Our research

We adopt a global perspective, working with diverse cultures and multinational samples in our theoretical and empirical endeavours. We apply economic, psychological and sociological perspectives to advance a more well-rounded understanding of leadership.

Our research falls into three streams:

Leaders' ethical decision making

Ethical decision making by leaders is a central issue for the growth of sustainable business in a globalised marketplace.

An example of a research project under this stream is 'Licensing effect in the occurrence of destructive leadership' led by Dr Jun Gu. Combining experimental methods with field surveys, this project investigates the ethical decision making processes of destructive leaders across cultures, informing the development of global leaders.

Key researchers: Dr Jun Gu, Dr Gerri Spasova, Dr Mauricio Palmeira and Dr Dennis Fehrenbacher

Innovative leadership practices

This stream deals with innovative leadership practices that build ethical and effective organisations.

A research example is a project entitled 'Servant Leadership and Organisational Performance' led by Associate Professor Sen Sendjaya. It examines the effects of positive leadership practices on financial outcomes as mediated by the psychological state of staff. This project generates new insights on how to best develop ethical and effective leaders.

Key researchers: Associate Professor Sen Sendjaya, Professor Matthew Hayward and Associate Professor Michaela Rankin

Using Leadership to Promote Retention and High Performance 

Research under this stream relates to how effective leadership practices can build employees' human and social capital and their subsequent retention and performance effectiveness.

A project example is 'Embedding Leadership Practices' led by Dr Kohyar Kiazad. This project investigates the key leadership practices that promote workforce retention and high performance by nurturing workers' human and social capital development. This will lead to the identification of key strategies to retain and develop a high performance workforce.

Key researchers: Dr Kohyar Kiazad, Associate Professor Kathleen Riach, Professor Russell Smyth and Dr Qingyuan Du