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Philip Stiles


Co-Director of the Centre for International Human Resource Management (CIHRM)
University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance

BA (Univ. of Kent), MPhil, PhD (Univ. of London)

Professional Experience

Dr. Stiles developed the Global Human Resource Research Alliance, a research group involving 30 companies worldwide – American Express, BAE Systems, BT, EDF, GE, General Mills, IBM, IKEA, Infosys, Matsushita, Oracle, Procter and Gamble, Rolls-Royce, SANYO, Sealed Air, Shell, Siemens, TCL, TNT, and Unilever. The project represents the most comprehensive worldwide research study in the subject. The contribution to knowledge has been to identify both innovative and best HR practices within companies, and to show how human capital integrates with key dimensions of social and organisational capital.

Dr. Stiles is also engaged in work on corporate governance, focusing primarily on the dynamics of boards of directors. He was involved in research for the Higgs Review on the Effectiveness of Non-Executive Directors, and he is also involved in examining the nature of succession within companies, carried out in collaboration with an international headhunting organisation. He consults to a number of organisations in both the private and public sector.

Awards and Scholarships

  IBM Faculty Fellowship
  Pilkington Teaching Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2006

Research Interests

Human resource management; leadership; high performance working; organisational culture; change management; corporate governance; the dynamics of boards of directors; chief executive succession; the influence of self-conscious emotions such as shame, pride and guilt on work motivation.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Stiles, P. and Taylor, B. (1993) “Benchmarking corporate governance: an update.” Long Range Planning, 26(6): 138-139

Stiles, P. and Taylor, B. (1993) “Benchmarking corporate governance: the impact of the Cadbury Code.” Long Range Planning, 26(5): 61-71

Stiles, P. (1993) “The future for boards: self-regulation or legislation?” Long Range Planning, 26(2): 119-124

Stiles, P., Jameson, A. and Lord, A. (1993) “Teaching business ethics: an open learning approach.” Management Education and Development, 24(3): 246-261

McGovern, P., Gratton, L., Hope-Hailey, V., Stiles, P. and Truss, C. (1997) “Human resource management on the line?” Human Resource Management Journal, 7(4): 12-29

Hope-Hailey, V., Gratton, L., McGovern, P., Stiles, P. and Truss, C. (1997) “A chameleon function? HRM in the ’90s.” Human Resource Management Journal, 7(3): 5-18

Stiles, P., Gratton, L., Truss, C., Hope-Hailey, V. and McGovern, P. (1997) “Performance management and the psychological contract.” Human Resource Management Journal, 7(1): 57-66

Truss, C., Gratton, L., Hope-Hailey, V., McGovern, P. and Stiles, P. (1997) “Soft and hard models of human resource management: a reappraisal.” Journal of Management Studies, 34(1): 53-73

McGovern, P., Hope-Hailey, V. and Stiles, P. (1998) “The managerial career after downsizing: case studies from the ‘leading edge’.” Work, Employment and Society, 12(3): 457-477

Gratton, L., Hope-Hailey, V., Stiles, P. and Truss, C. (1999) “Linking individual performance to business strategy: the people process model.” Human Resource Management, 38(1): 17-31

Roberts, J. and Stiles, P. (1999) “The relationship between chairmen and chief executives: competitive or complementary roles?” Long Range Planning, 32(1): 36-48

Stiles, P. (2001) “The impact of the board on strategy: an empirical examination.” Journal of Management Studies, 38(5): 627-650

Stiles, P. (2001) “Ethics and governance.” Management Quarterly, 12: 8-13

Truss, C., Gratton, L., Hope-Hailey, V., Stiles, P. and Zaleska, J. (2002) “Paying the piper: choice and constraint in changing HR functional roles.” Human Resource Management Journal, 12(2): 39-63

Roberts, J., McNulty, T. and Stiles, P. (2005) “Beyond agency conceptions of the work of the non-executive director: creating accountability in the boardroom.” British Journal of Management, 16(Special Issue): S5-S26

McNulty, T., Roberts, J. and Stiles, P. (2005) “Undertaking governance reform and research: further reflections on the Higgs review.” British Journal of Management, 16(Special Issue): S99-S107

Books, Monographs, Reports & Case Studies

Gratton, L., Hope-Hailey, V., Stiles, P. and Truss, C. (1999) Strategic human resource management: corporate rhetoric and human reality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stiles, P. and Taylor, B. (2001) Boards at work: how directors view their roles and responsiblities. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McNulty, T., Roberts, J. and Stiles, P. (2002) Creating accountability within the board: the work of the effective non-executive director: a report for the Review of the Role and Effectiveness of the Non-Executive Director. London: Department of Trade and Industry.

Stiles, P. and Kulvisaechana, S. (2003) Accounting for People taskforce report: human capital and organisational performance. London: Department of Trade and Industry, UK Government.

Stiles, P., Wright, P., Paauwe, J., Stahl, G., Trevor, J., Farndale, E., Morris, S. and Bjorkman, I. (2006) Best practice and key themes in global human resource management: project report. GHRRA.

Book Chapters

Stiles, P. (2001) “The board’s role in strategy [translated into Japanese].” In Corporate Governance Forum of Japan (eds.): Corporate governance: reform of UK companies. Tokyo: Commercial Law Centre, pp.156-175

Taylor, B., Stiles, P. and Tampoe, M. (2001) “The future for the board.” In Pierce, C. (ed.): The effective director: the essential guide to director and board development. London: Kogan Page, pp.173-181

Taylor, B., Stiles, P. and Tampoe, M. (2001) “Governance and performance: the future for the board.” In Garrison, T. (ed.): Strategy dynamics. Henley: Henley Management College, pp.211-231

Stiles, P. and Trevor, J. (2006) “The human resource department: roles, coordination and influence.” In Stahl, G.K. and Bjorkman, I. (eds.): Handbook of research in international human resource management. Cheltenham and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp.49-67

Working Papers

Stahl, G.K., Björkman, I., Farndale, E., Morris, S., Paauwe, J., Stiles, P., Trevor, J. and Wright, P. (2007) “Global talent management: how leading multinationals build and sustain their talent pipelines.” INSEAD Working Paper Series, No.2007/34/OB. Fontainebleu: INSEAD.

Stiles, P. (2008) “The negative side of motivation: the role of shame.” Cambridge Judge Business School Working Papers, No.07/2008. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.