Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Lecturer Organizational Psychology

Email:
m.robinson@lubs.leeds.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 38284
Fax:
+44 (0) 113 34 34885
Categories:
Academic, Management, Staff, Socio-Technical Centre (STC), Workplace Behaviour Research Centre (WBRC)
Location:
2.21 Charles Thackrah
Profile

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Organizational Psychology, University of Leeds
  • M.Sc. Research Methods in Psychology, University of Bristol
  • B.Sc. Social Psychology, Loughborough University

Work Experience
2009–2012     Research Fellow, STC, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
2006–2010     Guest Lecturer, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield
2006–2009     Researcher, COSLAC, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
2000–2006     Research Associate, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield
1998–1999     Human Resources Officer, ALSTOM Engines, Newton-le-Willows

Expert Panel Membership
2011–2012    UK Government’s DCLG Behavioural Research Network
2011                Design Council’s Expert Workshop on Reducing Violence and Aggression in A&E
2010                British Psychological Society (BPS), Going Green in the Workplace Symposium

Peer-Reviewing Responsibilities

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries
  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • Personnel Review
  • Psychology Press / Taylor & Francis 
Research

Overview
I’m an applied research psychologist, working at the interface of organizational and social psychology; although much of my research has been multi-disciplinary in nature, drawing upon the fields of human factors, management, social science, computer science, and engineering. I have over ten years’ experience conducting research in applied settings, including a number of blue-chip organizations with significant international reputations (e.g., Rolls-Royce). My current research interests include crowd behaviour, team working, job analysis, personnel selection, and social cognition. I also have a broader interest in social science research methodology, having developed and published new methods within my research. Most of my roles to date have been hybrid ones, operating as both an academic and an expert consultant to numerous organizations in embedded long-term research partnerships.

Publications
My research has been widely published in peer-reviewed academic journals and books, and presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally. A full list of my publications is provided under the “Publications” tab, above.

My publications have also been widely cited by others, and my personal Google Scholar citation profile can be viewed here: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=fSn9YZEAAAAJ&hl=en
   
Funding
I have secured over £300,000 of research funding, including the following grants:

•    Clegg, C. W., & Robinson, M. A. (2011). Understanding daily operations in water treatment plants. Research grant from Yorkshire Water.

•    Robinson, M. A., & Clegg, C. W. (2008). How analysts spend their time.  Research grant from Rolls-Royce.

•    Clegg, C. W., & Robinson, M. A. (2008). Understanding crowd behaviours. Research grant from the UK Government’s Cabinet Office.

Teaching

Module Leadership
•    Personnel Selection, Training, and Development module (LUBS 5382M), M.Sc. Organizational Psychology
•    Management Research & Analysis (LUBS 53XX), B.A. Management

Lecturing
M.Sc. Organizational Psychology course

Personnel Selection, Training, and Development (LUBS 5382M) module
•    2011–12    Introduction to personnel selection
•    2011–12    Job analysis
•    2011–12    Selection interviews
•    2011–12    Psychometric tests
•    2012           Assessment centres
•    2011–12    Review of personnel selection

Research Design and Analysis for Organizational Psychology (LUBS 5390M) module
•    2011–12    Reliability and validity
•    2011–12    Questionnaires and psychometric methods
•    2011–12    Factor analysis (including SPSS workshop)
•    2012           Experimental design
•    2012           Advanced research methods

Ph.D. Supervision
I currently supervise two part-time Ph.D. students and would welcome enquiries from potential applicants seeking to undertake a Ph.D. in one of my research areas

Publications

To request copies of the papers listed below, please e-mail m.robinson@lubs.leeds.ac.uk)

PEER-REVIEWED ACADEMIC JOURNAL PAPERS

Robinson, M. A. (2017). Using multi-item psychometric scales for research and practice in human resource management. Human Resource Management, in press. [ABS=4 / FT50]

Clegg, C. W., Robinson, M. A., Davis, M. C., Bolton, L., Pieniazek, R., & McKay, A. (2017). Applying organizational psychology as a design science: A method for predicting malfunctions in socio-technical systems (PreMiSTS). Design Science, in press.

Radburn, M., Stott, C., Bradford, B., & Robinson, M. (2016). When is policing fair? Groups, identity and judgements of the procedural justice of coercive crowd policing. Policing and Society, pp. 1–18 (in press, awaiting volume and issue allocation). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2016.1234470  [ERA=A]

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, and Cybernetics – Part A: Systems and Humans, 42(6), 1425–1439. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TSMCA.2012.2199304  [ABS=3]

Hughes, H. P. N., Clegg, C. W., Robinson, M. A., & Crowder, R. M. (2012). Agent-based modelling and simulation: The potential contribution to organizational psychology. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85(3), 487–502.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8325.2012.02053.x  [ABS=4]

Robinson, M. A. (2012). How design engineers spend their time: Job content and task satisfaction. Design Studies, 33(4), 391–425.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2012.03.002 [ERA=A*]

Robinson, M. A. (2010). An empirical analysis of engineers’ information behaviors. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(4), 640–658. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21290  [ABS=3]

