Personal profile

Personal profile

Neil Conway is a Professor in Organizational Behaviour and joined Royal Holloway in 2013. Prior to this he held a lecturing position at Birkbeck, where he was also a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow and where he obtained his PhD. He has held previous posts as a visiting research fellow at the University of Toulouse and is an Advanced Institute of Management Research Scholar. He is currently a visiting professor at the Dauphine University, Paris. Neil has taught at all levels at the School of Management on topics including motivation and performance, leadership, HRM, and quantitative research methods.

Neil was Associate Editor at Human Relations and Editorial Board member at several leading journals such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Research interests

His broad research interest is in organizational psychology with a focus on psychological approaches to understanding the employment relationship and in particular the psychological contract. He also has research interests in work motivation and behaviour, psychological approaches to HRM, part-time work, and methods for studying everyday behaviour (such as daily diaries). Neil has published in many leading management and organizational behavior journals, see Neil’s Google Scholar profile for more details.

Current projects include investigating the impact of furlough on employees' return-to-work attitudes and behaviour, the role of calling and its implications for motivation and well-being, the effects of UK Government austerity measures on public sector psychological contracts, examining the reciprocal links between driving commutes and daily work experiences, and examining the effects of pay inequality on UK employee well-being.

PhD supervision

Neil welcomes supervising PhD students in the broad area of organizational psychology/behavior, and particularly in the areas of the psychological contract, work motivation and behaviour, and psychological approaches to understanding HRM. Some of Neil’s recent PhD students’ topics include the unintended consequences of performance management systems, zero-hour contract work and its impact on employee well-being, teleworking and its implications for juggling work and nonwork responsibilities, seafarer’s psychological contracts and safety behavior, innovation failure and its implications for work motivation, the links between pay and self-determination theory and work motivation, and HRM system strength.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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