Our team at the Centre for Workplace Excellence bring together a unique alignment of experience and capabilities to help your organisation achieve its excellence.

Leadership Team

Associate Professor Connie Zheng
Director, Contextual factors and international HRM, Chinese organisation and management, HR-driven creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation, employee well-being and work-life balance
Dr Chad Chiu
Associate Director, Work teams, positive leadership traits, and social networks
Associate Professor Sukhbir Sandhu
Associate Director, Social and environmental sustainability, diversity and sustainability


Dr Ali Afsharian
Organisational and clinical psychology, psychosocial safety climate
Associate Professor Tina Du
Applied, industry and interdisciplinary studies related to information behaviour, interactive information retrieval, marginalised communities, and social informatics
Dr Helena de Anstiss
Policy and context in which government funded services are delivered, social impact investing
Professor Maureen Dollard
Prevent risks to worker psychological health, safety and productivity
Dr Jill Gould
Organisational gender diversity, gender pay gap
Dr Matylda Howard
Leadership in healthcare, person-centered care, Quality and safety in health services
Dr Frank Huo
Workforce performance, job design, high-involvement work processes
Ms Stephanie Jamieson
Workplace psychological health and well-being, psychosocial factors at work
Professor Chandra Krishnamurti
Asset pricing, corporate governance, market microstructure and corporate finance
Professor Carol Kulik
Workplace diversity, HRM practices
Dr Edilene Lopes McInnes
Stakeholder engagement design and evaluation, public involvement in health policy, engagement of marginalised groups in decision making processes
Dr Sarven McLinton
Workplace bullying, Cross-cultural psychology, Instrument development, Anger and work stress
Professor Cheri Ostroff
Organisational culture, climate and change, person-organisation fit
Dr Mikaela Owen
Worker and student mental health and wellbeing, psychosocial risk factors, psychosocial safety climate
Dr Sanjee Perera
Emotion in the workplace, workforce diversity
Dr Silvia Pignata
Employee health and well-being, stress interventions, human factors and aviation psychology
Dr Rachael Potter
Psychological health at work, psychosocial risk regulation, policy evaluation
Dr. Teresa Puvimanasinghe
Transcultural mental health, cross-cultural psychology, intercultural relations, qualitative research methods, trauma-informed strength-based counselling
Dr Harry Savelsberg
Social Policy: education, employment and youth affairs
Dr Ruchi Sinha
Teams dynamics: voice, conflict, emotions, leadership &power; Negotiation
Dr Gerry Treuren
Volunteering motivation, employee turnover and retention, migrant and refugee employment
Dr Basil Tucker
Management control, social network theory, management techniques developed by Ricardo Semler andstructural equation modelling
Professor Michelle Tuckey
Workplace bullying, workplace mental health and well-being, occupational stress
Professor Marie Wilson
Management of performance (with a focus on professionals and knowledge work), judgment and decision-making in professional setting
Dr Amy Zadow
Psychosocial safety climate theory, psychosocial risk factors, work injuries, organisational stress interventions
Professor Tahereh Ziaian
Transcultural mental health cross-cultural psychology, Immigration, acculturation and intercultural relations


Prof Deanne den Hartog, University of Amsterdam
Leadership, teams, personality, well-being, HRM, culture and trust

Prof Ingrid Fulmer, Rutgers, School of Management and Labor Relations
Human resource management, organisational behaviour and business ethics

Prof Anthony McDonnell, Cork University
International human resource management, employment relations, talent management

Prof Larry Williams, Texas Tech University 
Organizational and social science research methods and data analysis techniques

Prof Yoshio Yanadori, Waseda University 
International human resource management, gender pay gap

Prof Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro, The London School of Economics and Political Science 
Justice in organisations, psychological contracts



Dr Ashlee Borgkvist, University of South Australia, Gender and flexible working arrangements, work-life integration, parenting and work

Professor David Cropley, University of South Australia, Creativity, innovation, cognitive flexibility and problem solving

Dr Xin Deng, University of South Australia, Applied economics, labour market, workforce diversity and sustainability

Professor Kurt Lushington, University of South Australia, Sleep and fatigue in the workplace

Dr Valerie O'Keeffe, Flinders University, Workplace health and safety and human factors

Associate Professor Shruti Sardeshmukh, University of South Australia, People dynamics related to innovation entrepreneurship and SMEs

Associate Professor Anna Sullivan, University of South Australia, 

Professor Ying Zhu, University of South Australia, Asian Business and Management, human resource management

Professor Susan Freeman, University of South Australia, Professor of International Business

Associate Professor Nina Evans, University of South Australia, Digital business transformation, Business innovation, Business-IT fusion, IT strategy and management

Associate Professor Anna Sullivan, University of South Australia, Director of the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion (CRESI)

Dr Mohtsham Saeed, University of South Australia, Business Management, applied economics, marketing

Ms Gorjana Brkic, University of South Australia, Justice and Society, respectful workplace, human resource management 

Ms Melinda Oppert, University of South Australia, Justice and Society, Research Associate for the Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre (BBB)


Professional Staff

Ms Barbara Chamberlain
Centre Coordinator
Ms Sarah Jarvis
Project Officer (supporting Prof Carol Kulik)