James Richards

BA (Hons) (Stirling), PG Certificate in Academic Practice (Heriot-Watt), PhD (Stirling)

Associate Professor in Human Resource Management

+44 (0)131 451 3043
Room G.42
Mary Burton Building
Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities


James teaches and co-ordinates two advanced undergraduate HRM modules - Employee Resourcing (C10RO1) and Employment Relations (C19RE1). He also teaches on the International Business Management MSc programme and co-ordinates the Human Resource Management (C11HR2) module.


James has a range of administrative responsibilities. His main administration responsibility involves co-ordinating the Management Dissertation modules (C10HD1 and C10HE2). James is the Chair of the School of Management & Languages Ethics Committee - a role that requires sitting on the University's Ethics Committee and School Research Committee. He is also the School of Social Sciences Link Tutor to the International Study Group Centre.

PhD Supervision

James would particularly welcome approaches from students who are interested in studying and researching organisational misbehaviour and employee uses for Web 2.0 communication technologies.   Currently, James is involved is involved in the supervision of two PhD students - HRM practices in the China's oil industry, and, social class and conflict in the Sri Lankan workplace. James has expertise and experience of ethnographical research methods, as well as conducting research with virtual research subjects.


Selected publications

Richards, J. (2009), "How employees can leverage Web 2.0 in new ways to reflect on employment and employers", In: Murugesan, S., Handbook of Research on Web 2.0, 3.0, and X.0: Technologies, Business, and Social Applications, Hershey PA: IGI-Global, pp. 846-862.

Richards, J. (2008), "The many approaches to organisational misbehaviour: A review, map and research agenda", Employee Relations, Vol. 30, No. 6, pp. 653-678.

Richards, J. (2008), "“Because I need somewhere to vent”: The expression of conflict through work blogs", New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 23, No. 1/2, pp. 95-109.

(2008) Deakins, D.; Freel, M. (eds) ICT and E-business Entrepreneurship and Small Firms (5th Ed.)  McGraw Hill. ISBN - 978-0-07712-162-4  

Richards, J. and Marks, A. (2007), "“Biting the Hand that Feeds”: Social Identity and Resistance in Restaurant Teams", International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 42-57.