Hot and Emerging Topics for Research in OB



In his address, Prof. Ashkanasy will outline some of the most recent developments in the field of OB research, focusing on studies of emotion.  Recent years have seen an upsurge of interest in the study of emotions in OB, but this has been hampered by perceptions that emotions are ephemeral, and a lack of an integrated multi-level model.  Prof. Ashkanasy’s talk is centered on five-level model of emotions in organizations.  An updated version of this model was published in 2017 in the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior (Vol. 4, pp. 67-90), and forms the basis of much of Prof. Ashkanasy’s research aganda.  At the lowest level of the model is within-person variation, defined in terms of affective events theory.  Levels of the model then proceed through individual, dyadic relationship, group, and organization-wide perspectives.  In this presentation, Prof. Ashkanasy will describe the model, including recent findings in neuroscience that underlie the experience, perception, and communication of emotion.  He will also present the results of a recent multi-level study of real-time emotion and its effects on creativity.


Neal M. Ashkanasy OAM, PhD is Professor of Management at the UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia. He came to academe in after an 18-year career in water resources engineering.  He received his PhD in social/organizational psychology from the same university. His research is in leadership, organizational culture, ethics, and emotions in organizations, and his work has been published in leading journals including the Academy of Management Journal and Review, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. He is Associate Editor for Emotion Review and Series Co-Editor of Research on Emotion in Organizations. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Learning and Education. Prof. Ashkanasy is a Fellow of the Academy for the Social Sciences in the UK (AcSS) and Australia (ASSA); the Association for Psychological Science (APS); the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP); Southern Management Association (SMA), and the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (QAAS). In 2017, he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2019 he was named the Academy of Management’s Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division Distinguished Scholar.