Robinson, M. A. (2010). Work sampling: Methodological advances and new applications. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries, 20(1), 42–60. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hfm.20186

Robinson, M. A., Sparrow, P. R., Clegg, C., & Birdi, K. (2007). Forecasting future competency requirements: A three-phase methodology. Personnel Review, 36(1), 65–90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00483480710716722

Robinson, M. A., Sparrow, P. R., Clegg, C., & Birdi, K. (2005). Design engineering competencies: Future requirements and predicted changes in the forthcoming decade. Design Studies, 26(2), 123–153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2004.09.004  [ERA=A*]

 

CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS

Robinson, M. A. (2016). Quantitative research principles and methods for human-focused research in engineering design. In P. Cash, T. Stanković, & Štorga, M. (Eds.), Experimental design research: Exploring complex design activity (pp. 41–64). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33781-4_3

 

BOOKS

Challenger, R., Clegg, C. W., & Robinson, M. A. (2010). Understanding crowd behaviours. Volume 1 – Practical guidance and lessons identified. London: Cabinet Office. ISBN 987-0-11-430203-0

Challenger, R., Clegg, C. W., & Robinson, M. A. (2010). Understanding crowd behaviours. Volume 2 – Supporting theory and evidence. London: Cabinet Office. ISBN 987-0-11-430204-7

The above two books were also published electronically in a five-volume format available freely from the Cabinet Office website: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/understanding-crowd-behaviours-documents

 

GOVERNMENT REPORTS

Ridgway, K., Clegg, C. W., Williams, D. J., Hourd, P., Robinson, M., Bolton, L., Cichomska, K., & Baldwin, J. (2013). The factory of the future. Report for the UK Government Office for Science. http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/foresight/docs/manufacturing/ep29-factory-of-the-future.pdf

 

FULL PAPERS PUBLISHED IN PEER-REVIEWED ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Behera, A. K., McKay, A., Chau, H. H., de Pennington, A., & Robinson, M. A. (2017). Embedding design descriptions using lattice structures: Technical requirements, user perspectives and implementation. Paper presented at the International Conference on Research into Design, Guwahati, India, 9–11 January.

Irnazarow, A., Allen, D., McKay, A., Ahmed-Kristensen, S., Sammonds, G., Robinson, M. (2017). Contradictions and their consequence: An activity theory examination of collaborative decision making in product development. Paper presented at the European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium (EGOS), Copenhagen, Denmark, 6–8 July.

Behera, A. K., McKay, A., Chau, H. H., & Robinson, M. A. (2016). Embedding multiple design structures into design definitions: A case study of a collision avoidance robot. Paper presented at the International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 16–19 May. https://www.designsociety.org/publication/38821/embedding_multiple_design_structures_into_design_definitions_a_case_study_of_a_collision_avoidance_robot

Fryer, N. J., Leach, D. J., & Robinson, M. A. (2016). Enabling task crafting to enhance promotion prospects. Paper presented at the European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM), Paris, France, 1–4 June. http://2016.euramfullpaper.org/program/papers.asp  

Quinlan, N. J., Leach, D. J., & Robinson, M. A. (2014). Developing a model of job crafting. Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Conference, Belfast, UK, 9–11 September.

Waterson, P., Clegg, C., & Robinson, M. (2014). Trade-offs between generality, validity and practical relevance in the development of human factors methods. Paper presented at the 11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management, Copenhagen, Denmark, 17–20 August. http://www.odam2014.org/Conference-Programme/Building-the-program/Macroergonomics-and-sociotechnical-sessions

Drury, M. E., & Robinson, M. A. (2009). Work tasks as predictors of job-level outcomes: A novel methodological approach. Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Conference, Brighton, UK, 15–17 September.

Sim, Y. W., Crowder, R. M., Robinson, M. A., & Hughes, H. P. N. (2009). An agent-based approach to modeling integrated product teams undertaking a design activity. Paper presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Design Engineering Technical Conference & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, 30 August – 2 September. http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/DETC2009-86957

Crowder, R. M., Hughes, H. P. N., Sim, Y. W., & Robinson, M. A. (2009). An agent based approach to modeling design teams. Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, 24–27 August. http://papers.designsociety.org/an_agent_based_approach_to_modeling_design_teams.paper.28840.htm  

Crowder, R. M., Sim, Y. W., Payne, T., Robinson, M. A., Jackson, H. P. N., & del Carmen Romero Ternero, M. (2008). An approach to modeling integrated product teams. Paper presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Design Engineering Technical Conference & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA, 3–6 August. http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/DETC2008-49441    

Challenger, R., Robinson, M. A., & Clegg, C. W. (2008). Modelling crowd behaviour for new facilities. Paper presented at the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference, Las Vegas, NV, USA, 14–17 July.

Robinson, M. A. (2005). The development and piloting of a novel methodology for determining how designers spend their working time. Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Engineering Design, Melbourne, Australia, 15–18 August. http://papers.designsociety.org/the_development_and_piloting_of_a_novel_methodology_for_determining_how_designers_spend_their_working_time.paper.23083.htm  

 

ABSTRACTS PUBLISHED IN PEER-REVIEWED ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Cichomska, K. I., Robinson, M. A., & Davis, M. C. (2016). Understanding crowd disasters: A socio-technical and cross-cultural analysis. Abstract presented at the 7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), Orlando, FL, USA, 27–31 July.

