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Aston Inaugural to celebrate and showcase Aston's research

Aston Inaugurals

The Aston Inaugurals celebrate and showcase the research expertise of the University’s newly appointed professors across a diverse range of topics throughout the academic year 2012/13.  

The second lecture in the series will be given by Nick Lee, Professor of Marketing and Organizational Research, and Marketing Research Group Convenor, at Aston Business School on Tuesday 5th February 2013.

The good news is, you’re fired... 

Many people think that, given the chance, they'd make a pretty good manager. Similarly, most people also think that they make pretty good employees.

However, as scientists understand more about these complex workplace interactions, we continue to find that actions that seem like the 'right' thing to do actually lead to unintended negative effects. At the same time, actions that many might think of as harmful to the work environment actually have positive effects. Uncovering these counter-intuitive effects requires an approach that goes beyond the notion of 'commonsense'- what 'should' and 'shouldn't' work - to integrate insights from psychological, organisational, and even biological, sciences, and bring them to bear on the environment where we spend more waking time than any other; the workplace.

This lecture will explore many examples of the strange ways that managers can influence good - and bad - employee behaviour. After all, you may be fired, but was it really your fault?

Professor Nick Lee’s research interests include sales management, social psychology, research methodology, and ethics. His research has won multiple awards, including the 2010 Joseph Lister Award for Social Science from the British Science Association, the 2005 Emerald Outstanding Special Issue Award, the 2002 EMAC Conference award for best doctoral paper, and a 2002 UK CIM/AM Research Excellence Award. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on sales and methodological issues. In 2009 he was featured in The Times as ‘one of the 15 scientists whose work will shape the future’.

All of the Aston Inaugurals will start at 6.00pm and will be held in the Sumpner Lecture Theatre located in the Main Building on Aston University campus which is just a short walk from the Centre of Birmingham.

The lectures are open to the general public and are a great opportunity to find out more about the innovative, ground breaking research taking place at Aston.

There is no entry charge. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served from 5.30pm and a buffet will follow the lecture.

To book a seat, contact events or for further information please contact Emma Sutton, Marketing and Events Co-ordinator on 0121 204 4542.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research