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Dr Ace Simpson
Professor - HRM-OB

Eastern Gateway 203


I am a member of the Oganizations and People Division within Brunel Business School and Research Advisor to the Center for Positive Organizations, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Prior to joining Brunel I was Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour at UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia. My primary area of research is compassion in organizations, which has relevance to Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. 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, fulfillment and wellbeing. I try to achieve this objective through my teaching, research and work with industry partners. I am co-author of the textbook titled Positive Organizational Behavior (Routledge, 2020).

In addition to publishing research findings on organizational compassion I have also investigated topics such as humble leadership, power, love, management education, innovation and organizational paradoxes. My research has been published in top academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, British Journal of Management, and Journal of Business Ethics.

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 organizational compassion capabilities. To this end I have worked with colleagues to develop a measure of organizational compassion, the NEAR Organizational Compassion Scale.


PhD (Management) (UTS, Sydney Australia)

Academic FCIPD


I currently serve as Director of Undergraduate Programmes at Brunel Business School, covering six different Business Degree programmes (Marketing, Accounting, International Business, General Management, Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship).

Previously I served as Programme Leader BSc Human Resource Management, Brunel Business School, where I oversaw programme and curriculum development.

Newest selected publications

Farr-Wharton, B., Simpson, AV., Brunetto, Y. and Bentley, T. (2023) 'The role of team compassion in mitigating the impact of hierarchical bullying'. Journal of Management and Organization. pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 1833-3672

Journal article

Simpson, AV., Simpson, T. and Hendy, J. (2023) 'Organising Compassionate Care with Compassionate Leadership', in Samoutis, A., Samoutis, G., Stylianou, N., Anastasiou, A. and Lionis, C. (eds.) The Art and Science of Compassionate Care: A Practical Guide. Cham, Switzerland : Springer, Cham. pp. 85 - 99. ISBN 10: 3-031-21524-9. ISBN 13: 978-3-031-21523-0. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Clegg, S., Simpson, AV., Cunha, MPE. and Rego, A. (2023) 'From ‘Leadership’ to ‘Leading': Power Relations, Polyarchy and Projects', in Schedlitzki, D., Larson, M., Carroll, B., Bligh, M. and Epitropaki, O. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Leadership (2nd ed.). London : SAGE Publishing. ISBN 10: 1-5297-8189-2. ISBN 13: 978-1-5297-6906-7.

Book chapter

Simpson, AV., Panayiotou, A., Berti, M., Cunha, MP., Kanji, S. and Clegg, S. (2022) 'Pandemic, power and paradox: Improvising as the New Normal during the COVID-19 crisis'. Management Learning, 54 (1). pp. 3 - 13. ISSN: 1350-5076 Open Access Link

Journal article

Cunha, MPE., Simpson, AV., Rego, A. and Clegg, S. (2022) 'Non-naïve organizational positivity through a generative paradox pedagogy'. Management Learning, 53 (1). pp. 15 - 32. ISSN: 1350-5076 Open Access Link

Journal article
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