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The Body, Heart and Mind in Business (BHMB) research group integrates research from the fields of management, psychology, biology, and medical sciences to build research strength and excellence in the areas of employee performance, health, and well-being. The group is multidisciplinary and interfaculty, and adopts a multimethod and multilevel approach to advance knowledge on how the human body, heart and mind interact in work settings. We specifically focus on the effects physiological and somatic factors have on how individuals and groups think, feel and behave at work; and vice versa, how the latter affects performance, health and well-being outcomes.

The group aims to be thought leaders in research on physiological functioning and employee performance, health, and well-being in organisations. Our work has been published in journals such as AMR, AMJ, JAP, JOM, JIBS, and ORM. The group has received external research funding through ARC discovery grants, ARC linkage grants and other competitive grants totalling more than $1.5 million. Our work is also regularly covered by national and international media including The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Huffington Post, Business Insider, ABC News (National TV), SBS News (National TV).


New article in INTHEBLACK magazine reports on Stefan Volk's research on body clocks and their implications in the workplace

Read the article online.

Stefan Volk spoke at 'Raising the Bar Sydney 2017' - 'How to convince your boss that you deserve to sleep in'

On the 25th October 2017, workplace researcher Stefan Volk spoke about the compelling evidence proving that it is scientifically beneficial to press snooze on your alarm clock. This was part of the Raising the Bar event in Sydney, featuring 20 free public talks by University academics in bars around the city.

Listen to his talk via SoundCloud.

Best paper award from the Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Anya Johnson, Helena Nguyen and Stefan Volk received the best paper award from the APS 12th Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference for their professional practice forum: ‘Bringing physiology back into IO Psychology’.

The aim of the forum was to stimulate more multidisciplinary research on how physiological processes interact with cognitive and emotional processes in shaping attitudinal and behavioural outcomes in the workplace.

Nate Phumitharanon receives the John C Harsanyi Graduate Medal for International Student Achievement

Nate Phumitharanon a PhD candidate in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, and a member of the Body, Heart and Mind in Business Research Group received the John C Harsanyi Graduate Medal for International Student Achievement. This medal is awarded to an international student who, in the previous year, graduated or completed the requirements for a University degree, and who has achieved a high standard of academic proficiency, contributed to the diverse life of the University, and may also have contributed to the broader community.


Upcoming Events

Opportunities and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research in Management

Monday 19 March 2018, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 5070, Level 5, Abercrombie Building (H70)

Associate Professor Christopher M. Barnes from the Foster School of Business of the University of Washington will discuss interdisciplinary research from the perspective of an organizational behavior researcher. More information »

Sleep and Leadership

Tuesday 20 March 2018, 9:00am - 10:30am
Room 5070, Level 5, Abercrombie Building (H70)

Associate Professor Christopher M. Barnes from the Foster School of Business of the University of Washington will discuss his research program on sleep and leadership. More information »

Stefan Volk talks at Sydney.Concepts.Westmead

Friday 23rd March 2018, 11:30am
Westmead Education and Conference Centre, 2 Darcy Rd, Westmead NSW 2145, Australia

Stefan Volk will give a talk on circadian rhythms, shiftwork and work performance to senior medical staff, nursing, allied health and admin staff at Westmead.

Past Events

Stefan Volk talks at Woolcock Institute

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 9:30am
Woolcock Institute, 431 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037, Australia

Stefan Volk will give a talk on chronobiology and its implications in the workplace to clinicians and researchers at the Woolcock Institute.

Patterns of Team Conflict Types in Work Teams - Seminar

Monday 26th February 2018, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Tom will discuss recent research on high performance conducted by his laboratory, The Individual and Team Performance Lab. Tom will focus on types of conflict that occur in teams and their relations with team performance. More information »

Well-Being Day

25th October 2017, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Join us at Liverpool Hospital to learn about the importance of self-care for yourself and your team. Participants will learn the importance of supporting each other as part of teams, with practical tools and tips on how to build stronger teams in the workplace, to improve the health care experience for patients and staff.

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Recent Research Grants

Better leadership through better self-management in the healthcare sector

Investigator/s: Stefan Volk, Helena Nguyen, Anya Johnson

Most research on human energy in organizations has built on self-regulation and ego-depletion theories (for reviews, see Baumeister, Schmeichel, & Vohs, 2007; Gross & Thompson, 2007) to argue that low levels of human energy are related to reduced self-regulation which in turn negatively affects interpersonal relationships. This project extends research on human energy by developing and testing an alternative theoretical model according to which the level of energetic asynchrony of individuals determines whether high and low levels of energy lead to positive or negative interpersonal outcomes (Volk, Pearsall, Christian & Becker, 2017). In other words, the theory posits that it is not the absolute level of energy an individual has, but rather how much they have relative to others, and in what combination. We test our theoretical model using senior nurses and midwives and their direct reports at Liverpool Hospital and we employ a dynamic research methodology called experience sampling methodology (ESM). The aim of the study, is to advance knowledge by providing empirical evidence to support the theory of energy asynchrony and to provide practical insights into better self-management of collective human energy resources.

The Silent Killer: Advancing Knowledge on Silence and its Impact on Errors and Safety (2016-2019)

Investigator/s: Helena Nguyen, Anya Johnson

This project will investigate how silence emerges in teams, what sustains it, and how it affects error and safety outcomes. Employees often choose to remain silent about important issues at work, which can have devastating consequences. Although silence is a complex individual phenomenon, there is little knowledge of silence as a collective phenomenon, or how it spreads and becomes the norm in teams and organisations. This project will investigate silence using multilevel, longitudinal designs and by testing novel interventions. This research is expected to affect how teams work and communicate effectively to reduce dangerous forms of silence and improve safety.

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