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

Jesse Olsen 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 diversity management and cross-cultural management. He has published his work in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Human Resource Management, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group & Organization Management, and 関西学院大学高等教育研究. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Human Resource Management and was (self-)selected as one of two fire wardens for his floor. Jesse has presented his research at numerous academic and professional conferences, receiving best paper awards from the Academy of Management and words of praise from his mother and father. His children also saw him on TV once and thought that was really cool, but didn't care much for listening to him on the radio.

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. Prior to that, he was a part-time bagel baker and part-time sushi chef apprentice's assistant.

Before coming to The University of Melbourne, Jesse conducted research and taught courses in the US, South Korea, and Japan.

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  • 2016–present
    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


  • 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
    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
  • 2015
    Multiculturalism in Japan: An analysis and critique, Kwansei Gakuin University Journal of International Studies
  • 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
  • International Academy for Intercultural Research
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management


Winner of the 2014 Department of Management and Marketing Christmas Party Costume Contest (For Most Unexpected Costume)