Eugene Sadler-Smith

Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith


Professor of Organizational Behaviour
BSc PhD FCIPD FRSA FAcSS
+44 (0)1483 683101
55 MS 03
Term Time: Thursdays 12-2; Fridays 12-2

Biography

About me

I am Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Surrey Business School.  My first degree was from the University of Leeds (School of Geography), and my Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (Thesis title ‘Individual differences and the design of instructional materials’, 1988-1992 part-time, completed whilst working for British Gas plc [1987-1994]).

My research

My main research interests are: Intuition in decision making; Hubris in leadership.

My research has been published in various ABS3,4,4*journals including: Academy of Management Learning and Education (four times); Academy of Management Perspectives (twice); British Journal of Management (three times); British Journal of Educational Psychology; British Journal of Psychology; Business Ethics Quarterly; European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology; Human Relations; Human Resource Management Journal (twice); International Journal of Human Resource Management; International Journal of Management Reviews (three times); International Small Business Journal (twice); Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology; Journal of Organizational Behaviour; Long Range Planning (twice); Management Learning (three times); Organizational Dynamics (twice), Organizational Research Methods; Organization Studies; Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, etc.  I have also published in professional journals such as Forbes (Korea), People Management, Work, etc.

You can find out more about hubris at my Hubris Hub web site.

Books

My latest book, Hubristic Leadership (with a Foreword by Lord Owen) was published in 2019 (SAGE, 204pp.).  I have written a number of other books including Learning and Development for Managers (Blackwell, 2006, 470pp.), Inside Intuition (Routledge, 2008, 352pp.) and The Intuitive Mind (John Wiley and Sons, 2010, 324pp.).  The latter has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian, and was shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Management Book of Year’ award in 2010 (the winner was Mintzberg’s Managing).  I have contributed numerous invited chapters to various handbooks (most recently as section editor for the Springer Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management).

Collaborations

I have received research funding from The British Academy, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Daedalus Trust, Leverhulme Foundation and the ESRC South-East Doctoral Training Consortium (ESRC DTC).  My research, consultancy and executive education work has included projects with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Tesco, The Mind Gym, The Metropolitan Police, Tias Nimbas (Tilburg), ICSA, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, and the Home Office.  If you'd like to discuss collaborating please email me: e.sadler-smith@surrey.ac.uk

Media

My intuition research has featured on BBC Radio 4 and in The Times newspaper as well as various other media and press outlets; I was recently involved with Lambent Productions in advising on and appearing in the ‘intuition’ episode of series two of The Secrets of the Brain broadcast in Autumn 2017 on Sky TV.  My hubris research was featured as the cover story in Forbes (Korea) magazine in August 2018.

Teaching

I currently teach: Human Resource Development (PG); Decision Making (UG)

Affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD); Fellow of the Academy of Social Science (FAcSS)

Editorial Responsibilities

Consulting Editor: International Journal of Management Reviews

Consulting Editor: Management Learning

Member of Editorial Advisory Board: Leadership

Member of Editorial Advisory Board: Journal of Management Education

Member of Editorial Advisory Board: Human Resource Development International

Member of Editorial Advisory Board: European Journal of Training and Development

Former Member of International Editorial Boards: Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Management

News

In the media

My intuition research has featured on BBC Radio 4 and in The Times newspaper; I was recently involved with Lambent Productions in advising on and appearing in the ‘intuition’ episode of series two of The Secrets of the Brain scheduled for broadcast in Autumn 2017 on Sky TV. I was the keynote speaker at the Forbes (Korea) 'Hubris Summit' in July 2018, and the cover story for Forbes in August 2018.

Research

Research interests

My teaching

My publications

Publications

Books

Sadler-Smith, E.  (2019).  Hubristic Leadership.  London: SAGE (204pp, with a Foreword by Lord David Owen)

Sadler-Smith, E. (2010). The Intuitive Mind. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons (324pp)

Sadler-Smith, E. (2008). Inside Intuition. Abingdon: Routledge (352pp)

Sadler-Smith, E. (2006). Learning and Development for Managers: Perspectives from Research and Practice. Oxford: Blackwell (480pp)

Smith, PJ. & Sadler-Smith, E. (2006). Learning in Organisations: Complexities and Diversities. Oxford: Routledge (239pp)

Selected Book Chapters

Sadler-Smith, E.  (2017) Moral intuition is a virtue, sometimes.  Section Editor’s introduction to the Psychology section of Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management (Edited by Sison, A.J.). Dordrecht: Springer: 483-490.

