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IWP Conference welcomes the world

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) held its fourth biennial International Conference at the end of June. The event was a huge success with four renowned keynote speakers, over 200 delegates from across six continents, and a range of cutting-edge research presentations in the areas of work, wellbeing, leadership and performance.

Oliver Weigelt, from the University of Hagen, said of the conference: “It had great networking opportunities, intriguing papers and excellent organisation – as well as a taste of Yorkshire. In the most positive way, an unforgettable event.”

Popular topics at the conference included health, stress and wellbeing; leadership; entrepreneurship; teamwork; creativity and innovation; the dark side of organisations; careers and development; unemployment; diversity; and motivation and engagement.

Continuing its tradition of applying psychology to workplace settings, IWP members delivered a number of business workshops as a fringe to the conference, sharing the latest research on leadership, creativity, and voice in organisations with members of the local business community.

The conference also included a number of research support events, including a developmental workshop for postgraduate students and early career researchers, and a variety of workshops and training courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods led by Dr Chris Stride, Dr Jeremy Dawson, Dr Larry Williams and Professor Penny Dick.

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Beyond the high quality presentations and research support events, the conference lived up to its reputation for creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for both first-time attendees and old friends who have attended all four conferences. It continues to be a place where colleagues from across the discipline come together to network, share insights, collaborate, and catch-up. Networking opportunities made the most of Sheffield, with hosted dinners across the city and drinks receptions in the Management School and the Millennium Galleries.

Stephen McGlynn, a PhD student and co-chair of the conference, said: “We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates. Our keynotes and presenters had a great, real-world focus and approached the event with enthusiasm and creativity. Many of our delegates are already excited about the IWP International Conference 2016!”

Read more about the event here: http://www.iwpconference.org/about-the-conference/

View more photographs from the event here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZjaBHS

Interested in a PhD in Leadership & Social Identity?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Dr. David Rast, III, PhD is currently accepting applications for a doctoral student in the area of group processes, intergroup relations, and leadership.

Project description: Leadership is fundamentally a group process whereby leaders influence a collection of individuals, and vice versa. Past research demonstrates that leader emergence and preference within groups is impacted by feelings of uncertainty about oneself (Rast, Gaffney, Hogg, & Crisp, 2012; Rast, Hogg, & Giessner, 2013). Social identity is an important component in this situation, where considerations of followers’ self-conception are evoked and managed by the group’s leadership. Building on the social identity theory of leadership (Hogg, van Knippenberg, & Rast, 2012), this project will examine how/when leaders, particularly extremist, deviant, or non-prototypical leaders, can strategically use uncertainty to their advantage as a means to strengthen their support by providing ways to ease follower uncertainty and by emphasizing a shared identity.

Potential applicants with demonstrable research interests in the areas of the self-concept, social identity, social influence, collective action, and leadership are strongly preferred. Please email Dr. David Rast at d.rast@sheffield.ac.uk with your CV and a 2-page statement of research interests.

See clearly with Professor Michelle Ryan’s research into the Glass Cliff at SUMS

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Professor Michelle Ryan is a highly-regarded figure in the world of social and organisational psychology.Ryan Michelle

Her research into the ‘Glass Cliff’ concept led to international press coverage and inclusion in numerous significant and influential research journals. As such, Sheffield University Management School and the Institute of Work Psychology are delighted that Prof Ryan will be visiting the school on 20 November, to deliver a seminar concerning her research.

Titled ‘Uncovering the Glass Cliff: Examining the Precariousness of Women’s leadership Positions’, Prof Ryan will discuss and examine what happens when women (and other minority groups) take on leadership roles. Extending the metaphor of the Glass Ceiling, the Glass Cliff describes the phenomenon whereby individuals belonging to particular groups are more likely to be found in leadership positions that are associated with a greater risk of failure and criticism.

This seminar is of interest to academics and students from many disciplines, ranging from organisational psychology, to women’s issues and sociology. You are able to book a place for the event on our Management Gateway: http://management.shef.ac.uk/events.

Following in the footsteps of Professor Sabine Sonnentag, who discussed proactive work behaviour at the school in October, Prof Ryan’s visit underpins Sheffield University Management School’s high-standard of distinguished academic speakers attending this year’s programme of research seminars.

