Professor Jeremy Dawson


Management School

Chair in Health Management

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Professor Jeremy Dawson
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Jeremy Dawson is Professor of Health Management, working jointly between the Institute of Work Psychology (within the Management School) and the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR).

He is a statistician by background, but has worked in the fields of work psychology, management and healthcare since 1998.

Jeremy’s research focusses mainly on staff experience in the NHS (particularly in the areas of team working, human resource management, climate and culture in the NHS and equality, diversity and inclusion) and its links with outcomes, with current funded projects including an examination of factors affecting turnover of mental health staff, and topics such as measurement of general practice productivity, evaluation of interventions to improve staff well-being, and diversity and discrimination in the workplace. He provides advice to the NHS at a national level, as a member of both the NHS Staff Survey Advisory Group, and the NHS Race and Health Observatory Academic Reference Group.

He has also worked extensively on other topics, particularly team working processes, and work group diversity, work engagement and safety. He has a particular interest in areas of statistical methodology, including the testing and interpretation of interaction effects.

He was previously a Senior Research Fellow at Aston Business School, Aston University, where he was also director of the Institute for Health Services Effectiveness (IHSE), leading several large-scale projects including running the NHS national staff survey for its first eight years between 2003 and 2010.

He gained his PhD from Aston University in 2011.

Research interests

Jeremy's research falls broadly into three areas, with plenty of crossover between them – management of health care organisations, team working, and statistics.

Recent projects in health care include:

  • a study of the effects of NHS staff engagement and experience on patient outcomes
  • a longitudinal evaluation of Schwartz Center Rounds in the NHS
  • the development and implementation of a tool to measure effectiveness of general practices.

Current work includes a study on the Retention of Mental Health Staff (RoMHS), an evaluation of specialist clinics for people suffering from multiple, medically unexplained symptoms (MSS3), and the Behaviour in Teams (BiT) study examining the benefit on giving teams feedback on their behaviour in meetings.

As a statistician he has also undertaken a wide range of methodological research, particularly regarding interpretation of interaction effects, measurement of work group diversity, and questionnaire development.

He has published over 70 papers in refereed academic journals in the fields of psychology, management, health care and research methods, as well as numerous project reports and articles in practitioner publications. He is an editorial board member of six journals, and an Associate Editor of both Organizational Research Methods, and the Journal of Business and Psychology.



  • Dawson J (2016) Analysing Quantitative Survey Data for Business and Management Students. SAGE Publications. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Farley S, Evison R, Rackham N, Nicolson R & Dawson J (2018) The Behavior Analysis Coding System An Applied, Real-time Approach for Measuring and Improving Interactive Skills, CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF GROUP INTERACTION ANALYSIS (pp. 584-593). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Schneider B, Barbera KM, West MA, Topakas A & Dawson JF (2014) Climate and Culture for Health Care Performance, The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Climate and Culture Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dawson JF () Levels of Analysis (pp. 1-2). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers


  • Read J, Ariss S, Nasr N, Franklin M, Dawson J, Scott E, Field R, Lowrie K, Simmonds R & Cook L (2018) Sheffield City Region Test Bed, ‘Perfect Patient Pathway’ Final Evaluation Report View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chambers D, Preston L, Salway S, De Saille S, Topakas A, Booth A, Dawson J & Wilsdon JR (2017) The Diversity Dividend: does a more diverse and inclusive research community produce better biomedical and health research? View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Working papers

  • Chambers D, Preston L, Topakas A, de Saille S, Salway S, Booth A, Dawson J & Wilsdon J (2017) Review of diversity and inclusion literature and an evaluation of methodologies and metrics relating to health research. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download



Research group

The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP)

Jeremy's work contributes strongly to both the Work and Wellbeing theme, and the Leadership and Teamworking theme. Since 2017 he has led the Behaviour in Teams research group.

Teaching interests

Jeremy is a statistician by background, and teaches a wide variety of subjects in the fields of statistics and research methods. Within the Management School he contributes to modules on research methods for management and psychology students, as well as supervising postgraduate students.

Within ScHARR Jeremy leads the HAR6045 Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers module, and a corresponding online learning module (HAR6061), which is also available to PhD students and for continuous professional development (CPD). He also contributes to two other statistical modules for medical or health students, and currently supervises two PhD students.

Some of this teaching has the aim of preparing students for using statistics in the wider world (e.g. statistics for work psychologists; critical numbers for medical students), whilst other areas are focussed on enabling students (particularly postgraduates) to do quantitative research.

He also provides additional statistical workshops for staff and PhD students within the Management School. These include everything from basic principles of research through to detailed workshops about topics such as questionnaire design and psychometrics, multilevel analysis and structural equation modelling.

He has also supervised students at all levels, including undergraduates, MSc, MBA, and PhD.

PhD Supervision

Jeremy currently supervises the following PhD students:

  • Ignacio Perez Sepulveda (Management School) – Virtuality in teams
  • Ann-Marie Thomas (Management School) - Age discrimination in hiring decision-making

  • Hannah Boneham (Management School) - Leader-follower perception gap and follower well-being

  • Sandie Buchan (Management School) - Disability-inclusive culture in the NHS

  • Ruri Protopescu (Management School) - Improving well-being of healthcare staff: dealing with cumulative stressors

  • Neil Lawrence (ScHARR) - Development of a clinical decision support tool for monitoring and treatment of children with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)