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IWP launches Research Update 2014

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), part of Sheffield University Management School, is delighted to announce the release of its Research Update 2014.

Collating just a few of the IWP’s fantastic research successes and ongoing projects, the publication documents work from prominent members of staff including Professor Peter Warr, Dr Carolyn Axtell, Dr David E Rast, Professor Penny Dick, Dr Kamal Birdi, Dr Eva Selenko, Dr Malcolm Patterson and Dr Jeremy Dawson. It also covers the work by the Institute’s high-achieving group of early career researchers and PhD students.

Read it online here, or see the document below. If you’d like to hear from the IWP in the future, email

Be a great Leader: SUMS course hits the headlines in India

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The Times of India-SnippetJan14Sheffield University Management School’s MSc Leadership and Management is gaining international media attention.

Both The Times of India and The Hindustan Times have carried stories about the programme, which is being run by Dr David Rast III.

In today’s challenging times, as organisations emerge from economic upheaval, leadership matters more than ever because effective leadership has a significant impact on corporate performance. MSc Leadership and Management divulges the established theories of leadership through a team of world-class academics. Their primary focus lies on developing leadership skills to be at the helm in today’s unsettled economic climate as an effective leader.

Sheffield University Management School is in the top one per cent of business schools of the world with the prestigious Triple Crown accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB), a status that has been achieved by only 59 schools worldwide.

The MSc Leadership and Management course is a one year full-time programme where students explore cutting edge research in areas such as positive organisational behaviour and authentic and entrepreneurial leadership. The programme has been designed with three distinct features including skill-building and action learning, practical relevance, and research excellence and research led teaching.

Sheffield University Management School believes that good leadership and management holds the key to organisational effectiveness and social and economic prosperity. The course focuses on imparting practical skills and knowledge to the students, which are critical to effective performance in the contemporary workplace. Students are able to reflect on the real-world business environment, owing to the applied skills and expertise sought by today’s employers. Moreover, the programme’s graduates are also entitled to a dedicated careers service to keep them in touch with various professional organisations. Therefore, whether the students are looking for developing their skills for promotion or have ambitions in leadership and people management, MSc Leadership and Management is aimed at current and future managers who are looking to develop their leadership skills. The annual fee for the course is £17,130.

For further information on the programme, visit:

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 with your CV and a 2-page statement of research interests.