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Professor Jan Francis-Smythe

Director of Research

Worcester Business School

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 5242

Jan is the Director of Research in the Business School and as an active researcher and consultant has managed and delivered a wide range of applied projects. Her specialist areas of expertise are in ‘time’ as it relates to both individuals and organisations and in evidence-based practice. She has supervised 11 PhDs to completion, is currently supervising a further three and has supervised 4 practitioners-in-training to become registered Occupational Psychologists.

C.Psychol. Registered Psychologist (HPC)
Occupational Psychologist
PhD Organisational Psychology
Associate Fellow of the BPS

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Work Psychology
Research Methods

Temporal Intelligence/ time management
Evidence-based practice in occupational psychology
Evidence-based management
Career competencies

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

British Psychological Society, British Academy of Management, European
Association of Work and Organisational Psychology



Bartlett,D. Francis-Smythe,J.A. (2016) Bridging the Divide in Work and Organizational Psychology: Evidence from Practice. European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology. Published online: 17 Mar 2016 DOI:10.1080/1359432X.2016.1156672.


Nicolas Bisson, Simon Grondin, Jan Francis-Smythe (2015). Validation française de l’Échelle de la personnalité temporelle. L’Année psychologique / Volume 115 / Issue 04 / December 2015, pp 561-590

Ross,C. Robinson, L.R. Francis-Smythe,J.A. (2014) The contribution of academic scholarship to management development’. Journal of Management Development. 34.3, pp.286-298.

Francis-Smythe, J.A. Robinson,L. Ross,C. (2013) The role of evidence in general managers’ decision-making. Journal of General Management. Vol.38, No.4, Summer 2013, pp.3-21.

Applying career competencies in career management. Assessment and Development Matters ADM (Vol. 5, No1). March 31st 2013

Haase, S., Thomas, E., Steele, C. and Francis-Smythe, J. (2012). Career competencies: A new approach to successful career management. Assessment Development
Matters, 4(2)

Francis-Smythe,J.A., Haases,S. Steele,C. Thomas, E. (2012) 'Applying career competencies in career management' Journal of Career Assessment, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp. 227-248.

Francis-Smythe J.A. (2011) Russian Edition: Time Management in Glicksohn, J. & Myslobodsky, M.S. (Eds.). (2011) Planiruja vremja buducshego. Osnovannaja na vremeni
prospektivnaja pamjat’.Timing the Future: The Case for a Time-Based Prospective Memory. Kiev, Centruchebnoj literatury, p.103-107

Robinson,L. & Francis-Smythe,J.A. (2010) Are you a conceptual manager? Professional Manager, Vol.19, Issue 5, 36-38.

Andrews,H. & Francis-Smythe,J.A. (2010) A Wolf in Business Clothing, Psychopaths, Narcissists and Machiavellians at work. Professional Manager, Vol.19, Issue 3, May 30-

Bicknell, A., Francis-Smythe, J. & Arthur, J. (2010) Knowledge transfer: de-constructing the entrepreneurial academic. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour &
Research. Volume 16. No.6. pp.485-501.

Francis-Smythe .J.A. (2010) Bending Time to Suit You. Professional Manager, Vol.19, Issue 1, January, 34-36.

Francis-Smythe, Jan (2008) Enhancing academic engagement in knowledge transfer activity in the UK. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 12:3, 68-72.

Steele, C. & Francis-Smythe, J.A. (2008) Investigating the role of career anchors in job satisfaction and organisational commitment; a PJ fit approach. Proceedings of BPS
Annual Conference. ISSN:1754-8837.

Watts, H. N., & Francis-Smythe, J (2008). Membership retention in the fitness industry: The development and validation of a predictive model. in Annual Conference of the
British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Journal of Sports Sciences, 26,1, 1-143.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Advisory Board Member AURIL /JISC project on Supporting & Embedding CPD for Business and Community Engagement (BCE) Associate Editor – e-Journal of Issues in Applied Psychology


Trustee AGE UK (Hereford and Worcester)

Current PhD Projects


Occupational Psycology and HR
Selection and Assessment
Career Development and appraisal
Employee relations and Motivation
Organisational Development and Change
Counselling and Personal Development


Completed student projects:

  • Men in female dominated occupations – Aspirations and Outcomes
  • False performance as ethical behaviour: its role in performance evaluation and work relationships.
  • Exploration of the influence of psychopathic traits on career interests, vocational behaviour, career choice and development
  • The appropriation of ideas, theories, concepts and models by management practitioners.
  • Membership Retention in the Health and Fitness Industry: A Predictive Model
  • The Conceptualization and Evaluation of a Leader's Temporal Intelligence
  • Applying Career Competencies in Career Management
  • Measuring Career Anchors and Investigating the Role of Career Anchor Congruence.