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Eugene Sadler-Smith

Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of Surrey

I am Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Surrey Business School. My first degree was from the University of Leeds (School of Geography), and my Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (Thesis title ‘Individual differences and the design of instructional materials’, 1988-1992, part-time). My previous employment experience includes working in the human resource development department of British Gas plc (1987-1994).

My current research interests are intuition in decision-making and hubris in leadership. My research has been published journals such as Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Human Relations, Human Resource Management Journal, British Journal of Management, British Journal of Educational Psychology, British Journal of Psychology, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Management Learning, Organizational Research Methods, and Organization Studies.

I have written several books including 'Inside Intuition' (Routledge, 2008) and 'The Intuitive Mind' (John Wiley and Sons, 2010 translated into Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian, and shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Management Book of Year’ award in 2010) and 'Hubristic Leadership' (SAGE, 2019).

I lead The Hubris Project at the University of Surrey, see our web site The Hubris Hub (


Intuition in decision-making, problem-solving and creativity
Hubris in leadership in business and politics


  • –present
    Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of Surrey