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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 Organiztions, 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 organisations, 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, 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).

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. 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)

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

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, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 1350-5076 Open Access Link

Journal article

Cunha, MPE., Rego, A., Berti, M. and Simpson, A. (2022) 'Understanding pragmatic paradoxes: When contradictions become paralyzing and what to do about it'. Business Horizons, 0 (in press). ISSN: 0007-6813 Open Access Link

Journal article

Cunha, MPE., Rego, A. and Simpson, AV. (2022) 'Team ground rules: Their nature and functions'. Organizational Dynamics, 51 (4). pp. 100933 - 100933. ISSN: 0090-2616 Open Access Link

Journal article

Simpson, AV., Rego, A., Berti, M., Clegg, S. and Cunha, MPE. (2022) 'Theorizing compassionate leadership from the case of Jacinda Ardern: Legitimacy, paradox and resource conservation'. Leadership, 18 (3). pp. 337 - 358. ISSN: 1742-7150 Open Access Link

Journal article

Simpson, AV. (2022) 'Addressing challenges of sustainability: The case of Interface Inc.', in Cunha, MPE., Lopez, A., Dierendonck, DV., Schad, J., Giustiniano, L., Gaim, M., et al. (eds.) Paradoxes of management and organization: Short cases for pedagogical use. Lisbon : Edições Sílabo. pp. 121 - 126.Open Access Link

Book chapter
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