Sadler-Smith, E.  (2015) Hubris in business and management research: A 30-year review of studies.  In P. Garrard & G. Robinson (Eds.) The Intoxication of Power: Interdisciplinary Insights, pp. 39-74. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sadler-Smith, E.  (2014). Researching intuition: A curious passion. In J. Liebowitz, (Ed.) Bursting the Big Data Bubble: The Case for Intuition-Based Decision Making, pp. 3-19.  Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis.

Sadler-Smith, E.  (2014). Intuition in professional and practice-based learning.  In S. Billett, C. Harteis & H. Gruber (Eds.) International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning, Volume 2, pp.807-834. Dordrecht: Springer.

Sadler-Smith, E.  (2012). Meta-cognition and styles.  In LF. Zhang, RJ. Sternberg, and SJ. Rayner (Eds.) Handbook of Intellectual Styles, pp.153-172.  New York: Springer.

Burke LA. & Sadler-Smith E. (2011) Integrating intuition into higher education: A perspective from business management. In M. Sinclair (Ed.) Handbook of Intuition Research, pp. 237-246.  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Hodgkinson GP. & Sadler-Smith E. (2011) Investigating intuition: Beyond self-report. In M. Sinclair (Ed.) Handbook of Intuition Research, pp. 52-66. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Sadler-Smith, E.  (2010), Intuitive intelligence.  In J. Gold, A. Mumford & R. Thorpe (Eds.) The Gower Handbook of Management and Leadership Development, pp.387-403.  Aldershot: Gower.

Sadler-Smith, E.  (2009), A duplex model of cognitive style.  In R.J. Sternberg & L-F. Zhang (Eds.) Perspectives on the Nature of Intellectual Styles, pp.3-28. Boston: Springer.

Sadler-Smith, E.  (2009). Cognitive styles and learning strategies in management education.  In S.J. Armstrong & C. Fukami (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Management Learning, Education and Development, pp.301-324. Los Angeles, SAGE.

Sadler-Smith, E., Hodgkinson, G.P & Sinclair, M.  (2008), A matter of feeling? The role of intuition in entrepreneurial decision making and behaviour.  In N.M. Ashkanasy, W.J. Zerbe & C.J. Hartel (Eds.) Research on Emotion in Organisations: Volume 4, emotions, ethics and decision-making, pp.35-55. Bingley: JAI Press.

Sinclair, M, Sadler-Smith, E. & Hodgkinson, G.P., (2008), The role of intuition in strategic decision making, A. Costanzo and RB. McKay (Eds.) The Handbook of Research on Strategy and Foresight, pp.393-417. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Sadler-Smith, E & Sparrow, PR, (2007), Intuition in organisational decision-making, In GP. Hodgkinson, and WH. Starbuck, (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Decision-making, pp. 305-324. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Lean, J. (2003). The practice of human resource development (HRD) in smaller firms.  In J. Stewart and G. Beaver (Eds.) Human Resource Development in Small Organisations: research and practice, pp.124-148. London, Routledge.

Sadler-Smith, E. (2001). Self-perception of team-roles: some implications for business and management.  In RJ. Riding, & SG. Rayner, (Eds.) International Perspectives on Individual Differences (2): Self-Perception, pp.101-132. Stanford, JAI Press.

Sadler-Smith, E. (1999). Cognitive style and learning in organisations.  In RJ. Riding, & SG. (Rayner, Eds.) International Perspectives on Individual Differences (1): Cognitive Styles, pp.181-214. Stanford, JAI Press.

Academic Journal Papers

Keller, J.W. and Sadler-Smith, E. (2019). Paradoxes and dual-process theories: A review and synthesis.  International Journal of Management Reviews (in press) doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12200

Johan, N., Sadler-Smith, E., and Tribe, J. (2018). Informal and incidental learning in the liminal space of extended independent (gap year) travel. Academy of Management Learning & Education (in press) doi.org/10.5465/amle.2014.0350

Sadler-Smith E, Robinson G, Akstinaite V and Wray TCD. (2018). Hubristic leadership: Understanding the hazard and mitigating the risk. Organizational Dynamics (in press) doi.org/10.1016/j.orgdyn.2018.05.007

Hodgkinson, G.P. and Sadler-Smith, E.  (2018). The dynamics of managerial intuition.  Academy of Management Perspectives, 32(4): 473-492

Akinci, C. & Sadler-Smith, E.  (2018). Collective intuition: Implications for improved decision making and organisational learning.  British Journal of Management (in press) doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12269

Goss, D. & Sadler-Smith, E.  (2017). Opportunity creation: Entrepreneurial agency, interaction and affect.  Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal (in press) doi.org/10.1002/sej.1273

Sadler-Smith, E., Akstinaite, V., Robinson, G., & Wray, TCD.  (2017). Hubristic leadership: A review.  Leadership.  DOI: 1742715016680666.

