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Nigel Nicholson

Professor of Organisational Behaviour; Faculty Advisor for Electives; Chief Examiner


BA (University College, Cardiff), PhD (University of Wales)

Professor Nigel Nicholson has been a Professor at London Business School since 1990. Before becoming a business psychologist he was a journalist, and he is a frequent commentator in the media on current business issues. He is widely known for pioneering the introduction of the new science of evolutionary psychology to business through a stream of writing, including an article in Harvard Business Review in 1998 and his book Managing the Human Animal.

His current major research interests include the psychology of family business, personality and leadership, gender issues and people skills in management. He has published over 20 books and 200 articles in these fields, as well as on topics such as innovation, organisational change and executive career development.

Professor Nicholson led a major research project on risk and decision-making among finance professionals, culminating in the book Traders: Risks, Decisions and Management in Financial Markets, published in 2005.  His book on family firms, Family Wars, was published in 2008.  His latest book, taking a fresh look at leadership through the lens of biography and the self, is The “I” of Leadership: Strategies for Seeing, Being and Doing.

At London Business School he has held the positions of Chairman of the Organisational Behaviour department, Research Dean, member of the Governing Body and been a Deputy Dean of the School. He has been a guest professor at German, American, African and Australian universities, and been honoured with awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association for Applied Psychology for his contribution to the field.

Professor Nicholson directs several executive programmes at London Business School, including High Performance People Skills and Proteus.  He has served on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Family Business, and from 2003 to 2010 he was Chairman of the evaluation panel for the J.P.Morgan Private Banking UK and Ireland Family Business Honours programme. 

2015

Niche Construction and the evolution of leadership: Toward a unified theory

Spisak BR; OBrien MJ; Nicholson N; Van Vugt M

Academy of Management Review 2015 Vol 40 p 291-306

2014

Primal Business: Evolution, kinship and the family firm

Nicholson N

in Colarelli S. M. & Arvey R. D. (Eds.), Handbook of the Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior, Chicago: University of Chicago Press

2013

A new view of leadership

Nicholson N

Management Today 2013 p 42-45

Know the game, change the game

Nicholson N

Business Strategy Review 2013

Seeing, being and doing: New ways to develop leaders

Nicholson N

Developing Leaders 2013:11 p 62-67

The ‘I’ of leadership: Strategies for seeing, being and doing

Nicholson N

Leadership Excellence 2013 Vol 30:6 p 4-4

The ‘I’ of leadership: Strategies for seeing, being and doing

Nicholson N

Leadership Excellence 2013 Vol 30:6 p 4

2012

Emotional ownership: The next generation's relationship with the family firm

Bjornberg A; Nicholson N

Family Business Review 2012 Vol 25:4 p 374-390

Evolutionary theory: A new synthesis for family business thought and research

Nicholson N

In Melin L., Nordqvist M., Sharma P. (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Family Business, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

2011

Introducing evolutionary psychology to business and management

Nicholson N

In Wang XT & Yang-Jie S (Eds.) Thus Speak Evolutionary Psychologists, Beijing: Peking Press

Leadership in organizations: An evolutionary perspective

Spisak B R; Nicholson N; Van Vugt M

in Saad, G (ed.), Evolutionary Psychology in the Business Sciences, Heidelberg: Springer

The evolution of business and management

Nicholson N

in Roberts S C (ed.), Applied Evolutionary Psychology, Oxford: OUP

2010

The design of work: An evolutionary perspective

Nicholson N

Journal of Organizational Behavior 2010 Vol 31:2-3 p 422-431

Thinking, feeling and deciding: the influence of emotions on the decision making and performance of traders

Fenton-O'Creevy M; Nicholson N; Soane E; Willman P

Journal of Organizational Behavior 2010 Vol 32:8 p 1044-1061

2009

Leading in tough times

Nicholson N

Business Strategy Review 2009 Vol 20:2 p 38-41

2008

Blood ties

Nicholson N

Management Today 2008 p 53-60

Emotional Ownership: The critical pathway between the next generation and the family firm

Björnberg A; Nicholson N

London: Institute for Family Business report

Evolutionary psychology, corporate culture and family business

Nicholson N

Academy of Management Perspectives 2008 Vol 22:2 p 73-84

Individual differences and decision making

Soane E; Nicholson N

in Handbook of Decision Making, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Succession for success

Nicholson N

Business Executive 2008

The shape of things to come: Emotional ownership and the next generation in the family firm

