Dr Alison Legood

Work and Organisational Psychology Group

Alison Legood

Position: Lecturer
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3270
Email: a.legood2@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW8018

  • Ph D, Aston University, 2013. Subject: Business and Management 
  • MSc, Cardiff University, 2008. Subject: Occupational Psychology


  • Lecturer, Aston Business School. (2014 - Present)
  • Researcher, Aston University. (2009 - Present)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour (CETEB), Coventry University. (March 2013 - July 2014)
  • Graduate Teaching Assessment (GTA), Aston Business School. (September 2009 - January 2013)
  • Sessional Lecturer, Aston University. (January 2010 - June 2012)
  • Research Assistant, Cardiff University. (June 2007 - October 2007)

  • Interpersonal and organisational trust
  • Trust-building behavior
  • Leadership and social exchange
  • Authentic Leadership and Behavioral Integrity

Legood, AL, McGrath, M, & Searle, R. Trust and well-being in a social services context –Pump priming (2013) - £4785, successful

Searle,R.H., A. Nienaber, A., Legood, A., Weibel, D. Den Hartog : Restoring trust in the public sector – 8 organisation study including health and emergency context, CIPD funded, £3168, successful

  • Member, Academy of Management. (July 2014 - Present)
  • Member, British Academy of Management. (May 2013 - Present)
  • Member, European Group of Organisational Studies. (May 2013 - Present)
  • Member, Division of Occupational Psychology, British Psychological Society. (April 2013 - Present)
  • Member, European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. (May 2011 - Present)


  • Thomas, G., Legood, A., Lee, A. (2010). Mind-reading accuracy. New Science Publishers.
  • Legood, A., Lee, A. (in press). Why,when and how motivation helps emphatic accuracy. Managing Interpersonal Sensitivity. New York: Nova Publishers.

  Working Papers

  • Legood, A., Thomas, G., Lee, A.J Leader Cognition; The Role of Counter-Factual Thinking..
  • Legood, A., McGrath, M., Searle, R. The loss of felt public trust and employee well-being in a social services context..
  • van der Werff, L., Legood, A., Weibel, A., Buckley, F. To Trust or not to Trust: Exploring the Motivations Underlying Leader-Follower Trust Decisions..
  • Legood, A., Thomas, G., Sacramento, C. Trust the Manager, Trust the Organisation? The Role of  Organisational Hierarchy.
  • Legood, A., Searle, R. Vulnerability and Confidence and their Role in the Selection Process.

  Presentations Given

  • Lybovnikova, J., Legood, A., Academy of Management (AOM) Conference, "Authentic leadership and team performance: The mediating role of reflexivity," Philadelphia. (August 2014)
  • Searle, R., Weibel, A., Nienaber, A., Legood, A., den Hartog, D., Academy of Management (AOM) Conference, "Exploring Distrust - A Study in the Current Turmoil of the British Public Sector.," Philadelphia. (August 2014)
  • Legood, A., Thomas, G.T, First International Network on Trust (FINT), "Investigating the role of the immediate manager as an organisational trust-building agent.," Singapore. (November 21, 2013 - November 23, 2013)
  • Legood, A., Thomas, G., Spears, R., British Academy of Management (BAM), "Effective leadership in depersonalised teams; the role of circumscribed depersonalisation," Liverpool. (September 10, 2013 - September 12, 2013)
  • Legood, A., Thomas, G., British Academy of Management (BAM), "To trust or not to trust: Taking a peek inside the trust-building process.," Liverpool. (September 10, 2013 - September 12, 2013)
  • Legood, A., Thomas, G., Searle, R., European Group of Organisational Studies (EGOS), "Determining organisational trust; the role of organisational structure and managerial trustworthy behaviour," Canada. (July 5, 2013 - July 6, 2013)
  • Legood, A., Searle, R., European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP), "Applicant attraction and organisational trust: The role of trust," Munster. (May 22, 2013 - May 25, 2013

Positions of Responsibility

  • Co-track chair for the British Academy of Management (BAM) Organisational Psychology Special Interest Group (September 2013 – present)
  • Member, DoP Board effectiveness Working Group (April 2013 – present)
  • Representative for Occupational Psychology in Public Policy (OPIPP) (September 2013 – present)     


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