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Adrian Furnham

Adrian Furnham

Professor of Psychology at University College London

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Adrian Furnham has been Professor of Psychology at University College London since 1992. 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, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Management at Henley Management College. He has recently been made Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management (2009).

Adrian has written over 50 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 Psychology of Culture Shock (2001), The Incompetent Manager (2003), The Dark Side of Behaviour at Work (2004), The People Business (2005), Personality and Intellectual Competence (2005), Management Mumbo-Jumbo (2006), Head and Heart Management (2007), The Psychology of Physical Attraction (2007), Personality and Intelligence at Work (2008) Management Intelligence (2008), Dim Sum Management (2008), 50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need To Know (2009), The Elephant in the Boardroom: The Psychology of Leadership Derailment (2009).

Adrian was recognised as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, he is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is among the most productive psychologists in the world. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the past elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He has been a consultant to over 20 major international companies, with particular interests in top team development, management of change, performance management systems, psychometric testing and leadership development.

Adrian is also a journalist and was previously at the Financial Times. He still writes regularly for the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph and is a regular contributor to national and international radio and television stations including the BBC, CNN, and ITV. Since 2007 he has been nominated by HR magazine as one of the 20 Most Influential People in HR. He speaks regularly at conferences around the world being well known as approachable, well-informed and entertaining.

He was elected Fellow of the Leadership Trust 2010; Elected Academician of the Learned Society of the Social Sciences 2010; British Psychological Society Academic Contribution to Practice Award 2011.


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