Biography

 

Kevin Daniels is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and leads the Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme for the Economic and Social Research Council funded What Works Wellbeing Centre.

 

 
I joined Norwich Business School in 2012 as Professor of Organizational Behaviour. I was a founding member and first head of the Employment Systems and Institutions group. Prior to joining UEA, I was Professor of Organizational Psychology at Loughborough University (2003-2012), where I also served as Director of Research for Loughborough’s Business School (2004-2009). I am a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist and a Full Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

 

 
I have a particular interest in developing policies, guidance and work systems to promote wellbeing and safety, and especially in supporting workers to adaptively use work systems to maintain their wellbeing, health and safety. I am also interested in how the design of work influences innovation, learning and environmentally sustainable behaviours.

 

 
I have published in journals such as Human Relations, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behaviour and Journal of Vocational Behavior. My research has been funded by grants from sources such as the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Health and Safety Executive.

 

 
In 2015, I will take up the position of Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and I am also currently an associate editor of the British Journal of Management. I also currently serve on the editorial boards of Human Relations, Journal of Management and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. I previously served terms as associate editors at both Human Relations and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

 

All Publications

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Ogbonnaya, N., Daniels, K.

(2017)

Good work, wellbeing and changes in performance outcomes: Illustrating the effects of good people management practices with an analysis of the National Health Service,

What Works Wellbeing

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Daniels, K., Connolly, S., Ogbonnaya, N., Tregaskis, O., Bryan, M., Robinson-Pant, A., Street, J.

(2017)

Democratisation of wellbeing: stakeholder perspectives on policy priorities for improving national wellbeing through paid employment and adult learning,

in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Nayani, R., Nielsen, K., Daniels, K., Donaldson-Feilder, E., Lewis, R.

(2017)

Out of sight and out of mind? A literature review of occupational safety and health leadership and management of distributed workers,

in Work & Stress

Full Text

(Literature review)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Daniels, K., Bryan, M., Connolly, S., Gedikli, C., Tregaskis, O., Watson, D.

(2017)

Fostering wellbeing,

in Impact : Social Sciences and Humanities - Broading the Conversation.

Science Impact Ltd

pp. 42-44

(Other chapter contribution)

(Published)


Rumbold, J. L., Fletcher, D., Daniels, K.

(2018)

Using a mixed method audit to inform organizational stress management interventions in sport,

in Psychology of Sport and Exercise

35

pp. 27-38

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Daniels, K., Bryan, M., Connolly, S., Gedikli, C., Tregaskis, O., Watson, D.

(2017)

Work, Learning and Wellbeing – ESRC,

in Impact

2017

(9)

pp. 42-44

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Daniels, K., Glover, J., Nayani, R., Mellor, N., Munir, F.

(2017)

Purpose and Enactment in Job Design: An Empirical Examination of the Processes Through Which Job Characteristics Have Their Effects,

in Policy and Practice in Health and Safety

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Ogbonnaya, N., Daniels, K.

(2017)

What is a Good Job?: Analysis of the British 2012 Skills and Employment Survey,

What Works Wellbeing

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Daniels, K., Watson, D., Gedikli, C.

(2017)

Well-being and the social environment of work: A systematic review of intervention studies,

in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

14

(8)

article no. 918

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Christina, S., Dainty, A., Daniels, K., Tregaskis, O., Waterson, P.

(2017)

Shut the fridge door! HRM alignment, job redesign and energy performance,

in Human Resource Management Journal

27

(3)

pp. 382–402

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Nielsen, K., Daniels, K., Nayani, R., Donaldson-Feilder, E., Lewis, R.

(2017)

Out of sight, out of mind?: Research into the Occupational Safety and Health of Distributed Workers,

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Ogbonnaya, C., Daniels, K., Nielsen, K.

(2017)

How Incentive Pay Affects Employee Engagement, Satisfaction, and Trust,

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Ogbonnaya, C., Daniels, K., Connolly, S., van Veldhoven, M.

(2017)

Integrated and isolated impact of high performance work practices on employee health and well-being: A comparative study,

in Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

22

(1)

pp. 98-114

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Ogbonnaya, C., Daniels, K., Nielsen, K.

(2017)

Does contingent pay encourage positive employee attitudes and intensify work?,

in Human Resource Management Journal

27

(1)

pp. 94–112

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Arnold, R., Fletcher, D., Daniels, K.

