Carol joined MMU Business School from Bradford University’s School of Management. At both she has held a wide range of management, teaching and research roles. Prior to becoming an academic, Carol worked as an HR practitioner in the financial services, retail and voluntary sectors. She has won both research council and organisational funding to research topics such as working time flexibility, the HR/performance relationship and older workers.
Carol is also a former British University Industrial Relations Association Executive Committee member and sits on a number of academic journal editorial committee/review boards. Her research has won a number of awards including the prestigious CIPD Professor Ian Beardwell prize on two occasions.
Other academic service (administration and management)
Formerly Director for the Centre of People and Performance
Work Employment and Society Board Member Council Member, Manchester Industrial Relations Society Manchester Branch Secretary at CIPD Member, British Academy of Management HRM Special Interest Group Steering Committee Guest Editor for special issue of Employee Relations
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
HR and Performance Psychological Contract Working Time Flexibility Older Workers Social Care Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
C. Atkinson (2002). Career management and the changing psychological contract. Career Development International. 7(1), pp.14-23.
C. Atkinson (2002). Changing the Psychological Contract: Can a Relational Contract Be Sustained Through Organisational Transition?. Employment Relations Review. 20, pp.26-31.
Chapters in books
C. Atkinson, L. Hall (2007). Work Organisation and Flexibility. R. Lucas, B. Lupton, H. Mathieson. In: HRM in an International Context. London: CIPD, pp.63-85.
C. Atkinson, S. Shaw (2007). Managing Performance. R. Lucas, B. Lupton, H. Mathieson. In: HRM in an International Context. London: CIPD, pp.173-193.
B. Lupton, C. Atkinson The Roles of Local Enterprise Partnerships in Regional Skills Development. Nottingham, 6/12/2018.
C. Atkinson, B. Lupton, A. Kynighou, V. Antcliff, J. Carter (2017). People Management Support in Small Firms. Warwick University, 4/9/2017.
C. Atkinson No one sets out to provide bad care, but you're dragged to it, dragged into the gutter. London, 1/12/2016.
M. Mouratidou, C. Atkinson, B. Lupton, M. Antoniadou (2016). The career needs of the Crisis. Manchester Metropolitan University, 8/6/2016.
M. Mouratidou, C. Atkinson, B. Lupton, M. Antoniadou (2015). Exploring careers in austerity through the lens of the KCM: the case of the Hellenic Public Sector. University of Portsmouth, 8/9/2015.
C. Atkinson, A. Sutton HRM and Wellbeing in WERS 2011. University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK, 8/9/2015.
J. Ford, N. Harding, C. Atkinson Power and Difference in Organizations: Turning to Ancient Greek Philosophy, Drama and Mythology in Search of New Meanings. European Group for Organisational Studies, Athens, Greece, 2/7/2015.
A. Sutton, C. Atkinson HR Practices, Well-Being and Performance: An Analysis of WERS 2011. British Academy of Management, Manchester, UK, 8/5/2014.
C. Atkinson, R. Wapshott, O. Mallett You Try To Be a Fair Employer: Employment Legislation and Employment Relationships in SMEs. University of Cardiff, UK, 11/11/2013.
C. Atkinson, S. Crozier, R. Lucas HR and Performance in English Adult Social Care. University of Liverpool, UK, 10/9/2013.
C. Atkinson, H. Shipton, K. Sanders, S. Frenkl The Other Side of the Mirror: HR Signalling. Dublin City University, Dublin, Eire, 6/9/2013.
C. Atkinson, SE. Crozier, R. Lucas HR Practice and Performance in Adult Social Care in England. Staffordshire, UK, 1/1/2013.
C. Atkinson, R. Wapshott Responses to Employment Legislation in Smaller Firms. University of Cardiff, Cardiff, UK, 14/9/2012.
C. Atkinson, SE. Crozier, R. Lucas A Preliminary Investigation of the HR Practice-Performance Link in Adult Social Care. Bradford University, UK, 1/1/2012.
C. Atkinson, R. Lucas Not Everyone Can Do It: An Exploration of the Adult Social Care Worker Occupation in England. University of Aston, Birmingham, UK, 13/9/2011.
C. Atkinson, R. Lucas A Critical Realist Analysis of Policy and Gender in Adult Social Care Work. University of Keele, Keele, UK, 23/6/2011.
