Helen Shipton is Professor of International Human Resource Management and Co-Director of the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice (CPWOP). Helen is Co-Vice Chair of the British Academy of Management responsible for Conference Affairs and Capacity-Building and UK Ambassador for the HR Division of the US Academy of Management. Helen has served as a BAM Council member for two terms (2009-2011 and 2011- 2013) and was Co-Chair of the HRM Special Interest Group 2008- 2012. Helen regularly leads and presents at events designed to support the career development of business and management faculty at various levels, from doctoral through to early and mid-career stage.
Helen has tried throughout her academic career to ensure synergies between teaching, research and consultancy activities. Her work has been published in a variety of influential journals, winning many awards. A recent paper entitled ‘Performance-related reward and innovative behaviour’, published in ‘Human Resource Management’ was voted (runner-up) best paper of the year (Academy of Management, 2019).
Carrying out research at the interface between Human Resource Management and innovation, Helen’s work suggests that companies are held back less by the technical challenges that innovation presents than by entrenched work patterns and limited new ideas coming from the bottom up. She has investigated the role of people management practices in enabling innovation, looking across national boundaries to draw out benchmark data. Helen’s research has led to a series of commissioned pieces of work within the engineering and manufacturing sectors (e.g. Baxi) and also in successfully tendering for research projects put forward by the CIPD investigating Employee Voice at Work. This latter piece of research- which highlights the role of employee voice in enabling workplace innovation- is attracting wide interest from practitioner communities especially but not exclusively from manufacturing and engineering sectors.