Gerard Hodgkinson

Gerard Hodgkinson


  • F34 Alliance Manchester Business School East, Booth Street East

    M13 9PL

    United Kingdom

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Gerard P. Hodgkinson is Professor of Strategic Management and Behavioural Science at Alliance Manchester Business School. From 2017-2022 he was the Vice-Dean for Research of the Faculty of Humanities, and  from September 2016-October 2017 he served as Deputy Head of the Business School.  Following a highly successful five-year term of office in his Vice-Dean role, Professor Hodgkinson is presently on a two-year period of study leave.  

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester encompasses the full range of the social sciences, as well as traditional arts and humanities subjects. In his Vice-Dean role, Professor Hodgkinson was responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Faculty’s research goals and operational plan, in accordance with the University’s overall strategy and statement on research expectations  This role entailed the overall management of a wide range of activities including oversight of 20 of the University's 31 returns to the REF2021, improving and diversifying external research grant capture, and taking forward the research impact agenda.  

Professor Hodgkinson has held previous appointments at the Universities of Warwick (2011-2016), Leeds (1999-2011), Exeter (1998-1999), Leeds (1995-1998), Sheffield (1988-1995), and Manchester (1986-1988). At the University of Warwick, he was Head of Warwick Business School's flagship Behavioural Science Group, one of the world’s leading academic units in its field. He also served on the Senior Management Team of Warwick Business School, as an Associate Dean, overseeing teaching quality across the School's full range of programmes.  

An elected Fellow of the British Academy of Management, British Psychological Society, Chartered Management Institute, Royal Society of Arts, and the Academy of Social Sciences, and an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, for eight years he was the Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Management (1999 - 2006) and for 11 years, with J. Kevin Ford (Department of Psychology, Michigan State University), he co-edited the International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (latterly incorporated into the Journal of Organizational Behavior as its Annual Review Issue).  More recently, (2016-2020) he served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management and he currently serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy of Management Review, Futures and Foresight Science, Journal of Management, and Strategic Management Journal.

From 2002-2006 Professor Hodgkinson was a member of the Grants Board of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and has served two terms as a member of the Executive Committee of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division of the (US) Academy of Management. From 2002-2005 he served as the MOC Division's International Representative at Large. In a five-year rotational term of office, he served as the MOC Division's Professional Development Workshop's Chair (2007-2008), Program Chair (2008-2009), Division Chair Elect (2009-2010), Division Chair (2010-2011) and Past Division Chair (2011-2012).

From 2004-2007 his research was supported through the competitive award of a Senior Fellowship of the UK ESRC/EPSRC Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Research (£505,245.56). The (co-)author of more than 150 scholarly publications, an earlier version of his 2011 article with his Manchester-based colleague Professor Mark Healey, on the psychological foundations of strategic adaptation (dynamic capabilities), which was published in Strategic Management Journal, won the Business Policy and Strategy Division's Sumantra Ghoshal Research and Practice Award at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Chicago, IL). In recognition of his sustained contributions to behavioural science and strategic management, in 2021 Professor Hodgkinson was awarded the Research Medal by the British Academy of Management.  Registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Occupational Psychologist, over the past 35 years he has carried out numerous consultancy assignments with public and private sector organizations.


July 2014 – Nov. 2015                       

University of Warwick

DSc (higher doctorate, awarded on the basis of published works)


Oct. 1988 - Dec. 1993                       

University of Sheffield


PhD (Thesis entitled: ‘Strategic Cognition in a Mature Industry: Differentiation, Consensus and Outcomes’.) (Thesis passed without amendments)


Oct. 1982 - Sept. 1983                       

University of Hull

MSc Industrial Psychology


Sept. 1979 - June 1982                       

The Polytechnic Wolverhampton

BA (Hons) Social Science (Psychology as main subject)

Upper Second Class (Degree awarded by the Council for National Academic Awards)

Research interests

From the outset of his career, Professor Hodgkinson has pursued theoretically and methodologically rigorous empirical work devoted to issues of concern to academics, practitioners and policymakers (a scientist-practitioner model), drawing primarily on the fields of industrial work and organizational (IWO) psychology and cognitive psychology, but also incorporating insights from sociology and economics.

From the mid-1980s onwards, the bulk of his research activity has centred on the development of a new subfield: the psychology of strategic management. In particular, his work has been concerned with the analysis of cognitive processes in strategic management (especially the socio-cognitive analysis of competitive business environments and the development and evaluation of techniques for mapping strategic knowledge).

His most recent work has been concerned with the application of advances in the social neurosciences (social cognitive neuroscience and neuroeconomics) to the analysis of cognitive processes in strategic decision making (including the nature and role of intuition) and the evaluation of techniques for overcoming cognitive bias and inertia in such decisions. Other work has been concerned with the development and psychometric evaluation of new instruments for the assessment of personality constructs in studies of strategic management.

His current theoretical interests centre on the behavioural foundations of dynamic capabilities, especially the nature and role of conscious and non-conscious cognitive processes, emotion, and personality and individual differences in strategic adaptation. Other work addresses the production and diffusion of knowledge in the management and organization sciences and its significance for wider publics. He also has active research interests in applied psychometrics.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Academic FCIPD) (awarded October 2013)

Fellow (formerly known as Academician) of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) (elected January 2008)

Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) (elected to fellowship, September 2004)

Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS) (elected to Fellowship, October 2001).

Fellow of the British Academy of Management (FBAM) (elected to Fellowship, July 2001).

Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) (Elected to Fellowship, July 1999)

Full Member of the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology.

Member of the Academy of Management (USA)

Member of the Strategic Management Society (USA)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
  • Work and Equalities Institute


  • Affect in strategic decision making; Behavioural strategy; decision making; dynamic capabilities; Emotions in businesss; intuition; managerial and organizational cognition; organizational neuroscience; scenario planning; strategic adaptation


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