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Dr Kathlyn Wilson (PhD, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, The Ohio State University), Associate Professor, Enterprise. Kathlyn is a Chartered Organisational Psychologist and an Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Kathlyn’s research interests centre on the factors affecting the accuracy, fairness and usefulness of assessment processes in organisations, particularly the conceptualisation and measurement of work performance. She is interested in intra-national cultures in organisations and their implications for assessment. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including Human Relations and has presented at international conferences such as the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Kathlyn’s Academic and scholarly experience include: Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Business at Florida International University, Miami (2003-2004); Visiting Scholar at the Educational Testing Service (New Constructs Division), Princeton, New Jersey (Summer 2009) and Associate Professor (tenured) at Delaware State University’s College of Business (2004-2011).

Kathlyn has served as an expert advisor to the (then) Commission for Racial Equality which included population analyses and advice in informal investigations; and commissioned research across three large government departments investigating the impact of appraisal systems on ethnic minorities. She has served on the Department for Work and Pensions Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group (2013-2016). Current advisory roles include the Department for Education's Apprenticeships Equality and Diversity Group. She is an occasional assessor in leadership assessment centres for UN agencies (World Food Programme, the UN Development Programme and UNICEF); and a judge and award presenter for Business in the Community’s Race for Opportunity annual awards (since 2013). She chairs the Chartered Association of Business Schools Race Equality Action Group.

Research interests

- conceptualisations of job performance

- assessing job performance

- cross-cultural management

Recent funded research projects include a diversity impact assessment of the leadership effectiveness model and assessment process for an international management consultancy; a review of the design and delivery of an Assessment Centre to identify potential areas of unfair bias which might lead to disparate impact for protected groups (Cabinet Office, Government Commercial Office); an investigation of the barriers to Fellowship and Lectureship applications experienced by BAME and female early career researchers at Imperial College London; exploration of the language used in evaluating the performance of different ethnic groups (the Home Office); and the experiences of minoritised ethnic groups at life science research conferences in the UK (Wellcome Connecting Science).

Teaching specialisms

Dr Wilson's teaching specialisms include:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Research Methods


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