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Dr Layla Branicki

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Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in HRM and Organisation Studies, based in the department of People and Organisations at the Open University Business School, Faculty of Business and Law. I joined the OU in October 2020, having previously worked at Macquarie University in Australia, and the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick in the UK. I have a BSc from Portsmouth University, an MA from University College London, and a PhD from Warwick Business School. I have got extensive experience of teaching and researching in the UK and overseas. I regularly present my work at international academic conferences and I am frequently invited as a guest speaker at professional seminars and events. I have recently co-edited special issues for The Australian Journal of Management and Gender, Work & Organization, and I am an Associate Editor for Group & Organization Management. 

Research interests

My research is primarily about resilience and corporate social responsibility. Through my research I try to understand the factors that enable employees and businesses to cope with high risk work (e.g. the military and policing), extreme events (e.g. pandemic disease), and grand challenges (e.g. climate change). My recent projects have examined employer responsibilities towards employees who return to work after a cancer diagnosis, CEO activism on issues such as gender inequality, and the ways in which COVID-19 is reshaping the role of business in society. I have a good track-record in winning and successfully delivering funded research projects, and was a co-investigator on the first major UK project to examine the existing capacity of organisations, and networks of organisations, to manage emergencies, a co-investigator on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded project 'Game Theory and Adaptive Networks for Smart City Evacuation' and a work stream lead on the Economic and Social Research Council funded project 'The Summer After the Floods'. I have published my research in journals such as Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy of Management Perspectives, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Gender, Work & Organization, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Work, Employment & Society. My specialism is qualitative research methods, but my strong preference is to work in multi-disciplinary research teams. 

Teaching interests

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and have a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. I have over ten years of experience of working with both business and non-business students from across the University and at all levels of study.  I have taught on a wide range of management and strategy courses, but specialise in teaching resilience, crisis management, and corporate responsibility from the perspective of organisational strategy and human resource management. While at Macquarie University in Sydney I taught for Open University Australia.

Impact and engagement

As an applied researcher impact is integral to my research. I have experience of working with a wide range of UK Government Departments, businesses, business networks, and professional representative organizations to produce non-technical research summaries, policy briefs, and commissioned reports. I have presented my research in practitioner forums in the UK, Europe, Australia, Fiji and the USA, and has been an invited expert at a range of government events (including at the UK Houses of Parliament). Most recently, with Dr Senia Kalfa and Prof Steve Brammer I have been working with The Australian Human Resource Institute to produce rapid research evidence about the HR implications of COVID-19 for Australian organisations.

I am currently engaged in international collaborative projects with colleagues from Macquarie University, Melbourne University, University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney in Australia, and Auckland University in New Zealand.


Towards crisis protection(ism)? COVID-19 and selective de-globalization (2021)
Branicki, Layla; Sullivan-Taylor, Bridgette and Brammer, Stephen
Critical Perspectives on International Business ((Early Access))

Organizational Accommodation of Employee Mental Health Conditions and Unintended Stigma (2021)
Kalfa, Senia; Branicki, Layla and Brammer, Stephen
International Journal of Human Resource Management ((Early Access))

Surviving Covid‐19: The Role of Human Resource Managers in Shaping Organizational Responses to Societal Paradox (2021)
Branicki, Layla; Kalfa, Senia and Brammer, Stephen
British Journal of Management ((Early Access))

COVID‐19, ethics of care and feminist crisis management (2020-09-01)
Branicki, Layla J.
Gender, Work & Organization, 27(5) (pp. 872-883)

Catching a glimpse: Corona‐life and its micro‐politics in academia (2020-09)
Plotnikof, Mie; Bramming, Pia; Branicki, Layla; Christiansen, Lærke Højgaard; Henley, Kelly; Kivinen, Nina; Lima, João Paulo Resende; Kostera, Monika; Mandalaki, Emmanouela; O'Shea, Saoirse; Özkazanç‐Pan, Banu; Pullen, Alison; Stewart, Jim; Ybema, Sierk and van Amsterdam, Noortje
Gender, Work & Organization, 27(5) (pp. 804-826)

COVID-19, Societalization and the Future of Business in Society (2020)
Brammer, Stephen; Branicki, Layla and Linnenluecke, Martina
Academy of Management Perspectives ((Early Access))

Conceptualizing Responsible Return to Work: Corporate Social Responsibility in Relation to Employee Return to Work After Cancer (2020)
Branicki, Layla; Kalfa, Senia and Brammer, Stephen
Work, Employment and Society ((Early Access))

The Morality of "new" CEO Activism (2020)
Branicki, Layla; Brammer, Stephen; Pullen, Alison and Rhodes, Carl
Journal of Business Ethics ((Early Access))

Managing Carbon Aspirations: The Influence of Corporate Climate Change Targets on Environmental Performance (2019-08-15)
Dahlmann, Frederik; Branicki, Layla and Brammer, Stephen
Journal of Business Ethics, 158(1) (pp. 1-24)

Grand challenges in management research: Attributes, achievements, and advancement (2019)
Brammer, Stephen; Branicki, Layla; Linnenluecke, Martina and Smith, Tom
Australian Journal of Management, 44(4) (pp. 517-533)

Why resilience managers aren’t resilient, and what human resource management can do about it (2019)
Branicki, Layla; Steyer, Véronique and Sullivan-Taylor, Bridgette
The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(8) (pp. 1261-1286)

How entrepreneurial resilience generates resilient SMEs (2018)
Branicki, Layla Jane; Sullivan-Taylor, Bridgette and Livschitz, Sarah Rachael
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 24(7) (pp. 1244-1263)

‘Carrots for Corporate Sustainability’: Impacts of Incentive Inclusiveness and Variety on Environmental Performance (2017-12-12)
Dahlmann, Frederik; Branicki, Layla and Brammer, Stephen J.
Business Strategy and the Environment, 26(8) (pp. 1110-1131)

Mindfulness in Action: Discovering How U.S. Navy Seals Build Capacity for Mindfulness in High-Reliability Organizations (HROs) (2017)
Fraher, Amy L.; Branicki, Layla Jane and Grint, Keith
Academy of Management Discoveries, 3(3) (pp. 239-261)

Creating resilient SMEs: Why one size might not fit all (2011-09-15)
Sullivan-Taylor, Bridgette and Branicki, Layla
International Journal of Production Research, 49(18) (pp. 5565-5579)

Extreme events, organizations and the politics of strategic decision making (2010)
Wilson, David; Branicki, Layla; Sullivan-Taylor, Bridgette and Wilson, Alexander D.
Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 23(5) (pp. 699-721)

Managing with Political Awareness: A Summary Review of the Literature (2006-10)
Hartley, Jean and Branicki, Layla
Charterted Managment Institute, London.