Dr May Bratby


Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour, UG Business Project Co-ordinator and China Partnership Manager

Worcester Business School

Department of Management and Finance

Contact Details

email: m.bratby@worc.ac.uk

Dr May Bratby's research and teaching interests cover communication and cross-cultural communication. She holds a PhD which investigates Communication Breakdown Behaviour for teams and alliance parties involved in a project.

Dr Bratby coordinates the undergraduate research project and teaches research methodology, alongside responsibility for international agreements in China in her role as a partnership manager.

She teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate courses including organisational behaviour, cross-cultural management, research practice and methodology.

Dr Bratby has in-depth knowledge of research methodology, qualitative methods and CAQDAS including NVivo.

Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching areas:

  • Organisational Behavior
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Research Methodology


Research areas:

  • Communication in the construction sector
  • Improving the interface between people and communication technologies
  • Integrative working and collaboration
  • Cross-cultural communication

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the British Academy of Management (BAM)

BAM Organisational Behavior SIG

BAM Research Methodology SIG


  • 2019, Conference full Paper (BAM 2019 conference).Title: Understanding communication breakdown behaviour among alliance parties working on construction projects. Proceedings of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference. Status: Accepted.
  • 2016, Conference developmental paper. Title: An initial framework for Communication Breakdown behavior for the UK Construction Projects and its causes using a Grounded Theory Approach. Proceedings of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference. ISBN: 978-0-9549608-9-6© 2014 BAM | http://www.bam.ac.uk
  • 2016, Delivered a conference workshop at the British Academy of Management in Newcastle, Methodology track.  Title: Using NVivo Software as an Instrument for Data Management and Analysis within a Grounded Theory Methodology (a 90 minutes workshop for 25 delegates). ISBN: 978-0-9549608-9-6© 2014 BAM | http://www.bam.ac.uk
  • 2014, Conference developmental paper: Project Teams Communication within the UK Construction Sector. Proceedings of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference. ISBN: 978-0-9549608-7-2 © 2014 BAM | http://www.bam.ac.uk
  • 2013, Journal article publication: The Impact of Effective Communication on Employee Turnover Intension at First Bank of Nigeria. Economic Insights-Trends & Challenges, 65(4), 13-21.
  • 2012, Conversational Paper: Communication Competencies for Project Teams Communication. BAM 2012 conference symposium. Unpublished conference paper.