Dr Philip Stiles

Governance and Risk Management

Associate Professor in Corporate Governance
Co-Director of the Centre for International Human Resource Management (CIHRM)

BA (University of Kent), MPhil, PhD (University of London)

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.

Subject group: Organisational Theory & Information Systems

Professional experience

Philip 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.

Philip 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, and is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Awards & honours

  • Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award, 2016
  • IBM Faculty Fellowship
  • Pilkington Teaching Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2006

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Philip Stiles’ publications. Please see the “Selected publications” tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Martin, G., Farndale, E., Paauwe, J. and Stiles, P.G. (2016) “Corporate governance and strategic human resource management: four archetypes and proposals for a new approach to corporate sustainability.” European Management Journal, 34(1): 22-35 (DOI: 10.1016/j.emj.2016.01.002)

Stiles, P., Trevor, J., Farndale, E., Morris, S., Paauwe, J., Stahl, G. and Wright, P. (2015) “Changing routine: reframing performance management within a multinational.” Journal of Management Studies, 52(1): 63-88 (DOI: 10.1111/joms.12111)

Velu, C. and Stiles, P. (2013) “Managing decision-making and cannibalization for parallel business models.” Long Range Planning, 46(6): 443–458 (DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2013.08.003)

Stahl, G.K., Björkman, I., Farndale, E., Morris, S.S., Paauwe, J., Stiles, P., Trevor, J. and Wright, P. (2012) “Six principles of effective global talent management.” MIT Sloan Management Review, 53(2): 25-32

Farndale, E., Paauwe, J., Morris, S.S., Stahl, G.K., Stiles, P., Trevor, J. and Wright, P.M. (2010) “Context-bound configurations of corporate HR functions in multinational corporations.” Human Resource Management, 49(1): 45-66 (DOI: 10.1002/hrm.20333)

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