Adrian Furnham

Adrian FurnhamAdrian Furnham hails from KwaZulu, South Africa. Born to British parents in 1953, he grew up in the country's capital Pietermaritzburg where he thrived in all areas of academia from debating to mathematics.


By 1975 Adrian Furnham found himself, having finished his B.A. honours at the University of Natal's Peitermaritzbug campus, traveling to England as a masters student at London University where he would achieve his M.Sc. with distinction in economics. Furnham proceeded to complete another M.Sc., this time at Strathclyde University before being accepted into Oxford University in 1977 where he gained a D.Phil.


Not only is Furnham a chartered health psychologist, a chartered occupational psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, but also the author of countless articles, columns and papers as well as 50 books which explore in depth the multi faceted nature of organizational psychology from The Psychology of Behaviour at Work (1997) to Management Mumbo Jumbo(2006). His unique style of splicing serious psychological critique with an ironic no-nonsense take on management gives his books a readable quality that appeals to a wide margin of readers, offering everything from serious textbooks to humourous but thought provoking essays that disassemble the "silver bullet" solution so often offered by the management industry.


Furnham never lost his enthusiasm for academia, learning and teaching. In 1991 he obtained a D.Sc. from London University and in 1995 a D. Litt. from the University of Natal, where it all began a quarter of a decade before. He has spent almost thirty years as a professor and lecturer at various prominent establishments including Oxford University's Pembroke College, the University of London and as visiting professor to Hong Kong University Business School.


In 1985 Furnham founded his own management consultancy firm; Applied Behavioural Research Associates who specialised in research on corporate evaluation and design, performance appraisal, personal and corporate assessment and selection as well as literature reviews. Their extensive client list includes high street bank giants Barclays Bank and massive national institutions such as British Rail and the British Foreign Office.


Currently a Professor at the University of London, teaching applied, occupational, personality and social psychology to under and post graduates.


Adrian Furnham was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (DPhil) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a DSc (1991) and DLitt (1995) degree. 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 and the University of Hong Kong. He has written over 650 scientific papers and 48 books including:


Culture Shock (1994)

The New Economic Mind (1995)

Personality at Work (1994)

The Myths of Management (1996)

The Psychology of Behaviour at Work (1997)

The Psychology of Money (1998)

The Incompetent Manager (2003)

The Dark Side of Behaviour at Work (2004)

The People Business  (2005) 

Personality and Intellectual Competence (2005)

Management Mumbo Jumbo (2006)

Just for the Money (2006).


Professor Furnham is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is ranked the second most productive psychologist in the world since 1980. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the current 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 writes regularly for the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph and is a regular contributor to BBC radio and television.


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) and does not have a mobile phone. He is however, often sought after by bridge, tennis and squash players who like to win. Adrian enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, and going to the theatre.