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Lancaster Professors make the top thinkers list

09/13/2011 00:00:00

Lancaster University Management School professors Cary Cooper and Paul Sparrow have been named among the ‘Top 25 Thinkers’ in the world by Human Resources (HR) magazine.

Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health and co-founder of the Centre for Performance-Led HR, is ranked at number five, with Paul Sparrow, Professor of International HRM and Director of the Centre for Performance-Led HR, at 12.

Stephen Bevan, Director of the Centre for Workplace Effectiveness, The Work Foundation and Honorary Professor, Lancaster University, is ranked at number 17.

Cary Cooper is possibly the most prolific commentator on workplace psychology issues. He has written over 125 books on a variety of HR issues and was awarded a CBE for his contribution to organisational health.

In 2008 he was awarded a Distinguished Professorship by his University for his contribution to organizational health, received Honorary Fellowships of the Royal College of Physicians and of Ireland for his work on occupational health and wellbeing, was the lead scientist for the UK government's Foresight programme on Mental Capital and Wellbeing which was launched by the Secretary of State for the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills in October 2008 and became Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Stress and Health, He is also the Co-Editor of the Oxford Handbooks of Personnel Psychology and Organizational Well Being and the Handbooks of Organizational Behaviour (Macro and Micro), the Editor-in Chief of the four volume New Directions in Organizational Behaviour.  He is Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, which represents over 87,000 social scientists and 43 learned societies in the social sciences, and is also  President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

He was founding Chair of the prestigious Sunningdale Institute in the National School of Government, a think tank working with senior civil servants on management, organization and HR issues.

In May 2009 Professor Cooper launched the Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing at Lancaster University, supported by 14 major organisations.

Paul Sparrow is at the forefront of research into International HR practice and general HR strategy. His current research projects include employee engagement and the service-profit chain, organisation design capability for HR, the strategic management of international mobility functions, talent management, and social networks within HR functions.

Over the last 22 months he has co-edited Leading HR, in which world–class experts in HR Management and top HR directors are brought together to work to overcome the most pressing issues facing senior HR specialists today.
Paul is Director of the Centre for Performance-led HR at Lancaster University Management School which opened in early 2007 and works closely with a number of HR teams associated with the Centre. He is a regular presenter and chair at practitioner conferences, serves on the Advisory Panel for its Shaping the Future research programme, was an expert advisory panel member to the Government's Sector Skills Development Agency, and has been voted a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. He is on the Editorial Board of the top US journal in the field - Human Resource Management.

HR magazine also produced a ranking of the top '30 most influential practitioners'.

Ranked first is David Fairhurst, Senior VP and Chief People Officer for McDonald's Restaurants Northern Europe. David is a Lancaster alumnus, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Performance-Led HR (McDonald's is a sponsor of the Centre).

Ranked second is Clare Chapman, the former Director General of Workforce, National Health Service. Clare is a graduate of the MA in Management Learning at LUMS. She recently took up the post of Group People Director at BT.