Miss Bex Hewett

Supervised by

  • Neil Conway First/primary/lead supervisor

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Educational background

2009 (ongoing) – PhD in Organizational Behaviour
2008-2009 – Certificate in Organizational Psychology
2004-2007 – MSc (with distinction) Human Resources
1999-2002 – BA (Hons) Sociology

Personal profile

Bex is a part-time PhD student in the Department of Management. She also works as a Research Assistant and Sessional Lecturer in the Dept of Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. She is an experienced HR professional and currently works part-time as Head of HR Operations at Ofcom. She holds an MSc in Human Resource Management and BA (Hons) in Sociology. Her research interests include motivation, self-determination theory, reward, engagement, job crafting and positive organisational behaviour.

Research interests

PhD Research:

Self-Determination Theory: exploring the relationship between performance-contingent reward and the controlled-autonomous motivation continuum in the work environment.

If someone enjoys their work, does it because they care about what they’re doing, and works hard because it is personally important to them, is this the same as someone who works hard because they want to achieve a target and get their bonus at the end of the month? Would these people behave the same? Self-Determination Theory suggests that it is the quality, not just quantity of motivation that matters, and that better quality motivation can lead to more positive behavioural and psychological outcomes.

The first part of my research examines how performance-related reward impacts on the way that individuals are motivated and therefore how they behave and feel about their work. I am interested in how people assess the value of their pay, how this then meets some of their fundamental needs, and how aspects of the work context and individual personality factors might mediate this relationship. In the second part, I am exploring how people experience reward and motivation on a day to day basis at work, through a diary study.

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