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Dr Anne O'Brien

Dr Anne O'Brien

Senior Lecturer in Leadership Studies

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+44 (0) 1392 722580

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Anne O'Brien joined CLS as a Lecturer in Leadership Studies in September 2007. With a background in social psychology, Anne's research investigates the contribution of intergroup factors to organisational functioning and effectiveness.  Her particular interest is the area of organisational change and questions of professional and group identity.  Her doctoral work investigates organisational mergers, with a specific focus on identifying factors that predict when a post-merger organisation defines itself as a 'we' rather than an 'us' and 'them'.

Together with Professor Alex Haslam, Anne has conducted Trust-wide workplace stress surveys within NHS Hospitals and Primary Care Trusts and has worked with trust employees on issues of cross-team cooperation and the alignment of team and organisational goals. 

Anne also investigates questions of identity development, particularly in the areas of leadership development and employee engagement.  In addition, she has contributed to work on creativity and innovation in organisations.
 

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Research

Research projects

Research Grants Awarded (in order from most recent)

  1. O'Brien, A.T. (01 May 2012- 31 May 2013). Establishing the criteria for successful Flagship Collaboration Fund partnerships: A comparative analysis of collaboration clusters within a multi-institutional partnership framework. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Flagship Collaboration Fund, Australia, AUD $140603 ~ £90,000.
  2. O'Brien, A., & Gosling, J. (2011 - 2012). "Mindsets in Partnership: A tool for developing partnership capacity. KT-Box, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, £44,000.
  3. Bolden, R., Gosling, J., O'Brien, A., Peters, K., Ryan, M., & Haslam, S.A. (2009 - 2011). Changing conceptions of academic leadership. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, £55,000.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Liao J, O'Brien AT, Jimmieson NL, Restubog SLD (2015). Predicting transactive memory system in multidisciplinary teams: the interplay between team and professional identities. Journal of Business Research, 68(5), 965-977. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden RI, Gosling J, O'Brien AT (2014). Citizens of the academic community? a societal perspective on leadership in UK Higher Education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(5), 754-770. Abstract.  Full text.
Liao J, Jimmieson NL, O'Brien AT, Restubog SLD (2012). Developing transactive memory systems: Theoretical contributions from a social identity perspective. Group and Organization Management, 37(2), 204-240. Abstract.
O'Brien AT, Terry TJ, Jimmieson NL (2008). Negative affectivity and responses to work stress:. An experimental study. Anxiety, Stress and Coping: an International Journal, 21, 55-83.
Eggins RA, O'Brien AT, Reynolds KJ, Haslam SA, Crocker AS (2008). Refocusing the focus group: AIRing as a basis for effective workplace planning. British Journal of Management, 19(3), 277-293. Abstract.
Hornsey MJ, Blackwood L, O'Brien AT (2005). Speaking for others: the pros and cons of group advocates using collective language. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 8, 245-257.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Liao J, O'Brien AT, Jimmieson NL, Restubog SLD (2015). Predicting transactive memory system in multidisciplinary teams: the interplay between team and professional identities. Journal of Business Research, 68(5), 965-977. Abstract.  Full text.
Bolden RI, Gosling J, O'Brien AT (2014). Citizens of the academic community? a societal perspective on leadership in UK Higher Education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(5), 754-770. Abstract.  Full text.
Naidoo R, Gosling J, Bolden R, O'Brien A, Hawkins B (2014). Leadership and branding in business schools: a Bourdieusian analysis. Higher Education Research and Development, 33(1), 144-156. Abstract.  Full text.
Liao J, Jimmieson NL, O'Brien AT, Restubog SLD (2012). Developing transactive memory systems: Theoretical contributions from a social identity perspective. Group and Organization Management, 37(2), 204-240. Abstract.
O'Brien AT, Terry TJ, Jimmieson NL (2008). Negative affectivity and responses to work stress:. An experimental study. Anxiety, Stress and Coping: an International Journal, 21, 55-83.
Eggins RA, O'Brien AT, Reynolds KJ, Haslam SA, Crocker AS (2008). Refocusing the focus group: AIRing as a basis for effective workplace planning. British Journal of Management, 19(3), 277-293. Abstract.
Hornsey MJ, Blackwood L, Louis W, Fielding K, Mavor K, Morton T, O'Brien A, Paasonen KE, Smith J, White K, et al (2006). Why do people engage in collective action? Revisiting the role of perceived effectiveness. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36(7), 1701-1722. Abstract.
Hornsey MJ, Blackwood L, O'Brien AT (2005). Speaking for others: the pros and cons of group advocates using collective language. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 8, 245-257.
Haslam SA, O'Brien A, Jetten J, Penna S, Vormedal K (2005). Taking the strain: Social identity, social support and the experience of stress. British Journal of Social Psychology, 44(3), 355-370.
O'Brien AT, Haslam SA, Jetten J, Humphrey L, O'Sullivan L, Postmes T, Eggins R, Reynolds KJ (2004). Cynicism and disengagement among devalued employee groups:. The need to ASPIRe. Career Development International, 9, 28-44.
Haslam SA, Jetten J, O'Brien A, Jacobs E (2004). Social identity, social influence and reactions to potentially stressful tasks: Support for the self-categorization model of stress. Stress and Health, 20(1), 3-9. Abstract.
Terry DJ, McKimmie BM, O'Brien AT (2002). A longitudinal study of intergroup relations in the context of an organisational merger. Australian Journal of Psychology, 54(2), 131-131.
Jetten J, Duck J, Terry DJ, O'Brien A (2002). Being attuned to intergroup differences in mergers: the role of aligned leaders for low-status groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28(9), 1194-1201. Abstract.
Jetten J, O'Brien AT, Trindall N (2002). Changing Identity:. Predicting adjustment to organizational restructure as a function of subgroup and superordinate identification. British Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 281-297.
Terry DJ, O'Brien AT (2001). Status, legitimacy and ingroup bias in the context of an organizational merger. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 4, 271-289.
O'Brien AT, Okochi M (2001). The role of adult attachment in the stress process. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53, 123-123.