Nicholson N; Björnberg A

in In Tàpies J & Ward J L (eds.), Family Values and Value Creation. London: Palgrave Macmillan

2007

Destiny, drama and deliberation: careers in co-evolution of lives and societies

Nicholson N

In Gunz H & Peiperl M A eds., Handbook of career studies, Sage, 2007

Evolutionary theory

Nicholson N; Narayanan J

In Clegg S R & Bailey J R eds., International encylopedia of organization studies, Sage, 2007

Family climate scales: the development of a new measure for use in family business research

Nicholson N; Bjornberg A

Family Business Review 2007 September Vol 20 p 229-246

Getting of wisdom: self-conduct, personal identity and wisdom across the life-span

Nicholson N

In Bailey J R and Kessler K eds., Handbook of organizational and managerial wisdom, Sage, 2007

Individual differences and decision making

Soane E; Nicholson N

In Hodgkinson G and Starbuck W eds., Oxford handbook of organizational decision making, OUP, 2008

Ready, willing and able? The next generation in family business

Nicholson N; Bjornberg A

London: Insitute for Family Business, 2007

Secret of managing without power

Nicholson N

Times of India, January 9th 2007

2006

Darwinian perspectives on organizational behavior

Nicholson N

2006 Vol 27:2

Noise trading and the management of operational risk: firms, traders and irrationality in financial markets

Willman P; Fenton-O'Creevy M; Nicholson N et al

Journal of Management Studies 2006:43 p 1357-1374

Organization as nature intended: human universals and the employment experience

Nicholson N

in Gandossy R, Verma N and Tucker E eds., Workforce wake-up call: your workforce is changing, are you?, Wiley 2006

Turning family business into a winning unit

Nicholson N

Times of India, November 28th 2006

2005

Achievement, Need for

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Affiliation, Need for

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Altruism

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Authoritarian personality

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed.

Nicholson N; Audia P; Pillutla M M eds.

Blackwell, 2005

Burnout

Nicholson N; Toegel G

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Career

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Career plateau

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Culture: don't reach for your gun

Nicholson N

Families in Business 2005 Jan/Feb

Debate and transparency are key to good decisions

Nicholson N

Families in Business 2005 Jul/Aug

Enactment

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Evolutionary psychology

Nicholson N; Toegel G

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Family business leadership inquiry

Nicholson N; Bjornberg A

London: Institute for Family Business, 2005

Family firms

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Family ties: binding, bonding or breaking?

Nicholson N

Families in Business 2005 Mar/Apr

Hardiness

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Meeting the Maasai: messages for management

Nicholson N

Journal of Management Inquiry 2005 Sep Vol 14:3 p 255-267

Personality and domain-specific risk taking

Nicholson N et al.

Journal of Risk Research 2005 Mar Vol 8:2 p 157-176

Playing to win: biological imperatives, self-regulation and trade-offs in the game of career success

Nicholson N; De Waal Andrews W

Journal of Organisational Behaviour 2005 Mar Vol 26:2 p 137-154

Power, Need for

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Self-regulation

Nicholson N; Toegel G

in Nicholson N, Audia P and Pillutla M eds., Blackwell encylopedia of management: organizational behavior. 2nd ed., Blackwell, 2005

Set the thermostat on low and see your firm flourish

Nicholson N

Families in Business 2005 May/Jun

Traders: risks, decisions and management in financial markets

Fenton-O'Creevy M; Nicholson N; et al.

Oxford University Press, 2005

What, who and how

Nicholson N

Leadership Excellence 2005 Vol 22:3 p 15

2004

Case reports on the 2003 UK family business honours

Nicholson N; Bjornberg A

JP Morgan Private Bank, 2004

Challenge of leadership succession

Nicholson N

in Succession management in family companies, BDO Stoy Hayward, 2004

Change: how to adapt and transform the business

Anand N; Narasimhan A; Nicholson N

Format Publishing, 2004

Competitive advantage of open cultures

Nicholson N

in Role of outsiders in family companies, BDO Stoy Hayward, 2004

Evolutionary psychology and the family firm: structure, culture and performance

Nicholson N; Bjornberg A

in Tomaselli S and Melin L eds., Family firms in the wind of change: Research Forum Proceedings, IFERA, Lausanne, 2004

Familiness: fatal flaw or inimitable advantage?

