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Research Interests

My research interests centre around the relationship between the individual and the organisation. From an occupational psychology perspective this covers issues such as organisational commitment, identification, and the nature of the psychological contract. From an HRM perspective, issues of organisational justice, managerialism and the (mis)use of power in organisations become prominent.

Teaching Activity

On the undergraduate programme, I am module leader and teach on Theories and Practice of Human Resource Management (BH2212).  I am currently Associate Course Director for the Joint Honours Psychology and Business BSc Programme. From January 2008-June 2009 I held the role of Associate Dean: Undergraduate Programme in Aston Business School.


  • Aston University, Reader, 2004-present
  • University of Gloucestershire, Senior Lecturer, 2003-2004
  • University of Derby, Senior Lecturer, 1995-2002
  • University of Leeds, Lecturer, 1990-1995


  • 1985 BSc in Psychology (2:1) Nottingham University
  • 1992 PhD in Psychology
  • Thesis title: Job values and expressed attitudes to organisational change

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Chartered Psychologist and Associate fellow of BPS
  • Academy of Management 2009
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2001
  • International Association of Applied Psychology 2000
  • Chartered Member, CIPD 1988


Head of Group, Work & Organisational Psychology Group

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commitment Social Sciences
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public sector Social Sciences
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human resource management Social Sciences
value-orientation Social Sciences

Research Output 2005 2014

Human resource management: strategic and international perspectives

Crawshaw, J. (ed.), Budhwar, P. (ed.) & Davis, A. (ed.), 31 Mar 2014, London (UK): SAGE. 400 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

International human resource management
Strategic human resource management
Line managers
Strategic issues

Reward strategies and systems

Davis, A., 12 Apr 2014, Human resource management: strategic and international perspectives. Crawshaw, J., Budhwar, P. & Davis, A. (eds.). London (UK): SAGE, p. 210-234 25 p. (Human resource development).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Bridging difference - national and organisational adaptation for responsible performance

Davis, A. J., Parkes, C. & Budhwar, P., Jun 2013, In : International Journal of Human Resource Management. 24, 12, p. 2273-2277 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Organizational adaptation
Organizational performance
HR practices
Open Access
Hard facing
Social responsibility

Towards a multilevel model of the high performance work systems–workplace safety relationship

Okhawere, P. & Davis, A., 2013, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

High-performance work practices
Multilevel models
High performance


High performance work systems and workplace safety: a multilevel approach

Author: Okhawere, P. Y. O., 10 Nov 2016

Supervisor: Davis, A. J. (Supervisor), Aryee, S. N. (Supervisor) & Sacramento, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Individual spirit at work and its relationship with employee work attitudes and organisational outcomes: An empirical examination in corporate Thailand

Author: Tevichapong, P., 3 May 2012

Supervisor: Guillaume, Y. R. (Supervisor) & Davis, A. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Influence of parents on first year undergraduate student adjustment and academic achievement at university

Author: Foster, C., 12 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Davis, A. J. (Supervisor) & Higson, H. E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Knowledge workers and their relationships with organisations

Author: Carlier, J., 15 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Davis, A. J. (Supervisor) & Butler, M. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Recruitment and selection in the UK care sector: a longitudinal study of effectiveness in resourcing methods and practice

Author: Barratt, J., 13 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Carter, M. R. (Supervisor), Davis, A. J. (Supervisor) & Woods, S. A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Activities 2005 2014

Birkbeck, University of London (External organisation)

Ann Davis (Member)
12 Mar 2014

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

SAGE (Publisher)

Ann Davis (Editor)
1 Jan 201328 Feb 2014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

HR as the guardians of ethics and trust in organisations?

Ann Davis (Speaker)
18 Apr 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Higher Colleges of Technology

Ann Davis (Visiting lecturer)
Feb 2012

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution