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Department of Management

Dr Francesco Cangiano

Dr Francesco Cangiano

Lecturer in Management


 Streatham Court 1.65


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


Francesco joined the Department of Management in the University of Exeter Business School in 2020. Prior to this, he worked at Bond University and the University of Western Australia, where he received his PhD in 2017. Francesco’s primary areas of research include proactive behaviour, employee well-being, and work motivation. His work was published in outlets such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Francesco also holds a Master’s in Social and Organisational Psychology from the University of Exeter and a BSc from the University of Padua.

Nationality: Italian / Australian


  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc


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Research interests

  • Proactive behaviour
  • Feedback-seeking
  • Occupational stress
  • Work motivation

Francesco’s research has largely been focused on understanding the consequences of employee proactivity using diary methods and experience sampling. His research shows that proactivity has mostly positive consequences for employee well-being, but that under certain circumstances being proactive can cause strain and expose employees to risks. Francesco’s research explores the mechanisms and factors that shape such processes, with the goal of understanding not only how to create a proactive workforce, but also how to sustain it in the long-term.

Research projects

Francesco is currently working on a project aimed at understanding how work characteristics and leadership behaviour influence the extent to which employees proactively seek feedback about their performance.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards and Honours

  • Second Runner-Up Paper Award, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2019
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, The University of Western Australia, 2016
  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarships (APA), 2013

External positions

  • Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor – Bond University

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Francesco has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate level across various subjects, ranging from Leadership and Organisational Behaviour to HR management and Business Statistics.



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