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Senior Lecturer, Dept of Management & Marketing, Faculty of Business & Economics, The University of Melbourne

Jesse Olsen is a Senior Lecturer of Management in the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne and a Research Associate at the Centre for Asian Business and Economics. He earned his PhD in organisational behaviour from the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA.

His research focuses on improvisation in organisations, diversity management, international/cross-cultural management, and leadership.

Jesse's work has been presented in top-tier journals and featured in such media outlets as SBS World News, The Guardian, Forbes, and The Conversation. He has also presented his research at numerous conferences and worked with organisations such as Perpetual, the Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency, McDonald's, the Queensland Government, and the Asian Development Bank.

Jesse's professional experience includes his position as international exchange coordinator at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan. He was also employed as a business project manager in the Merger Integration Office and Corporate Strategies Group of SunTrust Bank in Atlanta. Before joining the University of Melbourne, Jesse conducted research and taught in the US, South Korea, and Japan. Jesse has also received improvisation and comedy writing training from the Laugh Masters Academy (Melbourne) and the Second City (Chicago, USA).


  • 2018–present
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing, The University of Melbourne
  • 2016–2018
    Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Workplace Leadership, The University of Melbourne
  • 2014–2016
    Research Fellow, Centre for Workplace Leadership, The University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2014
    Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University
  • 2010–2011
    Assistant Professor, Solbridge International School of Business
  • 2005–2010
    PhD Student, Graduate Assistant, and Instructor, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2004–2005
    Business Project Manager, Corporate Strategies Group, SunTrust Bank
  • 2001–2004
    Exchange Coordinator, Center for International Education and Cooperation, Kwansei Gakuin University


  • 2010 
    Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, PhD in Organizational Behavior
  • 2001 
    Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, BBA in International Business


  • 2021
    Explaining the take-up of virtual work: The role of virtual work self-efficacy and virtual work climate, International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • 2021
    Does procedural justice climate increase the identification and engagement of migrant workers? A group engagement model perspective, Personnel Review
  • 2021
    Between fit and flexibility? The benefits of high-performance work systems and leadership capability for innovation outcomes, Human Resource Management Journal
  • 2021
    Bringing the leader back in: Why, how, and when leadership empowerment behavior shapes coworker conflict, Group and Organization Management
  • 2018
    Who is the wolf and who is the sheep? Towards a more nuanced understanding of workplace incivility, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
  • 2016
    Gender diversity programs, perceived potential for advancement, and organizational attractiveness: An empirical examination of women in the United States and France, Group & Organization Management
  • 2016
    Racioethnicity, community makeup, and potential employees' reactions to organizational diversity management approaches, Journal of Applied Psychology
  • 2015
    Multiculturalism in Japan: An analysis and critique, Kwansei Gakuin University Journal of International Studies
  • 2015
    学生の留学志向をめぐる調査および各種留学プログラムの現状と課題 [A survey on students’ intentions to study abroad and the trend of diversifying study abroad programs], 関西学院大学高等教育研究 [Kwansei Gakuin University Research in Higher Education]
  • 2015
    Societal values and individual values in reward allocation preferences, Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal
  • 2013
    Social exchange from the supervisor’s perspective: Employee trustworthiness as a predictor of interpersonal and informational justice, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • 2012
    Understanding organizational diversity management programs: A theoretical framework and directions for future research, Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • 2009
    Effects of expatriate demographic characteristics on adjustment: A social identity approach, Human Resource Management

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management