Publications by year


2015

Liao J, O'Brien AT, Jimmieson NL, Restubog SLD (2015). Predicting transactive memory system in multidisciplinary teams: the interplay between team and professional identities. Journal of Business Research, 68(5), 965-977. Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Bolden RI, Gosling J, O'Brien AT (2014). Citizens of the academic community? a societal perspective on leadership in UK Higher Education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(5), 754-770. Abstract.  Full text.
Naidoo R, Gosling J, Bolden R, O'Brien A, Hawkins B (2014). Leadership and branding in business schools: a Bourdieusian analysis. Higher Education Research and Development, 33(1), 144-156. Abstract.  Full text.

2012

Liao J, Jimmieson NL, O'Brien AT, Restubog SLD (2012). Developing transactive memory systems: Theoretical contributions from a social identity perspective. Group and Organization Management, 37(2), 204-240. Abstract.

2008

O'Brien AT, Terry TJ, Jimmieson NL (2008). Negative affectivity and responses to work stress:. An experimental study. Anxiety, Stress and Coping: an International Journal, 21, 55-83.
Eggins RA, O'Brien AT, Reynolds KJ, Haslam SA, Crocker AS (2008). Refocusing the focus group: AIRing as a basis for effective workplace planning. British Journal of Management, 19(3), 277-293. Abstract.

2006

Hornsey MJ, Blackwood L, Louis W, Fielding K, Mavor K, Morton T, O'Brien A, Paasonen KE, Smith J, White K, et al (2006). Why do people engage in collective action? Revisiting the role of perceived effectiveness. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36(7), 1701-1722. Abstract.

2005

Hornsey MJ, Blackwood L, O'Brien AT (2005). Speaking for others: the pros and cons of group advocates using collective language. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 8, 245-257.
Haslam SA, O'Brien A, Jetten J, Penna S, Vormedal K (2005). Taking the strain: Social identity, social support and the experience of stress. British Journal of Social Psychology, 44(3), 355-370.

2004

O'Brien AT, Haslam SA, Jetten J, Humphrey L, O'Sullivan L, Postmes T, Eggins R, Reynolds KJ (2004). Cynicism and disengagement among devalued employee groups:. The need to ASPIRe. Career Development International, 9, 28-44.
Haslam SA, Jetten J, O'Brien A, Jacobs E (2004). Social identity, social influence and reactions to potentially stressful tasks: Support for the self-categorization model of stress. Stress and Health, 20(1), 3-9. Abstract.

2002

Terry DJ, McKimmie BM, O'Brien AT (2002). A longitudinal study of intergroup relations in the context of an organisational merger. Australian Journal of Psychology, 54(2), 131-131.
Jetten J, Duck J, Terry DJ, O'Brien A (2002). Being attuned to intergroup differences in mergers: the role of aligned leaders for low-status groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28(9), 1194-1201. Abstract.
Jetten J, O'Brien AT, Trindall N (2002). Changing Identity:. Predicting adjustment to organizational restructure as a function of subgroup and superordinate identification. British Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 281-297.

2001

Terry DJ, O'Brien AT (2001). Status, legitimacy and ingroup bias in the context of an organizational merger. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 4, 271-289.
O'Brien AT, Okochi M (2001). The role of adult attachment in the stress process. Australian Journal of Psychology, 53, 123-123.