Prof. Vincent Cassar

Prof. Vincent Cassar

Prof. Vincent Cassar


Associate Professor

Room 401
Humanities B
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3479
Professor Vincent Cassar BA(Hons)., MSc(Wales)., PhD(Lond)., CPsychol(UK)., CSci(UK) is Chartered with the British Psychological Society (Organizational Psychology), a Chartered Scientist with the British Science Council and a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence-Based Management.

Vince is currently Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy at the University of Malta, an Honorary Teaching Fellow at Birkbeck College (University of London) and Visiting Scholar at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) and Wroclaw University of Economics (Poland). He serves as a Senior Technical Consultant at KPMG (Malta) People & Change Advisory and is Board Director at Resources Support Services Ltd (2013 to date),

His research include the psychological contract, occupational health and stress and evidence-based management in particular decision-making under uncertainty and HR-data driven processes. He has presented and published his studies in several peer-reviewed journals like Work & Stress, European Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the International Journal of HRM. He also acts as a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals.

He was President of the Malta Association of Work and Organizational Psychology between 2011 and 2013. He also served as a professional member on the Senior Appointments Advisory Committee for Headship Selection at the Office of the Prime Minister between 2013 and 2018.

Specialities: Employment relations, occupational stress, occupational health psychology, quantitative research, change management, training design and delivery, EBMgt.
  • Psychological contracts
  • Work stress and work well-being
  • Evidence-Based Management
  • Knowledge work careers

Cassar, V., Buttigieg, S. & Bezzina, F. 2017, "Transformational Leadership and work attitudes: comparing explanatory frameworks.", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 646-661.

Bonnici, C. & Cassar, V. 2016, "The Research Management profession within Universities in Small Island States", Island Studies Journal, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 646-661.

Cassar, V., Buttigieg, S.C. & Briner, R.B. 2016, "What's in a broken promissory obligation? Developing and testing a multiple component form measure of psychological contract breach", International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 127, no. 5, pp. 171-183.

Bezzina, C., Cassar, V., McKiernan, P. & & Azzopardi, J. 2015, "The matching of motivations to affordances among Maltese elected local government volunteers: Implications for sustaining civil society.", vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 178-194.

Cassar, V. & Borg, M.B. 2015, Stress in the Workplace: A handbook for practitioners, ELMO Insurance, Malta.

Cassar, V. & Buttigieg, S.C. 2015, "Psychological contract breach, organizational justice and emotional well-being", Personnel Review, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 217.

Farrugia, A., Attard, S., Al-Jumaily, M., Abdel-Azizz, K., Buttigieg, S., Cassar, V. & Ghuname, A. 2015, "Identifying Preferences and Developing an Interactive Data Model and Assessment for an Intelligent Mobile Application to Manage Young Patients Diagnosed with Hydrocephalus." in Applied Computing in Health and Medicine, eds. D. Al-Jumeily, A. Hussain, C. Maluucci & C. Oliver, Elsevier, , pp. 183.

Buttigieg, S.C., Cassar, V. & Scully, J.W. 2013, "From words to action: Visibility of management in supporting interdisciplinary team working in an acute rehabilitative geriatric hospital", Journal of Health Organization and Management, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 618.

Cassar, V. & Buttigieg, S. 2013, "An examination of the relationhsip between authentic leadership and psychological well-being and the mediating role of meaningfulness aat work", International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 171.

Cassar, V., Buttigieg, S.C. & Briner, R.B. 2013, "Causal explanations of psychological contract breach characteristics", The Psychologist-Manager Journal, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 85.

Mizzi, J. & Cassar, V. 2013, The Place Counts: Organizational Realities and Team Innovation in Software Development Environment, Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany.

Cassar, V. & Briner, R. 2011, "The relationship between psychological contract breach and organizational commitment: Exchange Imbalance as a moderator of the mediating role of violation. ", Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol. 78, pp. 283.

Cassar, V. 2009, "The Maltese University’s student mind-set: A survey of their preferred work values", Journal of Education and Work, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 367.

Cassar, V. & Briner, R. 2009, "Contextualising the features of the psychological contract: the case of Malta", Journal of Managerial Psychology, vol. 24, no. 7, pp. 677.

Baldacchino, L., Cassar, V., & Caruana, A 2008, "Start-up success in a small island state: a study among entrepreneurs in Malta", Island Studies Journal, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 73.

Cassar, V. & Bezzina, C 2005, "People must change before institutions can: A model addressing the challenge from administering to managing the Maltese public service", Public Administration and Development: The International Journal of Management Research and Practice, vol. 25, pp. 205.

Cassar, V. & Briner, R 2005, "Psychological contract ‘violation’ of employment obligations: A multi-faceted construct", Revista de Psicologia Social (Special Review), vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 3.

Cortis, R. & Cassar, V 2005, "Perceptions of and about women as Managers: Investigating job involvement, self-esteem and attitudes", Women in Management Review, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 149.

Scott, A. T. & Cassar, V 2005, "The Voyage from 'M.C.A.S.T' to Industry": A Perceived Gap Analysis of the Critical Competencies' Evaluative Dimensions in the Manufacturing Technical Sector", Journal of Maltese Educational Research, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 42.

Bezzina, C. & Cassar, V 2003, "Maltese secondary school heads in the making", Journal of Maltese Educational Research, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 119.

Bezzina, C., Cassar, V. & Triganza-Scott, A. 2003, Educational leaders in the making, Indigo Press, Malta.

Cassar, V. 2001, "Violating psychological contract terms amongst Maltese public service employees: Occurrence and relationships", Journal of Managerial Psychology, vol. 16, no. 3/4, pp. 194.

Cassar, V. & Debono, E 2000, "Influences of empowerment dimensions in an educational context: An empirical investigation amongst Maltese teachers", Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 177.

Cassar, V. 1999, "Can leader direction and employee participation co-exist?: Investigating interaction effects between participation and favourable work-related attitudes among Maltese middle managers ", Journal of Managerial Psychology, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 57.

Cassar, V & Tattersall, A 1998, "Occupational Stress & Negative Affectivity in Maltese Nurses - testing moderating influences", Work and Stress, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 85.

Bonnici, C. & Cassar, V. in press, "The implications of contextual realities on career development: The specific case of University Research Managers and Administrators in small island states.", Journal of Career Development, .

  • MGT2360 - Evidence-Based Management
  • MGT3181 - Applied Research Tools for Business
  • MGT5203 - People Performance Metrics
  • MGT5208 - Cognitive Heuristics and Judgment​ ​in Managerial Decision Making
  • MGT5919 - Psychology of Risk
  • MRK5811 - Advanced Research Techniques