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Professor John Arnold Pronouns: He/him BA, Nottingham; PhD, Sheffield, FBPsS

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Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Director of Research Impact

Programme Director BSc Business Psychology

Career choice; personal development and adjustment; work role identities and transitions (including the transition into working life); career success and failure; mid/late career issues; mentoring; development centres and succession planning

John Arnold is Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and a member of the School’s Research Centre for Professional Work and Society. This is his second stint at Loughborough. He re-joined in December 2013. Previously he was head of the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), which is part of the Management School at the University of Sheffield. Before joining IWP in May 2011, he worked in Loughborough’s Business School for 15 years, and Manchester School of Management for 8 years. John is an experienced and successful manager and leader within Business/Management School environments, including top management team roles in three Schools, covering (at various times) undergraduate teaching, research and staff development remits. He is a Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

John has extensive experience of academic journal editing and reviewing, including as editor of Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (JOOP) from 2004 to 2008. He is currently a consulting editor with four leading journals: JOOP, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, and Organizational Psychology Review.  Since 1985 John has been Principal or Co-investigator on 21 externally funded research projects, has supervised or co-supervised 17 postgraduate research students to successful completion, and has published over 70 refereed journal articles. He was a member of the Business and Management panel in the UK’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and is repeating that role in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment process.

John is an experienced teacher and facilitator with many different student groups, and is lead author for the first four editions of the successful textbook Work Psychology, now in its 5th edition. He is currently working with School colleague Dr Ray Randall and others on the 6th edition. John’s teaching has always been very well received by all student groups: undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience. He places an emphasis on starting with concepts and theories, and then using them in practical ways, with a mixture of mini-lectures, case-studies, videos, experiential exercises and applied research mini-projects for students. Some of the examples and case studies are from his own research. Wherever possible he devises student assignments that not only reflect their academic learning but also contribute to their personal and professional development e.g. by requiring them to try out techniques and ideas discussed in class, and report back on the results.

John’s research, teaching and consultancy involve all areas of careers and their management from both individual and organisational perspectives. Particular interests include career choice, personal development and adjustment, work role identities and transitions (including the transition into working life), career success and failure, mid/late career issues, and the impact of career management interventions such as mentoring, development centres and succession planning. John is also interested in the interfaces between careers and other related topics such as leadership, work design, ageing and life-span development. 

Gubler, M., Arnold, J., & Coombs, C. R. (2014). Reassessing the protean career concept: Empirical findings, conceptual components, and measurement. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 35, S23-S40.

Arnold, J. & Clark, M. (2015). Running the second last lap of the race: A multi-method analysis of growth, generativity and well-being amongst men in mid/late career. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 89, 308-329.  doi: 10.1111/joop.12125.

McConville, D., Arnold, J., & Smith, A. (2016). Employee share ownership, psychological ownership, and work attitudes and behaviours: A phenomenological analysis. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 89, 634-655.

Arnold, J., Coombs, C. R., & Gubler, M. (in press). Career anchors and preferences for organizational career management: A study of information technology professionals in three European countries. International Journal of Human Resource Management, doi:  

Taneva, S. K., & Arnold, J. (in press). Thriving, surviving and performing in late career: A mixed-method study of pathways to successful aging in organizations. Work, Aging and Retirement.