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Dr Andrew Smith

Senior Lecturer/ Reader in HRM

Faculty/Dept/School School of Management
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Emaila.smith14@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 234350

Biography

Andrew joined the School in 2011 from the University of East London, where he was Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM). Prior to entering academia, he worked for many years in the civil service and was an elected trade union representative of the CPSA and PCS unions. As a mature student, Andrew successfully completed a honours degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Policy Studies at the University of Sunderland. It was here that he developed a strong interest in the Sociology of Work, Employment Relations and HRM. He was then awarded a PhD studentship at Durham University and his doctoral research investigated organisational culture change in the largest Public-Private Partnership in the civil service. In 2006 he relocated to Glasgow Caledonian University to take up the post of Research Assistant on a major ESRC-funded project, which critically examines work-life balance and care relations. He is part of a team of academics investigating the application of lean working methods in the civil service. Andrew is currently working with Dr Jo McBride (Newcastle University) on a new research project entitled ‘The Forgotten Workers’, which focuses on low-paid workers in multiple employment. Andrew joined the School in 2011 from the University of East London, where he was Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM). Prior to entering academia, he worked for many years in the civil service and was an elected trade union representative of the CPSA and PCS unions. As a mature student, Andrew successfully completed a honours degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Policy Studies at the University of Sunderland. It was here that he developed a strong interest in the Sociology of Work, Employment Relations and HRM. He was then awarded a PhD studentship at Durham University and his doctoral research investigated organisational culture change in the largest Public-Private Partnership in the civil service. In 2006 he relocated to Glasgow Caledonian University to take up the post of Research Assistant on a major ESRC-funded project, which critically examines work-life balance and care relations. He is part of a team of academics investigating the application of lean working methods in the civil service. Andrew is currently working with Dr Jo McBride (Newcastle University) on a new research project entitled ‘The Forgotten Workers’, which focuses on low-paid workers in multiple employment.

Research

Low-paid employment Work-life balance The Meaning of Work ‘Lean’ working methods in the public sector New Public Management Trade Unionism and Collectivism Labour Process Theory Privatisation and Public-Private Partnerships Organisational Cultures and Subcultures Andrew’s research and teaching are broadly based around the sociology of work and employment relations. He is interested in the experiences of work, employment change and the complexities and challenges of work-life ‘balance’. Andrew’s current research critically explores the application of ‘lean’ production techniques to the civil service, the articulation of work and life, and low-paid multiple employmen Low-paid employment Work-life balance The Meaning of Work ‘Lean’ working methods in the public sector New Public Management Trade Unionism and Collectivism Labour Process Theory Privatisation and Public-Private Partnerships Organisational Cultures and Subcultures Andrew’s research and teaching are broadly based around the sociology of work and employment relations. He is interested in the experiences of work, employment change and the complexities and challenges of work-life ‘balance’. Andrew’s current research critically explores the application of ‘lean’ production techniques to the civil service, the articulation of work and life, and low-paid multiple employmen Current Projects Andrew is currently involved in two large research projects with leading academics. He is working with Professors Bob Carter (University of Leicester), Andy Danford (University of the Leicester), Debra Howcroft (University of Manchester), Helen Richardson (Sheffield Hallam University) and Phil Taylor (University of Strathclyde) on a large project that critically examines the application of lean working methods in the civil service. The project involves detailed qualitative and quantitative research. The team have published articles in the journals ‘New Technology, Work and Employment’, ‘Public Money and Management’, ‘Industrial Relations Journal’, ‘Public Administration’, ‘Capital and Class’ and ‘Work, Employment and Society’, and are currently working on further publications. Andrew is also conducting cutting edge research with Dr Jo McBride (Newcastle University) focusing on the working lives of low-paid workers with more than one job, in the regions of Yorkshire and the North-East of England. This research is important, timely and has never been conducted in the UK before. The team are exploring the experiences and realities of multiple employment, together with the challenges of attempting to achieve work-life ‘balance’. They are working with trade unions, community groups and third sector organisations and will widely disseminate the research findings. Current Projects Andrew is currently involved in two large research projects with leading academics. He is working with Professors Bob Carter (University of Leicester), Andy Danford (University of the Leicester), Debra Howcroft (University of Manchester), Helen Richardson (Sheffield Hallam University) and Phil Taylor (University of Strathclyde) on a large project that critically examines the application of lean working methods in the civil service. The project involves detailed qualitative and quantitative research. The team have published articles in the journals ‘New Technology, Work and Employment’, ‘Public Money and Management’, ‘Industrial Relations Journal’, ‘Public Administration’, ‘Capital and Class’ and ‘Work, Employment and Society’, and are currently working on further publications. Andrew is also conducting cutting edge research with Dr Jo McBride (Newcastle University) focusing on the working lives of low-paid workers with more than one job, in the regions of Yorkshire and the North-East of England. This research is important, timely and has never been conducted in the UK before. The team are exploring the experiences and realities of multiple employment, together with the challenges of attempting to achieve work-life ‘balance’. They are working with trade unions, community groups and third sector organisations and will widely disseminate the research findings.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
Title‘’I feel like I’m in poverty. I don’t do much outside of work other than survive’: In-work poverty and multiple employment in the UK’ (2021)
AuthorsMcBride, J and Smith, A
JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
 
