Postgraduate Researcher

Postgraduate Researchers, Workplace Behaviour Research Centre (WBRC), Management


ESRC Discipline Studentship (Business and Management)


MA Human Resources Management, Distinction (University of Leeds)

BA Psychology and Management, First Class Honours (University of Bradford)

Professional Membership

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Associate Member

European Academy of Management


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Scholarship 2013-2016 - awarded to the academically outstanding student commencing a PhD study

Student of the Year Award, University of Leeds 2013 – awarded to the best student graduating from the MA Human Resource Management programme

Martin Scicluna Scholarship, University of Leeds 2012-2013 – awarded to the academically outstanding students commencing a master’s programme

Sheilla Allen Award, University of Bradford 2012 - awarded to the student with the best overall results in the Division Of Social Sciences and Humanities

Ede and Ravenscroft Prize, University of Bradford 2010 – awarded for academic excellence and outstanding results to the 1st year students placed in the top 10% of their course


Thesis title

Organizational altruism: Exploration and development of the concept. 


Dr Gail Clarkson

Dr Nicola Bown


organizational altruism; workplace helping; other-orientation; citizenship behaviors; prosocial behaviours

Thesis Summary/Synopsis

Helpful behaviours among employees have been a central issue in the study of organizations for a long time and previous work has demonstrated their positive influence on the organizational, group, and personal effectiveness. Most of these studies have been grounded in the traditional theories assuming the principle of rational self-interest – often reducing human interactions to a process of reciprocal exchanges and calculations. However, recent changes in the nature of workplace relationships that reflect the growing mutual dependencies of employees point out to the importance of behaviours that are not predicated on any form of a “deal”. This thesis therefore directly responds to the challenges of contemporary, increasingly interdependent organizational forms and draws scholars’ attention to the concept of Organizational Altruism (OA). In broad terms, OA can be defined as benefiting a colleague as an end in itself. However, the concept is still poorly understood and its characteristics have not been dealt with in depth. Whereas the importance of OA for organizational effectiveness has been emphasised, because of the lack of a widely accepted definition, the extant evidence regarding OA is only partial and relatively inconsistent. The specific aim of this thesis is therefore to better understand the construct of OA. Three in-depth qualitative case studies with 47 dyadic interviews and 94 individuals in total provided insights ultimately enhancing our understanding of the nature of OA, the factors which influence engagement in this type of behaviour, and its consequences. Most importantly, the findings of this research allowed for an introduction of a universal definition of OA, a comprehensive model theorizing how OA processes unfold in organizational contexts, and a unifying theoretical framework that can act as enrichment to the field of OA. These findings have important implications for both research and practice and give rise to new areas that future research should now take account of.


Teaching Assistant experience

LUBS1850 Organizational Behaviour

LUBS5381M The Psychology of Effective Organizations



  • Interdisciplinary Workshop on Qualitative Data Analysis in Practice, University of Leeds, 2017     - presentation: ‘Analysis of dyadic interviews: Exciting but challenging option for qualitative researchers’.
  •  European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM), Paris, 2016    - paper presentation: ‘Organizational Altruism: A Conceptual Review and Call for Parsimony (Szulc, J., Clarkson, G., Bown, N.)
  • European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM), Paris, 2016 - Development Working Group: ‘Altruism: Conceptualizing and operationalizing difficult to define concepts’ (Clarkson, G., Szulc, J., Bown, N.)
  • White Rose Doctoral Students Conference, University of Sheffield, 2015 – paper presentation: ‘Altruism at work: I will do it for you because I want to help YOU!’.
  • Annual Postgraduate Research Showcase Conference, University of Leeds, 2014 – poster presentation: ‘Altruism at work: In search for the optimum level of helpfulness’.
  • White Rose Doctoral Students Conference, University of York, 2014 – poster presentation: ‘Altruism at work: The mystery of selflessness’.

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