Leadership Futures Hub

The Leadership Futures Hub works to make a positive impact on society through helping existing and emergent leaders build the capabilities needed to address contemporary and future challenges.

Our focus

With organisations facing escalating challenges in an uncertain and volatile world, the Leadership Futures Hub provides cutting-edge research and resources to help leaders from all industry sectors build their capabilities and use problem-solving skills to create new opportunities.

Bringing together scholars and industry leaders, the hub produces advanced leadership knowledge and best leadership practices through collaborative research projects, training and mentoring, public forums and consulting services.

Our work focuses on the following areas of leadership:

  • crisis leadership
  • responsible leadership
  • leadership for health and wellbeing
  • leadership for equity, diversity and inclusion.

We establish partnerships between organisations, leaders and academics to exchange ideas and investigate solutions to key leadership challenges. Our research also informs Deakin's teaching through course materials for the Master of Leadership program and an upcoming short course on crisis leadership through FutureLearn.

The hub's work is released through a variety of channels including academic publications, industry reports and masterclasses.

Our research

Hub members have extensive experience working with organisations such as Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Victoria Police and WorkSafe Victoria.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Business Process Transformation and Strategic Change Consultancy Project (Principal Investigator)
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Ending violence and aggression: An examination of the implementation of the ANMF's 10-point plan and its impact on the health and wellbeing of nurses working in aged care
Baptcare The under-utilisation of in-home care packages: Examining the reasons, implementing solutions and assessing progress
Bendigo Bank

An Intergroup Contact Perspective to Promoting Allyship

CyRise Accelerator Skills Development Program

CyRise is a cyber security accelerator, established as a joint venture between an NTT and Deakin University with the backing of the regional government. The funding for this project allowed for the establishment of a program to develop founder’s skills as part of the accelerator.

Eastern Health

Examining the role of team-based resilience in buffering the impact of job stressors among Eastern Health workers
ManuFutures Export Acceleration Program

A project involving a blend of export-focused skill development, business support, networking events and mentoring models. Supported by a grant from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.


Jeanneret Research Grant for Assessing and Developing Senior Leaders

The Intergen Program

Building an intergenerational leadership program for talent retention and development within a large information technology services company in Australia. Based on the results of a global study of intergenerational leadership challenges and enablers.

Victoria Police Evaluation of Blended Roster System

Wannon Water, Achieving Zero Harm

Research was undertaken by a multi‐disciplinary team from Deakin as part of the organisation’s focus on embedding a philosophy of zero harm within the context of OHS, culture, mental health and management systems.

WorkSafe Victoria Quality Assurance Program (QAP) Evaluation and Piloting Project

Our team

Our members include leadership scholars who have published their research in top-tier international journals and have extensive experience collaborating with organisations in a range of industries.


Dr Jeff Shao

Dr Jeff Shao is an associate professor in leadership in the Department of Management at Deakin Business School and Co-director of the Leadership Futures Hub. He is also Director of the Master of Leadership Program. He received his PhD from UNSW Sydney. Jeff’s research focuses on leadership, emotions and cross-cultural management. He has published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations and The Leadership Quarterly.

Jeff has conducted research with organisations such as Australian Aged Care Association, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Baptcare, and Eastern Health. He was the recipient of the Early Career Researcher Award from The Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management in 2019.

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Dr Fannie Bavik

Dr Fannie Bavik is a lecturer in the Department of Management at DBS and Co-director of the Leadership Futures Hub. She obtained a PhD from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research focuses on helping leaders and employees to attain success by effectively managing their intrapersonal, interpersonal, and technological resources, including emotions, social capital and artificial intelligence. Her work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Annals and The Leadership Quarterly.

Fannie teaches Leadership Practice with Impact in the Master of Leadership program at Deakin. She has experience working in the banking and finance industry in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Dr Matt Mount

Dr Matt Mount is a senior lecturer in strategy in the Department of Management at DBS and Co-director of the Leadership Futures Hub. He holds a PhD from the University of York, UK. Matt’s research seeks to understand the antecedents and outcomes of managerial decision-making. His work has appeared in top academic and practitioner outlets such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, California Management Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Matt has also consulted for and worked extensively with industry in organisations such as British Telecom (BT), Ericsson AB, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics among several others.

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Dr Heather Round

Dr Heather Round is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management at DBS where she teaches innovation, creativity and management as well as running an entrepreneurship program for business leaders. She worked in industry for over 25 years, consulting globally and running large-scale organisational change programs, before embarking on a journey in academia. Heather’s research interests lie in the area of creativity, innovation, identity and leadership and she is an accredited Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile practitioner, which she utilises as a reflective tool for building skills for creativity and innovation in leaders.