Nicholson N; Bjornberg A

Families in Business 2004 Mar

Happy families and the family firm

Nicholson N

in Getting the family to work together, BDO Stoy Hayward, 2004

Leadership in family business: the what, who and how

Nicholson N

Families in Business 2004 Nov/Dec p 49

Motivation and reward in the family firm

Nicholson N

in Pay benefits and incentives in family companies, BDO Stoy Hayward, 2004

Negotiation: how to make deals and reach agreement in business

Pillutla M M; Nicholson N

Format Publishing, 2004

Risk: how to make decisions in an uncertain world

Degraeve Z; Nicholson N

Format Publishing, 2004

Strategy: how to shape the future of the business

Houlder D; Nicholson N

Format Publishing, 2004

Traders: risks, decision and management in financial markets

Fenton-O'Creevy M; Nicholson N et al.

Oxford University Press, 2004

Twenty statements test

Rees A; Nicholson N

in Cassell C and Symon G eds, Essential guide to qualitative methods in organizational research, Sage, 2004

2003

2003 UK family business honours report

Nicholson N; Bjornberg A

JPMorgan Private Bank, 2003

How to motivate your problem people

Nicholson N

Harvard Business Review 2003 Jan Vol 81:1 p 56-65 Special Issue

It's not just for Christmas

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2003 Feb p 53-54

Trading on illusions: unrealistic perceptions of control and trading performance

Nicholson N et al.

Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology 2003 Mar Vol 76:1 p 53-68

What's good for business

Nicholson N

Adecco.theportal.com 2003 Jan

2002

A-Z of delegating

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 Mar p 61-62

Beyond the gene lottery: leadership in family firms

Nicholson N

Families in Business 2002 Apr p 10-11

Cell out culture

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 Apr p 61-62

Confidence tricks

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 May p 61-62

Culture shock

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 Oct p 61-62

Every second counts

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 Jun p 61-62

Learning to enjoy Christmas

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 Dec p 53-54

Party lines

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 Feb p 59-60

Question time

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 Sep p 61-62

Silence of the clans

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 Jul/Aug p 61-62

To the manner born

Nicholson N

Financial Times 2002 Nov 8

What lies at the root of roguery

Nicholson N

Financial Times 2002 Mar 5 p 15

What stays the same

Nicholson N

in Chowdhury S ed., Organization 21C, Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 2002

Who shall we send?: cultural and other influences on the rating of selection criteria for expatriate assignments

Franke J; Nicholson N

International Journal of Cross Cultural Management 2002 Vol 2 p 21-36

Whose space is it anyway?

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2002 Nov p 69-70

2001

Big gamble

Nicholson N

Across the Board 2001 Jan p 27-31

Businessmen behaving badly

Nicholson N

Business 2.0 2001 Mar/Apr p 63

Evolutionary perspective on change and stability in personality, culture and organization

Nicholson N

in Erez M, Klienbeck U and Thierry H eds., Work motivation in the context of globalizing economy, Elsevier, 2001

Evolving organisation

Nicholson N

Venture 2001 Mar p 22-25

Flawed without being floored

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 May p 61-62

Gene politics and the natural selection of leadership

Nicholson N

Leader to Leader 2001 Spring Vol 20 p 46-52

Hey boss: let me give you some feedback

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 Feb p 61-62

How to run your boss

Nicholson N

Observer 2001 Jun 10

Human skills of managing and leading

Nicholson N

in FT Dynamo Symposium, 2001

Jazz up your workers

Nicholson N

Observer 2001 Aug 29

Kingdom of the bland

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 Jun p 59-60

Knowing the risks: theory and practice in financial market trading

Nicholson N; Soane E et al.

Human Relations 2001 Vol 54:7 p 887-910

Married to the job

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 Apr p 59-60

Merger most horrid

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 Mar p 61-62

New word on gossip

Nicholson N

Psychology Today 2001 Jun p 41-45

No contest

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 Dec p 59-60

PA perfect

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 Sep p 59-60

Pipped to the post

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 Nov p 75-76

Quitting while you're behind

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 Oct p 61-62

Top team: wot team?

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2001 Jul/Aug p 59-60

Traders, managers and loss aversion in investment banking: a field study

Willman P W; Nicholson N; Soane E; et al.

Accounting, Organizations and Society 2001 Vol 27 p 85-98

2000

Are traders rational?

Soane E; Nicholson N

Foreign Exchange and Money Markets 2000 Jul p 17-20

Folly, fantasy and roguery: a social psychology of finance risk disasters

Nicholson N; Willman P W

Financial Times 2000 Jun 12

Individual perspective

Soane E; Nicholson N; et al.

