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Prof Adrian Furnham
BW432
London
WC1 0AP
Tel: 25395
Fax: 207 436 4276
Appointment
  • Professor of Psychology
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

Adrian Furnham 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 (D.Phil) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a D.Sc (1991) and D.Litt (1995) degree. Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, he 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)

He has written over 1000 scientific papers and 70 books including The Protestant Work Ethic (1990) 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) The Body Beautiful (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 (2010) People Management in Turbulent Times (2009) The Psychology of Personnel Selection (2010) Body Language in Business  (2010) Bad Apples (2011) Leadership: everything you want to know (2011) People Management in a Downturn (2011) The Talented Manager (2012) The Engaging Manager (2012).  Many have been translated into foreign languages including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Professor Furnham 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 is also a founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy. He has been a consultant to over 30 major international companies, with particular interests in top team development, management change
performance management systems, psychometric testing and leadership derailment. He speaks regularly at academic and business conferences and is noted for his motivational speaking.

He is also a newspaper columnist previously at the Financial Times, now at the Sunday Times. He wrote regularly for the Daily Telegraph and is a regular contributor to national and international radio and television stations including the BBC, CNN, and ITV.  More details in the latest ‘Who’s Who’.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Current interests include: Psychiatry literacy Personality Disorders and Leadership derailment Mating psychology and partner choice Counterwork Behaviours and the Psychology of Theft and Fraud Psychology of Money

Teaching Summary

I teach three full courses One to non psychologists on an introduction to applied psychology Differential Psychology: Personality and Intelligence; Organisational Psychology. Each is a 10-20 lecture course which is examined by essay.
I also contribute to a variety of other courses, as well as supervising undergraduate, MSc and PhD candidates

Academic Background
1981 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1977 MSc Master of Science University of Strathclyde
1976 MSc Master of Science London School of Economics and Political Science
1974 MA Master of Arts University of Natal
1973 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Natal
1972 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Natal
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