Prof. Adrian Furnham
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Adrian is an academic and consultant on organizational behaviour, writer and broadcaster. Adrian is particularly adept at communicating complex psychological concepts to a variety of clients.
Adrian was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (DPhil) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a DSc (1991) and DLitt (1995) degree.
Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, he is now Professor of Psychology at University College London. He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at, amongst others, the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies and the University of Hong Kong.
He has written over 600 scientific papers and 42 books including Culture Shock (1994), The New Economic Mind (1995), Personality at Work (1994), The Myths of Management (1996), The Psychology of Behaviour at Work (1997), The Psychology of Money (1998), The Incompetent Manager (2003), The Dark Side of Behaviour at Work (2004), The People Business (2005) and Personality and Intellectual Competence (2005)
1981-DATE LONDON UNIVERSITY
Professor in Psychology (ad hominem) in the University of London (since 1.10.92) Teaching applied, occupational, personality and social psychology to under- and postgraduate students. Doctoral and Masters candidate supervisor.
Previously Lecturer (1981-1987) and Reader (1988-1992) at University College London
1978-1990 OXFORD UNIVERSITY
Lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College (1979-1982).
Part-Time Tutor in psychology in the Department of External Studies
Teaching management science and psychology to groups of middle and senior managers and administrators
1985-2000 APPLIED BEHAVIOURAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
Founder director of a management consultancy which specialises in research on corporate evaluation and design, performance appraisal, personnel and corporate assessment and selection, state-of-the art of literature reviews
Previous clients have included the Foreign Office, BT, TWA, Lloyds Bank, Cathay Pacific Airways, Channel Four, Abbey Life, Boots, Hambros Bank, Ritz Hotel, British Rail, Air New Zealand, Hong Kong Jockey Club Marks and Spencer, Careers Research Forum and Barclays Bank.
1995-97 HONG KONG UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SCHOOL
Visiting Professor at the Business School every spring term
1999-2001 HENLEY MANAGEMENT COLLEGE
Total Oil Marine Visiting Professor of Management.
Areas of Expertise
Professor Furnham is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is ranked the second most productive psychologist in the world since 1980. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the current elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.
He is also a founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy. He writes regularly for the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph and is a regular contributor to BBC radio and television. More details in the latest ‘Whos Who’.
Like Noel Coward, he believes work is more fun than fun and considers himself to be a well-adjusted workaholic. He rides a bicycle to work (as he has always done) and does not have a mobile phone. He is however, often sought after by bridge, tennis and squash players who like to win. Adrian enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, and going to the theatre.