Stephen Woods

Professor Stephen Woods

Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology and Head of Department of People and Organisations
MSc (Occ Psych) PhD (Psych) CPsychol
+44 (0)1483 684418
43 MS 03

Academic and research departments

Department of People and Organisations.


Affiliations and memberships

British Psychological Society
Full Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology
Member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
Academy of Management
Member of the US Academy of Management


Research interests

Indicators of esteem

  • Academy of Management (2018)

    Winner, best overall paper at the Careers Division of the AoM Conference 2018:

    Zhou, Y., Zou, M., Woods, S., & Wu, C. (2018, July). The Restorative Effect of Work after Unemployment. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2018, No. 1, p. 11598). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

  • British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology (2019)

    Invited Keynote Speaker to Annual DOP Conference 2019.

    The Influence of Work on Personality Development and Change through Life: Implications for Thriving at Work



    Postgraduate research supervision




    Woods, S. A., Wille, B., Wu, C. H., Lievens, F., & De Fruyt, F. (2019). The influence of work on personality trait development: The demands-affordances TrAnsactional (DATA) model, an integrative review, and research agenda. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110, 258-271.

    Woods, S. A., & Anderson, N. R. (2016). Toward a Periodic Table of Personality: Mapping Personality Scales Between the Five-factor Model and the Circumplex Model. Journal of Applied Psychology101(4), 582-604.

    Woods, S. A., Lievens, F., De Fruyt, F., & Wille, B. (2013). Personality across working life: The longitudinal and reciprocal influences of personality on work. Journal of Organizational Behavior34(S1), S7-S25.

    Woods, S. A., Ahmed, S., Nikolaou, I., Costa, A. C., & Anderson, N. R. (2020) Personnel selection in the digital age: a review of validity and applicant reactions, and future research challenges. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 1-14.

    Woods, S. A., & Hampson, S. E. (2010). Predicting Adult Occupational Environments From Gender and Childhood Personality Traits. Journal of Applied Psychology95(6), 1045-1057.

    Zhou, Y., Zou, M., Woods, S. A., & Wu, C. H. (2018). The Restorative Effect of Work after Unemployment: An Intra-individual Analysis of Subjective Well-being Recovery through Reemployment. Journal of Applied Psychology.

    Woods, S. A., Edmonds, G. W., Hampson, S. E., & Lievens, F. (2020). How our work influences who we are: Testing a theory of vocational and personality development over fifty years. Journal of Research in Personality85, 103930.


    Woods, S. A. & West, M. A. The Psychology of Work and Organizations. CENGAGE: London.

    STEPHEN ANTHONY WOODS, Uwe Napiersky, Wladislaw Rivkin (2022)Learning to self-lead: Examining self-leadership strategies, personality traits and learning attainment, In: Applied psychology Wiley

    This study examined self-leadership, an integrative concept in organisational behaviour and psychology, that represents a person's ability to manage themselves and improve their own performance through a combination of behavioural, cognitive and motivational strategies, in the context of learning and development outcomes. Change in three aspects of self-leadership (termed the Doing-self, Thinking-self and Energising-self) following a short development intervention was examined in a sample of management school students in a pre-intervention and postintervention design. The study also expanded upon the role of personality traits in moderating self-leadership change. The data additionally provide evidence of the association of self-leadership with learning attainment. The findings of this study underline the potential benefits of self-leadership learning and development. Implications for theory and practice in organisations are discussed.