Matthew is a Lecturer in Socio-Technical Systems at Leeds University Business School, a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Matthew’s research centres on how people interact with their environments, the impact of different office designs and how businesses engage in CSR, particularly to address sustainability and modern slavery. He believes that psychology offers valuable tools to help approach these and many other business problems. Socio-technical systems thinking underpins much of his research.
Matthew has worked with partners such as Rolls-Royce, Marks and Spencer, Arup Consulting, Atkins and British Gas. He has led and contributed to a range of public and privately funded applied research projects, attracting in excess of £655,000 of funding.
Matthew has published his research in international journals and high quality edited books. He has won international, national and university awards for his work. Most notably being awarded the 2010 US Academy of Management “Making Connections” award recognising contributions that cross-disciplinary, international and practitioner – academic divides. Matthew recently won the 2016 University of Leeds Building Knowledge and Capacity sustainability award. His work has been featured in the Atlantic, the New Yorkerand the Telegraph. Matthew has been interviewed for a BBC Radio 4 series concerning confidence at work, psychology and the role of the physical environment, and for the US business podcast the Bottom Line.
Matthew is an Expert Member of the UK Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee (https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/ministry-of-defence-research-ethics-committees). He is also the Business School’s Director of CSR (leading CSR, sustainability and ethics related activities) and Deputy Chair of the Faculty ResearchEthics Committee (covering Social Sciences, Law, Business and Education).
Matthew leads a large undergraduate Corporate Social Responsibility module and postgraduate Socio-Technical Systems modules. He supervises dissertations and a number of PhD students. He has guest lectured at the University of Sheffield and University of Fortaleza, Brazil.
Matthew welcomes applications for PhD students who are interested in:
- Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives – in particular pro-environmental / green behaviour change or addressing modern slavery in supply chains
- Design and evaluation of modern workspace – in particular agile, activity based workspaces or flexible work arrangements
- Understanding the interactions between human, buildings and technology – particularly regarding - energy use, automation or technology design
2012 PhD in Organizational Psychology – University of Leeds
2007 MSc in Occupational Psychology (Distinction) – University of Sheffield
2006 BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (1st Class Honours) – University of Sheffield
2016 BPS Test User: Occupational, Personality & Ability
2008 BPS Level B Intermediate Certificate of Competence in Psychometric Testing
2007 BPS Level A Certificate of Competence in Psychometric Testing
Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Member of the US Academy of Management
Member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors
2017 - Leeds University Business School Partnership Award for “Best Feedback”
2016 - The University of Leeds “Building Knowledge and Capacity” sustainability award.
2016 - Leeds University Business School Management Division Award for “Outstanding Teaching” on a large module, in recognition of student feedback.
2013 - US Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division “Outstanding Reviewer award”
2010 - US Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division “Making Connections Award”.
2008 - BPS POP Conference - Best Presented Paper
2007 - Division of Occupational Psychology Student Award (3rd prize)
2006 - The University of Sheffield John Frisby Prize
Matthew is fascinated by how people interact with their environments, the impact of different office designs and how businesses engage in CSR, particularly to address sustainability and modern slavery. Matthew believes that psychology offers valuable tools to help approach these and many other business problems. Socio-technical systems thinking underpins much of his research. Matthew has worked with partners such as Rolls-Royce, Marks and Spencer, Atkins, Arup Consulting and British Gas.
Matthew’s main research interests are in the following areas:
- Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives (e.g., pro-environmental behaviour change)
- Addressing modern slavery in supply chains
- Design and evaluation of modern workspace (e.g., agile or flexible spaces)
- Understanding the interactions between human, buildings and technology (e.g., in terms of energy use, wayfinding, technology design)
- Applying socio-technical principles and frameworks (e.g., disaster analysis, design, prediction)
Total Value of Grants: £655,608 (£1,648,545 including consortia).
2017 Voss, H. (PI), Sumner, M. (Co-I), Davis, M.C. (Co-I), & Waite, L. (Co-I). (2017). Modern Slavery in Fashion Supply Chains. British Academy. £191,903 100% FEC.
2017 Hughes, H.N. (PI), Davis, M.C. (CO-I), & Robinson, M.A. (CO-I). SUSSUDIO. Rolls-Royce funded. Twelve month project, £141,049, 100% FEC.
