Katie Bailey (nee Truss) is passionate about meaningful work, whether that involves understanding more about it, or helping individuals and organisations to experience meaningful work.
She is Professor of Management at the University of Sussex. She has previously held posts at the University of Kent, Kingston University and London Business School. She has published over 190 books, articles, and papers, including 54 articles in respected international journals. Her article, ‘What makes work meaningful – or meaningless?’ appeared in the Sloan Management Review, and ‘Engaging the pole vaulters on your staff’ was published in the Harvard Business Review. Her books have included ‘Strategic Human Resource Management’ (with Clare Kelliher and David Mankin, OUP, 2012) and ‘Employee Engagement in Theory and Practice (with Rick Delbridge, Kerstin Alfes, Amanda Shantz and Emma Soane, Routledge, 2014). Katie is co-editor of the ‘Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work’, due to be published in 2018.
She has been invited to speak at conferences around the world on meaningful work, employee engagement and human resource management for organisations such as the European Parliament, European Commission, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Public Sector People Managers’ Association, NHS Employers, Leadership Foundation, Institute for Employment Studies, the Employee Experience Forum, and the 2016 Meaning Conference held in Brighton, as well as leading workshops for numerous organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors including Pfizer, HSBC, Grass Roots, Atos Consulting, Man Bites Dog, and Jelf/Marsh.
She is one of the organisers of the international series of Symposiums on Meaningful Work, with events so far held at Oxford and Auckland , New Zealand, and one planned for 2018 in Amsterdam; she was co-organiser of a caucus on meaningful work held at the 2016 US Academy of Management Conference. Previously, she led a series of seminars funded by the ESRC that brought together academics and practitioners around the topic of engagement. Currently, she is leading research projects focused on how individuals find meaningful work, migrant workers’ perspectives on meaningful work, and the impact purposeful leaders have on their followers, funded by the CIPD. She is also co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Management Studies on meaningful work.
Katie is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Higher Education Academy and the RSA, and Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies. She has previously been Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Involvement and Participation Association, and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Engage for Success ‘Guru Group’. She was a regular judge for the Institute of Customer Service Employee Engagement awards. Katie has a PhD from London Business School and a BA from Durham University. Her academic roles have including Chief Examiner, Global MBA Programme, London Business School, Visiting Professor, University of Kent, Associate Editor of Human Resource Management Journal, and member of the Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society.
She has raised funding of almost £1m to support her research from the Economic and Social Research Council, CIPD, National Institute for Health Research and industry.
Alongside her academic qualifications, Katie has a Certificate in Coaching and is an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching. She runs workshops, masterclasses and coaching assignments on meaningful work for leaders, individuals, managers, and HR professionals.
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