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Dr Huw Flatau-Harrison

Dr Huw Flatau-Harrison is a lecturer in organisational behaviour/management in the Department of Management at DBS, and Director of the Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology) Program. Huw’s research focuses on occupational health, wellbeing, safety, and intensive research modelling and data analysis. He has particular interest in the role of leadership in safety contexts and extensive experience in high-risk, safety critical organisations. He has published in journals such as Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Business & Psychology and Safety Science. Huw has conducted research with organisations such as WorkSafe Vic, BGC and Eastern Health, and has national partnerships with Curtin University and UWA.

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Dr Nicole Larson

Dr Nicole Larson is a lecturer in the Department of Management at DBS. Nicole recently completed her PhD in industrial organisational psychology at the University of Calgary in Canada. Her research aims to advance the science and practice of high-performance teamwork, with a focus on team processes and emergent states. Nicole has published in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, and Group Decision and Negotiation. Nicole has worked with several organisations in Canada and is currently working with Eastern Health in Australia.

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Dr Lee Martin

Dr Lee Martin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management at DBS. She holds a PhD from UNSW Sydney. Lee’s expertise is on cultural diversity in the workplace, particularly how multicultural employees, leaders and teams can contribute to organisations. She aims to help individuals and organisations understand how to harness cultural diversity to succeed in today’s globalised environment. Her research is published in leading international peer-reviewed journals and she has provided advice to government (Victorian and Commonwealth) and international bodies (United Nations) in this area.

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Dr Shuang Ren

Dr Shuang Ren is an associate professor in human resource management in the Department of Management at DBS. She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne, with her thesis awarded Williams Prize for Excellence in the Research Thesis. Shuang’s research focuses on human resource management, sustainability and Chinese management. She publishes in leading scholarly journals and has authored two research books.

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Dr Wouter Vleugels

Dr Wouter Vleugels is a lecturer in HR management and deputy course director of the Master of HRM at DBS. He obtained a PhD in Business Economics from KU Leuven (Belgium). His current research interests include the dynamic nature of person-environment (PE) fit, the use of PE fit as a system of assumptions and associated practices in HR management, and the causes and consequences of misfit.

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We have published in a range of journals including the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Strategic Management Journal, and The Leadership Quarterly.

Journals and books

Bavik Y L, Shao B, Newman , and Schwarz G (In press) 'Crisis leadership: A multidisciplinary literature review and future research agenda', The Leadership Quarterly

Bavik Y L, Shaw J D and Wang X H (2020) 'Social support: multidisciplinary review, synthesis, and future agenda' Academy of Management Annals, 14(2), 726–758

Bavik Y L, Tang P M, Shao R and Lam L W (2018) 'Ethical leadership and employee knowledge sharing: exploring dual-mediation paths', The Leadership Quarterly, 29(2), 322–332

Casey T, Griffin MA, Flatau-Harrison H and Neal A (2017) 'Safety climate and culture: Integrating psychological and systems perspectives', Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 22(3), 341–353

Fitzsimmons SR, Vora D, Martin L, Raheem S, Pekerti AA and Lakshman C (2019) 'What makes you “multicultural”', Harvard Business Review (digital)

Flatau-Harrison H, Griffin M A and Gagne M (2020) 'Should we agree to disagree? The multilevel moderated relationship between safety climate strength and individual safety motivation', Journal of Business and Psychology, 1–13

Flatau-Harrison H, Griffin M A and Gagne M (2020) 'Trickling down: The impact of leaders on individual role clarity through safety climate strength across time' Safety Science, 121, 485–495

Flatau-Harrison H, Griffin MA and Gagne M (2018) 'Assessing shortened safety climate measures: simulating a planned missing data design in a field setting', Safety Science, 104, 189–201

Griep Y, Baillien E, Vleugels W, Rothmann I and De Witte H (2014) 'Do they adapt or react? A comparison of the adaption model and stress reaction model among South African unemployed', Economic and Industrial Democracy, 35(4), 717–736

Larson N, McLarnon M and O’Neill T A (2020) 'Challenging the “static” quo: Trajectories of engagement in team processes toward a deadline', Journal of Applied Psychology, 105, 1145–1163

Martin L and Shao B (2016) 'Early immersive culture mixing: the key to understanding cognitive and identity differences among multiculturals', Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47(10), 1409–1429

Martin L, Shao B and Thomas DC (2019) 'The role of early immersive culture mixing in cultural identifications of multiculturals', Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 50(4), 508–523

