Surrey Business School

People and Organisations

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

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.

Department of People and Organisations Members

Head of Department

Name Role
Professor Stephen Woods Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology Head of Department: People and Organizations

Deputy Head of Department

Name Role
Mr Stephen Dale Teaching Fellow in Law

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 Alf Crossman Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations and HRM
Dr YingFei Héliot Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour
Dr Ilke Inceoglu Associate Dean (Research) and Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith Professor of Organizational Behaviour
Dr Vurain Tabvuma Senior Lecturer in OB/HRM
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
Mr Richard Churches Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Ms Nandita Farhad Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Ms Neve Isaeva Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mrs Amanda Lee Postgraduate (PhD) Student
Mr Des Williamson 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.

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