Professor Chris Allinson

Professor Chris Allinson



PhD, Bradford
MA, Leeds
BSc, Bradford
Chartered Psychologist
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society


Chris Allinson started his academic career as a Lecturer in the Department of Management Studies at the University of Leeds before the creation of the Leeds University Business School in which he became a Senior Lecturer and subsequently Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and, after retirement, Emeritus Professor. Chris’s research was largely concerned with the person-job and person-organisation fit. His main focus was on studies of human information processing at the workplace, especially consequences of the interaction between cognitive style and job characteristics. Outcomes investigated include work performance, job satisfaction, occupational stress and leader-member exchange. His other research mainly concerned the skills of performance appraisal and socialisation in bureaucracies. Shortly before his retirement, a survey published by the Erasmus University in Rotterdam indicated that, in terms of quantity of publications in leading international journals, he ranked among the top 3 per cent of management scholars in Europe, and, in terms of quality, among the top 8 per cent. Chris taught across the full range of LUBS degree programmes. Subjects included occupational psychology, data analysis, and organisational behaviour and research methods at MA, Executive MBA and undergraduate level respectively. In addition to teaching and research, he performed a number of administrative and managerial roles including those of Undergraduate Tutor, Admissions Co-ordinator and Head of the Management Division. He had wide experience as an external examiner and moderator, and contributed as a lecturer and consultant to a variety of industrial, governmental and voluntary organisations.