Prof Cary Cooper

Cary Cooper

Visiting Professor

Work & Organisational Psychology Group


Professor Cooper holds many distinctions, including: CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire, awarded 2001), Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Honorary Member of the Psychosomatic Research Society (of Great Britain), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Member of the Royal Society of Literature, Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine, Fellow of the Royal Society of Health, Fellow of the British Academy of Management, Companion of the (British) Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of The (American) Academy of Management, Academician to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.

He has also been a temporary adviser to two United Nations agencies: the World Health Organization and the International Labour Office on `Occupational Stress and Health'.
He has been invited to deliver major addresses across the world and is the recipient of the BPS `Myers Lecture’, the `Bolland Lecture’, `The Crystal Lecture’, `Sir John Cockcroft Lecture’, Aston University `Centennial Lecture’ (on Management), The Society of Occupational Medicine’s `Apothecaries Lecture’, and many others.

Leadership Roles

At the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Professor Cooper was Head of the Manchester School of Management in the early 80s and from 1995–2002 was Pro-Vice and then Deputy Vice Chancellor of UMIST. He was also past Chairman of the Management Education and Development Division of the (American) Academy of Management (1979-1980), and was elected as the first and Founding President of the British Academy of Management and is the current President.

He was also Chair of the British Academy of Management `Fellowship Committee’; former Chair of Alcohol Concern's commission on a National Strategy for Training in Alcohol Work; Chair of the UK government's Higher Education Funding Council's Research Assessment Exercise in 1996, and again in 2001, for rating all UK Business and Management Schools, Chair of the (American) Academy of Management `Distinguished Awards Panel’ for 1999, was a Board Member of the Economic & Social Research Council’s Research Priorities Board 1998-2000. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Stress and on the Advisory Council of the (US) National Institute of the Clinical Applications of Behavioral Medicine. He was elected President of the British Academy of Management 1998 (for a second time) and is still serving; President of the international medical research body, The International Society for the Investigation of Stress (ISIS) 1999 - 2000; President of the (UK) Institute of Welfare Officers 1999-; Vice President of the British Association of Counselling 2000-; President of the (UK) International Stress Management Association; he was also elected (July 2000) by 13,000 Professors of Management to the Board of Governors of the (American) Academy of Management, 2000 - 2003.

Professor Cooper is one of 15 national Ambassadors of the Samaritans, a Patron of the National Phobic Society, a former Trustee of the mental health charity Mentality, as well as having worked for Comic Relief, Antidote and other charitable bodies. He was Chair of the 2002 International & Commonwealth Games Scientific Congress, held in conjunction with the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Editorial and Publishing Responsibilities

Professor Cooper is the Editor (together with Professor Chris Argyris of Harvard Business School) of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, a twelve-volume scholarly international Encyclopedia of the management sciences, published in January 1997 and about to be re-published online. He is currently Founding Editor of the international quarterly journal the Journal of Organizational Behavior, published by John Wiley and Sons, New York and London; and co-Editor of the medical journal Stress & Health (John Wiley & Sons), and former co-editor of the management journal International Journal of Management Reviews (Blackwells Publications). Professor Cooper is the Editor-in-Chief of the Who’s Who in the Management Sciences (Edward Elgar Publishers); Editor of the 2-volume Classics in Management Thought; Editor of 4-volume Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior. He is also on the editorial board of a number of other international quarterly journals: Journal of Applied Psychology (APA journal), Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (APA journal), Human Resource Management Review, British Journal of Management, Journal of Health & Aging, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Community, Work & Family, Health, Risk & Society, Analise Psicologica (Portuguese Journal of Applied Psychology), Counselling Psychology, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Employee Rights and Responsibility Journal, International Journal of Occupational Safety & Ergonomics, and many more.

Professor Cooper is the author of over 300 scholarly articles in academic journals, the author / editor of over 100 books, and has been a contributor to many newspapers (e.g., Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, etc.) on topics of managerial and organisational behaviour.

Other Professional Activities

He has been invited to give major addresses in international conferences and universities (e.g., International Monetary Fund, Hong Kong Occupational Safety & Health Commission, Free University of Berlin, University of Bergen, University of Stockholm, University of Tilberg, University of Braga, University of Amsterdam, Queens University (Canada), University of Virginia, etc.), and to government and international bodies all over the world: Japan, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Finland, US, Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Portugal, Australia, Hong Kong, etc. He has appeared regularly on British radio and TV, and co-wrote and presented a five-part (30 minutes each) documentary series on work stress for Thames TV entitled How to Survive the 9 to 5, which was shown four times on Channel 4 in the UK.

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