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Professor Stephen Teo

Associate Dean (Management)

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

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2018 - Best Stream Paper Award (Entrepreneurship, Start-Ups and Small Business Stream): Paper presented at the 2018 ANZAM Conference (authors: Gibb et al.)
  • 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 (from 2015)


  • 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 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 HR Roles Effectiveness); Change Management; Job Stress and Wellbeing; Negative Workplace 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nguyen, D., Teo, S., Dinh, KC., (2019), Social support as buffer for workplace negative acts of professional public sector employees in Vietnam. Public Management Review, NA(NA), NA, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2019.1638438.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Lux, A., Teo, S., Pick, D., (2017), Authentic leadership and follower well-being: The mediating roles of person-organization fit and workplace incivility. Proceedings of the 31st Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 21, Australia, ANZAM.
  • 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.
  • Lux, A., Grover, SL., Teo, S., (2016), A cross-cultural theory of authentic leadership. Proceedings of the 30th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 1-22, Australia, ANZAM.
  • 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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