Sadler-Smith, E. (2016). ‘What happens when you intuit?’ Understanding human resource practitioners’ subjective experience of intuition through a novel linguistic method.  Human Relations 69(5): 1069-1093.

Sadler-Smith, E. (2015) Wallas’ four-stage model of the creative process: More than meets the eye? Creativity Research Journal 27(4): 342-352.

Kalou, Z. & Sadler-Smith, E. (2015). Using ethnography of communication in organizational research.  Organizational Research Methods, 18(4): 629-655.

Sadler-Smith, E. (2015). The role of intuition in entrepreneurship and business venturing decisions.  European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25(2): 212-225.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Burke-Smalley, L.A. (2015). How much do we really understand about how managers make important decisions? Organizational Dynamics, 44(1): 9-16.

Claxton, G., Owen, D., & Sadler-Smith, E. (2015). Hubris in leadership: A peril of unbridled intuition? Leadership, 11(1): 57-78.

Miles, A., & Sadler-Smith, E. (2014). “With recruitment I always feel I need to listen to my gut”: The role of intuition in employee selection. Personnel Review, 43(4): 606-627.

Akinci C. & Sadler-Smith E. (2013) Assessing individual differences in experiential (intuitive) and rational (analytical) cognitive styles. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 21(2): 211-221.

Sadler-Smith E. (2013) Toward organizational environmental virtuousness. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 49(1): 123-148.

Armstrong SJ., Cools E. & Sadler-Smith E. (2012) Role of cognitive styles in business and management: Reviewing 40 years of research. International Journal of Management Reviews, 14(3): 238-262.

Chaston I. & Sadler-Smith E. (2012) Entrepreneurial cognition, entrepreneurial orientation and firm capability in the creative industries. British Journal of Management, 23(3): 415-432.

Sadler-Smith E. (2012) Before virtue: biology, brain, behavior, and the "moral sense". Business Ethics Quarterly, 22(2): 351-376.

Akinci C. & Sadler-Smith E. (2012) Intuition in management research: A historical review. International Journal of Management Reviews, 14(1): 104-122.

Gore J. & Sadler-Smith E. (2011) Unpacking intuition: A process and outcome framework. Review of General Psychology, 15(4): 304-316.

Sadler-Smith E. (2011) The intuitive style: Relationships with local/global and verbal/visual styles, gender, and superstitious reasoning. Learning and Individual Differences, 21(3): 263-270.

Hensman A. & Sadler-Smith E. (2011) Intuitive decision making in banking and finance. European Management Journal, 29(1): 51-66.

Hodgkinson, G.P., Sadler-Smith, E., Burke, L.A., Claxton, G. & Sparrow, P.  (2009). Intuition in organizations: Some implications for strategic management, Long Range Planning, 42: 277-297.

Hodgkinson, GP., Sadler-Smith, E., Sinclair, M. & Ashkanasy, N.  (2009). More than meets the eye? Intuition and analysis revisited, Personality and Individual Differences, 47: 342-346.

Blackman, D. & Sadler-Smith, E.  (2009). The silent and the silenced in organisational knowing and learning, Management Learning, 40: 569-585.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Burke, LA.  (2009). Fostering intuition in management education, Journal of Management Education, 33: 239-262.

Armstrong, SJ. & Sadler-Smith, E.  (2008). Learning on demand, at your own pace, and in rapid bite sized chunks: The future shape of management development? Academy of Management Learning and Education, 7(4): 571-586.

Hodgkinson, GP., Langan-Fox, J. & Sadler-Smith, E.  (2008). Intuition: A fundamental bridging construct in the behavioural sciences, British Journal of Psychology, 99(1): 1-27.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Shefy, E.  (2007). Developing intuitive awareness in management education, Academy of Management Learning and Education, 6(2): 186-205.

Gold, J., Thorpe, R., Sadler-Smith, E. & Woodall, J.  (2007). Continuing professional development in the legal profession: A practice-based-learning perspective, Management Learning, 38(2): 235-250.