Derivatives 2000 (yearbook of the Futures and Options Association)

Managing to change

Nicholson N

Times Higher Education Supplement 2000 Nov 24 p 20

Masters of the new economy

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2000 Nov p 75-76

Modelling withdrawal: theoretical, empirical and methodological implications

Nicholson N

in Ilgen D and Hulin C eds., Computational modeling of behavioral processes in organizations, American Psychological Association, 2000

Motivation-selection-connection: an evolutionary model of career development

Nicholson N

in Peiperl M A, Goffee R E et al. eds., Career frontiers: new concepts of working life, Oxford University Press, 2000

Two views from the bridge: how CFOs and SME leaders perceive top team dynamics

Nicholson N; Cannon D C

European Management Journal 2000 Vol 18:4 p 367-376

We can't go on meeting like this

Nicholson N

Business Voice 2000 Dec p 67-68

1999

Minor illness as a legitimate reason for absence

Harvey J; Nicholson N

Journal of Organisational Behaviour 1999 Vol 20:6 p 979-994

1998

Financial decision-making: risk-taking by traders in financial markets

Nicholson N; Soane E et al.

in Conference Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, London, 1998

How hardwired is human behavior?

Nicholson N

Harvard Business Review 1998 Jul/Aug Vol 76:4 p 134-147

Psychological theory and financial institutions

Soane E; Nicholson N et al.

in Jameson R ed., Operational risk, p 159-172, Risk Books/Arthur Anderson, 1998

Seven deadly syndromes of management and organization: the view from evolutionary psychology

Nicholson N

Managerial and Decision Economics 1998 Vol 19:7-8 p 411-426

1997

Career theorist looks at the UK general election

Nicholson N

Career Development International 1997 Vol 2 p 210-211

Changing nature of careers

Nicholson N

in Altman Y ed., Careers in the new millennium: causes, challenges and consequences, Acco, 1997

Chief Financial Officer in UK companies: caught between conflicting demands?

Nicholson N; Cannon D

London Business School/Egon Zehnder International, 1997

El nuevo contexto para las carreras: retos para la teoria y practica de la direccion

Nicholson N

in Alvarez J L ed., Empleo y carreras directivas, Deusto, 1997

Evolutionary psychology and organizational behavior

Nicholson N

in Cooper C and Jackson S eds., Creating tomorrow's organizations: a handbook for future research in organizational behavior, Wiley, 1997

Home, sweet work

Baruch Y; Nicholson N

Journal of General Management 1997 Vol 23:2 p 15-30

Hunter-gatherers of the organisation: evolutionary pyschology, feelings at work and the limits to change

Nicholson N

in Avallone F, Arnold J and de Witte K eds., Feelings work in Europe, Guerini Studio, 1997

Personality factor

Nicholson N

in Bickerstaffe G ed., Mastering management, Financial Times/Pitman, 1997

Understanding the risk-taking behaviour of traders in financial markets

Soane E; Nicholson N et al.

in Conference Proceedings of the British Academy of Management, 1997

1996

Career systems in crisis: change and opportunity in the information age

Nicholson N

Academy of Management Executive 1996 Vol 10:4 p 40-51

Careers in a new context

Nicholson N

in Warr P ed., Psychology at work, Penguin, 1996

Careers in the year 2000 and beyond

Jackson C; Nicholson N; et al.

Institute of Employment Studies, 1996

Ethical issue emphasis of companies: content, patterning and influences

Nicholson N; Robertson D C

Human Relations 1996 Vol 49:11 p 1367-1394

Expressions of corporate social responsibility in UK firms

Robertson D C; Nicholson N

Journal of Business Ethics 1996 Vol 15:10 p 1095-1106

Towards a new agenda for work and personality: traits, self-identity, "strong" interactionism, and change

Nicholson N

Applied Psychology 1996 July Vol 45:3 p 189-205 Special Issue

Work and personality

Nicholson N,ed.

1996

1995

Alienation

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

Arbeits und Organisations-psychologie: Internationales Handbuch in Schlusselbegriffen. 2nd ed.

Greif S; Holling H; Nicholson N; eds.

Psychologie Verlags Union, 1995

Benchmarking

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

Career transitions

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

Control

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

Fuzzy sets

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

Management of absence: what do we know?: what can we do?

