Ana Cristina Costa

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

Room: ESGW 202f
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 267374


Ana Cristina Costa (PhD) holds an MSc degree in Social and Organizational Psychology from the ISPA Institute, University of Lisbon in Portugal, and a PhD in Trust in Organizations from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She is Senior Lecturer Human Resource Management - Organizational Behaviour and has CIPD Academic membership. She has taught a variety of classes including Organizational Behavior, HRM, Knowledge Management, Research Methods, Teamwork and Conflict Management on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate including MBA and PhD courses.

Her research interests include Trust in Organizations, HRM, Social Capital and Teamwork, and Innovation and Knowledge Management in Organizations. Ana Cristina is co-founder of the Innovation Collaborative Research Network ( funded by The Leverhulme Trust which investigates creativity and innovation at work and their effects on job performance, HRM, and employee well-being across Europe in collaboration with Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and University of Valencia (Spain). She is currently visiting Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Personnel Psychology at University of Valencia in Spain.

Ana Cristina is a member of several editorial boards and has been guest editor of special issues for Journals such as Group and Organization Management, International Sociology and Social Science Information. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Membership and affiliation

  • CIPD – Chartered Institute of Personnel Development -
  • European Association for Work and Organizational Psychology –

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Teaching and Research


Teaching and coordination MBA module - Leading People and Managing Organizations
Teaching PhD seminars on research contribution and research design

Research Interests

  • Trust in Organizations
  • Social Capital and Teamwork
  • Innovation and psychological well-being
  • Employees Perspectives on HRM practices
  • Applicant reactions

Research Centres

Work and Organisation Research Centre (WORC)


Journal Papers

(2014)  Maciver, I. , Anderson, N. , Costa, AC.  and Evers, A. , Validity of Interpretation: A User Validity Perspective Beyond the Test Score, International Journal of Selection and Assessment 149- 164 Download publication

(2012)  Anderson, N. , Costa, AC.  and Salgado, JF. , Sustainability and industrial, work, and organizational psychology: Globalization, contribution, and psychological sustainability, Industrial and Organizational Psychology 5 (4)  : 487- 490

(2012)  Anderson, N. , Ahmed, S.  and Costa, AC. , Applicant reactions in Saudi Arabia: Organizational attractiveness and core self-evaluations, International Journal of Selection and Assessment 20 (2)  : 197- 208

(2012)  Singh, S. , Darwish, T. , Costa, AC.  and Anderson, N. , Measuring HRM and organisational performance: Concepts, issues, and framework, Management Decision 50 (4)  : 651- 667

(2011)  Costa, AC.  and Anderson, NR. , Measuring trust in teams: development and validation of a multi-faceted measure of formative and reflexive indicators of team trust, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 20 (1)  : 119- 154

(2009)  Costa, AC. , Bijlsma-Frankema, K.  and De Jong, B. , The role of social capital on trust development and dynamics: Implications for cooperation, monitoring and team performance, Social Science Information 48 (2)  : 199- 228

(2009)  Costa, AC.  and Peiró, JM. , Trust and social capital in teams and organizations – antecedents, dynamics, benefits and limitations: An introduction, Social Science Information 48 (2)  : 131- 141

(2007)  Costa, AC.  and Bijlsma-Frankema, K. , Trust and control interrelations: New perspectives on the trust—control nexus, Group and Organization Management 32 (4)  : 392- 406 Download publication

(2005)  Bijlsma-Frankema, K.  and Costa, AC. , Understanding the trust-control nexus, International Sociology 20 (3)  : 259- 282

(2004)  Costa, AC. , Trust, Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology 611- 620

(2003)  Costa, AC. , Work team trust and effectiveness, Personnel Review 32 (5)  : 605- 622

(2001)  Costa, AC. , Roe, RA.  and Taillieu, T. , Trust within teams: The relation with performance effectiveness, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 10 (3)  : 225- 244

Book Chapters

(2012)  Costa, AC.  and Anderson, N. , Advances and developments in trust and social capital at work. In: Costa, AC.  and Anderson, N.  eds. Major Works: Trust and social capital in organizations. London : Sage

(2010)  Anderson, N.  and Costa, AC. , Innovation and knowledge management: The constant idyll of change. In: Anderson, N.  and Costa, AC.  eds. Major Works: Innovation and knowledge management. Sage Publications Ltd xxi- xli

(2010)  Bijlsma-Frankema, K.  and Costa, AC. , Consequences and antecedents of managerial and employee legitimacy interpretations of control: a natural open system approach. In: Sitkin, SB. , Cardinal, LB.  and Bijlsma-Frankema, K.  eds. Control in Organizations: New Directions in Theory and Research. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press 396- 433

(2009)  Costa, AC. , Diversity, trust climate and social capital in teams. In: Zijlstra, F. , Iterson, A.  and ten Horn, L.  eds. Time Changes Work. Maastricht : Datawyse/Universitaire Pers Maastricht 52- 74

(2008)  Daskapan, S.  and Costa, AC. , Reengineering trust in global information systems. In: Kautonen, T.  and Karjaluoto, H.  eds. Trust and new technologies: Marketing and management on the Internet and mobile media. Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc 244- 266


(2012)  Costa, AC.  and Anderson, N. , Major Works: Trust and social capital in organizations. Sage

(2010)  Anderson, N.  and Costa, AC. , Major Works: Innovation and knowledge management. Sage Publications Ltd

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