Associate Dean Business Partnerships
Reader in Management
Work & Organisational Psychology Group
I lead a team delivering projects against our strategic partnerships mission and am a member of the school Management Team. My research interests are in human resources, crisis management and executive/leader development. I also serve as Director of the Aston Centre for Research Into Safety and Security which applies business and psychological research to the fields of resilience and safety. I have recently worked with organisations such as Shell, ParcelForce, the Uk Government and AstraZeneca on people development related projects.
I also blog for the Birmingham Post.
- PhD Occupational Psychology University of Aberdeen
- BSc Cognitive Science (2:1) 1995 University of Westminster
- 2000 to date Aston University
- 1998 to 2000 Warwick Consultants Ltd, Senior Psychologist
- 1996 to 1999 Home Office (Fire Department), Research Fellow
- 1995 to 1996 University of Westminster, Research Assistant
- 1987 to 1992 Business Selection Ltd, Commercial Director
- 1984 to 1987 British Army
- Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
- Chartered Psychologist
- Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
- Chartered Scientist
- Emergency Planning Association
- Institution of Fire Engineers
- Tissington, P. A. & Senior, C. (2010). Social networks: a learning tool for teams? British Journal of Educational Technology, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01129.x
- McKinney, R. E., Jr., Shao, L. P. & Tissington, P. A. (in press, 2010 October). Reducing dependence on big brother: Higher education looks for innovative funding opportunities. European Journal of Management, 10 (3).
- Le, J. K., Tissington, P. A. & Budhwar, P. S. (2010) To move or not to move: a question of family? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21 (1), 17-45.
- Van Dick, R., Stellmacher, J., Wagner, U., Lemmer, G and Tissington, P. A. (2009) Group membership salience and task performance. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 24 (7), 609-626.
- Van Dick, R., Tissington, P. A. & Hertel, G. (2009) Do many hands make light work? How to overcome social loafing and gain motivation in work teams. European Management Journal, 21 (3), 233-245.
- Matthiesen, J. K. & Tissington, P. A. (2008) The Four-Factor Taxonomy of Relocation Outcomes. Human Resource Development Review, 7 (2), 142-164.
- van Dick, R., Ullrich, J. & Tissington, P. A. (2006) Working under a black cloud: How to sustain organizational identification after a merger. British Journal of Management, 17, pp. 69-79.
- Tissington, P. A. & Flin, R. (2005) Assessing risk in dynamic situations: Lessons from fire service operations. Risk Management, 7 (4), pp. 42-51.
- van Dick, R., Wagner, U., Stellmacher, J., Christ, O. & Tissington, P. A. (2005) To be (long) or not to be (long): Social identification in Organizational Contexts. Genetic, Social and General Psychology Monographs, 131 (3), pp. 189-218.
- van Dick, R., Christ, O., Stellmacher, J., Wagner, U., Ahlswede, O., Grubba, C., Hauptmeier, M., Höhfeld, C., Moltzen, K., & Tissington, P.A. (2005) Should I stay or should I go? Explaining turnover intentions with organizational identification and job satisfaction. British Journal of Management, 15, pp. 351-360.
- Tissington, P. A. (2005) ID cards: A case of mistaken identity. International Journal of Security. February.
- Tissington, P.A. (2004) Command Decisions. Fire Engineering, April 2004.
Book - Authored
Book - Chapters
- Davis, A. & Tissington, P. A. (2007) Ergonomics. In S. Clegg and J. R. Bailey, (Eds) International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- van Dick, R., Stierle, C., Govaris, H., Tissington, P. A. & Kodakos, A. (2007) School teachers' well-being and job satisfaction: an analysis across countries and levels of explanation. In J. Lowstedt, P. Larsson, S. Karsten, & R. van Dick (eds.) From intensified work to professional development: A Journey through European Schools. Brussels: P.I.E Peter Land.
- Tissington, P. & Zhou, Q. (2007) Preventing the avalanche - how to offer effective learning support to a large student group without becoming snowed inder. In Higson, H. (ed) Good Practice Guide in Learning and Teaching Vol 4 Quality Unit, Aston Business School: Birmingham, pp. 8-11.
- Fay, D. & Tissington, P.A. (2004) Safety and risks, errors and accidents in different occupations. In C. Spielberger (Ed) Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology, pp. 299- 307. New York: Academic Press.
Recent conference papers
- Tissington, P. A. (2010) Preparing the public for evacuation: the lessons from across Europe. Emergency Planning Society Core Cities Conference, Emergency Planning College, York, March 24-25.
- Tissington, P. A. (2010) Segmentation of the population for the design of warning systems. ESRC Seminar on Mass Evacuations, Aston University, Feb 2/3.
- Tissington, P. A., Davis, A. J. & McLumpha, A. (2009) Soft foundations of hard security. World Class Protection for Public and Strategic Buildings Conference, Abu Dhabi, Dec 13-14 (Invited Keynote Speaker).