Nicholson N; Martocchio J J

in Ferris G J ed., Handbook of human resource management, Blackwell, 1995

Moral order of the organization: directions for theory and research

Nicholson N

Organization 1995 May Vol 2:2 p 339-344

Organizational demography

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

Persistence

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

Personality

Nicholson N

Financial Times 1995 Dec 15

Research design

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

UK insight into SA business

Nicholson N

Johannesburg Star 1995 13 Sep

Work involvement

Nicholson N

in Nicholson N ed., Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior, Basil Blackwell, 1995

1994

Career development in male and female managers

Goffee R E; Nicholson N

in Davidson M J and Burke R J eds., Women in management: current research issues, Paul Chapman Publishing, 1994

Diagnosing organisational structure, systems and culture

Flynn I; Goffee R E; Nicholson N

National Audit Office, 1994

Dimensions of perceived organisational performance: tests of a model

Nicholson N; Brenner S O

Applied Psychology 1994 Vol 43:1 p 89-108

Ethics in organizations: a framework for theory and research

Nicholson N

Journal of Business Ethics 1994 Vol 13:8 p 581-596

Middle management: their contribution to employee involvement

Fenton-O'Creevy M; Nicholson N

Stationery Office, 1994

Twenty statements test

Rees A; Nicholson N

in Cassell C and Symon G eds., Qualitative methods in organisational and occupational psychology: a practical guide, Sage Publications, 2002

1993

Absence: there and back again

Nicholson N

Journal of Organisational Behaviour 1993 Vol 14:3 p 288-291

Absent without leave

Nicholson N

Financial Times 1993 Mar 26 p 16

Adjustment of Japanese expatriates to living and working in Britain

Nicholson N; Imaizumi A

British Journal of Management 1993 Jun Vol 4:2 p 119-134

Business ethics: of academic interest to organizational psychology?

Nicholson N

Occupational Psychologist 1993 Dec Vol 21 p 31-36

Getting satisfaction from staff surveys

Nicholson N

Financial Times 1993 Jan 6 p 7

Incentives and penalties as means of influencing attendance

Harvey J; Nicholson N

International Journal of Human Resource Management 1993 Dec Vol 4:4 p 841-858

Organizational change

Nicholson N

in Mabey C and Mayon-White B eds., Managing change. 2nd ed., Paul Chapman Publishing, 1993

Purgatory or place of safety?: the managerial plateau and organisational agegrading

Nicholson N

Human Relations 1993 Vol 46:12 p 1369-1390

1992

Career development in organisations: issues, problems and best practice in Western companies

Nicholson N

International Journal of Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Management 1992 Vol 1

Individual transitions, role learning and innovation

Nicholson N; Jackson G M

in Hosking D and Anderson N eds., Organizational change and innovation: psychological perspectives and practices in Europe, Routledge, 1992

1991

From expectation to experience: graduates entering a large corporation

Nicholson N; Arnold J

Journal of Organizational Behavior 1991 Vol 12 p 413-429

Transition cycle: causes, outcomes, processes and forms

Nicholson N

in Fisher S and Cooper C L eds., On the move: the psychological effects of change and transition, John Wiley, 1991

1990

Construing of self and others at work in the early years of corporate careers

Nicholson N; Arnold J

Journal of Organizational Behavior 1990 Vol 12 p 621-639

Organisational innovation in context: culture, interpretation and application

Nicholson N

in West M A and Farr J eds., Innovation and creativity at work: psychological approaches, Wiley, 1990

Outcomes of downward managerial mobility

Nicholson N; Rees A

Journal of Organizational Behavior 1990 Vol 11 p 119-134

Strategy innovation and performance

Nicholson N; Rees A; Brooks-Rooney A

Journal of Management Studies 1990 Vol 27:5 p 511-534

1989

Absence from work and turnover

Nicholson N; ed.

1989

Does the charter break faith with academic applied psychology?

Nicholson N

Psychologist 1989 Vol 2 p 108-109

Graduate early experience in a multi-national corporation

Nicholson N; Arnold J

Personnel Review 1989 Vol 18:4 p 3-14

Graduate entry and adjustment into corporate life

Nicholson N; Arnold J

Personnel Review 1989 Vol 18:3 p 23-35

Innovation and creativity at work: psychological approaches

Nicholson N

in West M A and Farr J eds., Organisational innovation in context: culture, interpretation and application, John Wiley, 1989

Organisation change

Nicholson N; ed.

