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Dr Chris Woodrow

Associate Professor in Organisational Behaviour

Director of Studies, Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Senior Fellow, UK HEA

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  • Psychological Contracts, 
  • Workplace Bullying, 
  • Newcomer Socialisation, 
  • Idiosyncratic Deals


Henley Business School building room 225, Whiteknights Campus

Dr Chris Woodrow is an Associate Professor in Organisational Behviour at Henley Business School. He is also the Director of Studies for the department of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour.

Chris' academic background is in organisational psychology. He was awarded a PhD by King's College London and has held research and teaching posts at the University of Oxford, King's College London and Middlesex University. He has also worked outside academia in health policy.

Chris' research broadly examines relationships at work and their effects on individuals and organisations. His work has particularly focused on workplace bullying, psychological contracts and newcomer socialisation.

Chris is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Authority and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. He is also the associate editor for the Group and Organisation Management journal.

Chris' research and consultancy has involved working with organisations in the healthcare, civil service and trade union areas, as well as in the commercial sector.

Reference: Akrivou, K. , Schopohl, L. and Woodrow, C. , (2019) Henley Business School report to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education 2017/18 and 2018/19. Report. Henley Business School (PRME)
Reference: Woodrow, C. and Guest, D. E. (2020) Pathways through organizational socialization: a longitudinal qualitative study based on the psychological contract. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93 (1). pp. 110-133. ISSN 2044-8325 doi:
Reference: Woodrow, C. , Rozmovits, L., Hewitson, P., Rose, P., Austoker, J. and Watson, E. (2006) Bowel cancer screening in England: a qualitative study of GPs’ attitudes and information needs. BMC Family Practice, 7 (1). 53. ISSN 1471-2296 doi:
Reference: Woodrow, C. , Watson, E., Rozmovits, L., Parker, R. and Austoker, J. (2008) Public perceptions on communicating information about bowel cancer screening. Health Expectations, 11. pp. 16-25. ISSN 1369-7625
Reference: Woodrow, C. and Guest, D. E. (2011) An investigation of workplace bullying in three UK healthcare organizations. New Challenges for a Healthy Workplace in Human Services, 8. pp. 87-104.
Reference: Woodrow, C. and Guest, D. E. (2012) Public violence, staff harassment and the well-being of nursing staff: an analysis of national survey data. Health Services Management Research, 25 (1). ISSN 1758-1044
Reference: Guest, D. E. and Woodrow, C. (2012) Exploring the boundaries of human resource managers’ responsibilities. Journal of Business Ethics, 111 (1). pp. 109-119. ISSN 1573-0697
Reference: Woodrow, C. and Guest, D. E. (2014) When good HR gets bad results: exploring the challenge of HR implementation in the case of workplace bullying. Human Resource Management Journal, 24 (1). pp. 38-56. ISSN 1748-8583 doi:
Reference: Woodrow, C. and Guest, D. E. (2017) Knowledge acquisition and effective socialization: the role of the psychological contract. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 90 (4). pp. 587-595. ISSN 2044-8325 doi:
Reference: Woodrow, C. and Guest, D. E. (2016) Psychological contract fulfilment and breach during socialization: the importance of timing. In: EAWOP small group meeting on time in psychological contract processes, 2nd -4th November 2016, London, U.K..
Reference: Woodrow, C. and Guest, D. E. (2017) Leadership and approaches to the management of workplace bullying. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26 (2). pp. 221-233. ISSN 1464-0643 doi:

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