- Anson, S., Shaw, D. and Tissington, P. A. (2009) Preparing the public for evacuation through social marketing. International Conference on Evacuation Modelling, Delft, 23-25 September.
- Tissington, P. A. and Anson, S. (2009) Preparing for major evacuations: Lessons from across Europe. Emergency Planning Society Major Flood Preparedness Conference, Nottingham, 9th July.
- Tissington, P. A. (2009) Educating the public on evacuation preparedness. ESRC Seminar on Disaster Education, Cardiff, June 30th.
- Hasel, M., Martin, R. & Tissington, P. (2008, December 9th). Is it me or us? The importance of individual and collective trust for performance. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Studying Leadership, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Tissington, P., Shaw, D. & Albores, P. (2008) Evacuation Responsivenes by Government Organisations. Operational Research Society Conference, York, England. 9-11 September.
- Tissington, P., Clegg, B., Shaw, D., Albores, P., Dey, P. & Greasley, A. (2008) Supporting Security Officers: A SAtudy of Operational Perormance. Production and Operations Management Conference, Tokyo, Japan. 5-8 August.
- Tissington, P. A. & Reddy, P. (2008) A Word in your Ear: How podcasts can enhance the student learning experience. Paper accepted for Higher Education Academy BMAF Conference, April 2008.
- Tissington, P. A. & Reddy, P. (2008) Using funky support methods, essays can still be valuable and practical even in very large groups. Paper accepted for Higher Education Academy BMAF Conference, April 2008.
- Tissington, P. A. & Reddy, P. (2008) Students just can't write essays - well not until they find out how! Psychology Learning and Teaching 2008 - conference presentation and published as a journal paper.
- Tissington, P. A. & Reddy, P. (2008) Planes trains and automobiles: your new lecture theatre to podcasts. Psychology Learning and Teaching 2008.
- Tissington, P. A. & Davis, A. J. (2009) Security Culture: a validation study with UK airport security staff. Department of Transport.
- Tissington, P. A. , Martin, R. & Dawson, J. (2009) Security at UK airports: the human in the loop. Department of Transport.
- Tissington, P. A. & Weyman, A. (2009) Home Office consultation: Working Together to Protect Crowded Places. British Psychological Society.
My interests centre on how governments, cities and organisations can best prepare their people for critical incidents. I am Director of the Aston Centre for Research into Safety and Security. Further details can be found on the centre website www.AstonCrisis.com
I regularly advise organisations on Leadership and Crisis Management issues. Interventions include:
- Executive coaching
- Top Team Development
- Assessment centre design/operation
- Crisis preparedness
Recent clients include:
- Parcelforce Worldwide
- Dilland and Aitcheson
- Defence Academy
£300,000: Department for Transport (UK). Support Our Security Officer. PI Leading a team of eight Aston members of staff from W&OP and OIM as part of a consortium formed by consultants Booz & Co researching security at airports. Total bid value is £1M.
£500,000: European Commission Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and security. Joint with Shaw (PI) and Albores. "Emergency Response by Government Organisations" (ERGO) is a pan-European project assessing preparedness of governments for major disasters.
£100,000: EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Award for a fully funded DBA student (Kamla Mungal) researching capacity building through business school education in developing countries. Joint with Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Trinidad.
£25,000: NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts): Enhancing public engagement with science. Project Supervisor funded by NESTA to oversee the projects being run at Open University (Prof Peter Taylor) and Bristol University (Prof Kathy Sykes). Total project value £300,000. 2006/8.
£100,000: AstraZeneca: Future planning (with Shaw & Grojean) 2006/7.
£4,000: Scottish Executive: I wrote a new policy for Fire Officer training for first line incident commanders then trained senior trainers. 2006.
£40,000: Fire Service College: an ongoing series of incident command training projects. This has involved the application of my research in the design and delivery of training packages in emergency incident command at all levels of fire officer training. Total value of projects since 2000.
£10,000: London International Stock Exchange - emergency response preparedness: modelling, training and exercises. 2002.
Internal research grants
£500: HELM: Male female imbalance on DBA programmes.
£500: HELM: Undergraduate tutorials - a case of the good getting better?
£500: HELM: Technology in teaching - what do students want? Is this what they need? Findings form the bsis for HEA conference paper.
£800: TiLT: To fund experimental use of SMS messaging with undergraduate module. Findings form the basis for HEA conference paper.
- BH1107 Intoduction to Organisational Behaviour (Module Leader)
- BH3391 Success and Failure at Work (Module Leader)
- BHM315 Design of Work Environments (Module Leader)
- BHM310 Counselling and Personal Development (Contributing Lecturer)
Awards & Prizes
- Aston University Teaching Award 2007
- HEFCE Teaching Award 2005
- Aston University Special Merit Award 2003