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Professor, Business and Management, Queensland University of Technology

Peter O’Connor is a Professor in the School of Management at the QUT Business School, Australia. Peter’s research seeks to determine how personality traits and emotional competencies influence important work outcomes such as leadership, creativity, and wellbeing. He is particularly fascinated by the consequences of ambiguous work situations on employees, as well as situations requiring individuals to act ‘out of character’. He has more than 50 academic outputs and has published his research findings in such journals as Psychological Bulletin, the Journal of Business and Psychology and the Journal of Personality. His research has been covered in several international media outlets including Scientific American, The Washington Post, and The International Business Times. In addition to research, he regularly consults with industry partners on various topics including emotional intelligence, tolerance of ambiguity and leadership development. Peter received his postgraduate training in Organisational Psychology and received his PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Business and Management, Queensland University of Technology