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Professor Stephen Teo

Associate Dean (Research)

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5588
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.433  

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

Key Research Areas

  • Human resource management
  • Public management
  • Workplace bullying
  • Change management


Professor Stephen Teo is a Professor of Work and Performance and Professorial Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, Australia. He is Associate Dean (Research) in the School of Business and Law. Prior to this appointment, he was Associate Dean of the Management Discipline (2016-20). While employed at the Auckland University of Technology Business School, Professor Teo was recognised under the New Zealand Governments Research Performance ranking (2012 PBRF scheme) as one of the leading scholars in New Zealand, as shown by the outcome of the 2012 New Zealand Performance-based Research Funding evaluation (ranked in the top 6% of New Zealand business researchers (Ranked A – world class).

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, Professor Teo is passionate about learning and teaching, in particular the use of group assessment in the diverse, multicultural classroom.

Theme Two: Society and Culture; Individual, economic, organisational, political and social transformation

2018 - Best Stream Paper Award (Entrepreneurship, Start-Ups and Small Business Stream): Paper presented at the 2018 ANZAM Conference (authors: Gibb et al.)

2018 - Winner, Edith Cowan University School of Business and Law Excellence in Research Award

2015 - Winner, AUT Faculty of Business & Law Dean’s Premier Publication

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

2013 - AUT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence

2012 - Best Paper Award, Human Resource Management Track, Irish Academy of Management Conference

2012 - AUT Faculty of Business and Law Research Excellence Award

  • Fellow, Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Chartered Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
    Fellow, UK Royal Society of Arts
  • Member, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Member, Academy of Management
  • Member, Asia Academy of Management
  • Member, USA Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Member, US Society of Human Resource Management
  • Research Mentor, Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Mandarin
  • Hokkien
  • Cantonese
  • Japanese


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


Recent Research Grants

  • Evaluating a multi-level participatory psychosocial risk intervention ,  Health Research Council of New Zealand,  Grant,  2020 - 2023,  $109,453.
  • Mental Health – Enhancing workplace mental health during and post-COVID-19,  Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation,  Covid-19 Research Fund,  2020 - 2022,  $100,000.
  • Wellbeing Evaluation Tender Proposal: Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Tasmanian Government,  Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management Tasmania,  Tender,  2019 - 2022,  $200,867.
  • Flexible work and psychological safety: best practice to advance psychologically safe work from alternate locations,  NSW Government,  Understanding the Changing World of Work (Tender),  2020 - 2021,  $135,157.
  • Carers Connect to Education and Employment (Try, Test and Learn),  Australian Medical Association (WA),  Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $13,591.
  • An investigation of the effects of presenteeism on workplace and injuries amongst frontline service employees,  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada,  SSHRC Insight Grant,  2018 - 2021,  $12,648.
  • BHP - Heritage: Work and Wellbeing,  BHP Billiton,  Grant,  2020,  $47,989.
  • Valuing Remote Workers,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2020,  $75,000.
  • Diversity Disclosure in an Inclusive and Psychologically Safe Work Environment - A Work Guide for the WA Public Sector,  Public Sector Commission,  Public Sector Commission,  2020,  $32,879.
  • The Effect of Inclusive Leadership on Employee Innovative Behaviour,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2019,  2019 - 2020,  $4,950.
  • 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

  • Galvin, P., Burton, N., Singh, P., Sarpong, D., Bach, N., Teo, S., (2020), Network rivalry, Competition and Innovation. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 161(December 2020), article number 120253, Amsterdam, DOI:
  • Teo, S., Nguyen, D., Shafaei Darastani, A., Pick, D., (2020), Participation in change, job characteristics, and hedonic well‐being of senior public managers: The moderation effect of change information. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 2020(Article in press), 1-17, DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12425.
  • Teo, S., Bentley, T., Nguyen, D., (2020), Psychosocial work environment, work engagement, and employee commitment: A moderated, mediation model. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 88(July 2020), article number 102415, DOI:
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Dinh, KC., (2020), Social support as buffer for workplace negative acts of professional public sector employees in Vietnam. Public Management Review, 22(1), 6-26, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2019.1638438.
  • Gardner, D., Roche, M., Bentley, T., Cooper-Thomas, H., Catley, B., Teo, S., Trenberth, L., (2020), An exploration of gender and workplace bullying in New Zealand. International Journal of Manpower, 2020(Article in Press), 11p., United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1108/IJM-02-2019-0067.
  • Parr, J., Teo, S., Koziol-McLain, J., (2020), A quest for quality care: Exploration of a model of leadership relationships, work engagement, and patient outcomes. Journal of Advanced Nursing, xx(x), x, DOI: DOI: 10.1111/jan.14583.
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Halvorsen, B., Staples, W., (2020), Leader Humility and Knowledge Sharing Intentions: A Serial Mediation Model. Frontiers in Psychology, na(na), na, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.560704.
  • Wen, J., Ying, T., Nguyen, D., Teo, S., (2020), Will tourists travel to post-disaster destinations? A case of 2019 Australian bushfires from a Chinese tourists’ perspective. Tourism Recreation Research , 45(3), 420-424, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/02508281.2020.1763025.
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Decieri, H., Ho, M., (2019), Perceived formal authority and the effectiveness of the HR department in Vietnam. Personnel Review, 48(2), 551-569, DOI: 10.1108/PR-03-2017-0073.
  • Bentley, T., Teo, S., Catley, B., Blackwood, K., Roche, M., O’driscoll, M., (2019), Factors influencing leave intentions among older workers: a moderated-mediation model. Personnel Review, 48(4), 898-914, DOI: 10.1108/PR-03-2018-0095.
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Grover, SL., Nguyen, NP., (2019), Respect, bullying, and public sector work outcomes in Vietnam. Public Management Review, 21(6), 863-889, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2018.1538426.
  • Lux, A., Grover, SL., Teo, S., (2019), Reframing commitment in authentic leadership: Untangling relationship–outcome processes. Journal of Management and Organization, 2019 (Article in press), 1-19, DOI:
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., (2018), HR orientations and HR department effectiveness in Vietnam. Personnel Review, 47(5), 1043-1061, DOI: 10.1108/PR-03-2017-0074.
  • Page, S., Bentley, T., Teo, S., Ladkin, A., (2018), The dark side of high performance human resource practices in the visitor economy. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 74(2018), 122-129, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhm.2018.02.016.
  • Ananthram, S., Teo, S., Connell, J., Bish, A., (2018), Control and involvement HR practices in Indian call centres: still searching for answers. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 56(2), 196-215, West Sussex, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12153.
  • Ananthram, S., Xerri, M., Teo, S., Conell, J., (2018), High-performance work systems and employee outcomes in Indian call centres: a mediation approach. Personnel Review, 47(4), 931-950, DOI: 10.1108/PR-09-2016-0239.
  • Grover, S., Teo, S., Pick, D., Roche, M., Newton, C., (2018), Psychological capital as a personal resource in the JD-R model. Personnel Review, 47(4), 968-984, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1108/PR-08-2016-0213.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 University Press, DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2016.27.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 33(4), 426-436, West Sussex, United Kingdom, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, DOI: 10.1002/smi.2726.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.

Conference Publications

  • Boocock, M., Trevelyan, F., Ashby, L., Ang, A., Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Lamm, F., (2019), The influence of psychosocial and patient handling factors on the musculoskeletal health of nurses. Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) Volume III: Musculoskeletal Disorders, 596-603, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96083-8_78.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

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

Co-principal Supervisor

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

Associate Supervisor

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