Surrey Business School

People and Organisations

The Department for People and Organisations at Surrey Business School is a leading centre for research in Work and Organisational Psychology, Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Behaviour, with a thriving post graduate student community.


Our teaching programmes include the well regarded Business Management (Human Resource Management) BSc (Hons), Human Resource Management MSc and Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc.

We also provide a dynamic environment for PhD researchers and currently have over 20 full-time and part-time doctoral students in the Department. We welcome applications for PhD research in any of our research areas.


The Department of People and Organizations conduct world-leading research in our core areas of leadership and decision making, organizational and HRM assessment, and quality of working life. We apply our research in our work with students and businesses to develop the next generation of evidence-based leaders and practitioners. In recent years, the Department has received research funding from bodies such as the ESRC, EPSRC, the Daedelus Foundation, EACEA, HEPCE, KTPs and SEEDA.

Research interests

Leadership and Decision Making

Leadership and decision making are key areas of expertise in the Department. Our world-leading research is applied in our work with students and executive clients:

  • Leader-member exchange and relational perspectives on leadership
  • Hubris in leadership behaviour
  • Intuition, decision making and judgment
  • Personality and leadership behaviour
  • The role of leadership in creating positive and rewarding jobs

Organizational and HR Assessment

Members of the Department have advanced technical expertise on individual differences, and all forms of psychometric and survey-based assessment for business, which we apply in published research and projects with organizations:

  • Personality assessment and development
  • Assessment for recruitment and selection
  • Employee motivation and performance measurement
  • Survey design
  • Analysis of HR metrics and data

Quality of Working Life

Our faculty in this area represent rich and diverse perspectives on the quality of people’s working lives, encompassing psychological, sociological, organizational behaviour and management approaches:

  • Pay and reward
  • Work-family interface
  • Job satisfaction, motivation, and engagement
  • Socio-demography of work

Discover more about our research on the Quality of Working Life.

Thinking Space

Each month, the Department come together for our innovative Thinking Space, an opportunity for all to hear about research of group members and others, and discuss openly and creatively.

For more information, contact Dr YingFei Heliot.

Research Outputs

Our international reputation for rigorous and relevant research is reflected in the quality of our research outputs.

Editorial boards

Members of the Department serve as editors, associate editors, consulting editors, and members of international editorial boards for numerous journals, including:

  • Academy of Management Learning and Education
  • Applied Psychology: An International Review
  • British Journal of Management
  • Human Resource Development International
  • International Journal of Management Reviews
  • Journal of Management Education
  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Management Learning
  • Work, Employment and Society


In recent years, the Department has received research funding from bodies such as the ESRC, EPSRC, the Daedelus Foundation, EACEA, HEPCE, KTPs and SEEDA.

Department of People and Organisations Members

Head and Deputy Head of Department

Name Role
Professor Stephen Woods Head of Department
Mr Stephen Dale Deputy Head of Department

Academic Staff

Name Role
Dr Filip Agneessens Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Programme Leader for the 4-year PhD in Management
Dr Chris Chu Reader in HRM
Dr Smadar Cohen-Chen Lecturer
Dr Rashpal Dhensa-Kahlon Lecturer
Dr Brian Good Teaching Fellow
Ms Heidi Hazeu Professional Development and Employability Tutor
Dr YingFei Héliot Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour
Dr Yuanyuan Huo Lecturer
Dr Ilke Inceoglu Associate Dean (Research) and Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith Professor of Organizational Behaviour
Professor Geoff Thomas Professor of Organisational Psychology
Dr Mark Williams Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
Dr Ying Zhou Lecturer in HRM

Research Students

Name Role
Mr Mohammad Abdullah Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mr Aflah Al Shaqsi Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mrs Heather Cairns-Lee Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Dr Jonathan Chocqueel-Mangan Postgraduate (DBA) Student
Ms. Lara Carminati  Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mr Francisco Trincado Munoz Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mr Mojdeh Mehrganrad Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Ms. Vita Akstinaite Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mr Tim Wray Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mr Nicolas Hawkins Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mr Derek Williamson Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mr Olaf Appel Postgraduate (PhD) Student

Research Centres

The Hubris Project

Businesses need to understand hubris and be able to avoid its perils and pitfalls. For this reason the University of Surrey has established The Hubris Project.