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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 will 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).

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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.


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Upcoming Events

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

25th October 2017, 8:00pm

Night owls, rejoice! Workplace researcher Stefan Volk has compelling evidence proving that it is scientifically beneficial to press snooze on your alarm clock. On Wednesday 25th October, we will hold the Raising the Bar event in Sydney, featuring another 20 free public talks by University academics in bars around the city.

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.

Past Events

How to better capture the hearts and minds of your audience: An evidence-based approach to presentation effectiveness

6th Apr 2017 12:30pm-2:00pm

Markus Groth reviewed 'popular press' and academic literatures on presentation effectiveness in order to identify best-practice recommendations in regards to presentation design.

Physiological research methods (Biopac) Workshop

24th Feb 2017 9:00am-5:00pm

One of the main objectives of the Body, Heart and Mind in Business research group is to stimulate more multidisciplinary research on how physiological processes interact with cognitive and emotional processes in shaping attitudinal and behavioural outcomes in the workplace. The one-day methods workshop focused on how to use the Biopac MP150 devices integrating physiological measures such as eye tracking, blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, or EEG.

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Recent Research Grants

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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