Maddy is a senior lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. She is the Director of Studies for the MSc Human Resource Management and MSc International Human Resource Management. Maddy joined Kent Business School in 2011 and prior to this was a research assistant and visiting lecturer at City University London, where she also achieved her MSc in organisational psychology and PhD.
Maddy’s research examines the role of informal and political behaviour in the workplace and its impact on leadership journeys. Maddy also examines the performance of local and national politicians from an organisational psychology perspective. Maddy has worked with a number of organisations from private and public sectors.
Maddy’s research examines how individuals navigate the informal or political nature of organisations to reach senior roles. Her research also investigates the political work of local and national politicians from an organisational psychology perspective. For example, she has recently conducted research which examined how the personality of politicians influences their performance. Her work also examines the intersections of diversity in these contexts.
Maddy uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods and places emphasis on conducting applied research with organisations. Her work is published in journals such as Human Relations and The Leadership Quarterly.
Maddy is Director of Studies for the CIPD accredited MSc HRM and the MSc International HRM. She convenes and teaches four modules for the masters: CB9044 Developing Business Skills for HRM, CB9048 Research Methods, CB9072 Business Project in HRM and CB8029 The Psychology of Selection and Assessment.
Maddy also convenes the undergraduate module CB751 Psychology of the Contemporary Workplace. She supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects where she encourages students to conduct applied HRM and organisational behaviour research with organisations.
Maddy welcomes PhD proposals in the following areas: organisational politics; socioeconomic status/social class; leadership.