1989

Outcomes of job change

Nicholson N; West M A

Journal of Vocational Behaviour 1989 Vol 34 p 335-349

Transitions, work histories and the myth of careers

Nicholson N; West M A

in Arthur M B, Hall D T and Lawrence B S eds., Handbook of career theory, Cambridge University Press, 1989

1987

Transitions into newly created jobs

West M A; Nicholson N; Rees A

Journal of Occupational Psychology 1987 Vol 60 p 97-113

1985

Future uncertain: Expected vs. attained job change among managers

Nicholson N; West M A; Cawsey T F

Journal of Occupational Psychology 1985 Vol 58 p 313-320

The absence culture and the psychological contract: Who's in control of absence?

Nicholson N; Johns G

Academy of Management Review 1985 Vol 10 p 397-407

1984

A theory of work role transitions

Nicholson N

Administrative Science Quarterly 1984 Vol 29:2 p 172-191

1982

The meanings of absence: New strategies for theory and research

Johns G; Nicholson N

Research in Organizational Behavior 1982 Vol 4

1981

Job status and white collar members' union activity

Blyton P R; Nicholson N; Ursell G

Journal of Occupational Psychology 1981 Vol 54 p 32-45

Membership participation in a white collar union

Nicholson N; Ursell G; Lubbock J S

Industrial Relations 1981 Vol 20 p 162-178

Processes of decision making in a trade union branch

Ursell G; NicholsoN N; Blyton P R

Organization Studies 1981 Vol 2 p 162-45 72

Strikes and other forms of industrial action

Kelly J E Nicholson N

Industrial Relations Journal 1981 Vol 11 p 20-31

1980

Social background, attitudes and behaviour of white collar shop stewards

Nicholson N; Ursell G ; Blyton P R

British Journal of Industrial Relations 1980 Vol 18 p 231-239

1979

Shop stewards' attitudes to industrial democracy

Ursell G; Wall T D; Clegg C W; Lubbock J S; Blyton P R; Nicholson N

Industrial Relations Journal 1979 Vol 10:4 p 22-30

1978

Managers' attitudes to industrial democracy

Clegg C W; Nicholson N; Ursell G; Blyton P; Wall T D

Industrial Relations Journal 1978 Vol 9 p 4-17

Shiftwork and absence: An analysis of temporal trends

Nicholson N; Jackson P J; Howes G

Journal of Occupational Psychology 1978 Vol 51 p 127-137

1977

Absence behaviour and attendance motivation: A conceptual synthesis

Nicholson N

Journal of Management Studies 1977 Vol 14 p 231-252

Absence from work and personal characteristics

Nicholson N; Brown C A; Chadwick Jones J K

Journal of Applied Psychology 1977 Vol 62 p 319-327

Skills, values and relationships in an industrial negotiating committee

Nicholson N

Industrial Relations Journal 1977 Vol 8 p 54-60

The role of the shop steward: An empirical case study

Nicholson N

Industrial Relations Journal 1977 Vol 7 p 15-26

1976

Absence from work and job satisfaction

Nicholson N; Brown C A; Chadwick Jones J K

Journal of Applied Psychology 1976 Vol 61 p 728-737

Management sanctions and absence control

Nicholson N

Human Relations 1976 Vol 29 p 139-152

The influence of social, organisational and biographical factors on female absence

Nicholson N; Goodge P M

Journal of Management Studies 1976 Vol 13 p 234-254

1973

A type and B type absence: Empirical trends for women employees

Chadwick Jones J K; Brown C A; Nicholson N

Journal of Occupational Psychology 1973 Vol 47 p 75-80

1971

Absence measures: Their reliability and stability in an industrial setting

Chadwick Jones J K; Brown C A ; Nicholson N; Sheppard C

Personnel Psychology 1971 Vol 24 p 463-470

Research and Awards

  • 2011 “Best Professor in OB Award”, Global HR Excellence Awards, Mumbai, India, February
  • 2010 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, IAAP, Melbourne, July.
  • 2006 Winner “Breaking the Frame” best paper award for 2005, Journal of Management Inquiry. 
  • 2005 Paper (with Toegel: “Multisource feedback…” awarded “Outstanding Practiced-based paper on management consulting”, Academy of Management, Annual Congress, Hawaii, USA
  • 2004 Ranked #55in the “2005 Excellence 100”, of the world’s top leadership consultants
  • 2003 Teaching innovation award, London Business School, for design and development of the Proteus Programme
  • 1983 Co-Recipient of the Academy of Management 1983 "New Concept Award" for "the most significant contribution to the advancement of theory or method in organizational behavior research"
  • Book chapters

