Dr Kim Mather

Title: Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management
Phone: +44 (0)1782 734524
Email: k.mather@keele.ac.uk
Location: DW1.05
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I joined Keele Management School in September 2011, having previously worked as a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England and prior to that, the University of Wolverhampton.  I completed my first degree on a part-time basis at the University of Wolverhampton before gaining my MA in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, and then a PhD, both at Keele.  I worked in the financial services sector before commencing my career in higher education, as well as working for a number of years at a Further Education college.

My research interests are broadly concerned with labour management and labour process changes in the UK public sector, and with public sector industrial relations.

Academic Assoc. CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

My research focuses on changes in the labour management and labour processes of front-line public sector workers, and their resistance to these changes.  My current research activity is concerned with discrete parts of the public sector including education (schools; further education; higher education) and the emergency services (fire; police; ambulance).

Selected Publications

  • Mather KP and Seifert R. The close supervision of Further Education lecturers: 'You have been weighed, measured and found wanting'. Work, Employment and Society, vol. 28(1), 95-111. doi> link>
  • Mather KP. 2016. Heading for disaster: the management of skill mix changes in the emergency services. Capital and Class, vol. 41(1). doi>
  • Mather KP and Seifert R. 2016. Police pay-contested and contestable: Police Pay. Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 47(3), 204-219. doi> link>
  • Worrall L, Mather K, Cooper CL. 2016. The changing nature of professional and managerial work: issues and challenges from an empirical study of the UK. In Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work. (16 vols.). Edward Elgar. doi>
  • Worrall L, Mather K, Cooper CL. 2016. The changing nature of professional and managerial work: issues and challenges from an empirical study of the UK. In Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work. (16 vols.). Edward Elgar. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Mather KP. 2016. Heading for disaster: the management of skill mix changes in the emergency services. Capital and Class, vol. 41(1). doi>
  • Mather KP and Seifert R. 2016. Police pay-contested and contestable: Police Pay. Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 47(3), 204-219. doi> link>
  • Mather KP and Seifert R. The close supervision of Further Education lecturers: 'You have been weighed, measured and found wanting'. Work, Employment and Society, vol. 28(1), 95-111. doi> link>
  • Mather KP and Seifert R. 2013. Neo-Liberalism at Work: A Case Study of the Reform of the Emergency Services in the UK. Review of Radical Political Economics, vol. 45(4), 456-462. doi>
  • Mather KP, Worral L, Seifert R. 2012. Engineering compliance and worker resistance in UK Further Education: the creation of the Stepford Lecturer. Employee Relations, vol. 34(5), 534-554. doi>
  • Mather KP and Seifert R. 2011. Teacher, lecturer or labourer? Performance management in Education. Management in Education, vol. 25(1), 26-31. doi>
  • Mather KP. 2009. Solving the Labour Problem among Professional Workers in the UK Public Sector: Organisation Changes and Performance Management. Public Organization Review, vol. 10, 117-137. doi>
  • Mather KP, Worrall L, Seifert R. 2009. The changing locus of workplace control in the English Further Education sector. Employee Relations, vol. 31(2), 139-157. doi>
  • Mather K, Worrall L, Seifert R. 2007. Reforming further education: the changing labour process for college lecturers. PERSONNEL REVIEW, vol. 36(1-2), 109-127. link> doi>

Chapters

  • Worrall L, Mather K, Cooper CL. 2016. The changing nature of professional and managerial work: issues and challenges from an empirical study of the UK. In Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work. (16 vols.). Edward Elgar. doi>
  • Worrall L, Mather K, Cooper CL. 2016. The changing nature of professional and managerial work: issues and challenges from an empirical study of the UK. In Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work. (16 vols.). Edward Elgar. doi>
  • Mather KP. 2011. Employee Relations and the Illusion of Trust. In Trust and Human Resource Management. Searle RH and Skinner D (Eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Cooper C, Worrall L, Mather KP. 2007. Organizational change and its dysfunctional effect on managers in large organizations. In Research Companion to the Dysfunctional Workplace. Langan-Fox J, Cooper CL, Klimoski R (Eds.). Edward Elgar.

Other

  • Mather KP. 2014. Under pressure and 'the whole umbrella's going to have to grow': Capturing the voices of NHS workers.
  • Mather KP. 2014. Invited written submission in evidence to the Independent Review of Terms and Conditions for Operational Staff in the Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Mather KP. 2014. Watching the watch: Firefighters at work.
  • Mather KP. Budget cuts, austerity measures and police officers' right to strike.
  • Mather KP. The crisis in police pay.
  • Mather KP. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
  • Mather KP. Police work in an age of austerity: reflections from the front line.
  • Mather KP. Dealing with emergencies: skill mix changes on the front line.
  • Mather KP and Seifert R. 2011. Front line emergency services: Skill mix and task allocation.
  • Mather KP. Being on the front line: a study of fire, police and ambulance.
  • Mather KP. Front line and back room: An Empirical Study of Industrial Relations in the Police, Fire and Ambulance Services.
  • Mather KP. Strike bans for front-line emergency service workers: a study and a comment.
  • Mather KP. An enquiry into aspects of labour process theory as applied to state-employed professionals.
  • Mather KP. The reorientation of lecturers work: a case study of the changing lecturer labour process in further education.
  • Mather KP. A study of changes to the labour process of further education lecturers in West Midlands.
  • Mather KP. Restructuring the further education sector: growing managerialism and its consequences for lecturers in the West Midlands.