Helen Hughes

Lecturer in Organizational Psychology
Programme Director: MSc Organizational Psychology and MSc Business Psychology
C.Psychol, AFBPsS., Registered Psychologist (HCPC)

Email:
h.hughes@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 343 8285
Fax:
+44 (0) 113 343 4885
Categories:
Academic, Management, Socio-Technical Centre (STC), Workplace Behaviour Research Centre (WBRC)
Location:
2.31 Charles Thackrah
Profile

Academic Qualifications

PhD (part-time) ongoing, expected 2014. University of Leeds

MSc Occupational Psychology (Distinction), University of Nottingham

BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st Class), University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Professional Recognition

Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (no. 198767)

Registered Psychologist (HCPC)

Chartered Scientist (C.Sci.), The Science Council

Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP)

Member of the BPS Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (DSEP)

Professional Member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)  

Helen graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a first class honours degree in Psychology, and later completed a Masters degree in Occupational Psychology at Nottingham University for which she was awarded a distinction. Helen is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (C.Psychol.) and Registered Psychologist (HCPC). She is also a Chartered Scientist (C.Sci.) with the Science Council.

After graduating, Helen spent some time working as an HR Analyst at WM Morrison Supermarkets, before subsequently undertaking a range of Research Assistant roles at the University’s of Bradford and Leeds. Helen’s research interests have ranged from health and safety related matters to inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Much of her most recent work has explored socio-technical issues arising through the introduction of new technologies (such as telehealth), and the implementation of new working practices (such as the introduction of work teams), using methodologies which have ranged from social network analysis to agent-based modelling and simulation.

Helen has held a number of advisory and consultancy roles, and has worked with many leading organizations including Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, DePuy International, Marshalls Plc, National Health Service, Deloitte, Toyota, The Commission for Racial Equality, Network Rail and Arup.

Helen teaches in the Management Division of Leeds University Business School. She is the Programme Director of the MSc in Organizational Psychology and MSc in Business Psychology, and teaches across a number of modules within the School.

Research

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the following areas:

  • New ways of working, job design, job crafting and work organization
  • Team and group behaviours – in relation to complex systems, service design, networks, job design and professional sport
  • Systems design, and socio-technical thinking and practice
  • Organizational change and change management
  • Applied methods – e.g. modelling and simulation, social network analysis

Research Funding

“Overcoming Barriers to Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technologies” (co-investigator)

Project Value: c£1.71m (value to UoL: c650K)

Funded by the Technology Strategy Board and ESRC, beginning May 2011.

Research Projects

Academic research projects that Helen has led or worked on:

  • Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technologies (MALT) – This project is sponsored by the TSB and ESRC. Our work aims to understand the business models and systems required to mainstream telehealth in the NHS.
  • Knowledge Sharing: A social network approach – This project has been sponsored by Rolls-Royce. It uses a quasi-experimental research design to explore the antecedents and consequences of knowledge sharing and relational job crafting, exploring the interactions between these variables and workload. This work is also exploring the role that networks play in the development of jobs and careers.
  • High Performing and Robust Systems (HIPARSYS) – This project was a multi-disciplinary collaboration, sponsored by the TSB, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover. It aimed to develop long-term capability to understand and explain organizational issues such as team working through agent-based (computer) modeling and simulation.
  • Positive Action Research in Education and Health (PAREH) – This project was funded by the ESF. The project explored people’s aspirations and experiences of ‘Positive Action’ as a means of promoting equality of opportunity in the whole employment cycle.
Teaching

Helen became a Lecturer in Organizational Psychology at Leeds University Business School in 2009. She is the Programme Director for the MSc in Organizational Psychology at the University of Leeds, and for the new MSc in Business Psychology (commencing Sept. 2013). Helen leads the Commercial and Professional Skills for Organizational Psychologists module (LUBS5388), and the Organizational Psychology Dissertation (LUBS5392). Helen has taught on a number of modules at undergraduate level (e.g., Organizations and the Human Resource, level 2, and Organizational Behaviour, level 1). Helen also supervises students during their year in industry and is part of the management team for the Work Placement module. She has delivered half-day sessions to 6th form students through the widening participation scheme, and is currently an ?access to Leeds? tutor/mentor for students on a similar scheme. She continues to be a (postgraduate) personal tutor, and supervises dissertations for MSc students.

Responsibilities
  • Lecturer in Organizational Psychology at Leeds University Business School
  • Programme Director for the MSc in Organizational Psychology at the University of Leeds
  • Programme Director for the MSc in Business Psychology at the University of Leeds
  • Module Leader for the Commercial and Professional Skills for Organizational Psychologists (LUBS5388)
Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Hughes, H.P.N., Clegg, C.W., Robinson, M.A. & Crowder, R.M. (in press). Agent based modelling and simulation: the potential contribution to organizational psychology. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8325.2012.02053.x

Crowder, R.M., Robinson, M.A., Hughes, H.P.N. & Sim, Y.W. (2012). The development of an agent-based modeling framework for simulating engineering team work. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man & Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, PP, (99), 1-15. DOI: 10.1109/TSMCA.2012.2199304

Hughes, H. & Challenger, R. (2009). Psychology and the media – dawn of a new era? The Psychologist, 22 (8), 650

Archibong, U., Giga, S., Ashraf, F., Bucktrout, A., Jackson, H., Johnson, M.R.D., Baxter, C. (2007). Representational Diversity: The Experience and Interpretation. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations, 6, 1-13. 

