Professor Marie McHugh

Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Dept of Mgmt, Leadership & Marketing


Business and Management Research


Room 02B23A Shore Road Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB



Marie McHugh joined Ulster University as a Research Officer in 1987, and obtained a Lectureship in 1989.  In 2001 she was promoted to a Personal Professorship in Organisational Behaviour and between 2009-2016 she was Dean of Ulster University Business School. Prior to becoming Dean in 2009, Marie was Head of the Business School’s Department of Management and Leadership from 2001-2009.  She has been a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the University of Nebraska (USA) and the University of Halmstad (Sweden). She is also a Visiting Professor at Hebei Geo University in China.

Marie graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1983 with a BA Hons in Psychology and a MSc in Occupational Psychology in 1985.  She obtained her PhD in Organisational Behaviour from Ulster University in 1997.

In addition to her roles at Ulster University, Marie is a member of the Strategic Advisory Network of the UKRI’s Economic and Social Research Council, the UK Council of the Institute of Directors (IoD), of the IoD NI Committee and she is Editor of the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal. She has been a member of the Royal Mail/Communication Workers’ Union Third Party Independent Review Team Chaired by Lord Sawyer to improve employment relations at Royal Mail.  She has also served on the Council of the CBI (NI), and she has been a member of the UK Government’s Business Schools’ Taskforce, which focused on the contribution that business schools make to the development of the UK economy.

Marie was Chair and President of the British Academy of Management in 2010 and 2012 respectively, and was elected as a Fellow of the Academy in 2013.  She received a Special Achievement Award from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2014.  In November 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual UTV Business Awards and she was appointed an OBE in the 2020 New Years Honours for her services to higher education and business development.

Her main research interests are work stress, organisational health and organisational change, and she has published widely within these areas in a variety of journals including for example, the International Journal of Management Reviews, the Journal of Supply Chain Management and New Technology, Work and Employment. She has acted as a consultant to a variety of organisations, nationally and internationally.