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IWP goes from strength to strength

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), part of Sheffield University Management School, continues to cement its unrivalled academic reputation.

Its international acclaim and world-leading research keep it in the news, but behind the doors of the school’s newly-refurbished building, significant steps are being taken to maintain the IWP’s sterling reputation and build on 30 years of success.

In 2012 the school was awarded with Triple Crown accreditation, placing it firmly in the top one per cent of business schools in the world – in addition to this, a number of our programmes are accredited by major professional bodies including the IWP’s MSc in Occupational Psychology, which has recently been awarded re-accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The award was exemplary, with seven commendations of good practice. Highlights acknowledged by the BPS included: the strong research culture within the IWP that effectively translates cutting-edge work into practical learning experiences for the students; the passion and commitment to teaching whilst balancing research commitments; the ‘community feel’ and high level of support provided by the programme team; excellent links with industry ensuring that students learn from people who enthuse about their subject, and access to specialist career support, enhanced by Sheffield University Management School’s Employability Hub.

iwp-trioWe are also delighted to welcome three new staff members to the IWP – Mrs Rose Shepherd, Dr David E Rast III and Dr Eva Selenko. Each brings a unique field of expertise and research to the Institute and you can read more about them on their respective staff profiles (pictured left, links embedded).

Recent press coverage from the IWP includes Kamaljit Birdi’s appearance on BBC Radio 4’s special programme, Bobbies on the Tweet where he suggested that “greater transparency builds trust with communities”. Meanwhile, Dr Jeremy Dawson discussed improving employee engagement in the NHS with The Guardian newspaper (summarised here).

With an active community of doctoral researchers making waves, and the Institute of Work Psychology International Conference 2014 approaching, keep an eye on their news pages and this blog for up-to-date information.


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IWP Conference 2014 – business keynote announcement and submission reminder

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


Institute of Work Psychology International Conference 2014
on Work, Wellbeing and Performance

Sheffield, UK | 24th-26th June, 2014

The IWP International Conference 2014 is delighted to announce its business keynote speaker, Salem Samhoud.

A successful entrepreneur, Salem is the founder of &samhoud – a consultancy with offices in The Netherlands and Spain. Salem Samhoud has consulted a large number of prominent companies and organisations, including the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Municipality of Barcelona and the Dutch National Railways.

Pre-conference workshops

As in previous years, we will host a series of workshops on the first day, before the main conference proceedings begin on Tuesday evening.

There will be workshops designed for organisations and practitioners, sharing the latest thought leadership and insight from work psychology research. If you are interested in particular topics or have specific suggestions for workshops, please email us. For our academic delegates, we will again be running our popular statistical training and postgraduate and early-career events.

The programme for the workshops will be posted on our website shortly.

Reminder: Submit your paper or symposium

Deadline for submissions is very close!

We invite high quality submissions in all areas of work, applied social, organisational, industrial, occupational and vocational psychology and in the related fields of organisational behaviour and human resource management. Submissions to the scholarly programme can be for paper presentations, poster presentations, or symposia.

The deadline is Friday, 15th November 2013. You can find the full submission guidelines on our website at

About the Conference

The conference is hosted by the Institute of Work Psychology, Sheffield University Management School, and will take place in Sheffield, UK on the 24th-26th June 2014.

The conference will feature four internationally recognised keynote speakers:

  • Professor Eduardo Salas (University of Central Florida)
  • Professor Michael Frese (National University of Singapore & Leuphana University of Lüneburg)
  • Professor Susan Murphy (University of Edinburgh).
  • Salem Samhoud (&samhoud)

For more information about the conference, please visit our website at

We look forward to welcoming you to Sheffield in 2014!

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:

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.

App-y days for PhD student

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Chats by the printer, volunteering, networking or taking on extra roles in the office – if these informal work learning situations aren’t recognised as staff development, employers could be missing out.

Stephen McGlynn is a doctoral researcher in the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) at Sheffield University Management School, and his innovative project, called ‘Keeping Track of your Development’, has led to a significant international prize-win and the opportunity to develop his idea.

Stephen (centre) with Dr Achim Preuß, CEO, and Babette Auhagen, Marketing Manager of cut-e Credit: Beatrix Polgar-Stüwe/cut-e

Stephen (centre) with Dr Achim Preuß, CEO, and Babette Auhagen, Marketing Manager of cut-e
Credit: Beatrix Polgar-Stüwe/cut-e

Using a smart-device app as its platform, Stephen submitted his idea to the cut-e Theta Innovation Prize – run by global online assessment operators cut-e to recognise outstanding innovation contributing to a better fit between people and jobs at any point in the employee lifecycle. An independent jury, comprising renowned researchers and HR professionals from large companies, reviewed the international entries and were impressed by the high level and diversity of the projects submitted – finally deciding that Stephen should be awarded the prize of a trip to their annual conference, the opportunity to present his idea and £5,000.Stephen said of the win: “I visited Hamburg to attend the annual cut-e HR conference, and was able to present my idea to the 150-or-so delegates. I’m overwhelmed by the response to an idea I considered so simple!

“In short, the app records informal personal training developments that contribute to occupational competence. Users can analyse and document their professional development skills which is not only beneficial for the individual, but also for staff development, research and producing reliable data on the sustainability of a learning or development process.

“The idea sparked immense interest from the audience, whose questions ranged from ‘where can I buy it?’ to ‘can we collaborate?’. It was an amazing experience.”

Since returning from Hamburg, Stephen has been inundated with emails and Skype calls from global parties interested in collaborating, investing and being involved in the development of the app. With this in mind, he has a plan for going forward and hopes to use the funds from his prize-win to do so: “I am planning to make it – the interest I’ve had is phenomenal. A representative from a multinational retailer has been in touch, offering members of their team to join the focus groups and see what they can do with it.

“I’ve got a lot people to stay in contact with, so will get a group together – inviting people from across academia and professional sectors (practitioners) to get ideas together and produce a prototype. That’s what I’d like to do next, and see where we go from there.”

Speakers at the conference included HR representatives from companies such as easyJet, Tesco, O2 Telefonica and the Bank of Ireland. Ova Schulze, head of leadership assessments at Ericsson, said of Stephen’s idea: “There is still a need for straightforward tools to aid employees in driving their development. It’s good to see this combined with opportunities to research and document.”

Professor David Towner, head of global assessment at BP International, continued: “Within organisations we know that a lot of learning takes place outside of formal settings, but have no way of collecting the data of what has been learned and verifying this. The development of Stephen’s app will go some way to rectify this gap.”

Stephen, who has experience of building apps, believes that the prize win has been a success on a number of levels. Individuals he’s in touch with from the conference are also interested in his PhD research, and that of his colleagues at the IWP, Sheffield University Management School.

With an engaged audience ready and waiting for Stephen’s idea to come to fruition, we can’t wait to see what happens next.


Read about Stephen McGlynn’s idea in full at and watch his pre-win video interviews here:

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