Harvey, J., Erdos, G. Jackson, H. (2004). Is safety culture in differing organizations the same thing? A comparison of safety culture measures in three organizations. Risk, decision & policy, 9, (4), 391-400.  DOI: 10.1080/14664530490896690

Harvey, J., Erdos, G., Jackson, H. (2004). Can Safety Culture in Differing Organisations Mean the Same Thing? Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management, 1 (6), 857-862.

Peer Reviewed Conferences:

Machon, L., Hughes, H., Clegg, C., Ross, D., Kelly, C. (2012) Integrating business and socio-technical perspectives for the design of telehealth services. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare, San Francisco (23 – 25 July).

Bolton, L. & Hughes, H.P.N. (2011). New and emerging issues in job design: job crafting. Paper presented at the 15th bi-annual conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology in Maastricht, Netherlands (25-28 May).

Coyle, S.I., Bolton, L.E., Drury, M.E., Hughes, H.P.N., & Clegg, C.W. (2011) Engaging Employees in Becoming the Masters of their own Destiny: The Role of Organizational Psychology in Engineering Systems Design. Paper presented at the 15th bi-annual conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology in Maastricht, Netherlands (25-28 May).

Hughes, H.P.N, Clegg, C.W. & Leach, D.J. (2011). Job Crafting: A Social Network Perspective. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon (12 – 14 January).

Hughes, H.P.N., Clegg, C.W. & Leach, D.J. (2010). Organizational Network Analysis as a tool for exploring 21st century work teams. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Miami (17 – 20 July).

Robinson, M., Hughes, H.P.N., Crowder, R., Sim, Y.W. (2010). An agent based modelling approach to simulating team working. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Miami (17 – 20 July).

Hughes, H., Robinson, M., Crowder, R., Sim, Y.W. (2010). Agent based modelling: A tool for studying organisational behaviours? Paper presented at the British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Brighton (13-15 January).

Sim, Y.W., Crowder, R., Robinson, M. & Hughes, H. (2009). An Agent Based Approach to Modeling Integrated Product Teams Undertaking a Design Activity. Paper to be presented at the ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, San Diego, California, USA (30 August – 2 September).

Crowder, R., Hughes, H., Sim, Y.W., Robinson, M. (2009). An Agent Based Approach to Modelling Design Teams. Paper to be presented at the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED), Stanford University (24 – 27 August).

Hughes, H. (2009). Methodological Approaches to the Study of Green Behavior: Can Agent Based Modeling Save the Day? Paper to be presented as part of an Academy Themed Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois, (7 – 11 August).

Challenger, R. & Hughes, H.[1] (2009) The Drawbacks of a Techno-Centric Mindset: Can Agent Based Modelling Help Us to Better Understand the Consequences of Organizational Change? Paper to be presented at the 9th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations, Boston (24 – 27 June).

Hughes, H., Robinson, M., Crowder, R., Sim, Y.W. (2009). "More Than the Sum of its Parts: An Agent-Based Model of Team Work." Paper presented at the 14th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (13-16 May).

Robinson, M. & Hughes, H. (2009). Pass Me a Spanner!”: Conducting Organizational Research on Team Work. Poster presented at the 14th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (13-16 May).

Hughes, H., Robinson, M., Crowder, R., Sim, Y.W. (2009). An Ironic Truth? Is Simulation a More Realistic Way to Study Real-World Design Teams? Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Berlin, Germany (15-17 February).

Hughes, H., Robinson, M., Crowder, R., Sim, Y.W. (2009). Can Multi-Agent Systems Help Us to Understand Team Working? Paper presented at the British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Blackpool Hilton Hotel (14-16 January).

Crowder, R., Sim, Y., Payne, T., Robinson, M., Jackson, H., Ternero, M. (2008). An Approach to Modelling Integrated Product Teams. Proceedings of the ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Brooklyn, New York, USA (3-6 August).

Celia, H., Robinson, M. A., Clegg, C., Siebers, P.O., Aickelin, U., Jackson, H. & Sprigg, C. (2007). Using Intelligent Agents to Understand Organisational Behaviour. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Bristol Marriott Hotel (10-12 January).

Conference Organisation

Hughes, H. & Clegg, C.W. (2010). Emerging issues in the study of work teams. Symposium organised for the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, Miami (17 – 20 July).

Challenger, R., Davis, M & Hughes, H.* (2009). Putting The ‘Behavior’ Back Into Green Behavior: Encouraging Pro-Environmental Actions In The Workplace. All Academy Themed Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois, (7 – 11 August).

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