impact of re-regulation on the employment of workers in the UK broadcasting industry.

Between 1988 and 1994 he worked at the National Union of Mineowkers where he was an Industrial Relations Officer and Head of industrial Relations. He then returned to the University of Leeds as a Research Officer on two ESRC funded projects before moving to the University of Central Lancashire where he worked until June 2013.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching interests

Richard currently leads two modules HRS300 'Employe Relations' to final year undergraduate students and PGBS0319 'Employee Relations and Employment Law' to students on the MA in HRM.

Staff serving as external examiners

Richard is currently an external examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University

Research interests

Richard's main research interests revolve around the management and resolution of workplace conflict. This includes the management of discipline and grievance and the use of workplace mediation. He is also currently conducting research into union organising and union revitalisation. He has a long-standing interest into the role played by social networks in interest representation and also employment within the UK audio-vidual industries. 

Grants & contracts

2004 Principal Investigator – ‘Informal Networks and the Representation of Workers’ Interests’ - ESRC (£49,000)

2006 Principal Investigator – ‘Employee Representation in Grievance and Disciplinary Matters – Making a Difference?’ - DTI WERS Small Grants Scheme (£9,865)

2008 Principal Investigator – ‘Accompaniment and Representation in Workplace Discipline and Grievance’ – Acas Research Partnership (£4,760)

2009 Co-Investigator – Biennial Survey of Union Learning Representatives and their Managers – Unionlearn with the TUC (£24,997)

2010 Principal Investigator – ‘Transforming conflict management in the public sector’ – Acas (£6,500)

2011 Principal Investigator – ‘The management of individual conflict in the private sector’ – Acas (£7,500)

2011 Principal Investigator – ‘Mediation, conflict management and informal resolution – a case study.’ – Acas – (£8,734)

2011 Workplace dispute resolution and the management of individual conflict – a thematic review – Acas (£3,350)

2012 Principal Investigator – ESRC Seminar Series - ‘Reframing Resolution – Managing Conflict and Resolving Individual Employment Disputes in the Contemporary Workplace’ – ESRC (£17,760)

2012 Principal Investigator - Evaluation of UNISON Organising Initiatives – (UNISON (£7,483)

2012 Co-investigator - Research into the Attrition of Union Learning Representatives – Unionlearn (£15.140)

2012 Co-investigator - KNOWLEDGE NETWORK 4 BUSINESS (KN4B) – ESRC (£99,000) 

2013 Co-investigator - ‘The mediation process and its outcomes: Perceptions and experiences from the perspective of the disputant’ – Acas (£5,920)

2013Co-investigator - ‘The Handling of Discipline and Grievance Using WERS 2011 and WERS2004' (Acas, £9,912)

2013 Co-investigator - 'Exploration of Conflict Management and Early Dispute Resolution Strategies' (Acas, 9724)

2014 Evaluation of UNISON Organising Initiatives – Stage 2 (UNISON, £11,000)

Research groups

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

Saundry R. and Dix, G. (forthcoming) 'Conlfict Resolution in the UK' in W. Roche, P. Teague and A. Colvin (eds) The Oxford handbook on Conflict Management, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Latreille, P. and Saundry R. forthcoming) 'Mediation' in W. Roche, P. Teague and A. Colvin (eds) The Oxford handbook on Conflict Management, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
 
Saundry, R. and McKeown, M. (2013) 'Relational Organisaing in a Healthcare Setting: A Qualitative Study', Industrial Relations Journal, 44:5-6, 533-547.

Saundry, R., McArdle, L. and Thomas , P. (2013) ‘Reframing workplace relations? Conflict resolution and mediation in a Primary Care Trust’, Work, Employment and Society, 27(2), 212-231. 

Jones, C. and Saundry, R. (2012) ‘The Practice of Discipline: Evaluating the Roles and Relationship between Managers and HR Professionals’, Human Resource Management Journal, 22:3, 252–266, July 2012.