(2017)

Organisational stressors, coping, and outcomes in competitive sport,

in Journal of Sports Sciences

35

(7)

pp. 694-703

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Daniels, K., Gedikli, C., Watson, D., Semkina, A., Vaughn, O.

(2017)

Job design, employment practices and well-being: a systematic review of intervention studies,

in Ergonomics

60

(9)

pp. 1177-1196

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Glover, J., Daniels, K.

(2017)

An exploratory study into everyday problem solving in the design process of medical devices,

in Journal of Engineering Design

28

(10-12)

pp. 821-843

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Ogbonnaya, C., Daniels, K., Connolly, S., van Veldhoven, M. J., Nielsen, K.

(2016)

Employees, managers and high performance work practices: A ‘win-win’ or the transformational leader’s exploitative approach to organizational performance,

in Understanding the high performance workplace : The line between motivation and abuse.

Routledge

pp. 39-62

ISBN 9781138801073, 9781138801059

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Daniels, K., Beesley, N., Cheyne, A., Wimalasiri, V.

(2016)

Safety climate and increased risk: The role of deadlines in design work,

in Human Relations

69

(5)

pp. 1185-1207

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Arnold, R., Fletcher, D., Daniels, K.

(2016)

Demographic differences in sport performers’ experiences of organizational stressors,

in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

26

(3)

pp. 348–358

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

I am the lead for the What Works Wellbeing Centre evidence programme on work, learning and wellbeing (http://whatworkswellbeing.org/evidence-program/work-learning-and-wellbeing). This evidence programme is a collaboration between UEA and the University of Essex.

The What Works Wellbeing Centre is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and includes evidence programmes concerned with wellbeing methodologies (cross cutting wellbeing capabilities), communities and culture and Sport. The Centre involves collaboration between twelve universities, five civil society groups, and reaches internationally through the OECD.

I have also been involved in projects funded by the British Academy, British Academy of Management and the Higher Education Innovation Fund. These projects are being conducted with Rachel Nayani at UEA and are concerned with how those in boundary spanning roles shape their roles, co-operate and ensure the effectiveness of multi-organisation networks.

Other current research and consultancy collaborations include work in: high hazard and safety critical sectors, such as the oil and gas industry and medical technologies sector; advanced manufacturing, including the automotive sector; food supply chains; retail environments; and small and medium sized enterprises. Previous projects have been funded by sources such as the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the Health and Safety Executive and the East Midlands Development Agency.

Post-graduate supervision

I am interested in PhD applicants who wish to research the impact of organizational changes aimed at improving work processes that enhance  workplace learning and skills development, innovation, safety and/or well-being. I am especially interested in applications wishing to take a socio-technical systems approach and/or applications centred on the ability of job design to enable effective self-regulation at work. I particularly value innovation in research methods and longitudinal data collection is essential to any successful application. Although my own research is primarily quantitative, I have supervised purely qualitative PhDs to completion (all using longitudinal data collection). Part-time applicants embarking on the management of organisational change programmes are particularly welcome.

 

Teaching Interests

Current teaching includes:

Research training (PhD). Advanced Quantitative Methods.

MBA (full time and executive). Management and Changing Organisations.

Undergraduate. 1st year. Introduction to Organisatinal Behaviour.

 

 

In 2014, I staretd a term as external academic advisor to the Department of Applied Psychology, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

 

In 2015, I will take up the position of Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and I also currently an associate editor of the British Journal of Management. I also currently serve on the editorial boards of Human Relations, Journal of Management and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. I previously served terms as associate editors at both Human Relations and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

 

Professional Activities

Current and recent work with organizations.

Our work with the What Works Wellbeing Centre is focused on enabling key decision makers - such as employers and policy makers - to use evidence of wellbeing impact in decision making and to improve people’s lives, by translating academic evaluation of wellbeing measures into easy-to-use information about effectiveness, cost and applicability of different courses of action.

I am also working with Rachel Nayani to develop a toolkit designed to help those who work in multi-agency networks. I am currently engaged with or have recently been engaged in the evaluation of change projects concerned with: human resource management, safety and performance in heavy manufacturing; enenergy efficiency behaviours in commercial environments; coping skills training in early career sports professionals; and effective problem-solving skills training.