Current Research


Gender diversity in global mobility

Research partner: PwC Australia

People involved: Dr. Victor Sojo, Georgia Westbrook

Research paper: Link

This project is a systematic empirical analysis of the factors affecting the lower representation of women in international assignments in multinational companies and government agencies and the strategies to manage the issue.

Organisational use of the Diversity Scan

People Involved: Dr. Victor Sojo, Prof. Robert Wood

Development, validation and use of a new tool to measure the risk and protective factors for workers’ fit, functioning and growth in organisational contexts. This tool has a particular emphasis on factors associated with diversity management.

Social class threat perceptions, social class essentialism and performance management.

People involved: Dr. Victor Sojo, Michelle Stratemeyer, Rebecca Chau, Prof. Robert Wood

This project comprises a series of experimental studies to evaluate the mediating role of social class essentialism in the relationship between social class threat perceptions and discriminatory performance management practices against minority groups.

Leadership essentialism: predictors and outcomes.

People involved: Dr. Victor Sojo, Michelle Stratemeyer, Rebecca Chau, Prof. Robert Wood

Description: this project comprises a series of experimental studies to develop a new measure of leadership essentialism and to evaluate the impact of leadership essentialism on general human resources management practices.

Quotas and target for women in leadership.

People involved: Prof. Robert Wood, Dr. Victor Sojo

This is a systematic literature review of the evidence around the implementation and impact of quotas and targets to increase the representation of women in leadership positions.

Gender evaluation bias and backlash.

People involved: Anna Genat, Prof. Robert Wood, Dr.Victor Sojo

This is a meta-analytic study of bias in the evaluation of women in general and the reactions towards counter-stereotypical women in work contexts.

Personality frame of reference and performance.

People involved: Prof. Robert Wood, Dr. Victor Sojo

This is an empirical study of the use of self and other personality assessments of the BIG 5 under different frames of reference to predict the performance of managers in the corporate sector.

A longitudinal study of leader emergence using social cognitive framework.

People Involved: Dr. Shuang Ren, Prof. Robert Wood

The focus of this study is the drivers and the underlying mechanisms that explain the emergence of leadership. The project uses Bayseian network analytical strategy to analyse the longitudinal data collected over 18 waves of data points. 

A meta-analysis examining the relationship between testosterone levels and financial risk taking behaviours

Research Partners: Melbourne Business School, Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, University of Exeter

People Involved: Dr. Cordelia Fine, Anna Genat, Dr. Fiona Fidler, Thekla Morgenroth

A gender and risk-taking behaviours study package.

Research Partners: Melbourne Business School, University of Exeter

People Involved: Dr. Cordelia Fine, Prof. Michelle Ryan, Anna GenatThekla Morgenroth

Moral Communication

Research PartnerMelbourne School of Psychological Sciences

People InvolvedDr. Melissa Wheeler

This research area is comprised of a series of experimental studies that examines the social process of communication in moral psychology, with a specific look at the ways in which people use language in persuasive moral justifications. The moral communication project also includes research on shifts in moral language use following traumatic events and the use of moral creativity in justifications to moral violations and solutions to moral dilemmas.

The role of unconscious bias in clinical decision making

Research partnersMelbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Educating for Equity

People involvedDr. Melissa WheelerProf. Robert Wood

This project explores medical students’ clinical decision making and the role of unconscious bias on health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous patients, with the aim of developing equity training programs at the tertiary level.