    Nicholson, N. (in press). Primal Business: Evolution, kinship and the family firm. In S.M. Colarelli, & R.A. Arvey, R. A. Handbook of the Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Nicholson, N. (in press). Evolutionary theory: A new synthesis for family business thought and research. In L. Melin, P. Sharma, & M. Nordqvist (Eds.). The SAGE Handbook of Family Business. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Nicholson, N. (2011). Introducing evolutionary psychology to business and management. In X.T. Wang & Y.J. Su (Eds.), Thus Speak Evolutionary Psychologists (pp. 232-240). Beijing: Peking Press.

    Nicholson, N. (2012). The evolution of business and management. In S.C. Roberts (Ed.), Applied Evolutionary Psychology (pp16-35). Oxford: OUP.

    Spisak, B.R., Nicholson, N., & Van Vugt, M. (2011). Leadership in organizations: An evolutionary perspective. In G. Saad (Ed.), Applications of evolutionary psychology in the business sciences (pp. 165-190). Heidelberg: Springer.

    Nicholson, N. & Björnberg, A., (2008). The shape of things to come: Emotional ownership and the next generation in the family firm. In J. Tàpies & J.L. Ward (eds.), Family Values and Value Creation. London: Palgrave Macmillan

    Nicholson, N., & Narayanan, J. (2008). Evolutionary theory. In J. R. Bailey & S.S. Clegg (eds.) International Encylopedia of Organization Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Soane, E., & Nicholson, N. (2008). Individual differences and decision making. In G. Hodgkinson & W. Starbuck (eds.), Handbook of Decision Making. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.HHaHH

    Nicholson, N. (2007). The Getting of Wisdom: Self-conduct, personal identity and wisdom across the life-span. In E.H. Kessler & J.R. Bailey, J.R. (eds.) 2007. Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom. (pp. 377-397) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

    Nicholson, N. (2006). Destiny, drama and deliberation: Careers in the co-evolution of lives and societies. In H. Gunz & M.A. Peiperl (eds.) Handbook of Career Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Nicholson, N. (2006). Organization as Nature Intended - Human universals and the employment experience. In R. Gandossy (ed.), Five Unstoppable Workforce Trends. New York: Wiley.

    Nicholson, N. and Björnberg, A. (2006). Critical leader relationships in family firms. In P.Z. Poutziouris, K.X. Smyrnios, & S.B. Klein (eds.), Handbook of Research on Family Business. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

    13 Entries for Encylopedia of Management: Organizational Behavior, on "Achievement, need for"; "Affiliation, need for"; "Altruism"; "Authoritarian personality"; "Burnout"; "Career"; "Career plateau"; "Enactment"; "Evolutionary psychology"; "Family firms"; "Hardiness"; "Power, need for"; "Self-regulation" (with Ginka Toegel).

    Nicholson, N., and Björnberg, Å. (2004). Evolutionary psychology and the family firm: structure, culture and performance. In S. Tomaselli & L. Melin (Eds.), Family Firms in the Wind of Change. Research Forum Proceedings, IFERA, Lausanne.

    Rees, A. & Nicholson, N. (2004). The Twenty Statements Test. In C. Cassell & G. Symon (Eds.), Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research. London : Sage Publications.

    Nicholson, N. (2002). What stays the same. In Subir Chowdhury (Ed.) Organization 21C. New York: Financial Times & Prentice Hall.

    Nicholson, N. (2001). An evolutionary perspective on change and stability in personality, culture and organization. In M. Erez, U. Kleinbeck, & H. Thierry (eds.). Work Motivation in the Context of Globalizing Economy. Elsevier.

    Nicholson, N. (2000) Motivation-Selection-Connection: An Evolutionary Model of Career Development. In M. Peiperl, M. Arthur, R. Goffee, and T.Morris (eds.). Career Frontiers: New concepts of working life. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Nicholson, N. (2000). Modelling withdrawal - Theoretical, empirical and methodological Implications. In D. Ilgen & C. Hulin (eds.) Computational Modeling of Behavioral Processes in Organizations. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Soane, E., Fenton-O'Creevy, M., Nicholson, N., & Willman, P. (1998). Psychological theory and financial institutions. In R. Jameson (ed.), Operational Risk and Financial Institutions. London: Risk Books.

