Manpower Human Resources Laboratory

Funded by: Manpower

Duration:

July 2006 to August 2008

PSI researchers:


Background, summary and aims

The Manpower HR lab has its own website: www.lse.ac.uk/manpower

Manpower have provided funding to create the Manpower Human Resources Lab at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The aim of the Lab, which will be based at the Centre for Economic Performance, is to establish a leading centre for the study and analysis of the impact of human resource and labour market decisions and trends on productivity at the firm, national and global levels.

A core component of the Lab’s operation will be to identify and utilise a range of data sources pertaining to its research. To this end, the Manpower Fellow will establish, through liaison with appropriate Manpower representatives, whether Manpower has any data which contribute to the research work of the Lab.

The Lab will operate from March 2005 to December 2007. Alex Bryson is the Manpower Fellow responsible for the Lab. Together with a PhD Manpower Scholar, they will run the Lab at the Centre for Economic Performance.

The Manpower Human Resources Lab will produce working papers on lifelong learning and skills; organisational flexibility; and the polarisation of work. In addition it will deliver:

  • Industry Forums
    Industry Forums will bring together 20-25 individuals from Manpower and its partners to discuss and debate key topics around presentations from HR lab researchers. They are an opportunity for the HR lab to experience an industry perspective and a dissemination platform for its work.
  • Manpower HR lab conference
    The HR lab conference will be a large-scale event, featuring international academics and key policy makers. It will explicitly be designed to be of interest and relevance to practitioners and academics and will include keynote addresses from appropriate Manpower executives.
  • Manpower HR lab public lecture
    The Manpower HR lab public lecture is an opportunity for a senior Manpower executive to give a high-profile lecture at LSE, introduced and chaired by a senior member of the University.

It is hoped that the Lab will become a leading centre for the study and analysis of the impact of human resource and labour market decisions and trends on productivity at the firm, national and global levels. It will achieve this by linking innovative data analysis to the practical world of business management.

Outcomes


  • Human Resources, the Labour Market and Economic Performance

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  • Bryson, A. and Forth, J. (2006) The Theory and Practice of Pay Setting, Manpower Human Resources Lab Discussion Paper No. 1, London School of Economics

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  • Bryson, A (2007) Temporary Agency Workers and Workplace Performance in the Private Sector, Manpower Human Resources Lab Discussion Paper No. 3, London School of Economics

  • Bryson, A. and Forth, J. (2007) Are There Day of the Week Productivity Effects?, Manpower Human Resources Lab Discussion Paper No. 4, London School of Economics

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  • Green, F. and Zhu, Y. (2007) Overqualification, Job Dissatisfaction and Increasing Dispersion in the Returns to Graduate Education, Manpower Human Resources Lab Discussion Paper No. 4, London School of Economics

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