Chau, H. H., McKay, A., Earl, C. F., de Pennington, A., Hogg, D. C., Behera, A. K., & Robinson, M. A. (2016). Lattice representations and design descriptions. Poster presented at Design Computing and Cognition (DCC ‘16), Evanston, Chicago, IL, USA, 27–29 June.

Bolton, L. E., Cheung. J., Clegg, C. W., & Robinson, M. A. (2015). Developing systemic cost engineering capability: A socio-technical case study within UK aerospace. Abstract presented at the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 26–30 July.

Cichomska, K. I., Clegg, C. W., Kumar, A., Robinson, M. A., McKay, A., Knott, D., & Yin, C. (2015). Simulating vicious circles in a new product introduction system. Abstract presented at the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 26–30 July.

Cichomska, K. I,  Kumar, A., Cadas, C., & Robinson, M. A. (2015). Delivering engineering standards: A usability study of the Commodity Desktop. Abstract presented at the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 26–30 July.

Johal, M., & Robinson, M. A. (2015). Effectiveness of paired-comparison and card-sorting methods in usability preference research. Abstract presented at the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 26–30 July.

Robinson, M. A., Bolton, L., Cichomska, K. I., Clegg, C. W., Ridgway, K., Williams, D. J., Baldwin, J., & Hourd, P. (2015). A socio-technical approach to future factory design. Presentation at the Factory 2050 Conference, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, University of Sheffield, UK, 25–26 March.

Robinson, M. A. (2014). Simulating human behaviour in engineering organizations. Invited keynote presentation at the Workshop on Simulation of Engineering Teamwork, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 4 July.

Hughes, H. P. N., & Robinson, M. A. (2012). Fieldwork with teams: Practical problems and proposed solutions. Invited presentation at the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) Small Group Meeting: Advancing the Science of Multi-Team Systems, Varenna, Italy, 27–29 October. (Only title included in proceedings)

Drury, M. E., & Robinson, M. A. (2011). Do an employee’s perceived control and importance of work-related discussions affect their task satisfaction? An interaction effect. Abstract presented at the 15th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Maastricht, Netherlands, 25–28 May.

Drury, M. E., & Robinson, M. A. (2011). The development of an integrated methodological design for examining work tasks and their relationship with job-level outcomes. Abstract presented at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Stratford, UK, 12–14 January.

Robinson, M. A., Hughes, H. P. N., Crowder, R. M., & Sim, Y. W. (2010). An agent-based modelling approach to simulating team working. Abstract presented at the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference, Miami, FL, USA, 17–20 July. (Only title included in proceedings)

Challenger, R., Davis M., Gulko, T., Robinson, M. A., & Clegg, C. (2010). Going ‘green’, going forward: Research from the Centre for Socio-Technical Systems Design.  Presentation at the Going Green in the Workplace: Changing Employee Attitudes & Behaviours, Leading Edge Symposium organised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology, London, UK, 26 April. (Only title included in proceedings) http://dop.bps.org.uk/organisations/events/going-green-in-the-workplace-workshop-choices$.cfm 

Hughes, H. P. N., Robinson, M. A., Crowder, R. M, & Sim, Y. W. (2010). Agent-based modelling and simulation: A tool for studying organisational behaviours? Abstract presented at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Brighton, UK, 13–15 January. http://dop.bps.org.uk/organisations/insights-research/division-of-occupational-psychology-annual-conference-2010$.cfm 

Challenger, R., Clegg, C., & Robinson, M. A. (2009). When is a crowd not a crowd? A new typology of crowd behaviours. Abstract presented at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Social Psychology Annual Conference, Sheffield, UK, 15–17 September. 

http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=5352&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details 

Hughes, H. P. N., Robinson, M. A., Crowder, R. M., & Sim, Y. W. (2009). More than the sum of its parts: An agent-based model of team work. Abstract presented at the 14th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 13–16 May.

Robinson, M. A., & Hughes, H. P. N. (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. P. N., Robinson, M. A., Crowder, R. M., & Sim, Y. W. (2009). An ironic truth? Is simulation a more realistic way to study real-world engineering design teams? Presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Berlin, Germany, 15–17 February.

Hughes, H. P. N., Robinson, M. A., Crowder, R. M., Sim, Y. W. (2009). Can multi-agent systems help us to understand team-working? Abstract presented at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Blackpool, UK, 14–16 January. http://dop.bps.org.uk/organisations/insights-research/division-of-occupational-psychology-annual-conference-2009$.cfm

Celia, H., Clegg, C., Robinson, M. A., Siebers, P. O., Aickelin, U., & Sprigg, C. (2007). Using intelligent agents to understand organisational behaviour. Abstract presented at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Bristol, UK, 10–12 January. http://dop.bps.org.uk/organisations/insights-research/division-of-occupational-psychology-annual-conference-2007$.cfm

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