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Dr Ace Simpson

Dr Ace Simpson
Reader in HRM /Organisational Behaviour

Eastern Gateway 107


I am a scholar in the area of compassion in organisations, which has relevance to Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. Here at Brunel Business School I lead the undergraduate BSc HRM programme, launched in September 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. I am co-author of the textbook titled Positive Organizational Behavior (Routledge, 2020).

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 up to 2000 students in a term. I also designed new modules, including a popular masters level 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. 

In addition to publishing research findings on organisational compassion I have also investigated topics such as humble leadership, power, love, management education, innovation 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, 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 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

Giustiniano, L., Cunha, MPE., Simpson, AV., Rego, A. and Clegg, S. (2020) 'Resilient leadership as paradox work: Notes from COVID-19'. Management and Organization Review. ISSN: 1740-8776

Journal article

Berti, M. and Simpson, AV. (2020) 'On the practicality of resisting pragmatic paradoxes'. Academy of Management Review. pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 0363-7425 Open Access Link

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Cunha, MPE., Rego, A., Simpson, A. and Clegg, S. (2020) 'Positive organizational behaviour: A reflective approach'. London: Routledge. ISSN 10: 1138293083 ISSN 13: 9781138293083


Simpson, AV. and Berti, M. (2020) 'Transcending Organizational Compassion Paradoxes by Enacting Wise Compassion Courageously'. Journal of Management Inquiry, 29 (4). pp. 433 - 449. ISSN: 1056-4926 Open Access Link

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Simpson, AV., Farr-Wharton, B. and Reddy, P. (2020) 'Cultivating organizational compassion in healthcare'. Journal of Management and Organization, 26 (3). pp. 340 - 354. ISSN: 1833-3672 Open Access Link

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