Research Assistant and PhD student in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour
Rashpal graduated with a first-class honours degree in Psychology (with a minor in Literature) from the University of Surrey. She focused on social and personality dimensions of psychology in order to understand individual and group level behaviour. Pursuing her focus within applied social psychology, Rashpal joined the LSE's Department of Social Psychology, embarking upon an MSc in Organisational & Social Psychology. She was awarded an ESRC scholarship to pursue her research, which she completed with a Distinction.
Rashpal is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (certified by the British Psychology Society), gaining her experience within professional services (Arthur Andersen) banking (Merrill Lynch) and consulting (Kenexa). She holds the BPS' Level A and B+ certificates in psychological testing and has a plethora of experience in utilising psychometric instruments as part of 1:1 and group coaching.
Her strong interest in academia and passion for extrapolating academic insights into the working arena motivated her to pursue a PhD under the supervision of Professor Coyle-Shapiro.
The focus of Rashpal's research is organisational justice, that is, individuals' subjective perceptions about fairness within their workplace. A concern with justice has invited intellectual debate from writers, philosophers and social psychologists alike over centuries: indeed, one of the earliest accounts can be found in Plato's Republic.
Some of the questions which her research aims to explore are: Why do people care about fairness in the workplace? What impacts an individual's justice judgements? And, once formed, how do perceptions of (in)justice affect an individual's attitudes, behaviours and cognitions?
Publications & Presentations
Dhensa, R. K., & Coyle-Shapiro, J. A. (in press). ' Anticipatory (In)Justice and Organizational Change: Understanding Employee Reactions to Change ' . In Oreg, S., By, R. T., & Michel, A., The Psychology of Organizational Change: Viewing Change from the Employee's Perspective, Cambridge University Press (CUP).
Coyle-Shapiro, J. A., & Dhensa, R. (2011). ' Justice in the 21st Century ' . In Townsend, K. and Wilkinson, A., Research Handbook on the Future of Work and Employment Relations, Edward Elgar : Cheltenham.
Dhensa, R. K. (2011). ' It's Good to Talk: Examining the Effectiveness of Talking as a Victim-Centered Recovery from Organizational Injustice ' . Best Paper Proceedings of the Seventy-First Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management , 2011 (CD), ISSN 1543-8643.
Dhensa, R. K. (2011). ' It's Good to Talk: Examining the Effectiveness of Talking as a Victim-Centered Recovery from Organizational Injustice ' . Conference Paper, presented at the Seventy-First Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, 12th – 16th August 2011.
Dhensa, R. K., & Coyle-Shapiro, J. A. (2011). ' Anticipatory (In)Justice and Organizational Change: Understanding Employee Reactions to Change ' . Showcase Symposium Paper on The Psychology of Organizational Change: Focusing on the Recipient's Perspective presented at the Seventy-First Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, 12th – 16th August 2011.
Dhensa, R. K. (2010). ' Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right: Restorative Justice, Pro-Social Response to Repairing Injustice ' . Poster Presentation, presented at the LSE EROB PhD Poster Day, London, 24th June 2010.