Rebecca is an academic post-doctoral research fellow in Leeds University Business Schools’ Management Division. She is a business psychologist and has a background in experimental psychology from the University of Oxford. She is also involved in lecturing within the Management Division, including leading MSc modules on the application of socio-technical systems understanding to organisational issues, and delivering research methods training.
Rebecca is fascinated by a wide range of topics relating to the behaviour of organisations as a whole and of employees within organisations. Her current projects focus on: organisational resilience (how organisations can deal with adversity and uncertainty in their environments); personal resilience (how employees can deal with adversity and uncertainty within their tasks and environment within the workplace); employee engagement and wellbeing; and how social entrepreneurs juggle multiple goals. Rebecca conducts both qualitative and quantitative research, and in particular has expertise in conducting structural equation modelling across various packages. Rebecca is always keen to establish new academic and industry connections with those interested in research into thoughts, emotions, motivations, and behaviour of employees in the workplace.
Rebecca is actively involved in the Workplace Behaviour Research Centre, which prides itself on academic excellence related to topics associated with employees’ behaviour, and how organisations can create positive societal impact. She is also a member of the inter-disciplinary Socio-Technical research centre within Leeds University Business School, which comprises national and international experts in applying socio-technical systems thinking to complex and contemporary business and societal challenges.
Rebecca has won National and University awards for her research work, including one of the 2014 Division of Occupational Psychology Prizes for best research at the conference. She also won the 2017 Outstanding Academic Performance Prize at the University of Leeds for her PhD. In this research, she employed complex quantitative analyses to validate her own measure of organisational resilience, which in turn she used to examine the outcomes and boundary conditions of organisational resilience within UK for-profit and non-profit organisations.
PhD Business Management and Economics (2017) (University of Leeds)
MSc Organizational Psychology (University of Leeds) (Distinction)
B.A Experimental Psychology (University of Oxford)
Outstanding Academic Performance PhD Prize (University of Leeds) (2017)
Division of Occupational Psychology Prize (2014)
Somerville College Oxford, Undergraduate Academic Improvement Prize (2009)
MSc. Dissertation supervisor (on-going).
Undergraduate Dissertation supervisor (on-going).
Weekly contributor to LUBS5395M Research Design and Analysis (2016-2017).
Module Leader for LUBS5384M Design of Complex Human-Technical Systems (2016-2017), and weekly contributor (2015-2016).
Module Leader for LUBS5385M Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice (2016-2017), and weekly contributor (2015-2016).
Weekly contributor to LUBS2910 Management Research and Analysis (2014-2015).
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, pp.1-32 (in press, awaiting volume and issue allocation). http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/dsj.2017.4
Conference papers/ Symposia
Unsworth, K., Pieniazek, R., & Viragos, A. “Objective Measures: The Good, the Bad, and the Alternatives”. British Academy Management Conference (2016).
Pieniazek R. “Weathering Frights – An Empirical Investigation into the Outcomes and Boundary Conditions of Organisational Resilience”. Division of Occupational Psychology (2016).
Pieniazek R. “Understanding and Improving Organisational resilience: A proactive and Socio technical Approach”. Division of Occupational Psychology (2014).
“How to Measure and Improve Organisational Resilience.” (For two councils, 2016).
“Findings and Recommendations from the Organisational Resilience Workshop.” (Engineering Company, 2015).
“Striving towards a Better Understanding of Organisational Resilience.” (A public sector organisation, 2013).