Title‘You end up with nothing’: the experience of being a statistic of ‘in-work poverty’ in the UK (2018)
AuthorsMcBride, Jo; Smith, Andrew J.; Mbala, M.
 
TitleUncomfortable truths–teamworking under lean in the UK (2017)
AuthorsCarter B.;Danford A.;Howcroft D.;Richardson H.;Smith A.;Taylor P.
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
DOI10.1080/09585192.2015.1111251
 
Title'The Magnificent 7[am]?' Work-life articulation beyond the 9[am] to 5[pm] 'norm' (2016)
AuthorsSmith, Andrew J.
 
Title'They can't be the buffer any longer': Front-line managers and class relations under white-collar lean production (2014)
AuthorsCarter B.;Danford A.;Howcroft D.;Richardson H.;Smith A.;Taylor P.
JournalCapital and Class
DOI10.1177/0309816814532409
 
TitleTaxing times: lean working and the creation of (in)efficiencies in HM Revenue and Customs (2013)
AuthorsCarter, B.; Danford, A.; Howcroft, D.; Richardson, H.; Smith, Andrew J.; Taylor, P.
 
Title'Stressed out of my box': employee experience of lean working and occupational ill-health in clerical work in the UK public sector (2013)
AuthorsCarter, B.; Danford, A.; Howcroft, D.; Richardson, H.; Smith, Andrew J.; Taylor, P.
 
TitleThe demands and challenges of being a retail store manager: 'Handcuffed to the front doors' (2012)
AuthorsSmith, Andrew J.; Elliott, F.
 
Title'Monday will never be the same again': the transformation of employment and work in a public-private partnership (2012)
AuthorsSmith, Andrew J.
 
TitleLean and mean in the civil service: The case of processing in HMRC (2011)
AuthorsCarter B.;Danford A.;Howcroft D.;Richardson H.;Smith A.;Taylor P.
JournalPublic Money and Management
DOI10.1080/09540962.2011.560708
 
Title'All they lack is a chain': Lean and the new performance management in the British civil service (2011)
AuthorsCarter B.;Danford A.;Howcroft D.;Richardson H.;Smith A.;Taylor P.
JournalNew Technology, Work and Employment
DOI10.1111/j.1468-005X.2011.00261.x
 
Book Chapters
TitleAccessing ‘Hard to Reach Groups’ and Emotions in the Research Process: ‘Work an Honest Day and Get the Usual Raw Deal’ (2019)
AuthorsAndrew Smith and Jo McBride
JournalHandbook of research methods on the quality of working lives
PublisherEdward Elgar