Stephen joined the Department of Leadership, HRM and Organization in 1990 after a career as a research assistant / fellow on projects on unions and technical change, change management and technical change, workplace health and safety, and non-union industrial relations. He was made a Reader in 2005.
Stephen is currently focusing on conceptual issues relating to the concept of 'employee engagement', and in developing qualitative approaches to studying engagement. The project on managers' information behaviors is drawing to a close (2012) but information use and knowledge transfer remain an interest for him. He is also interested in perspectives on research methodology that break with traditional perspectives such as quantitative vs. qualitative.