Mount M and Baer M (2021) 'CEOs’ regulatory focus and risk-taking when firms perform above and below the bar' Journal of Management, doi.org/10.1177/01492063211016029

Mount M, Baer M, and Lupoli M (2021) 'Quantum leaps or tiny steps: psychological distance and construal level in novel project selection', Strategic Management Journal, 42(8), 1490–1515

Mount M, Round H and Pitsis T (2020) 'Design thinking inspired crowdsourcing: towards a generative model of complex problem-solving', California Management Review, 62(3), 103–120

Mount M, Clegg S R and Pitsis T (2020) 'Conceptualizing the de-materializing characteristics of internal inclusion in crowdsourced open strategy' Long Range Planning, 53(5), 101986

Newman A, Bavik Y L, Mount M and Shao B (2021), 'Data collection via online platforms: challenges and recommendations for future research', Applied Psychology, 70(3), 1380–1402

Newman A, Round H, Wang S and Mount M (2020) 'Innovation climate: A systematic review of the literature and agenda for future research', Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93(1), 73–109

O’Neill T A, Lewis R J, Law S J, Larson N, Hancock S, Radan J, Lee N M and Carswell J J (2017) 'Forced-choice pre-employment personality assessment: Construct validity and resistance to faking', Personality and Individual Differences, 115, 120–127

O’Neill T A, Hancock S, Zivkov K, Larson N and Law S J (2016) 'Team decision making in virtual and face-to-face environments', Group Decision and Negotiation, 25, 995–1020

Round H and Styhre A (2017) 'Reality bites: Managing identity ambiguity in an advertising agency', Creativity and Innovation Management, 26(2), 202–213

Round H (2021) Creative Identity Work in the Face of Ambiguity: Defending, Distancing, Differentiating In Organizing Creativity in the Innovation Journey, Emerald Publishing Limited

Ren S, Jackson S E (2020) 'HRM institutional entrepreneurship for sustainable business organizations', Human Resource Management Review, doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2019.100691

Ren S, Tang G and Jackson S E (2018) 'Green human resource management research in emergence: a review and future directions', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 35, 769–803

Ren S, Jiang K F and Tang G (2021) 'Leveraging green HRM for firm performance: the joint effects of CEO environmental belief and external pollution severity and the mediating role of employee environmental commitment' Human Resource Management, doi/10.1002/hrm.22079

Round H (2018) Leaders and Followers: Co-constructing a Creative Identity In Inclusive Leadership, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, (pp. 151–178)

Shao B (2019) 'Moral anger as a dilemma? An investigation of how leader moral anger influences follower trust', The Leadership Quarterly, 30(3), 365–382

Shao B and Guo Y X (2021) 'More than just an angry face: An integrative review and theoretical expansion of research on leader anger expression', Human Relations, 74(10), 1661–1687

Shao B and Martin L (2020) '“I know your intention is good, but I still feel bad”: Cultural divergence and convergence in the effect of leader’s angry feedback', Personnel Review, 49(8), 1591–1606

Shao B, Wang L and Tse H H M (2018) 'Motivational or dispositional? The type of inference shapes the effectiveness of leader anger expression', The Leadership Quarterly, 29(6), 709–723

Vleugels W, Tierens H, Billsberry J, Verbruggen M and De Cooman R (2019) 'Profiles of fit and misfit: a repeated weekly measures study of perceived value congruence', European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 28(5), 616–630

Vleugels W, De Cooman R, Verbruggen M and Solinger O (2018) 'Understanding dynamic change in perceptions of person-environment fit: an exploration of competing theoretical perspectives', Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39, 1066–1080

Vora D, Martin L, Fitzsimmons SR, Pekerti AA, Lakshman C and Raheem S (2019) 'Multiculturalism within individuals: A review, critique, and agenda for future research', Journal of International Business Studies, 50 (4), 499–524

Wang L, Restubog S L, Shao B, Lu V N and Van Kleef G (2018) 'Does anger expression help or harm leader effectiveness? The roles of anger cause and abusive supervision', Academy of Management Journal, 61(3), 1050–1072

Zutshi A, Creed A, Bhattacharya A, Bavik A, Sohal A and Bavik Y L (2021) 'Demystifying knowledge hiding in academic roles in higher education', Journal of Business Research, 137, 206–221

Contact us

Please get in touch if you would like more information about the Leadership Futures Hub.

Dr Jeff Shao
+61 3 9244 3004

Dr Fannie Bavik
+61 3 9244 5954

Dr Matt Mount
+61 3 9246 8788