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Dr Adrian Madden

Adrian Madden BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Adrian Madden

Adrian Madden
BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour

Business School


Adrian is a former pupil of St Columb's College, Derry and a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast. He completed an MSc at Southampton on managing organisational change and was a Centenary Research Fellow at PRI (Policy Research Institute), where he completed his PhD on community leadership.

At the PRI, he was involved in a range of research activities leading to a number of important policy reviews, including formative research for the Empowerment Act (2007) as well as evaluation of a range of policy interventions (e.g. race equality legislation in different sectors, community cohesion and equalities in further education). He has taught at the University of Kent and University of Sussex as well as holding research fellowships at the Business Schools of both these institutions.

Adrian has previously worked in central government policy. As a Policy Adviser in the Commission for Racial Equality, he led a range of projects centring on community participation. He was also a Policy Manager in the Policy Innovation Unit of the Department for Education & Skills and worked on several inter-department reviews including the "Davies' Review of Entrepreneurship and Education".

As a regional research leader for the Home Office in the Action Against Drugs Unit, he coordinated a community-based research programme contributing to the development of national drugs strategy. 

He has previously worked in overseas development, in organisational and institutional capacity building roles; firstly in the Far West of Nepal in a community economic development project and then in national programmatic roles, managing and evaluating livelihoods work across Nepal.

Adrian is currently co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on Meaningful Work (in process); joint editor of the special issue of Journal of Management Studies on meaningful work , and co-convenor of the second international symposium on meaningful work, due to be held in Auckland in December 2016.

  • Teaching and administrative activities
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Contemporary issues in management
  • MPhil/PhD supervision

Policy Research Institute Centenary Research Fellowship

Adrian has contributed to the Future of Work programme at Green Templeton College. Together with Professor Katie Bailey and Dr Ruth Yeoman, Adrian recently organised the Symposium 'Beyond Engagement: Prospects for Meaningful Work'. It was held at Oxford University (March 2015) and around 50 delegates attended and attracted international interest.

Adrian is currently guest co-editor for the Journal of Management Studies, special call, 'Meaningful Work: Prospects for the twenty-first Century'.

Dr Madden's current research:

  • Meaningful work (qualitative research)
  • Employee engagement (evidence synthesis)
  • Women's entrepreneurialism and the informal economy (qualitative research)

Xeneti, M., Madden, A. and Thapa-Kharki, S. (2017, in press). The value of formalisation for women entrepreneurs in developing contexts-A review and research agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews

Xeneti, M., Thappa-Kharki, S. and Madden A. (2017 in press). 'Negotiating Business and Family Demands within a Patriarchal Society - The Case of Women Entrepreneurs in the Nepalese Context'. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. 

Madden, A., Bailey, K., Alfes, K. and Flether, L. (2017, in press). Using narrative evidence synthesis in HRM research: an overview of the method, its application and the lessons learned. Human Resource Management. First published online: 24th October 2017. doi: 10.1002/hrm.21858

Bailey, K. and Madden, A. (2017) Why Meaningful Work Matters. Industrial Management, 59(3): 10-13. 

Madden, A. and Bailey, C. (2017). Engagement: where has all the 'power' gone? Organizational Dynamics (in press): DOI: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2017.04.007

Bailey, C., Madden, A., Alfes, K., Shantz, A. and Soane, E. (2016). The Mismanaged Soul: Existential labor and the erosion of meaningful work. Human Resource Management Review. DOI: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2016.11.001

Bailey, C. and Madden, A. (2016) What Makes Work Meaningful - or Meaningless. MIT Sloan Management Review, Summer 2016

Bailey, C. and Madden, A. (2015). Time Reclaimed: Temporality and the Experience of Meaningful Work. Work, Employment & Society. DOI: 10.1177/095001701560410 

Bailey, C., Madden, A., Alfes, K. and Fletcher, L. (2015), The Meaning, Antecedents and Outcomes of Employee Engagement: A Narrative Synthesis. International Journal of Management Reviews. DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12077

Bailey, C., Madden, A., Alfes, K., Robinson, D., Fletcher, L., Holmes ,J., Buzzeo, J. & Currie, G. (2015). 'Evaluating the evidence on employee engagement and its potential benefits to NHS staff: a narrative synthesis of the literature', Health Services and Delivery Research Journal, Volume 3, number 26a. DOI: 10.3310/hsdr03260

Madden, A., Bailey, C. and Kerr, J. (2015 – available on line) 'For this I was made'. Gender and callings: the experience of being called as a woman priest.' Work, Employment and Society.

Madden, A (2010), 'The community leadership and place-shaping roles of English local government; synergy or tension', Public Policy & Administration, 25(2); pp 175-193.

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Bailey, Katie and Madden, Adrian (2016) We're not scum, we're human: recognition, inter-subjectivity and the role of the 'other' in meaningful work. In: 2nd Symposium on Meaningful Work, 1-2 December 2016, AUT, New Zealand.

Fletcher, Luke, Bailey, Katie, Alfes, Kerstin and Madden, Adrian (2016) Employee engagement in the public sector: a narrative evidence synthesis. In: 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 5-9 August, 2016, Anaheim, California.

Bailey, Katie, Yeoman, Ruth, Madden, Adrian, Thompson, Marc and Kerridge, Gary (2016) A narrative evidence synthesis of meaningful work: progress and a research agenda.  In: 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 5-9 August, 2016, Anaheim, California.

Xheneti, M. Karki, S.T. and Madden, A. (2015) Exploring Family Dynamics in Women's Choices in the Informal Economy- The case of Nepal, paper presented at the RENT XXIX Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business conference on "Entrepreneurship Society - a Platform for New Solutions to Old Problems", Zagreb, Croatia, 18-21.

Madden, A. and Bailey, C. (2015) 'Self-transcendence and the mixed valence experience of meaningful work: emerging findings from a qualitative study'. New Meanings of Work Conference, Finland, August.

Thapa Karki, S., Xheneti, M, & Madden A. (2015)  'My business has been sustaining my livelihood, I don't see a point in registration': An investigation of women entrepreneurs' attitudes towards formalisation in three regions of Nepal'.  Regional Studies Conference, Italy, May.

Truss, Catherine and Madden, Adrian (2014) Transcending the self: understanding the role of the 'other' in meaningful work. In: British Academy of Management Conference, 9th - 11th September 2014, Belfast.

Truss, Katie and Madden, Adrian (2014) NIHR evidence review: the process and the findings. In: Staff engagement in the NHS, 25 Feb 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton.In: 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 5-9 August, 2016, Anaheim, California.

Truss, K. & Madden A. (2014)  "Going beyond self: understanding the role of 'the other' to the experience of meaningful work" British Academy of Management. Belfast, September.

Truss, C. and Madden, A. (2014) 'Transcending Time: Temporality and the Experience of Meaningful Work'. BUIRA Conference, London, June.

Truss, K. & Madden A. (2013)  "The managed soul: a Conceptual Model of Meaningful Work and 'Existential Labour'" British Academy of Management. Aintree, September.

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