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Professor Stephen Woods PhD CPsychol

Professor of Organisational Behaviour and HRM Work, Organisation and Management


    Personal Statement

    Stephen A. Woods is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HRM in the Work, Organisations and Management Group at University of Liverpool Management School.

    Professor Woods' main specialism is personality at work and his research in this area focuses on psychometric and personality trait assessment, and personality development and change at work.

    He also conducts research on recruitment and selection in organizations, with special interests in how to ensure fair and effective assessment and people-analytics procedures. Steve has wider interests in human resource management and development, for example in diversity management, coaching and well-being at work.

    Steve publishes his work in scientific and professional journals (e.g. Journal of Applied Psychology; Journal of Vocational Behavior; Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology), scholarly books, and international conferences. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and Editorial Board member for the journal Work and Stress. He co-authors an international text in Work and Organizational Psychology (Woods, Stephen A. & West, Michael A. 2020, The Psychology of Work and Organizations).

    Steve collaborates with industry to help put research into action, and to help develop solutions to real world challenges of management. He is a Chartered (Registered) Occupational Psychologist in the UK and works as a practitioner extensively with businesses and organisations globally, especially in the areas of HR assessment and development.

    Prof Stephen A. Woods joined the management school in October 2019. Since gaining his PhD in 2004, he held a lectureship at University of Nottingham, and a Readership at Aston Business School, a Chair at Surrey Business School as well as a visiting Professorship at University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.