Conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences


“The new Fellows are drawn from across the spectrum of academia, practitioners and policymakers. They have been recognised after an extensive process of peer review for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in higher education, government, public health and social policy, funding councils, charitable foundations and think tanks.” Read more.


ESRC Practice Impact Case Study

A case study of the impact of my work on practice has been published by the Economic and Social Research Council. Four case studies were developed across different areas and this evidence together with that from existing evaluations, was analysed for common enabling determinants and barriers for research impacts on practice.


More information about the study can be found here.

A pdf of the report that includes my case study can be found:


A summary of a doctoral experience by Craig Mauelshagen

A summary of a doctoral experience by Craig Mauelshagen, PhD Alumnus at Cranfield University.

Jan 15

Posted by Becky Piper

A summary of a doctoral experience by Craig Mauelshagen, PhD Alumnus at Cranfield University.

Having successfully defended my Thesis just before Christmas I have had some time to reflect on my PhD experience at Cranfield. I had the good fortune to have one supervisor from the School of Applied Sciences and one from the School of Management. Read more

Questions often asked in a PhD viva

I am often asked ‘what questions will I be asked at my viva’? Although it it impossible to guess, I have compiled a list of common questions. The aim of the VIVA is to ascertain that it is YOUR WORK and that you are able to discuss and defend it.


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You may be asked about any part of the thesis and the examiner may not spend equal time on each section. Indeed, you may end up feeling that your examiners have missed sections which you are think are vital. This is often because they are following their own knowledge base and interests. Remember, however, that you can safely assume that your examiners have read the thesis!


First Place HR Most Influential

I am delighted to have been ranked first in the HR Most Influential 2012 Top 25 UK Thinkers list. The 2012 ranking was unveileded at Claridge’s on 17 September.


HR Most Influential 2012 UK Thinker – position 1

“Outstanding work on high reliability and safety leadership”

“Pioneering evidence-based management worldwide”

“Great application of theory into practice”

“I have changed the way I approach organisational change after working with him – and it has produced fantastic results”

“Rapid understanding of issues and deep dive thinking make him a valuable asset to any organisation”

Shortlist for UK’s most influential thinker

I am delighted to be on the shortlist for UK’s most influential thinker in HR.

Every year HR magazine compiles the HR Most Influential ranking: the definitive list of directors and thinkers who have the greatest influence in the field of people strategy.


Some are perennial favourites, some are controversial and many reflect the business environment in which they are operating. But all are ranked by their peers: leading HR directors and management academics.

The ranking is based on elements including:-

  • Challenges conventional thinking in HR
  • Brings credibility to HR, both inside and outside the business
  • Plays an ambassadorial role
  • Commands the respect of peers and key stakeholders
  • Adds real value to the business
  • Is visionary and transformational

The 2012 ranking will be unveiled at Claridge’s on 17 September.