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Professor Stephen Teo

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5588, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.355
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5588
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.355  


Professor Stephen Teo is the Associate Dean Management in the School of Business and Law.


Dr Stephen Teo is a Professor of Work and Performance and Professorial Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, Australia. Prior to this appointment, he was the Interim Director of the Global Business Innovation Research Platform at RMIT University. He is recognised as one of the leading scholars in the field of human resource management, as shown by the outcome of the 2012 New Zealand Performance-based Research Funding evaluation.

He has published in leading refereed journals such as Human Resource Management (USA), Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and others such as the Journal of Advanced Nursing. His most recent projects examined the impact of organisational change on the well-being and performance of public sector employees in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the USA and Italy. He is currently undertaking research into workplace ill-treatment and psychological capital. In addition to research, Prof Teo is passionate about learning and teaching, in particular the use of group assessment in the diverse, multicultural classroom.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Chartered Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment
  • Fellow, UK Royal Society of Arts
  • Senior Associate, Financial Services Institute ofAustralasia
  • Member, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, Asia Academy of Management
  • International Affiliate, USA Society for Industrial andOrganizational Psychology
  • Member, US Society of Human Resource Management

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2014 - Best Research Paper Award (authors: Ho, Teo, Bentley, Verreynne, & Galvin), Paper presented at the 4th Annual International Conference on Human Resource Management & Professional Development for the Digital Age, Singapore - winner of Best Research Paper Award
  • 2014 - Nominated for Best Paper Award (authors: Nguyen & Teo), Paper presented at the First International Conference of the Human Resources Division, US Academy of Management, Beijing
  • 2013 - Best Research Paper Award (authors: Ho, Lo & Teo), Paper presented at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Human Resource Management & Professional Development for the Digital Age, Singapore
  • 2013 - Highly Commended Award for “Generic skills development and satisfaction with group work among business students: Effect of country of permanent residency” published in Education + Training
  • 2012 - Best Paper Award, Human Resource Management Track, Irish Academy of Management Conference

National and International Research Positions

Research Mentor, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (2015-17)


  • 2015 - Winner, AUT Faculty of Business & Law Dean’s Premier Publication Award
  • 2013 - AUT Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence
  • 2012 - AUT Faculty of Business and Law Research Excellence Award

Research Areas and Interests

Stephen’s research focuses on Strategic HRM (including HRRoles Effectiveness); Change Management; Job Stress and Wellbeing; NegativeWorkplace Behaviours; and Public Management. He has a preference for quantitative research methods, utilising techniques such as multivariate analyses, structural equations modelling (AMOS, SmartPLS, Mplus),meta-analysis, and multi-level modelling.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology, 2001.


Recent Research Grants

  • Contractor's commitment towards project success: The role of bullying,  The Higher Education Commission,Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,  HEC Scholarship,  2018 - 2022,  $152,000.
  • Safety outcomes and employee wellbeing in the workplace,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1,  2017 - 2018,  $10,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Grover, S., Nguyen, P., (2017), Laissez-faire Leadership Behaviours in the Public Sector in Vietnam. The Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia, 397-415, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-57940-9_22.
  • Bentley, T., Blackwood, K., Catley, B., O'Driscoll, M., Roche, M., Teo, S., Twiname, L., (2016), The role of human resource practices and other factors influencing the continuing work participation of older workers in New Zealand. The Aging Workforce Handbook: Individual, Organizational, and Societal Challenges, 213-239, London, England, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/9781786354471.

