Faculty research

The overarching theme of Humanity and human values in law and business drives our faculty research. We focus our research on the lives of society’s most marginalised and vulnerable people, who are often at the periphery of policy and organisational concerns. By illuminating rarely revealed aspects of organisations and societies, we develop critical insights that align closely with ACU’s Mission.

Professor Thomas Lange serves as Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Management at the Faculty of Law and Business. Leading research endeavours across the Faculty, his own scholastic work features in several elite journals, including articles in Human Resource Management (US), British Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and The Leadership Quarterly. His previous leadership roles included Research Dean, Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Professor Thomas Lange
Associate Dean Research

Research areas

Business and management

Our research in business and management focuses on ‘transforming lives through meaningful work’ and provides powerful arguments towards a paradigm shift by rethinking business’ traditional purpose. Popular research themes include workplace wellbeing, trust in teams, sustainable human resource management, ethical leadership, the role of gratitude, and mobilisation of organisational change.


With a particular focus on human rights endeavours and the private law of just societies, our research explores the interaction between domestic law and international human rights law. Our researchers in law examine issues at the intersection of human rights and religion, society and politics, Indigenous issues in Australia and overseas, transitional justice, and the human rights implications of globalisation and development, including intellectual property rights.

Information and communication technologies

Today's technology is not only pervasive, but intelligent and moving towards autonomy. Our researchers investigate how artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, Internet of Things, smart devices, and cloud computing can dramatically transform the way we work and live. They also examine how the convergence of these technologies leads to challenges with interpersonal communication and human-machine interaction, and their impact on our society both sociologically and economically.


Research excellence and rankings

Our research in the fields of business and law is rated ‘world standard’ as reported in the Excellence in Research Australia 2018 quality audit.

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