2016 Davis, M. C. (PI), Unsworth, K.L. (CO-I), Robinson, M. A. (CO-I). Energy efficient behaviour change in schools. British Gas funded. Six month project, £59,974, 100% FEC.
2016 Davis, M. C. (PI). Engineering System Pilot Evaluation and System Development. Rolls-Royce funded. Six month project, £51,354, 100% FEC.
2015 Robinson, M. A. (PI), Davis, M. C. (CO-I), & Stott, C. (CO-I). Psycho-Social and Cross-cultural Theoretical Framework of Crowd Behaviour and Management. 20 month project, €207,387 (£172,823). Work package 1 of Impact of Cultural Aspects in the Management of Emergencies, IMPACT Consortium, Project 653383, EU Horizon 2020, €1,398,912 (£1,165760) overall, across eight partners.
2013 ESRC Bursary for Training – National Centre for Research Methods - £445
2012 Sustainability in Toyota – Seedcorn Fund – Leeds University Business School - £1,394.
2012 Kerrie Unsworth – International Visiting Scholars Fund – Leeds University Business School - £675.
2012 Sally Russell – International Visiting Scholars Fund – Leeds University Business School - £644.
2012 Green Mobile Application – University of Leeds’ Research Centre Funding – £9,750.
2011 Greening Organizations and Work (GROW) – Worldwide Universities Network – £7,310.
2010 Greening Organizations and Work (GROW) – University of Leeds’ Worldwide University Network Fund for International Research Collaboration - £18,288.
Matthew’s contribution to student education has been recognized within the University, most notably:
- In 2014 and 2015 he was nominated for a University of Leeds Partnership award, which recognises outstanding teaching, by students on his Corporate Social Responsibility module.
- In 2016 he won the University of Leeds “Building Knowledge and Capacity” sustainability award, in recognition of leadership shown in Corporate Social Responsibility teaching. In 2016 he also won Leeds University Business School’s Management Division Award for “Outstanding Teaching” on a large module, in recognition of student feedback.
- In 2017 he won the Leeds University Business School Teaching Partnership Award for Best Feedback, which recognises outstanding feedback to students.
- Module leader for LUBS2970 Corporate Social Responsibility.
- Module leader for LUBS5875M Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice (Executive MBA).
- Module Leader for LUBS5385M Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice.
- MSc dissertation supervisor.
- Undergraduate dissertation supervisor.
- Steering Group Member for Leeds Institute of Teaching Excellence, Ethics Blended Learning Project.
Current Leadership Roles
- Expert Member of the UK Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee - This position is a formal Ministerial Appointment to a Public Body. The committee advises ministers and is established to provide independent advice across the MoD on the ethics of the involvement of human participants in research.
- Co-Opted Governor of All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield - Member of the main Governing Body, in addition to the Personnel and Staffing sub-committee and role as the Link Governor for the Sixth Form.
- Deputy Chair of Cross-Faculty (AREA) Research Ethics Committee - Committee reviews applications from Education, Social Sciences, Law, Business and Geography
- Member of the Management Committee for Energy Leeds - Business School representative for University of Leeds Research Theme
- Academic Steering Group Member for Leeds Institute of Teaching Excellence, Ethics Blended Learning Project - Project to develop online teaching materials/methods to engage students in research ethics
- Co-Convener LUBS CSR Group - Business School wide research group hosting research seminars and teaching meetings on CSR
- Leeds University Business School CSR Director - Leading CSR, sustainability and ethics related activities across the Business School for curriculum development, accreditation and engagement purposes
PhD Supervision & Examination
Current PhD Students
- Katarzyna Cichomska (expected completion in 2022) – exploring psychological wayfinding and environmental aspects of crowd behavior.
- Jose Ignacio Barrera Malagarriga (expected completion in 2021)– developing dynamic systems models of pro-environmental transport behaviour.
- Afshan Iqbal (expected completion in 2022)– exploring virtual team interactions and performance.
- Kevin Platt – exploring techno stress in engineering environments.
- Anna Viragos (expected completion December 2018) – developing a measure of prosocial job crafting and exploration of this concept through structural equation models.