Journal Articles

  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Pick, D., Jemai, M., (2018), Cynicism about Change, Work Engagement, and Job Satisfaction of Public Sector Nurses. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 77(2), 172-186, DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12270.
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., (2018), HR orientations and HR department effectiveness in Vietnam. Personnel Review, 47(5), 1043-1061, DOI:
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Ho, M., (2018), Development of Human Resource Management in Vietnam: A Semantic Analysis. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 35(1), 241-284, New York, USA, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10490-017-9522-3.
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Grover, SL., Nguyen, NP., (2018), Respect, bullying, and public sector work outcomes in Vietnam. Public Management Review, NA(NA), NA, DOI:
  • Gardner, D., Bentley, T., Catley, B., Cooper-Thomas, H., O'Driscoll, M., Roche, M., Teo, S., Trenberth, L., (2017), Organisational strategies to manage workplace bullying. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 33(1), 12pp., Sydney, NSW, CCH Australia.
  • Grover, SL., Teo, S., Pick, D., Roche, M., (2017), Mindfulness as a personal resource to reduce work stress in the job demands-resources model. Stress and Health, article in press(article in press), p. 11, West Sussex, United Kingdom, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/smi.2726.
  • Brunetto, Y., Teo, S., Shacklock, K., Farr-Wharton, R., Shriberg, A., (2017), The impact of supervisor–subordinate relationships and a trainee characteristic upon police officer work outcomes. Journal of Management and Organization, 23(3), 423-436, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2016.27.
  • Farr-Wharton, B., Shacklock, K., Brunetto, Y., Teo, S., Farr-Wharton, R., (2017), Workplace bullying, workplace relationships and job outcomes for police officers in Australia. Public Money and Management, 37(5), 325-332 , Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2017.1328180.
  • Plimmer, G., Bryson, J., Teo, S., (2017), Opening the black box: The mediating roles of organisational systems and ambidexterity in the HRM-performance link in public sector organisations. Personnel Review, 46(7), 1434-1451, DOI: 10.1108/PR-10-2016-0275.
  • Pick, D., Teo, S., (2017), Job satisfaction of public sector middle managers in the process of NPM change. Public Management Review, 19(5), 705-724, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2016.1203012.
  • Pick, D., Symons, C., Teo, S., (2017), Chronotopes and timespace contexts: academic identity work revealed in narrative fiction. Studies in Higher Education, 42(7), 1174-1193, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1085008.
  • Dai, F., Teo, S., Wang, K., (2017), Network Marketing Business and Chinese Ethnicity Immigrants in Australia. Journal of Small Business Management, 55(3), 444-459, Hoboken, USA, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jsbm.12244.
  • Soo, C., Wei Tian, A., Teo, S., Cordery, J., (2017), Intellectual Capital-Enhancing HR, Absorptive Capacity, and Innovation. Human Resource Management, 56(3), 431-454, Hoboken, USA, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1002/hrm.21783.
  • Ananthram, S., Teo, S., Connell, J., Bish, A., (2017), Control and involvement HR practices in Indian call centres: still searching for answers. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, article in press(article in press), p. 20, West Sussex, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12153.
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Grover, S., Phong Nguyen, N., (2017), Psychological safety climate and workplace bullying in Vietnam’s public sector. Public Management Review, 19(10), 1415-1436, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2016.1272712.
  • Newton, C., Teo, S., Pick, D., Ho, M., Thomas, D., (2016), Emotional intelligence as a buffer of occupational stress. Personnel Review, 45(5), 1010-1028, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/PR-11-2014-0271.
  • Gardner, D., O'Driscoll, M., Cooper-Thomas, H., Roche, M., Bentley, T., Catley, B., Teo, S., Trenberth, L., (2016), Predictors of workplace bullying and cyber-bullying in New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(5), article no.448, MDPI, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13050448.
  • Teo, S., Pick, D., Xerri, M., Newton, C., (2016), Person-organization fit and public service motivation in the context of change. Public Management Review, 18(5), 740-762 , Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2015.1045016.
  • Newman, A., Rose, P., Teo, S., (2016), The role of participative leadership and trust-based mechanisms in eliciting intern performance: Evidence from China. Human Resource Management, 55(1), 53-67, Wiley-Liss Inc., DOI: 10.1002/hrm.21660.
  • Bentley, T., Teo, S., McLeod, L., Tan, F., Bosua, R., Gloet, M., (2016), The role of organisational support in mediating teleworker job satisfaction and psychological strain. Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society, 52(1 Jan. 2016), 207-215 , Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2015.07.019.
  • Brunetto, Y., Shacklock, K., Teo, S., Farr-Wharton, R., Nelson, S., (2015), Nurses’ supervisors, learning options and organisational commitment: Australia, Brazil and England. Journal of Nursing Management, 23(8), 1029-1038 , Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12249.
  • Brunetto, Y., Teo, S., Farr-Wharton, R., Lambries, D., Gillett, P., Tomes, W., (2015), A comparison of impact of management on local government employee outcomes in US and Australia. Local Government Studies, 41(4), 495-515, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2014.968707.
  • Yeo, M., Anantranam, S., Teo, S., Pearson, C., (2015), Leader-member exchange and relational quality in a Singapore public sector organization. Public Management Review, 17(10), 1379- 1402, Taylor and Francis Ltd., DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2013.806573.
  • Ho, M., Nguyen, D., Lo, K., McLean, C., Teo, S., (2015), The state of human resource (HR) competency research: Charting the research development of HR competencies and examining the signals from industry in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 40(2), 67-83, E R Publishing Ltd..
  • Benn, S., Teo, S., Martin, A., (2015), Employee participation and engagement in working for the environment. Personnel Review, 44(4), 492-510 , Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1108/PR-10-2013-0179.
  • Jepsen, D., Varhegyi, M., Teo, S., (2015), The association between learning styles and perception of teaching quality. Education + Training, 57(5), 575-587 , Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1108/ET-02-2014-0005.
  • Newton, C., Teo, S., (2014), Identification and occupational stress: A stress buffering perspective. Human Resource Management, 53(1), 89–113 , Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/hrm.21598.
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Mylett, T., (2014), An exploration of the roles of HR departments in Vietnam. Journal of General Management, 39(2), 83-113 , Braybrooke Press.
  • Rose, P., Teo, S., Connell, J., (2014), Converting interns into regular employees: The role of intern-supervisor exchange. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84(2), 153–163 , Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2013.12.005.
  • Brunetto, Y., Teo, S., Shacklock, K., Farr-Wharton, R., (2014), The impact of management on engagement and wellbeing of high emotional labour employees. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(17 ), 2345-2363 , Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2013.877056.
  • Teo, S., Reed, K., Ly, K., (2014), Human resource involvement in developing intellectual capital. Service Industries Journal, 34(15), 1219-1233 , Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02642069.2014.942651.
  • Shacklock, K., Brunetto, Y., Teo, S., Farr-Wharton, R., (2014), The role of support antecedents in nurses’ intentions to quit: the case of Australia. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(4), 811-822, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12239.
  • Newton, C., Teo, S., Pick, D., Yeung, M., Salamanson, Y., (2013), Flexibility in change practices and job outcomes for nurses: exploring the role of subjective fit. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(12), 2800-2811 , DOI: 10.1111/jan.12198.
  • Teo, S., Newton, C., Soewanto, K., (2013), Context-specific stressors, work-related social support and work-family conflict: A mediation study. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 38(1), 14-26.
  • Teo, S., Pick, D., Newton, C., Yeung, M., Chang, E., (2013), Organizational change stressors and nursing job satisfaction: The mediating effect of coping strategies. Journal of Nursing Management, 21(6), 878-887, DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12120.
  • Sang, X., Teo, S., Cooper, C., Bohle, P., (2013), Modelling occupational stress and employee health and wellbeing in a Chinese higher education institution. Higher Education Quarterly, 67(1),  15–39 , DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2273.2012.00529.x.
  • Chow, I., Teo, S., Chew, I., (2013), HRM systems and firm performance: The mediation role of strategic orientation. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 30(1), 53-72, DOI: 10.1007/s10490-012-9288-6.

