Associate Dean research

Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014

ACU’s newly appointed Associate Dean Research for the University’s Faculty of Law and Business, Professor Thomas Lange, brings a unique blend of academic and managerial experience to the role.


Professor Lange has written extensively in the Human Resources and Organisation Behaviour research arena and his specific areas of interest relate to behavioural aspects in the labour market and well-being in the workplace – often by reference to job satisfaction, life satisfaction (or ‘happiness’), and the relationship between the two.


Professor Lange’s research provides evidence on aspects of job satisfaction and the job-life satisfaction interlink. He highlights the importance of non-work related life events such as marriage and childbirth, cultural and religious values and beliefs, political legacies, interpersonal trust, and autonomy and independence as powerful mitigating predictors. His work also identifies predictors of job satisfaction and job-life satisfaction across cultures.


Beyond his own scholarship, Professor Lange serves as Founding Editor-in-Chief of Evidence-based HRM and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower. He has served as Head of International Management and Innovation at Middlesex University London, and has held previous positions which include Research Dean, Dean (Leadership and Change Management), Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor at universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 1997, aged 29, he became the UK’s youngest Full Professor in a business discipline at time of conferment.


Throughout his career, Professor Lange has been a strong proponent of evidence-based scholarship. By invitation, he addressed members of the Welsh Assembly Government on the importance of evidence-based policy making. During his time as senior advisor to Scotland’s Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, he served as key architect of Future Skills Scotland, the country’s first labour market intelligence unit. He was also a member of the Economic Policy Advisory Group of New Zealand’s National Party and provided strategic advice on empirical labour market research to the Government of Vietnam.


“ACU is an institution with refreshing values focused firmly on social justice. Research at ACU’s Faculty of Business and Law is perfectly positioned to make a real difference in this context,” said Professor Lange. “The Faculty is committed to an exciting developmental agenda, building a strong reputation for research excellence by growing the portfolio of publications in internationally renowned outlets. I consider it a privilege to be appointed Associate Dean Research at ACU’s Faculty of Business and Law.”