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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, insight, hubris, and virtue ethics. My research has been published journals such as Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Learning and Education, 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). The latter has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian, and was shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Management Book of Year’ award in 2010 (the winner was Mintzberg’s Managing).


Intuition in all aspects of managerial work
Insight in invention and innovation
Hubris in leadership
Virtue ethics in management and organization


  • –present
    Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of Surrey