C. Atkinson, R. Lucas Care Worker Responses to HR Practices. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, 5/4/2011.
C. Atkinson, R. Lucas The Nature of Reward on Front-Line Adult Social Care Work in England. University of Brussels, Brussels, 15/11/2009.
C. Atkinson, R. Lucas Surprisingly Highly Rewarding: The Experience of Front Line Care Workers in the Adult Social Care Sector in England?. University of Cardiff, Cardiff, UK, 4/7/2009.
C. Atkinson, L. Hall Happiness and HPWS in the NHS. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, 4/4/2009.
C. Atkinson, P. Sandiford Flexible Working and Older Workers in SMEs. University of Middlesex, London, UK, 15/2/2009.
C. Atkinson, L. Hall Flexible Working Practices for Older Workers in SMEs in the North West of England. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 11/9/2007.
C. Atkinson, A. Guest Line Manager Implementation of Performance Management Systems. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, 4/4/2007.
C. Atkinson Building a High Performance Employment Relationship in Small Firms. University of Keele, Keele, UK, 24/6/2006.
C. Atkinson The Demise of Smack 'Em and Sack 'Em?: Employment Legislation in the Small Firm. University of Galway, Galway, Eire, 24/6/2006.
C. Atkinson, L. Hall Improving Working Lives: Flexible Working and the Role of Employee Control. University of Keele, Keele, UK, 25/6/2005.
C. Atkinson, L. Hall Improving Working Lives: The Role of Gender in Flexible Working. University of Keele, Keele, UK, 25/6/2005.
L. Hall, C. Atkinson The impact of flexible working on performance. In: MMUBS Performance and Reward Conference, Manchester. 6/4/2005.
C. Atkinson Employment Regulation: The Impact of Regulation on the Employment Relationship in Small Firms. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 12/9/2004.
C. Atkinson Exploring the State of the Psychological Contract: The Impact of Research Strategies on Outcomes. University of Keele, Keele, UK, 14/7/2003.
C. Atkinson, S. Taylor Personnel Management in Smaller Companies: The Implementation of Policy Structures Within a Negotiated Order. University of West of England, Bristol, UK, 14/6/2003.
C. Atkinson, S. Curtis The Impact of the Employment Relations Act 1999 on Formality in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, 12/9/2001.
C. Atkinson Can the Relational Psychological Contract be Sustained Through Organisational Transition?. University of Keele, Keele, UK, 4/7/2001.
C. Atkinson, S. Curtis Financial Services and the 'New Psychological Contract'. University of Angers, France, 14/3/2001.
C. Atkinson, S. Curtis Juggling Work and Study: The Effects of Students Taking Part-Time Paid Employment During Term-Time. School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK, 14/3/2001.
C. Atkinson Career Management Strategies for a Major UK PLC. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 15/9/2000.
B. Lupton, C. Atkinson, E. Crowley (2019). Productivity and Place: The Role of LEPS in Raising the Demand for, and use of, Skills at Work. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development/JP Morgan Foundation.
C. Atkinson, J. Carter (2018). Menopause in the Workplace: West Yorkshire Police. , West Yorkshire Police.
C. Atkinson, B. Lupton, A. Kynighou, V. Antcliff, J. Carter (2017). An Evaluation of HR Business Support Pilots: People Skills Building Ambition and HR Capability in Small UK Firms. CIPD, CIPD.
C. Atkinson, B. Lupton, A. Kynighou, V. Antcliff, J. Carter (2017). Case Studies: People Skills Deep-Dive SME Vignettes. , CIPD.
C. Atkinson, JK. Carter (2017). Menopause in the Workplace: Greater Manchester Police. , Greater Manchester Police.
C. Atkinson (2005). An investigation into the psychological contract in small firms.
Welsh Government/Care Council for Wales Recruitment and Retention in Welsh Domiciliary Care Sept 2015- Feb 2016, £25,000
Evaluation of CIPD/JP Morgan Foundation People Management in SMEs Pilot Progamme, July 2015-July 2016, £60,000
BAE Systems Evaluation of Graduate Development Framework, Sept-Dec 2013, £15.5K
Skills for Care (Sector Skills Council) Funding to investigate links between HR practices and outcomes in the care sector. £99,000. Project September 2007 – Spring 2009
British Academy ‘Investigating flexible working practices for older workers in SMEs’, Small Research Grant awarded June 2006; project 2006-2008.