Completed PhD Students
- Rebecca Pieniazek (2017). Organisational Resilience: An Investigation into Its Conceptualisation, Outcomes, and Boundary Conditions. University of Leeds. Winner of the 2017 “Outstanding Academic Performance Prize, PhD in the Faculty of Business”.
- Vedran Lesic (2017). Understanding and Informing Consumers' Perceptions of Their Electricity Use. University of Leeds. Winner of the 2018 “Dean’s Prize for Research Community”.
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Academic Journal Articles
Lesic, V., Bruine de Bruin, W., Davis, M.C., Krishnamurti, T., & Azevedo, I. (2018). Consumers’ perceptions of energy use and energy savings: A literature review, Environmental Research Letters, 13(3), 1-13. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaab92/
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. doi:10.1017/dsj.2017.4
Unsworth, K.L., Russell, S.V., & Davis, M.C. (2016). Is Dealing with Climate Change a Corporation’s Responsibility? A Social Contract Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01212
Young, W., Davis, M., McNeill, I. M., Malhotra, B., Russell, S., Unsworth, K., & Clegg, C. W. (2015). Changing Behaviour: Successful Environmental Programmes in the Workplace. Business Strategy and the Environment, 24(8), 689–703. doi: 10.1002/bse.1836
Davis, M.C., Challenger, R., Jayewardene, D., & Clegg, C.W. (2014). Advancing socio-technical systems thinking: A call for bravery. Applied Ergonomics, 45(2, part A), 171-180. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2013.02.009
Davis, M. C., Leach, D., & Clegg, C. (2011) The Physical Environment of the Office: Contemporary and Emerging Issues. In G.P. Hodgkinson & J.K. Ford (Eds.) International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Vol. 26, pp. 193-235). Chichester, UK: Wiley.
Davis, M.C., & Challenger, R. (2009). Climate change – Warming to the task. The Psychologist, 22, 112-114.
McKay, A., Davis, M.C., Hughes, H.P.N., Pieniazek, R.L., & Robinson, M.A. (In Press). Designing Socio-Technical Systems: A Multi-team Case Study. In G. Metcalf, & J. Kajima (eds), Handbook for Systems Science. Springer.
Davis, M.C. (In Press). Socio-technical systems thinking and the physical environment of OB. In, R. Ayoko & N. Ashkanasy (eds), Organizational Behavior and the Physical Environment. Routledge.
Norton, T.A., Parker, S.A., Davis, M.C., Russell, S.V., & Ashkanasy, N.M. (2018). A virtuous cycle: How green companies grow green employees (and vice versa). In V. Wells, D. Gregory-Smith, & D. Manika (eds), Research Handbook on Employee Pro-Environmental Behaviour (pp. 210-228). Cheltenham, UK: Elgar.
Clegg, C.W., & Davis, M.C. (2016). Automation/Advanced Manufacturing Technology/Computer-Based Integrated Technology. In S.G. Rogelberg (Ed), The Sage Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2nd ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Davis, M.C., & Coan, P. (2015). Organizational Change. In J. Barling & J. Robertson (Eds.), The Psychology of Green Organizations (pp. 244-274). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Davis, M.C., & Challenger, R. (2014). Environmentally sustainable work behaviors. In P. C. Flood & Y. Freeney (Eds.), Wiley Encyclopedia of Management: Organizational Behavior (3rd ed., Vol. 11). Chichester, UK: Wiley.
Daniels, K., Le Blanc, P., & Davis, M. (2013). The models that made job design. In M. Peeters, J. de Jonge & T. Taris (Eds.), An Introduction into Contemporary Work Psychology (pp. 63-88). Chichester, UK: Wiley.
Clegg, C.W., Bolton, L.E., Offutt, R., & Davis, M.C. (2014). Work design for compassionate care and patient safety. In Implementing culture change within the NHS: Contributions from Occupational Psychology (pp 25-33). Leicester, UK: British Psychological Society.
Davis, M.C. (2013). Rewards, recognition and the employee’s mind. Lean Management Journal, 9(3), 20-22.
Challenger, R., Clegg, C.W., Davis, M.C., McGourlay, J., & Ridgway, K. (2010). Designing and managing a “factory of the future”. The Arup Journal, 1, 9.