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2011) ‘Social Capital and Union Revitalization: A Study of Worker Networks in the UK Audio-Visual Industries’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50:2,263–286. 

Saundry, R., Jones, C. and Antcliff, V. (2011) ‘Discipline, representation and dispute resolution – exploring the role of trade unions and employee companions in workplace discipline, Industrial Relations Journal, 42:2, 195-211.

Antcliff, V. and Saundry R (2009) ‘Accompaniment, Workplace Representation and Disciplinary Outcomes in British Workplaces – Just a Formality? British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47:1, 100-121.

Hollinrake, A, Antcliff, V and Saundry R. (2008) ‘Explaining activity and exploring experience – findings from a survey of union learning representatives’, Industrial Relations Journal, 39:5, 392-410.

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2007) ‘Broadcasting Discontent: Freelancers, trade unions and the internet’, New Technology, Work and Employment, 22:2.

Antcliff, V., Saundry, R. and Stuart, M. (2007) ‘The Weakness of Weak Ties – Networks and Social Capital in UK Television’, Human Relations, 60:2, 371-393.

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2006) ‘It’s More Than Who You Know’ - Networks and Trade Unions in the Audio-Visual Industries’, Human Resource Management Journal, vol.16, no. 4, pp. 376-392.

Saundry, R (2001) ‘Employee Relations in British Television – Regulation, Fragmentation and Flexibility’, Industrial Relations Journal, March 2001, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 22-36.

Saundry, R and Turnbull, P (1999) ‘Contractual (In)Security, Labour Regulation and Competitive Performance in the Port Transport Industry: A Contextual Comparison of Britain and Spain’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, June 1999, vol. 37, no. 2., pp 271-294.

Saundry, R (1998) ‘The Limits of Flexibility - The Case of UK Television’, British Journal of Management, Vol. 9.

Saundry, R and Nolan, P (1998) ‘Regulatory Change and Performance in TV Production’, Media Culture and Society, Vol. 20, No. 3.

Saundry, R and Turnbull, P (1997) ‘Private Profit, public loss: The financial and economic performance of UK ports’, Maritime Policy and Management, Vol. 24, No.4.

Coffey, D., Nolan, P., Saundry, R. and Sawyer, M (1997) ‘Regulatory Change in the British Television Industry: Effects on productivity and Competition’ in Deakin, S and Michie, J. ‘Contracts, Competition and Performance’, Oxford University Press.

Saundry, R and Turnbull, P (1996) ‘Melee on the Mersey: Contracts, Competition and Labour Regulation on the Docks’, Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 27, No. 4 (2*)

Reports & invited lectures

Reports 

Saundry, R., Bennett. T and Wibberley, G. (2013) ‘Workplace mediation: the participant experience’, Acas Research Paper, 2/13.

Saundry, R. (2012) ‘Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Bradford MDC’, Acas Research Papers, 08/12

Saundry, R. and Wibberley, G. (2012) ‘Managing Individual Conflict in the Private Sector - A Case Study’, Acas Research Papers, 05/12.

Saundry, R., McArdle, L. and Thomas , P. (2010) ‘Transforming Conflict Management in the Public Sector? Mediation, Trade Unions and Partnership’, Acas Research Papers, London: Acas.

Saundry, R, Antcliff, V. and Jones, C (2008) ‘Accompaniment and Representation in Workplace Discipline and Grievance’, Acas Research Papers, London: ACAS.

Saundry, R. and Antcliff, V. (2006) ‘Employee Representation in Grievance and Disciplinary Matters – Making a Difference?’ DTI Employment Relations Research Series, No. 69, London: DTI.

Conferences and Invited Papers

Saundry, R. (2012) ‘In-house mediation – implications for workers and trade unions’, Mediation and trade unions – threat or opportunity?, Trades Union Congress, Yorkshire and Humberside, 17th July.