    Nicholson, N. (1997). Hunter-gatherers of the organisation: Evolutionary psychology, feelings at work and the limits to change. In F. Avallone, J.Arnold & K. de Witte (eds.). Feelings Work in Europe. Milan: Guerini Studio.

    Nicholson, N. (1997). The changing nature of careers. In Y. Altman (ed.), Careers in the New Millennium: Causes, challenges and consequences. Leuven: Acco.

    Nicholson, N. (1997). Evolutionary psychology and organizational behaviour. In C.L. Cooper & S. Jackson, (eds.) Creating Tomorrow's Organizations: A Handbook for Future Research in Organizational Behavior. Chichester: Wiley.

  • Non referred journal articles

    Nicholson, N. (2009). Leading in tough times. Business Strategy Review, Summer, 38-42.

    Nicholson, N. (2008). Succession for Success. Business Executive.

    Nicholson, N. (2008). Blood ties. Management Today, March, 53-60.

    Nicholson, N., and Björnberg, A. (2004). Familiness: Fatal flaw or inimitable advantage? Families in Business, March, 52-54.

    Nicholson, N. (2003). How to motivate your problem people. Harvard Business Review,Volume 81, January, 56-67.

    Nicholson, N. (2001). The new word on gossip. Psychology Today. June, pp. 41-45.

    Soane, E. and Nicholson, N. (2000). Are traders rational? Foreign Exchange and Money Markets July, p. 17-20.

    Nicholson, N., and Cannon, D.C. (2000). Two views from the bridge. How CFOs and SME leaders perceive top team dynamics. European Management Journal, Volume 18, 367-376.

    Nicholson, N. (1998). Personality and entrepreneurial leadership: A study of the heads of the UK's most successful independent companies. European Management Journal, Vol.16, 529-539.

    Nicholson, N. (1998). How hardwired is human behavior? Harvard Business Review, Vol. 76 (no.4, July/August), 134-147.

    Baruch, Y. & Nicholson, N. (1997). Home, sweet work. Journal of General Management, Vol. 23 (2), 15-30.

  • Journalism

    Nicholson, N. (2012). Evolution meets the Olympics. Business Strategy Review, July, pp. 68-69.

    Nicholson, N. (2012). The Lure of Cities: London living. Business Strategy Review, August, pp. 38-39.

    Monthly column, "What's the Big Idea" for Management Today, from September 2010.

    Nicholson Monthly column, "What's the Big Idea" for Management Today, from September 2010.

    Nicholson, N. (2010). The false theory of meritocracy. Harvard Business Review blog, June 1.

    Nicholson, N. (2010). Gender and the future of hierarchical organization. Harvard Business Review blog, June 7.

    Nicholson, N. (2007). The secret of managing without powerJanuary 9th .

    Nicholson, N. (2006). Turning family business into a winning unit. Times of India, November 28th

    Columns for Families in Business (2004-2005) and for.Times of India (2006-2007) .

    Nicholson, N. (2004-2005). Small business "agony uncle". BBC News Online, various.

    Nicholson, N. (2004). Culture: Don't reach for your gun. Families in Business, January/February, p.80.

    Nicholson, N., and Björnberg, Å. (2004). Familiness: Fatal flaw or inimitable advantage? Families in Business, March.

    Nicholson, N. (2004). Leadership in family business: The what, who and how. Families in Business, November/December, p.49.

    Nicholson, N. (2003). Family business: Promises and pitfalls. Family Business, Vol. 11(1): p.3.

    Nicholson, N. (2002). Beyond the gene lottery - leadership in family firms. Families in Business, April, p. 10-11.

    Nicholson, N. (2002). What lies at the root of roguery. Financial Times, March 5, p.15.

    Nicholson, N. (2001). Jazz up your workers. The Observer newspaper. Business section, August 29, p.9.

    Nicholson, N. (2001). How to run your boss. The Observer newspaper. Business section, June 10, p.9.

    Nicholson, N. (2001). Gene politics and the natural selection of leadership. Leader to Leader. No. 20, Spring, pp. 46-52.

    Nicholson, N., & Willman, P. (2000). Folly, fantasy and roguery - A social psychology of finance risk disasters. Financial Times, June 12. Reprinted in J. Pickford (ed.) (2001) Mastering Risk: Volume 1: Concepts. Harlow: Pearson, pp. 241-246.

Research Interests


  • Leadership
  • Business applications of evolutionary psychology
  • Family business
  • Personality and management development
  • Personality, risk and decision-making in finance, and careers.