Michelle Ryan is Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology and Associate Dean (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at the University of Exeter

To book onto the event, click here.

Leading organisational psychology expert Professor Cary Cooper shares insight into the wellbeing agenda

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

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The Management School was delighted to host Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School, Cary Cooper, CBE at the University here in Sheffield on the 1st of May to share his expertise on the wellbeing agenda.

Professor Cooper is the author and editor of more than 125 books and is one of Britain’s most quoted business gurus.

This special lecture explored the  wellbeing agenda including new pressures that are emerging on people at work during the current times. Professor Cooper also discussed the costs of stress at work and the strategies for dealing with these issues.

The event was well attended and gave interesting topics for discussion amongst staff and students from the Management School and the faculty.

More about Professor Cary Cooper:
As well as Professor at Lancaster University, he is a founding President of the British Academy of Management, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of only 5 UK Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management,  President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and President of RELATE.

Professor Cooper was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Editor of the scholarly journal Stress and Health and is the Editor  (with Professor Chris Argyris of Harvard Business School and Professor Bill Starbuck of New York University as Associate Editors) of the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management.

He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation, ILO, and EU in the field of occupational health research and wellbeing, was Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease of the World Economic Forum (2009-2010) and is Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences (comprising 43 learned societies in the social sciences and over 87,000members). In 2001 he was awarded the CBE by the Queen for his contributions to organisational health and safety.

IWP Graduate Wins Practitioner of the Year Award

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Congratulations to Kate Bonsall Clarke, an alumna of the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), on winning the coveted Practitioner of the Year Award for Occupational Psychology.

This prestigious award is granted by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology, and is annually awarded to a Chartered Psychologist who demonstrates excellence in the practical application of Occupational Psychology.

Kate received the award for her work with the Rail Safety and Standards Board, where she developed, implemented, and evaluated a programme for non-technical skills training for train drivers in the British rail industry.

Almuth McDowall, Chair-Elect of the Division of Occupational Psychology, commended Kate’s work as standing out from others in the shortlist, in that it evaluated its effect at the individual, team and organisational level.  Such an evaluation approach was inspired by the work of Dr Kamal Birdi, a researcher at the world-leading IWP, and one of Kate’s lecturers during her Masters course.

Cyberbullying in the workplace

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Cyberbullying through e-mail, text and web posts is as common in the workplace as conventional bullying but even more difficult to uncover, research by experts from the University of Sheffield has revealed.

Occupational psychologists Dr Christine Sprigg, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley of the University of Sheffield, together with Dr Iain Coyne of the University of Nottingham, turned the focus of their investigation onto cyberbullying of adult workers, instead of younger people in schools, for which more research has taken place.

The results of their research will be revealed at a seminar during the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) annual Festival of Social Science at an event in the Showroom Workstation, Paternoster Row, on Wednesday 7 November 2012 from 5pm until 8pm.

The team will also make suggestions on how employers should tackle and prevent cyberbullying in the workplace. Researchers believe that cyberbullying will become more important as communication technologies continue to evolve and become more widespread.

The study included three separate surveys among employees in several UK universities, asking people about their experiences of cyberbullying in the workplace.

Survey respondents were given a list of what can be classed as bullying, such as being humiliated, ignored or gossiped about, and were asked if they had faced such behaviour online and how often.

Of the 320 people who responded to the survey, around eight out of ten had experienced one of the listed cyberbullying behaviours on at least one occasion in the previous six months.

The results also showed 14 to 20 per cent experienced them at least once a week – a similar rate to conventional bullying. The research team also examined the impact of cyberbullying on workers’ mental strain and wellbeing.

“Our research showed that cyberbullying has a stronger negative impact on employee mental strain and job satisfaction than traditional, face to face bullying does,” said Dr Axtell.

The research team also found that the impact of witnessing cyberbullying was different than that seen for conventional bullying.

“In more traditional, face to face bullying, seeing someone else being bullied also has a negative impact on the wellbeing of the witness,” said Dr. Sprigg. “However, we didn’t find the same negative effect for those who said they had witnessed others being cyberbullied.