Conference Publications

  • Teo, S., Nguyen, D., Grover, S., Pick, D., (2017), Engagement and Positive Experience at Work: An Ethical Leadership Perspective. Proceedings of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 429, Academy of Management, DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.133.
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Ho, M., (2016), Power distance and the effectiveness of the HR department in Vietnam. Proceedings of the 30th British Academy of Management Annual Conference, N/A, British Academy of Management.
  • Chong, JL., Teo, S., Leong, P., Tan, FB., (2014), Knowledge management and IT project success: A meta-analytic review. Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 11p., Auckland, Auckland University of Technology.


  • Bentley, T., McLeod, L., Teo, S., (2014), Final Report of Findings from the Survey of Work and Wellbeing in the Tertiary Education Sector., Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master by Research: Extending and testing a model of voluntary turnover in the People's Republic of China
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Roles of HR departments in Vietnam
  • Master by Research: Facotrs influencing team performance and team effectiveness in Malaysian teams

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: A model of network marketing business entrepreneurial performance: An empirical investigation

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Authentic leadership: An empirical assessment of the ephemeral.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Has the emergence of M-commerce revolutionised the Japanese government's role in the nation's economics?
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Internship effectiveness in Chinese enterprises
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Stress and wellbeing among Australian general practitioners
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Implementing strategic management in the Chinese cosmetic industry
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Strategic management of ERP project life-cycle
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