Professor Adrian Furnham

Behavioural psychologist, author and columnist

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Professor Adrian Furnham was educated at the London School of Economics, and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate. Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, he is now Professor of Psychology at University College London. He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at, amongst others, the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Management at Henley Management College.

He has written over 700 scientific papers and 60 books including Culture Shock, The New Economic Mind, Personality at Work, The Psychology of Behaviour at Work, The Incompetent Manager, The Dark Side of Behaviour at Work, The People Business, Management Mumbo-Jumbo, Personality and Intelligence at Work, The Elephant in the Boardroom: The Psychology of Leadership Derailment, People Management in Turbulent Times, The Psychology of Personnel Selection, Body Language in Business.

Professor Furnham is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is among the most productive psychologists in the world. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the past elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He is also a founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy. He has been a consultant to over 20 major international companies, with particular interests in top team development, management change performance management systems, psychometric testing and leadership derailment.

He is also a newspaper columnist previously at the Financial Times, now at the Sunday Times. He writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph and is a regular contributor to national and international radio and television stations including the BBC, CNN, and ITV.

Since 2007 he has been nominated by HR magazine as one of the 20 Most Influential People in HR. He was nominated to the 7th most influential thinker in 2009.

Like Noel Coward, he believes work is more fun than fun and considers himself to be a well-adjusted workaholic. He rides a bicycle to work (as he has always done) very early in the morning and does not have a mobile phone. Adrian enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, arguing at dinner parties and going to the theatre. He hopes never to retire.

Speech Topics

Professor Adrian Furnham speaks regularly at academic, business and training conferences around the world being well known as approachable, well-informed and entertaining. He also runs in-house workshops for various blue-chip companies.

Speech Topics Include:
- Money and motivation
- The dark side of behaviour at work
- Why executives derail
- Body Language at wor


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