Leybourne, S. & Sadler-Smith E.  (2006). The role of intuition and improvisation in project management, International Journal of Project Management, 24: 483-492.

Burke, LA. & Sadler-Smith, E.  (2006). Instructor intuition in the educational context, Academy of Management Learning and Education, 5(2): 169-181.

Shefy, E. & Sadler-Smith, E.  (2006). Applying holistic principles in management development, Journal of Management Development, 29(4): 368-385.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Shefy, E. (2004). The intuitive executive: Understanding and apply ‘gut feel’ in decision making, Academy of Management Executive, 18(4): 76-91.

Sadler-Smith, E. (2004).  Cognitive style and the performance of small and medium sized enterprises, Organization Studies, 25: 155-182.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Smith, PJB. (2004) Strategies for accommodating individual’s styles and preferences in flexible learning programmes, British Journal of Educational Technology, 35: 395-412.

Sadler-Smith, E., El-Kot, G. & Leat, M. (2003). Differentiating work autonomy facets in a non-western context: relationships with commitment and satisfaction, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24: 709-732.

Hodgkinson, GP. & Sadler-Smith, E. (2003). Complex or unitary? A critique and empirical reassessment of the Allinson-Hayes Cognitive Style Index, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 76: 243-268.

Sadler-Smith, E., Hampson, Y., Chaston, I. & Badger, B. (2003). Managerial behaviour, entrepreneurial style and small firm performance, Journal of Small Business Management, 41: 47-67.

Rainbow, SW. & Sadler-Smith, E. (2003). Attitudes to computer assisted learning amongst business and management students, British Journal of Educational Technology, 34: 615-624.

Sadler-Smith, E. (2001) A reply to Reynold’s critique of learning style, Management Learning, 32: 291-304.

Sadler-Smith, E. (2001). Three or four learning styles? A reply to Swailes and Senior, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 9: 207-214.

Sadler-Smith, E. (2001). The relationship between learning style and cognitive style. Personality and Individual Differences, 30: 609-616.

Sadler-Smith, E., Spicer, DP. & Chaston, I. (2001). Learning orientations and growth in smaller firms. Long Range Planning, 34: 139-158.

Chaston, I., Badger, B. & Sadler-Smith, E. (2001). Organisational learning: an empirical assessment of process in small UK manufacturing firms, Journal of Small Business Management, 7: 139-151.

Chaston, I., Badger, B., Sadler-Smith, E. & Mangles, T. (2001). The Internet and E-commerce: an opportunity to examine organizational learning processes in small manufacturing firms, International Small Business Journal, 19: 13-30.

Chaston, I., Badger, B., Sadler-Smith, E. & Mangles, T. (2001). Organisational learning style, competencies and learning systems in small manufacturing firms, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 21: 1417-1432.

Gardiner, P., Leat, M. & Sadler-Smith, E. (2001). Organisational learning: some implications for human resource management, Human Resource Development International, 4: 391-406.

Savvas, M., El-Kot, G. & Sadler-Smith, E. (2001). A comparative study of cognitive styles in Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong and the UK, International Journal of Training and Development, 5: 64-73.

Sadler-Smith, E., Allinson, CW. & Hayes, J. (2000). Cognitive style and learning preferences: some implications for CPD, Management Learning, 31: 239-256.

Sadler-Smith, E., Badger, B. & Leat, M. (2000). Personnel practitioners are people too: a short note on their job-induced tension, job satisfaction and organisational commitment. Human Resource Management Journal, 10: 8-15.

Sadler-Smith, E., Down, S. & Lean, J. (2000). Modern training methods: rhetoric and reality, Personnel Review, 29: 474-490.

Sadler-Smith, E., Gardiner, P. Badger, B., Chaston I. & Stubberfield, J. (2000). Developing small firms through collaborative action. Human Resource Development International, 3: 285-306.

Sadler-Smith, E., Spicer D. & Tsang, F. (2000). The Cognitive Style Index: a replication and extension, British Journal of Management, 11: 175-181.

Chaston, I., Badger, B. & Sadler-Smith, E. (2000), Organisational learning style and competencies: a comparative investigation of transactionally-oriented UK manufacturing firms, European Journal of Marketing, 34: 625-640.

Sadler-Smith, E. (1999). Intuition-analysis cognitive style and learning preferences of business and management students, Journal of Managerial Psychology, 14: 26-38.

Sadler-Smith, E. (1999). Intuition-analysis cognitive style and approaches to studying, Educational Studies, 25: 159-174.