McKeown, M. and Saundry, R. (2012) ‘Relational organising in a health care setting: a qualitative study’, BUIRA Annual Conference, University of Bradford, July 2012.

Saundry, R. (2012) ‘Early intervention or the last resort? A study of an in-house mediation scheme’, Dispute Resolution Symposium, University of Greenwich, 18th April.

Saundry, R. (2011) ‘TV Freelancers and Worker Networks - Lessons for Union Organisation', University of Northumbria, 10th October.

Saundry, R. (2011) ‘Re-building employment relations? Mediation, partnership and the
management of conflict’, Effective Conflict Management - What Works?, Acas Research Seminar, British Library, London, 8th March.

Saundry, R. (2008) ‘Accompaniment and representation if workplace discipline and grievance’, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change, University of Leeds, 8th October.

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2008) ‘Networks, Social Capital and the Revitalisation of Trade Unions in the UK Audio-Visual Industries, BUIRA Annual Conference, University of the West of England, July 2008.

Saundry, R. and Antcliff, V. (2006) ‘Employee Representation in Grievance and Disciplinary Matters – Making a Difference?’ Department of Trade and Industry WERS Small Grants Fund Conference, 26th September.

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2006) ‘The representation of worker interests in the UK audio-visual sector: getting on through networks and social capital’, Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick, May.

Saundry, R. (2006) ‘Networks – Issues for Trade Unions’, NUJ Freelance Council, London, January.

Antcliff, V., Saundry, R. and Stuart, M. (2005) ‘Networks, Collectivism and the Representation of Workers Interests: the Case of the UK Television Industry’, European Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Torun, September.

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2005) ‘The New Collectivism? Worker Networks In The UK Audio-Visual Industries’, British Academcy of Management Conference, Saaid Business School, Oxford, 2005.

Saundry, R., Stuart, M. and Antcliff, V. (2005) ‘Networks, Trade Unions and Television’, British Universities Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference, University of Northumbria, July 2005.

Antcliff, V., Saundry, R. and Stuart, M. (2005) ‘Individualisation, Collectivism and the Management of Risk in a Freelance Labour Market: The Case of the UK Television Industry’, British Sociological Association Conference, York, March 2005.

Saundry, R (2000) ‘Employee Relations in British Television – The Contradictions of Fragmentation’, Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, October.

Saundry, R (1999) ‘TV, Trade Unions and Collectivism - Employment Relations in British Television’, IRRU Seminar Series, University of Warwick, November

Saundry, R and Stuart, M (1999) ‘Casualisation, Creativity and Collectivism - TV, trade Unions and Atomised Worker’, 1999 Labour Process Conference, Royal Holloway, March 1999.

Knell, J and Saundry, R (1997) ‘European Community Regulation of the Port Transport Industry: Navigating Competitive Complexities and ‘Intergovernmentalism’ ‘, Conference on ‘The United Kingdom and the Social Dimension of the European Union’, Centre for the Study of Law in Europe, University of Leeds, November, 1997.

Saundry, R and Turnbull, P (1997) ‘Contractual (In)Security and Competitive Performance in the Port Transport Industry’, Employment Research Unit Annual Conference, Cardiff Business School, 11-12th September 1997.

Nolan, P and Saundry, R (1997) ‘The Contradictions and Limits of Employment Restructuring in British Television’, British Universities Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference, University of Bath, July 1997.

Coffey, D and Saundry, R (1997) ‘Some Issues For A National UK Port Transport Policy Framework’, International Conference on Industrial Policy for Europe, EUNIP, Royal Institute for International Affairs, London, 1997.

Saundry, R. and Sawyer, M. (1996)’Performance Implications of Regulatory Change in UK Television’, Economic and Social Research Council, Contracts and Competition Programme Conference, University of Essex, October 1996.

Nolan, P and Saundry, R (1996) ‘Labour Regulation and Performance in Broadcasting and Television’, Economic and Social Research Council, Contracts and Competition Programme Conference, University of Cambridge, March 1996.