Professor Mark Fenton-O'Creevy is a member of The Open University's Department for People and Organisations.
Mark is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at The Open University Business School. He co-leads the research strand on International Management Practice, Education, and Learning (IMPEL) From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of a government funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - the Centre for Practice-based Professional Learning across four faculties of The Open University. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2007 and was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2009.
Mark has led a varied career. He has at various times worked as a school groundsman, a commis chef, a mathematician in a government research establishment, an outdoor pursuits instructor, a teacher of mathematics, a therapist with emotionally disturbed adolescents, a management consultant, and latterly a business school academic.
His academic development has been equally varied. His first degree is in pure mathematics. Subsequently he studied psychotherapy and psychology before later taking an MBA and PhD at London Business School, where he joined the faculty to start his academic career. While his early research was firmly routed in the traditions of occupational psychology, he increasingly draws on other disciplines (primarily economics and sociology). His recent research (on the role of traders in investment banks and management practices in multinational firms) contributes to fields such as international business, behavioural finance, the sociology of markets, industrial relations and cognitive psychology.
He is currently engaged in a large scale cross-European research project which seeks to improve our understanding of the role played by emotion in the financial decision-making of consumers, investors and professional traders. The project aims to develop new, technologically supported, approaches to learning which enhance the quality of financial decisions.
He acts as a consultant to a number of multinational organisations on topics such as the cross-national harmonisation of HR practices, leadership development and the management of change.
Human Resource Management
International Business and Management
The Psychology of Finance
Managerial work, international comparative HRM, emotion and cognition, risk behaviour, social capital, professional learning and expertise, the work of financial traders.
Mark has contributed to several BBC projects and high impact documentaries on management topics. Most recently he has co-designed (with Adrian Furnham) a study of psychological and emotional relationships with money, the Big Money Test, in collaboration with the BBC's LabUK and Watchdog consumer programme. Over 110,000 people participated in the study.
His recent podcast on iTunesU on "Money and Emotions" has been downloaded over 20,000 times.
Academic Advisor for BBC2 documentary on the financial crisis Love of Money, 2009.
Academic advisor for BBC2 documentary series Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS, 2006/7.
Academic Advisor for BBC series The Money Programme, 2005 - 2008.
Mark has also acted as an advisor at a senior level for a wide range of companies and public sector organisations.
National Teaching Fellow
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Review Board, Journal of Management Education
Currently involved in research collaborations with:-
Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Karlskrone, Sweden
International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Barcelona, Spain
Erasmus Research Institute of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Forschungszentrum Informatik , Karlsruhe, Germany
Saxo Bank, Copenhagen, Denmark
Norges Handelshøyskole, Bergen, Norway
Etienne Wenger, Grass Valley, California, USA