Get introduced to our renowned research team at ACU's Peter Faber School of Business. Read about their professional and academic backgrounds, research interests, and publication history.

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Michael-Fischer-modified-600x600-c-defaultProfessor Michael Fischer

Professor Michael Fischer is a world-renowned expert in the leadership and mobilisation of organisational change in research-intensive organisations, especially in healthcare. A Visiting Scholar at University of Oxford Saïd Business School, he holds a PhD from Imperial College London and was previously senior faculty at the University of Oxford, King’s College London, and the University of Melbourne. He had led major competitive research grants focused on the leadership of research-led innovation, change and societal impact. His recent research includes publications in Accounting Organisations and Society, Human Relations, Organisation Studies, Public Administration, and Social Science & Medicine. His groundbreaking research in the healthcare sector has gained international recognition, influencing policymakers and regulators in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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Thomas-Lange-600x600-c-defaultProfessor Thomas Lange

Honorary Professor

Professor Thomas Lange is a multi-award-winning researcher, who holds scholarly interests in employee well-being and motivational aspects of behaviour in the workplace. He assisted several governments as Specialist Advisor, including as key architect of ‘Future Skills Scotland’ and through his contributions to the Cubie Inquiry, Economic Policy Advisory Group (NZ), MOET Vietnam, and the UK Office of Fair Trading Pensions Inquiry. His recent research features in Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the British Journal of Management. He serves as Tenured Professor of Management at Middlesex University Business School, London, United Kingdom.


Bart_De_Jong_modified-600x600-c-defaultAssociate Professor Bart de Jong

Associate Professor Bart de Jong’s research focuses on trust, teams and the inter-link between the two. He integrates existing work on trust across different levels of analyses and breaks new ground by challenging implicit scholarly assumptions about trust. His research on teams spans a variety of topics, including team entrepreneurial passion, team adaptation, peer control, and social hierarchy. He earned his PhD in Organisational Behaviour and Masters degree in Organisation Science from VU University Amsterdam. His research has been published in some of the world’s leading journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organisation Science and Academy of Management Journal.

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Rajiv-Amarnani-600x600-c-defaultDr Rajiv Amarnani

Dr Rajiv Amarnani’s major areas of research are service management, workplace deviance, and career development, examined through the lens of self-esteem regulation and self-control failures. He earned his PhD in Organisational Behaviour from the Australian National University, where he subsequently served as a postdoctoral research fellow with the Research School of Management. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, he worked in a neuropsychology clinic and conducted market research for an Asian MMORPG firm. His early scholarly works have been published internationally, including articles in Organisational Dynamics and the Journal of Research in Personality.

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Mayowa-Babalola-modified-600x600-c-defaultDr Mayowa Babalola

Dr Mayowa Babalola is a Nigerian-born Leadership scholar with a PhD in Organisational Psychology from the University of Leuven, Belgium. His research focuses primarily on leadership, including ethical, servant, abusive, and family-supportive leadership. He investigates how effective leaders emerge, the contexts hindering or facilitating their emergence, and how they can, in turn, shape desirable attitudes and behaviours during organisational change, workplace conflict, and beyond. In his second research stream, he applies a behavioural science lens to study how leadership can better foster health and safety outcomes in high-risk sectors, such as healthcare, manufacturing, and aviation. Recent publications include articles in the Journal of Management and Journal of Business Ethics.


Mindy-Shoss-modified-600x600-c-defaultDr Mindy Shoss

Honorary Fellow

Dr Mindy Shoss has emerged as one of the world’s leading scholars in the study of employee well-being, using it as a lens through which to examine such topics as leadership, counterproductive workplace behaviour, adaptability, job insecurity, and the consequences of economic crises. She holds a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston, and pairs this background with baccalaureate training in both psychology and economics from Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated summa cum laude and received Phi Beta Kappa honours. Her research has been published in some of the world’s leading journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. In the United States, she also serves in a professorial capacity in the Industrial/Organisational Psychology program at the University of Central Florida.


Richard-Ryan-600x600-c-defaultProfessor Richard M Ryan

Honorary Fellow

Professor Richard Ryan is a widely-published researcher and influential theorist in human motivation and well-being. With Edward L. Deci, he is co-developer of Self-Determination Theory, a globally recognised theory of human motivation and personality development that has been both widely researched and applied in a variety of contexts, including work organisations, around the world. His current research interests are diverse and include, among others, the validity of eudaimonic formulations of happiness; and need satisfaction in the workplace. Recent articles have featured in the Journal of Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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Sugumar-Mariappanadar-600x600-c-defaultDr Sugumar Mariappanadar

Dr Mariappanadar is a Senior Lecturer in Management/HRM in the Peter Faber Business School in Melbourne. His teaching and research interests cover sustainable human resource management, human resource measurement, Organisational behaviour, and culturally indigenous management practices. An organisational psychologist by training, his research has appeared in leading international journal outlets. He publishes in a variety of internationally-recognised journals, including Human Resource Management Review, Personnel Review, and International Journal of Manpower.

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R-Croucher-modified-600x600-c-defaultDr Richard Croucher

Dr Richard Croucher is an internationally-acknowledged expert in comparative employment relations. A member of the Senior Common Room, Kellogg College Oxford, he earned his PhD from the University of Warwick in 1977. In 2011-12, he was Research Fellow at the University of Mauritius, a position awarded to one researcher annually by international competition. His recent works have featured in the Journal of Management, British Journal of Industrial Relations, and Human Relations.


Chris-Chan-modified-600x600-c-defaultDr Christopher Chan

Honorary Fellow

Dr Christopher Chan teaches and researches in human resource management. His current research focuses on work-family conflict and work enrichment, the interfaces between religious ethics and business/HR practices, and cross cultural management themes. He has published in the areas of organisational learning, cross-cultural management, and work-life balance. Recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and Journal of Business Ethics. In Canada, Chris serves as Associate Professor in the School of Human Resource Management, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, at York University, Toronto.

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