“This might be because we are less aware of other people’s reactions online, and so the witnesses might not empathise so much with the victims. This could potentially mean that they are less likely to intervene,” Dr Axtell added.

The results of the research, which was partly funded by Sheffield University Management School, will be presented at a seminar to business representatives. “We believe our research will likely have implications for the way that employers formulate policies and guidelines relating to cyberbullying, and the seminar will be an opportunity for us to discuss our findings and learn about the experiences of other employers,” Dr Coyne said.

Additional information

Festival of Social Science

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future.

This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 170 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival.

The University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.

Contact

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Paul Mannion
Media Relations Officer
The University of Sheffield
0114 222 9851
p.f.mannion@sheffield.ac.uk

 

CIPD seminar: New trends in leadership

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This seminar is in association with CIPD South Yorkshire Branch and the University of Sheffield Management School.

Date: 14 November 2012
Time:
5.30 to 7.30pm
Venue:
Boardroom, ICOSS, Sheffield
To register: Please contact Kelly Walker: 0114 23433 or K.Walker@sheffield.ac.uk

About the seminar
Dr Ute Stephan at the Institute of Work Psychology at the Management School, will deliver this session, providing an overview of current trends in leadership including the evolving concepts of authentic, ethical and servant leadership as well as leading with meaning. The session will then look at the more strategic view on leadership and discuss what we can learn from leadership research on expert entrepreneurs as well as elaborating on the implications for leadership training and development. The session will be interactive and provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their experience.

For further information about CIPD visit http://www.cipd.co.uk/


ESRC event: Walking the tightrope

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Management School is pleased to announce further success at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.

Date: 8 November 2012
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: The Edge, The University of Sheffield, Endcliffe
To register: Click here to register your free place at the seminar

This one-day symposium explores how to create effective people, teams and organisations by drawing on the shared expertise and experience of a group of exceptional performers from the worlds of sport, medicine, specialist security and business.

Speakers include:

  • Andy McCann, Sam Brearey, Andy Halliday, – from the World of Elite Sport
  • Mark Stacey – Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS
  • Dr Paul Thomas – BBC Business Doctor, Leadership and Research Fellow in Complexity in Practice
  • Keri Jones – HR Advisor
  • Dr Ute Stephan – Expert in leadership from the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield
  • Neil Francombe and Steve Eaton – Specialist forces and firearms command

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at local and national businesses.

Further information

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 180 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival

ESRC event: Cyberbullying in the workplace

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Management School is pleased to announce the Institute of Work Psychology has successfully secured funding for an ESRC event as part of the Festival of Social Sciences.

Date: 7 November 2012
Time: 5-8pm
Venue: Showroom 5, Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
To register: Click here to register your free place at the seminar

This seminar forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.  Dr Christine Sprigg, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley (all at the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), Management School) and Dr Iain Coyne (at the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations (I-WHO), University of Nottingham), will outline the findings of their recent research in this seminar entitled ‘Punched from the screen: Cyberbullying in the workplace.’

The study, one of the first on workplace cyberbullying in the UK, explores the prevalence, impact and frequency of cyberbullying amongst 320 university staff members.

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at local and national businesses.

Further information:

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 180 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival

Inaugural Lecture from Prof John Arnold, 26 Sept: ‘Getting to grips with 21st century careers: Challenges for psychological research and practice’

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Professor John Arnold of the Institute of Work Psychology at the Management School will be delivering a lecture entitled ‘Getting to grips with 21st century careers: Challenges for psychological research and practice’ today, Wednesday 26 September, in the ICOSS building Conference room at 5pm.  Following the lecture there will be a drinks reception.

‘It is often said that careers are less predictable, more hazardous and more mobile than they used to be. Whilst this can be exaggerated, there is a clear need for us to think and act wisely about our careers. In this lecture I will examine some of the ways that vocational and work psychology helps us in this endeavour, and how it could do better in the future. I will touch on various career-related concerns such as how we move (or don’t) into and out of jobs, how career success is defined and achieved, individuals’ attitudes to career, the roles of other people in our career development, and the possible implications of later retirement ages. I will suggest some conclusions about how vocational and work psychology can make an outstanding contribution to the ways in which careers are understood and enacted.’

Everyone is very welcome.