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TSBE RESEARCH SEMINAR | The importance of context in understanding organisational behaviour



Start Date

1 Jul 2016 1:00 pm

End Date

1 Jul 2016 2:00 pm

A Tasmanian School of Business and Economics Research Seminar presented by

Prof Cheri Ostroff, Director, Centre for Workplace Excellence, University of South Australia

Venue: Harvard Lecture Theatre 2 (Hobart), with videolink to D131 (Launceston)

To be followed by a light lunch in the level 4 Function Space, Centenary Building. Please RSVP to for catering purposes.

Event Flyer (PDF 620KB)


Professor Ostroff's research focuses on constructs that are related within and across levels of analysis. Implicit in the levels perspective is the importance of understanding the organisational context in which phenomenon operate, as well as understanding how features of the organisational context impact individual's responses. Different definitions and ways to examine context will be highlighted using examples from my research across several topics. The context as defined through unit demographic composition, unit climate, shared values, and collective cynicism influences outcomes such as wages, attitudes, OCB and performance. In addition, context will be explored based on changes in one's relative standing in the group (bigfish-little pond effect) and changes in performance.

Speaker Bio

Professor Cherie Ostroff is a Chair in Management at the University of South Australia Business School, and acting director of the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX). her work focuses on how the practices and features of an organisation influence the attitudes and performance of individuals, and, conversely, how individuals' characteristics collectively influence organisational functions.

Professor Ostroff holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Texas, and both a Master of Arts (MA) and a PhD (organizational psychology) from Michigan State University. She has previously worked at the University of Maryland, Columbia University, Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota and provided expert human resource consulting to organisations such as 3M, Target Stores, the Arizona Public Service, YSC Business Psychologists and William M. Mercer LLC.

Professor Ostroff has received a Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in Applied Research from the American Psychological Association (APA), an Award for Distinguished Early Career Contributions from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), an Outstanding teacher Award from Teachers College at Columbia University, a scholarly Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management (AoM), and the Decade Award from the AoM. She is an elected fellow of both APA and SIOP.

Professor Ostroff has published over 40 academic journal articles and book chapters. She is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness, Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology and has previously served on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Selection and Assessment and the Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Management Journal.

For enquiries, please contact the Management discipline seminar convenor, Sarah Dawkins.


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