Challenger, R., Clegg, C.W., Davis, M.C., & Jofeh, C. (2010). Understanding and promoting “green behaviour” in the use of existing buildings. The Arup Journal, 1, 19.
Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations & Papers
Viragos, A., Leach, D. J., & Davis M.C. (2018). The role of task prosocial job crafting in predicting supervisor ratings of performance. Paper presented at the 2018 British Academy of Management Conference, Bristol, UK. Winner of Best Paper in the ‘Organizational Psychology‘ special interest group at the BAM conference.
Davis M.C. (2018). Embedding Human Factors and Ergonomics in MSc Organizational Psychology. In: Bagnara S., Tartaglia R., Albolino S., Alexander T., Fujita Y. (eds) Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018). Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 821.
Davis, M.C., & Voss, H. (2018). Modern Slavery: Responsible Business Education and Research. Paper presented at the PRME UK & Ireland Regional Chapter 5th Annual Conference, London, UK.
Davis, M.C. (2017). Human Factors and pro-environmental behaviour. Paper presented atthe 2017 ACE-ODAM conference, Banff, Canada.
Viragos, A., Leach, D.J. & Davis, M.C. (2017). Investigating Job Crafting from a prosocial perspective: The development and validation of the Prosocial Job Crafting Measure. Paper presented at 2017 European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
Thatcher, A., Waterson, P., Thatcher, A., Hancock, P., Davis, M.C., Zink, K.J., Hilliard, A. & Waterson, P. (2016). This Changes Everything. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 60, 871-875.
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.
Viragos, A., Leach, D.J. & Davis, M.C. (2016). Investigating Job Crafting from a prosocial perspective. Paper presented at IWP International Conference, Sheffield, UK.
Azevedo, V.L.I.L., Krishnamurti, T., de Bruin, W.B., & Davis, M.C. (2015). Do Consumers know how much Electricity is used by their Appliances? The Dynamic Energy Landscape, 33rd USAEE/IAEE North American Conference, International Association for Energy Economics, Pittsburgh, USA.
Davis, M.C., & Offutt, R. (2015). Activity Based Working: A Classic Case of Change Management? Paper presented at the 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
Viragos, A., Leach, D. J. & Davis, M.C. (2015). Prosocial job crafting. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, Glasgow, UK.
Davis, M.C., & Coan, P. (2014). Applying Organizational Change Theory to Promoting Pro-Environmental Behavior. Paper presented at the 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Davis, M.C., Russell, S.V. & Galvan, J.J. (2013). Driving Green: Examining Pro-Environmental Interventions in the Auto Manufacturing Industry. Paper presented at the 2013 Academy of Management Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Davis, M.C., & Galvan, J.J. (2013). Driving green behavior: Goal-setting and feedback as predictors of pro-environmental behavior and performance in an organizational environmental initiative at an auto manufacturing plant. Paper presented at the 10th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Perth, Australia.
Davis, M.C., Challenger, R., & Clegg, C.W. (2012). A socio-technical approach to sustainable intervention design. Paper presented at the 2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.
Davis, M.C. (2011). A systems approach to promoting pro-environmental work behaviours. Paper presented at the 15th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Davis, M.C., Leach, D. J., & Clegg, C.W. (2010). The Physical Environment: An Evolving Topic. Paper presented at the 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
Davis, M.C. (2010). Integration: The Route to Sustainable Behavior? Paper presented at the 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
Davis, M.C., & Challenger, R. (2009). Promoting pro-environmental behavior in the workplace: Reframing the green issue. Paper presented at the 2009 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
Davis, M.C., Challenger, R., & Clegg, C.W. (2009). Climate change: A change in mindset? A discussion of the potential for organisational psychologists to help green people’s behaviours at work. Paper presented at the 14th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Santiago De Compestela, Spain.
Davis. M.C., Challenger, R., & Clegg, C.W. (2009). Can Occupational Psychology Help Save the Planet? A fresh look at being “green” at work. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, Blackpool, UK.
Ridgway, K., Cerulli, C., Davis, M., Challenger, R., Wiseall, S., Hill, P., Hollis, K., & Clegg, C. (2008). Designing the factory of the future. Paper presented at the International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFEI), Las Vegas, Nevada.