Professor Stephen Wood

Professor of Management


Stephen Wood, Professor of Management at the University of Leicester School of Business, has extensive research in Work Psychology and Employee Relations. He is driving forward the latest thinking in the implications of well-being on performance, covering a range of topics including stress, presenteeism and absenteeism, job insecurity and homeworking.

Due to the social distancing and lockdown approaches of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are now working from home and having to adapt to new ways of working to maintain their health while meeting the needs of their employers. Professor Wood’s research in this area can guide companies in supporting their employees.

Many of the generic factors that cause stress at work, such as high demands, low autonomy and inadequate support and social interaction apply to homeworking and working in crises. Homeworking can intensify these issues so it is vital for employers to consider how to keep demands realistic, ensure their staff have autonomy and above all else think of the ways people can be supported with the right equipment and substitutes for face-to-face contact.

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Current research includes a comparison of collective and individual performance-related pay using agent-based modelling (funded by Leverhulme Trust) and home working, uncertainty, and well-being in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recent research includes the nature of high involvement management, its determinants and impact on well-being and organisational performance; family-friendly management, its nature, predictors of use and performance effects; work-non-work conflict; employee appraisal; teamworking amongst software engineers; health management; staff morale in mental health in-patient care; discrimination and aggression at work; job design; home working.


S. Wood, G. Michaelides, I. Inceoglu, E. Hurren, K. Daniels, and K. Niven, Homeworking in the Covid-19 Pandemic: a diary study, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021.

S. Wood, Developments in the HRM–Performance Research Stream: The Mediation Studies, German Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.1, 2021.

S. Wood, The HRM–Performance Research Stream: are we all on the same page? International Journal of Management Reviews, 2020, Vol.22, pp.408–426.

S. Wood, K. Daniels, and C. Ogbonnaya, Work-Nonwork Supports, Job Control, Work-Nonwork Conflict, and Well-Being. international Journal of Human Resource Management. 2020, Vol. 31, Issue 14, pp. 1793–1824. 10.1080/09585192.2017.1423102.

S. Wood, G. Michaelides and C. Ogbonnaya, Recessionary Action and Absence: A workplace-level study, Human Resource Management. 2020. Vol. 59, 501

W. Green W, M. W. Shahzad, S. Wood, et al. Improving junior doctor medicine prescribing and patient safety: An intervention using personalised, structured, video-enhanced feedback and deliberate practice. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2020, Vol. 86, pp. 2234–2246

S. Wood, V. Ghezzi, C. Barbaranelli, C. Di Tecco, R. Fida, M. L. Farnese, M. Ronchetti, S. Iavicoli Assessing the Risk of Stress in Organisations: Getting the Measure of Organisational-Level Stressors, Frontiers in Psychology, section Quantitative Psychology and Measurement, 2020.

S. Pichler, G. Beenan, S. Wood, Feedback Frequency and Appraisal Reactions: A Meta-analytic Test Moderators, International Journal of Human Resource Management. 2020, Vol.31, No.17, pp. 2238–2263.

S. Wood, High-involvement design: the time has come, London: IPA, 2019.

S. Wood, K. Daniels, and C. Ogbonnaya, Use of Work–Nonwork Supports and Employee Well-Being: The Mediating Roles of Job Demands, Job Control, Supportive Management and Work–Nonwork Conflict, International Journal of Human Resource Management, in press 10.1080/09585192.2017.1423102


  • All areas related to recent research
  • Good work agenda
  • Ageing and work performance
  • Employment relations
  • Human resource management

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