Dr Thomas Hoyland

Lecturer, Human Resource Managment and Organisational Behaviour

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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Dr Thomas Hoyland is active in teaching, research and consultancy. He is the programme leader for the innovative integrated MBus Management and teaches on a range of topics including leadership and professional development.

Currently he is exploring barriers to youth leadership development and the role socio-economic status plays in the development of work related identities.

Thomas's research focuses on leadership, individual difference psychology, and organisational contexts. Prior to entering academia, he spent time in the airline industry and teaching English in Japan.


Research Interests

  • Leadership

  • Personality

  • Motivation

  • Inequality

  • Organisational climates


Bozionelos N, Kostopoulos K, Van der Heijden B, Bozionelos G, Miao R, Jędrzejowicz P, Hoyland T, Marzec I, Epitropaki O, Mikkelsen A, Scholarios D, Van der Heijde C, Rousseau D, 'Employability and Job Performance as Links in the Relationship of Mentoring Receipt with Career Success: A Study in SMEs', Group and Organisation Management, doi: 10.1177/1059601115617086 (2015)

Bozionelos N and Hoyland T, 'Cultural Diversity at the Top: Does it Increase Innovation and Firm Performance?', Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol 28, No 2 (2014)

Muir C and Hoyland T, 'Do diversity and inclusion help drive employee engagement?', Academy of Management Perspectives Research Briefs, Vol 29, No 2 (2015)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Strategic Leadership (BA, UK & HKU)

  • Professional Skills (MBus)

  • Personal and Management Development (BA HKU)

  • Quantitative research Methods (MBus)

  • Leadership and Organisational Change (MBA)

Research PhDs

Thomas welcomes PhD applications on leadership, organisational climates and individual difference psychology in applied settings.

Completed PhDs

Examples of completed PhD supervisions include

  • Effects of leader/follower emotional intelligence and cognitive style on interpersonal citizenship behavior and the mediating role of leader-member exchange

  • The Influence of Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) and Transformational Leadership on Resistance to Organisational Change and the Mediating Role of Job Satisfaction and Organisational Commitment

  • The relationship between knowledge sharing mechanisms structural capital and organisational performance

Current PhDs

Current supervisions include

  • The role of sexuality in leader identity formation

  • Leadership behaviours, followers’ attitude and organizational unit performance in times of change: A detailed analysis of their interrelationships.

  • The Impact of Transformational and Servant Leadership on Innovation through Team Climate in R&D teams in the Petrochemical Sector: A Comparative Analysis

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA South East Asian Studies, Politics and Indonesian Language

  • MSc Management

  • PhD Management