Sadler-Smith, E., Down, S. & Field, J. (1999). Adding value to HRD: evaluation, Investors in People in small firm training, Human Resource Development International, 2: 369-390.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Riding RJ., (1999). Cognitive style and learning preferences, Instructional Science, 27: 355-371.

Chaston, I., Badger, B. & Sadler-Smith, E. (1999). The organisational learning system within small UK manufacturing firms, International Journal of Training and Development, 3: 269-277.

Lean, J., Down, S. & Sadler-Smith, E. (1999). An examination of the developing role of personal business advisors within Business Link, Environment and Planning C (Government and Policy), 17: 609-619.

Lean, J., Down, S. & Sadler-Smith, E. (1999). The nature of the client Personal Business Advisor relationship with Business Link, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 6: 80-88.

Sadler-Smith, E. (1998). Cognitive Style: some human resource implications for managers, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 9: 185-202.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Badger, B. (1998). Cognitive style, learning and innovation, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 10: 247-265.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Badger, B. (1998). HR practitioners’ attitudes to Continuing Professional Development, Human Resource Management Journal, 8: 66-75.

Sadler-Smith, E, Sargeant, A & Dawson, A. Higher level skills training: meeting the needs of small businesses, International Journal of Training and Development, 1: 216-229.

Sadler-Smith, E., Sargeant, A., & Dawson, A. (1998) Higher Level Skills Training and SMEs, International Small Business Journal, 16: 84-94.

Sadler-Smith, E. & Tsang, F. (1998) A comparative study of approaches to studying in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, British Journal of Educational Psychology, 67: 81-93.

Sargeant, A., Sadler-Smith, E. & Dawson, A. (1998). University collaboration and Regional Economic development - exploiting the potential, Local Economy, 13: 257-266.

Sadler-Smith, E. (1997). Learning style: frameworks and instruments, Educational Psychology, 17: 51-64.

Riding, RJ. & Sadler-Smith, E. (1997). Cognitive style and learning strategies: some implications for training design. International Journal of Training and Development, 1: 199-208.

Badger, B., Sadler-Smith, E. & Michie, E. (1997). Outdoor management development: use and evaluation, Journal of European Industrial Training, 21: 318-325.

Sadler-Smith, E. (1996). Approaches to studying: age, gender and academic performance, Educational Studies, 22: 367-380.

Sadler-Smith, E. (1996). Learning Styles: a holistic approach, Journal of European Industrial Training, 20: 29-36.

Sadler-Smith, E. (1996). ‘Learning styles’ and instructional design, Innovations in Education and Training International, 33: 185-193.

Sargeant, A., Sadler-Smith, E. & Dawson, A. (1996). Bridging the academic practitioner divide, Industrial and Commercial Training, November, 1996: 16-25.

Riding, RJ. & Sadler-Smith, E. (1992), Type of instructional material, cognitive style and learning performance, Educational Studies, 18: 323 – 340.

Professional Magazines and Press Articles

'Hubris Summit' Forbes (Korea), August 2018.

Sadler-Smith, E. (2014).  Learning from intuitive hits and misses. Communication Director, 02/2014: 32-35.

Human Resource Management: International Digest (2010), Interview by Juliet Norton with Eugene Sadler-Smith, author of The Intuitive Mind: 18(5): 39-41

People Management, Instinct messaging, 25th February 2010.

The Times, 13th August 2007. When you just know (the lead story in Times 2 and commented upon in The Times leader column of the same day)

Personal Führung, Intuition in decision-making and management, 8: 36-43

People Management, The twin imperatives of intuition and analysis in decision-making, 24th February, 2007

The Psychologist, 18(10), Psychology and the music of Michael Tippett, The Psychologist, 592, October 2005 (in celebration of the centenary of the composer's birth)

People Management, The implications of thinking styles and learning strategies, 16th June 2005

Recruiter Magazine, Head or heart: how far can you trust your business intuition?, 9th February 2005

People Management, Professional Standards Research: developing intuition, 11th November 2004

People Management, Eugene Sadler-Smith rounds up the latest HRM research, 26th February 2004

People Management, Maximising the benefits of brainstorming, 23rd October 2003

People Management, Hollywood's pitchers and catchers: judging creative potential, 23rd October 2003

People Management, Eugene Sadler-Smith rounds up the latest HRM research, 15th May 2003

Observer, Interview on entrepreneurs' intuition (January 2003)