Militza Callinan

Militza Callinan

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Management Division

+44 (0)113 343 6863
Academic, Management, Staff, Workplace Behaviour Research Centre (WBRC), Research Centres, Divisions
2.32 Charles Thackrah


CPsychol, British Psychological Society

PhD University of Manchester, UK

MSc Organisational Psychology, UMIST, UK

BSc Hons Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK

PGCTHLE, University of Leeds


Former Programme Director, MSc Management, Leeds University Business School
2002 to date, Leeds University Business School
1997-2002 Assistant Director, SHL/UMIST Research Centre in Work and Organisational Psychology, Manchester School of Management, UMIST, UK
1988-1992 Various business-to-business sales roles


Research Funding Awards
ESRC Award: R000239044-AA, £125,904 over 2 1/2 years. Title:'The nature and frequency of inaccurate self-reports by job applicants'. Initially joint award with Prof Ivan Robertson.

Leverhulme Trust Grant: F/00122/K £86,832 over 3 years. Title: 'Predicting behaviour better; personality traits in contect'. Initially joint award with Prof Ivan Robertson.

Research Interests
My central interests are in the measurement and understanding of individual behaviour and characteristics such as personality, and how this knowledge about people is applied in the workplace for employee selection, assessment and development. I am currently working on writing-up the findings from three research projects conducted over several years.

In a project funded by the ESRC, with the help of recruitment agencies and organisations, I investigated conscious deception by job applicants during selection procedures from the perspectives of both recruiters and applicants. This kind of deception is likely to have an impact on the quality of selection decisions but it has been studied very little. The topic also relates to our understanding of self-identity and the way we choose to present ourselves in consequential situations.

The second project, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, explored how the stable personality traits and values of managers relate to their behaviour choices in particular situations, specifically interpersonal work situations. The point of the study is to contribute to the goal of improved accuracy of personality measures in capturing the nature of a person's character and in predicting future behaviour. This work attempts to integrate knowledge from distinct domains of personality psychology, a current goal in the field.

In another project, conducted within the graduate assessment centre of a large public-sector organisation, I investigated a number of questions relating to the measurement of personality traits and the impact of candidates' personalities on assessor's ratings. One part of the study focused on how a candidate's ratings may be affected by the personalities of the other candidates he or she works with on group exercises. This issue has immediate practical implications for the fairness of assessment centres used for selection decisions that include group exercises.


Human Resource Management; Executive MBA
Organising and Managing for Performance; Fulltime MBA
Organisations and the Human Resource; Level 2 Undergraduate
MBA Dissertation Supervisor


Journal Articles

Warr, P, Butcher, V, Robertson, I and Callinan, M (2004) Older people's well-being as a function of employment, retirement, environmental characteristics and role preference. British Journal of Psychology, 95, 297-324.

Callinan, M. and Robertson I.T. (2000) Work sample testing. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 8, 248-260.

Robertson, I.T. and Callinan, M. (1998) Personality and work behaviour. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 7, 321-340.

Conference Papers

Callinan, M. (2006, May) Four Methods of Misleading: Reports of Conscious Deception in Personnel Selection. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, US.

Butcher, V., Callinan, M., Robertson, I.T. and Warr, P. (2001) Older adults psychological well-being and life satisfaction: the role of paid work. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Centenary Annual Conference, Glasgow, March.


Bratton, J., Callinan, M., Forshaw, C. and Sawchuk, P. (2007). Work and organizational behaviour: Understanding the workplace. Palgrave Macmillan.

Robertson, I.T., Callinan, M. and Bartram, D. (Eds.) (2002) Organizational effectiveness: The role of psychologists. Wiley: Chichester.

Book Chapters

Robertson, I.T., Bartram, D. and Callinan, M. (2002) Personnel selection and assessment. In P.Warr (Ed.) Psychology at Work. Penguin: London.

Callinan, M., Bartram, D. and Robertson, I.T. (2002) Organizational effectiveness: the contribution of work and organizational psychology. In Robertson, I.T., Callinan, M. and Bartram, D. (Eds.) Organizational effectiveness: The role of psychologists. Wiley: Chichester.

Bartram, D., Robertson, I.T. and Callinan, M. (2002) Introduction: A framework for examining organizational effectiveness. In Robertson, I.T., Callinan, M. and Bartram, D. (Eds.) Organizational effectiveness: The role of psychologists. Wiley: Chichester.

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