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Dr Michael Cohen



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2013
Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Cross University, 2009

+61 3 924 45441


Dr Michael Cohen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School. Michael teaches topics in leadership and research methodology. He was also the Program Director for the Insurance and Risk Management courses and has previously taught courses in banking and business management.  Michael’s PhD thesis was on the problem of the valuation of intangible assets. He has previously held teaching posts at Victoria University in Melbourne, the University of Cape Town, and the University of the Witwatersrand. Michael was one of the recipients of Deakin's Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contribution in 2018.

In addition to teaching, he has also been employed as an executive consultant for Ernst & Young in London, where he was part of the Risk Management Group and consulted with firms on the financial risks in the management of business operations. He is also the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed academic journals.

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Research interests

  • The structuring of investment assets to meet the needs of retirees (Superannuation, insurance products and other investment structures)
  • The application of behavioural finance in understanding the motivations that determine the accumulation of retirement assets
  • Methods of risk reduction and the reallocation of risk for retirees.
  • The quantification of risk and return for non-liquid businesses and business assets
  • The dynamics aspects of the firm (firm demographics)
  • The characteristics of the assets, with special emphasis on the valuation of intangible corporate assets


  • Member, Academy of Management. 
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM.

Teaching interests

  • Leadership
  • Quantitative Techniques


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Entrepreneurial self-efficacy: a systematic review of the literature on its theoretical foundations, measurement, antecedents, and outcomes, and an agenda for future research

A Newman, M Obschonka, S Schwarz, M Cohen, I Nielsen

(2019), Vol. 110, pp. 403-419, Journal of vocational behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Moral disengagement at work: a review and research agenda

A Newman, H Le, A North-Samardzic, M Cohen

(2019), pp. 1-36, Journal of business ethics, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1


Charismatic leadership: beyond love and hate and toward a sense of belonging?

K Parry, M Cohen, S Bhattacharya, A North-Samardzic, G Edwards

(2019), Vol. 25, pp. 398-413, Journal of management and organization, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Conviction function? A new decision paradigm for personal financial risk management in the face of large exogenous shocks

M Cohen, M Nabin, S Bhattacharya, K Kumar

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 918-934, Theoretical economics letters, Wuhan, China, C1


Digital storytelling and sustainable development goals: Motivating business students to engage with SDGs

Vivek Venkiteswaran, M Cohen

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 411-428, Social business, Helensburgh, Sco., C1-1


Tacit knowledge and intra-firm teams: reaping the benefits of co-operation in a networked world

M Cohen, S Bhattacharya

(2017), pp. 151-173, Human capital and assets in the networked world, Bingley, Eng., B1


Student engagement in postgraduate education: using game theory to improve results

M Cohen, S Bhattacharya, M Nabin, S Rafiq

(2017), Vol. 2, pp. 1-15, Postgraduate education in higher education, Singapore, B1


Rise of the machines: a critical consideration of automated leadership decision making in organizations

K Parry, M Cohen, S Bhattacharya

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 571-594, Group & organization management, London, Eng., C1


Peer mentoring in higher education and the development of leadership skills in mentors

M Cohen, A North-Samardzic

(2016), pp. 273-288, Integrating curricular and co-curricular endeavours to enhance student outcomes, Bingley, Eng., B1


Threshold concepts and the semantic web

S Bhattacharya, M Cohen

(2015), pp. 157-172, Emerging Web 3.0/semantic web applications in higher education : growing personalization and wider interconnections in learning, Charlotte, N.C., B1


Asymmetric risk and return: evidence from the Australian Stock Exchange

M Vo, M Cohen, T Boulter

(2015), Vol. 35, pp. 558-573, Pacific basin finance journal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Superannuation retirement balances: A surprising outcome

M Cohen

(2014), Vol. 33, pp. E41-E45, Australasian Journal on Ageing, Richmond, Vic., C1


Collective performance: modeling the interaction of habit-based actions

M Cohen, D Levinthal, M Warglien

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 329-360, Industrial and Corporate Change, United Kingdom, C1-1


Estimating the equity risk premium for economies in the Asian region

M Cohen

(2009), Vol. 1, pp. 23-33, Asian journal of finance & accounting, Las Vegas, Nevada, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Principal Supervisor

Thuto Mahlanza

Thesis entitled: Factors Influencing Retirement Savings Intentions in Botswana

Doctor of Business Administration, Department of Management