Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

Associate Professor, Management Division
Deputy Director of the Socio-Technical Centre

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), Research Centres, Divisions
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

Current leadership roles

  • Deputy Director of the Socio-Technical Centre
  • VirtuoCity’s Management Committee
  •  Promotional College (cross-faculty role)
  •  Principal Investigator on major research projects

Previous leadership roles

  • Faculty Research and Innovation Committee
  • Director of Postgraduate Research (Management Division)
  • Faculty Graduate School Committee
  • UK Government’s DCLG Behavioural Research Network                            
Research

OVERVIEW

I’m an organizational psychologist with the following inter-disciplinary research interests: (1) human performance (including job analysis, competencies, personnel selection, and training), (2) group behaviour (including teams, multi-team systems, crowds, and social networks), (3) cognition (including information behaviours, social cognition, and decision making), and (4) complex systems (including socio-technical approaches, big data, and agent-based modelling). I also have an overarching interest in quantitative research methods across the social and behavioural sciences.

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, below. My publications have also been widely cited by others, and my personal Google Scholar citation profile can be viewed here: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=fSn9YZEAAAAJ&hl=en  

RESEARCH GRANTS

Total value of grants = £2.20 million (£6.88 million including consortia)

Research council funding

McKay, A., Robinson, M., Hogg, D., & Earl, C. (2015). Embedding design structures in engineering information. Research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), grant reference # EP/N005694/1, 18 month project, £296,597.

http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/N005694/1

Robinson, M., Davis, M., & Stott, C. (2015). Impact of cultural aspects in the management of emergencies – University of Leeds. Research grant from the European Union Horizon 2020 (EU H2020) scheme, grant reference # 653383, 30 month project, €207,387 (£151,500). The overall project grant value for the eight-partner consortium was €1,398,912 (£1,021,933).

http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/194857_en.html

Government funding

Clegg, C., & Robinson, M. (2013). Strategic investment in low carbon engine technology (SILOET 2): Work packages 1, 5, and RRES. Research grant from the Technology Strategy Board, grant reference # 110123, 36 month project with Rolls-Royce, £807,658. The overall project grant value for the seven-partner consortium was £4,494,480.

http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=110123

Clegg, C., & Robinson, M. (2008). Understanding crowd behaviours. Research grant from the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, 9 month project, £57,486.

Organizational funding

Hughes, H., Davis, M., & Robinson, M. (2017). SUSSUDIO Project. Research grant from

Rolls-Royce, 12 month project, £141,049 (FEC).

Davis, M., Robinson, M., & Unsworth, K. (2016). Energy efficient behaviour change in schools. Research grant from British Gas, 5 month project, £58,843.

Robinson, M. & McKay, A. (2016). Complex decision making in the product development system. Research grant from Rolls-Royce, 4 month project, £18,944 (FEC).

Bolton, L., Robinson, M., & Clegg, C. (2015). DaVinci research project. Research grant from Rolls-Royce, 11 month project, £90,184 (FEC).

Robinson, M. (2014). CleanSky research project. Research grant from Rolls-Royce, 18 month project, £209,739 (FEC).

Robinson, M., & Clegg, C. W. (2014). Evaluation of the RRES Phase 1 implementation. Research grant from Rolls-Royce, 12 month project, £86,135 (FEC).

Clegg, C., & Robinson, M. (2011). Understanding daily operations in water treatment plants. Research grant from Yorkshire Water, 12 month project, £174,381 (FEC).

Robinson, M., & Clegg, C. (2008). How analysts spend their time. Research grant from Rolls-Royce, 18 month project, £85,573 (FEC).

IMPACT CASE STUDIES FOR THE UK RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK (REF)

Clegg, C. W., & Robinson, M. A. (2014). Introducing socio-technical thinking into engineering. Impact Case Study submitted by Leeds University Business School for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

This impact case study was awarded a rating of 4* (“world leading”) and singled out for praise by the REF panel.

Teaching

PhD student supervision and examination

  • Supervisor to four graduated PhD students
  • Supervisor to four current PhD students
  • Examiner to three PhD students

Module leadership

  • Personnel Selection and Training (LUBS5383M)
  • Management Research and Analysis (LUBS2910)

Lecturing

  • Advanced Behavioural Research Design and Analysis (LUBS5397M)
  • Management Research and Analysis (LUBS2910)
  • Personnel Selection and Training (LUBS5383M)
  • Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice (LUBS5385M)
Publications

PEER-REVIEWED ACADEMIC JOURNAL PAPERS

van der Wal, C. N., Formolo, D., Robinson, M. A., Minkov, M., & Bosse, T. (2017). Simulating crowd evacuation with socio-cultural, cognitive, and emotional elements. Transactions on Computational Collective Intelligence, pp. 1-39 (published online, awaiting volume and issue allocation). http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70647-4_11

Robinson, M. A. (2017). Using multi-item psychometric scales for research and practice in human resource management. Human Resource Management, pp. 1–12 (published online, awaiting volume and issue allocation). http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hrm.21852  [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, 3, 1–31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/dsj.2017.4

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 (published online, 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. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-3518-0_49

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. https://www.egosnet.org/jart/prj3/egos/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1493586858301&subtheme_id=1442568081300&show_prog=yes

McKay, A., Sammonds, G., Ahmed-Kristensen, S., Irnazarow, A., & Robinson, M. (2017). Using embedded design structures to unravel a complex decision in a product development system. Paper presented at the International Conference on Engineering Design, Vancouver, Canada, 21–25 August. https://www.designsociety.org/publication/39833/using_embedded_design_structures_to_unravel_a_complex_decision_in_a_product_development_system

Rozzi, S., Golfetti, A., Minkov, M., Robinson, M., Şengür, F., & Dambra, C. (2017). A taxonomical framework of socio-cultural hazards in transport hubs. Paper presented at the Disaster Management Conference, Seville, Spain, 7–9 June.

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. (2017). Understanding human factors in crowd disasters: A socio-technical systems approach. Poster presented at the 18th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Dublin, Ireland, 17–20 May.

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

MEDIA ARTICLES

Why talking matters in an increasingly digital world. Virgin Media: Business, 3 May 2017. (Quotes an interview with Mark Robinson.) https://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk‌/insights/why-talking-matters/

Safety in numbers – From simulations to social media: How high end technology keeps us safe in a crowd. Quality Quarterly, 3, 11–15, September 2016. (Quotes an interview with Mark Robinson.) http://www.1kiwa.com/uploadedfiles/quality_quarterly/2016-03/pubData/mobile/index.htm#/11/ 

Working smarter not harder (part 1): Seeking the Holy Grail of business efficiency every business coverts. Yorkshire Post, 3 February 2015. (Reports a full interview with Mark Robinson.) http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/firstclassforbusiness/work-smarter-not-harderseeking-the-holy-grail-of-business-efficiency-every-company-covets/

Working smarter not harder (part 2): Identifying givers and takers within the workplace. Yorkshire Post, 3 February 2015. (Reports a full interview with Mark Robinson.) http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/firstclassforbusiness/work-smarter-not-harder-identifyinggivers-and-takers-within-the-workplace/

Free tea leaves Leicester businesses more productive. Leicester Mercury, 6 August 2012. (Quotes an interview with Mark Robinson.) http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/8216-freetea-leaves-leicester-businesses/story-16655757-detail/story.html

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