Lauren Machon

Lauren Machon


After completing an MSc in Occupational Psychology at the University of Sheffield, Lauren joined Leeds University Business School in 2011 as a Research Assistant, where she worked on a number of projects with clients such as the NHS, British Gas, ARUP, and Rolls Royce. During this time, Lauren applied learning and expertise in organisational psychology and socio-technical systems thinking to a range of organisational challenges, in projects such as Mainstreaming Assistive Living Technologies (MALT); social prescribing in the third sector, and energy efficient behaviour change in schools. Following the end of this employment, she moved into consultancy within the private sector and re-joined the Business School in 2016, where she decided to undertake a PhD. Lauren was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership. In her role as a postgraduate researcher, Lauren has continued to develop her teaching and supports students in variety of roles. Her contribution to the teaching community has been recognised as an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy and winner of the Business School Partnership Awards 2022.

Research interests

Lauren’s current research interests are innovation adoption, innovation implementation, technology/innovation acceptance and socio-technical systems thinking.



Hughes, H.P.N., Bolton, L.E., Clegg, C. & Machon, L.C. (2017). Systems Scenarios: A tool for facilitating the socio-technical design of work systems. Ergonomics, 60:10, pp. 1319-1335.

Beaumont, L.C.[1], Bolton, L.E., McKay, A. & Hughes, H.N.P. (2014). Rethinking service design: a socio-technical approach to the design of business models. In Product development in the socio-sphere: game changing paradigms for the 21st century breakthrough product development and innovation. GA, USA: Springer.

Conference presentations

Machon L.C, Unsworth K., & Hughes H. (2021). An event systems paradigm of investigation into sensemaking during innovation implementation. Presentation at the British Academy of Management Conference, Online, 31 Aug – 3 Sept.

Beaumont L.C & Alimo-Metcalfe B (2016). Facilitating Organisational Change: Adopting Engaging Leadership and Socio-Technical Approaches. Presentation at the Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Nottingham, UK, 6-8 January.

Bolton L., Beaumont, L., Hughes H., Clegg C., & Ross, D. (2014). A socio-technical approach to the study of business models: a telehealth context. Presentation at the 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics 2014, 19-23 July 2014, Kraków, Poland.

Ross. D., Clegg. C., Beaumont, L., Bolton. L., & Hughes H. (2014). Designing telehealth into health service operations: the role of business models in system change. Presentation at the European Health Management Association 2014, 24-26 June, Birmingham.

Beaumont, L.C., Bolton, L., Hughes, H., Ross, D., & Clegg, C. (2014).  Supporting the move from current telehealth business and organisational models. Presentation at the ALIP Economic and Business Modelling Final Workshop, London, UK, 12 March 2014.

Beaumont, L.C., Bolton, L., Hughes, H., Clegg, C. & Ross, D. (2014). Scenario planning: a participatory approach to modelling organisational change. Presentation at the Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Brighton, UK, 8-10 January.

Thokala P, Nicholson J, Machon L, & Coates L (2013). Why should we monitor patients remotely? Early findings from the MALT study: A research informed session examining the economic, organisational, and frontline staff barriers and facilitators. Presentation at the International Telecare and Telehealth Conference, Birmingham, UK, 12 November.

Machon, L., Hughes, H., Ross, D., & Clegg. C. (2013). Impact of business models on work design: a telehealth context. Presentation at the Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Chester, UK, 9-11 January.

Machon, L., Kelly, C., Hughes, H., Ross, D., & Clegg. C. (2012). Integrating business models and socio-technical perspectives for the design of telehealth services. Presentation at the 4th Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics conference,  San Francisco, United States, 21-25 July.


Business School Partnership Awards 2022 – Winner of the Postgraduate Researcher category 

2017 White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership 3+1


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

Student member of the Academy of Management

Student member of the British Academy of Management

[1] Published under Beaumont


  • MA Social Research (Interdisplinery) (Distinction), The University of Leeds
  • MSc Occupational Psychology (Merit), The University of Sheffield
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1), The Univeristy of Hull

Research groups and institutes

  • Workplace Behaviour Research Centre
  • Socio-Technical Centre