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Dr Ace Simpson

Dr Ace Simpson
Reader in HRM /Organisational Behaviour

Eastern Gateway 107


I am a leading scholar in the area of compassion in organisations, which has relevance to Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. Here at Brunel Business School I am leader for the undergraduate HRM programme being launched in 2020. My professional mission is to help create more compassionate workplaces where people feel understood, respected and supported by their coworkers - leading to greater employee satisfaction, fulfilment and wellbeing. I try to achieve this objective through my teaching, research and work with industry partners.

Prior to joining Brunel, I was Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia, where I coordinated large modules with uptown 2000 students in a term. I also designed new modules, including a popular post-graduate module on Positive Psychology and Positive Organizational Behaviour. At UTS I was also recognised as being among the top undergraduate and postgraduate lecturers, based upon student feedback ratings. I am also co-author of the textbook titled Positive Organizational Behavior (Routledge, 2020).

My main area of research is on organisational compassion. I have also published on topics such as humble leadership, love in organisations, management education and organisational paradoxes. I am also Research Advisor to the Center for Positive Organisations at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. My research has been published in top academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Inquiry and Management Learning.

My industry engagement has included working with an Australian health district with six hospitals and 14,000 staff to address bullying issues by enhancing their organisational compassion capabilities. To this end I have worked with colleagues to develop a measure of organisational compassion, the NEAR Organisational Compassion Scale.


PhD (Management) (UTS, Sydney Australia)

Newest selected publications

Berti, M. and Simpson, AV. (2019) 'The dark side of organizational paradoxes: The dynamics of disempowerment'. Academy of Management Review. ISSN: 1930-3807

Journal article

Rego, A., Owens, B., Yam, KC., Bluhm, D., Cunha, MPE., Silard, A., et al. (2019) 'Leader Humility and Team Performance: Exploring the Mediating Mechanisms of Team PsyCap and Task Allocation Effectiveness'. Journal of Management, 45 (3). pp. 1009 - 1033. ISSN: 0149-2063 Open Access Link

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Simpson, AV. and Berti, M. (2019) 'Transcending Organizational Compassion Paradoxes by Enacting Wise Compassion Courageously'. Journal of Management Inquiry. pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 1056-4926 Open Access Link

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Pina E Cunha, M., Simpson, AV., Clegg, SR. and Rego, A. (2018) 'Speak! Paradoxical Effects of a Managerial Culture of ‘Speaking Up’'. British Journal of Management. pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 1045-3172 Open Access Link

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Berti, M., Simpson, AV. and Clegg, SR. (2018) 'Making a place out of space: The social imaginaries and realities of a Business School as a designed space'. Management Learning, 49 (2). pp. 168 - 186. ISSN: 1350-5076 Open Access Link

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