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Stefan Volk

Stefan Volk


Senior Lecturer

Rm 4140
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9114 0530
Fax +61 2 9036 5378
stefan.volk@sydney.edu.au
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Bio

Stefan Volk is a senior lecturer and co-director of the Body, Heart and Mind in Business Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School. He studied business administration at Humboldt University Berlin and received his Ph.D. in management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

As an interdisciplinary boundary spanner, Stefan explores new areas of scientific inquiry that lie dormant between established disciplines. In his research, he introduces novel concepts, theories, and methods from other disciplines into management research. For example, he was among the first researchers to integrate management research with neuroscience research and also among the first researchers to integrate management research with research from chronobiology. Stefan’s highly innovative research has been published in some of the most prestigious academic journals in the field of management including the Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, and Organizational Research Methods. His research is also regularly covered by national and international media including TV (e.g., SBS TV World News, Channel 10 News), radio (e.g., ABC RN Breakfast, 2UE Radio) and newspapers (e.g., Wall Street Journal, Business Insider).

Research Interests

In his research, Stefan pursues a highly innovative and interdisciplinary research program at the intersection of the management, biological, and medical sciences. In his work he integrates research from all three fields to investigate how the human body and mind interact in work settings. Currently, Stefan examines how neural processes and somatic states such as sleep, pain and sickness affect the performance, health and safety of employees in the workplace. For example, he studied how the brain processes involved in communicating in a foreign language can affect the mental performance of employees in multinational enterprises. He also studied how individual differences in circadian rhythms and chronotypes of employees can affect team performance. Stefan’s work in this highly topical and innovative area has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Organizational Research Methods, and Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. His research is also regularly covered by national and international media including TV (e.g., SBS TV World News, Channel 10 News), radio (e.g., ABC RN Breakfast, 2UE Radio) and newspapers (e.g., Wall Street Journal, Business Insider).

2017

4
Journal Article/s

Volk S, Pearsall MJ, Christian MS and Becker WJ 2017 'Chronotype diversity in teams: Toward a theory of team energetic asynchrony', Academy of Management Review, vol.42:4, pp. 1-20 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Volk S, Nguyen H, Johnson A, Ashkanasy N, Wang M, Bednall T, Parker S and King J 2017 'Bringing physiology back into IO Psychology (Awarded Best Paper)', 12th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia, 15th July 2017

Johnson A, Nguyen H, Groth M and White L 2017 'Workplace Aggression and Organisational Effectiveness: The Mediating Role of Employee Engagement', 12th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia, 15th July 2017

2016

2
Book Section/s

Volk S and Pudelko M 2016 'Challenges and Opportunities for Islamic Retail Banking in the European Context: Lessons to Be Learnt from a British-German Comparison' in Islamic Finance: Principles, Performance and Prospects, ed. T. Harrison and E. Ibrahim, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, pp. 157-73 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Volk S 2016 'Daily fluctuations in constructive and destructive leadership: A dynamic-physiological perspective', 30th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 9th December 2016

Volk S, Christian MS and Becker WJ 2016 'Chronotype diversity, working times, and team performance', 32nd European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, 9th July 2016

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Volk S, Christian MS, Becker WJ and Pearsall MJ 2016 'A theory of chronotype diversity and team performance', Proceedings of the 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, United States, 9th August 2016

2015

2
Book Section/s

Ward MK, Volk S and Becker WJ 2015 'An Overview of Organizational Neuroscience' in Organizational Neuroscience (Monographs in Leadership and Management, Volume 7), ed. D. A. Waldman and P. A. Balthazard, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, London, United Kingdom, pp. 17-50

4
Journal Article/s

Becker WJ, Volk S and Ward MK 2015 'Leveraging neuroscience for smarter approaches to workplace intelligence', Human Resource Management Review, vol.25:1, pp. 56-67 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Volk S, Christian M and Becker B 2015 'Peak performance and chronotype diversity: A conceptual investigation', 29th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand, 4th December 2015

2014

4
Journal Article/s

Volk S and Becker WJ 2014 'How Insights From Neuroeconomics Can Inform Organizational Research: The Case of Prosocial Organizational Behavior', Schmalenbach Business Review, vol.5:14, pp. 65-86 [Link]

Volk S, Köhler T and Pudelko M 2014 'Brain drain: The cognitive neuroscience of foreign language processing in multinational corporations', Journal of International Business Studies, vol.45:7, pp. 862-85 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Becker W and Volk S 2014 'Reshaping management with neuroscience research: Leveraging neuroscience for smarter approaches to workplace intelligence', 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM Conference, Sydney, Australia, 5th December 2014

Volk S and Becker W 2014 'Reshaping management with neuroscience research: Introducing the concept of prepotent response tendencies into organizational research', 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM Conference, Sydney, Australia, 5th December 2014

Volk S and Becker WJ 2014 'Implications of neuroscience research on emotion-based prepotent response tendencies for prosocial organizational behavior', 30th European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium - "Reimagining, Rethinking, Reshaping: Organizational Scholarship in Unsettled Times", Rotterdam, Netherlands, 5th July 2014

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Volk S 2013 'Diversity courses in management education: A game experimental approach to the assessment of course needs', International Journal of Management Education, vol.11:3, pp. 163-173 [Link]

2012

4
Journal Article/s

Volk S and Köhler T 2012 'Brains and games: Applying neuroeconomics to organizational research', Organizational Research Methods, vol.15:4, pp. 522-552 [Link]

Volk S, Thoeni C and Ruigrok W 2012 'Temporal stability and psychological foundations of cooperation preferences', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol.81:2, pp. 664–676 [Link]

2011

4
Journal Article/s

Volk S, Thöni C and Ruigrok W 2011 'Personality, personal values and cooperation preferences in public goods games: A longitudinal study', Personality and Individual Differences, vol.50:6, pp. 810–815 [Link]

2010

4
Journal Article/s

Volk S and Pudelko M 2010 'Challenges and opportunities for Islamic retail banking in the European context: Lessons to be learnt from a British–German comparison', Journal of Financial Services Marketing, vol.15:3, pp. 191–202 [Link]

2009

1
Book/s

Volk S 2009 'The Evolution of Trust and Cooperation in Diverse Groups', Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften, Saarbrücken, Germany, pp. 208

Selected grants

Recent Units Taught

  • IBUS6001 International Business Strategy

    2017: S1,
    2016: S1, S2,
    2015: S1, S2,

Newsroom articles

  • Stefan Volk and Circadian Rhythms 19 Jun 2017

    Education Post

    Education Post (HK) quoted Dr Stefan Volk on his research into circadian rhythms and how they cause individual’s attention span and cognitive abilities to peak at different times of the day.

  • How biorhythms impact workplace safety and teamwork 29 May 2017

    HCA Mag

    Stefan Volk was quoted in HCA Mag about how biorhythms impact workplace safety and teamwork.

  • Night Owls should start work later, research says 23 May 2017

    The Independent (UK)

    The Independent (UK) wrote an article about research conducted by Stefan Volk that says that individual workers were more productive at certain times of the day depending on their chronotype.

  • Night owls should be allowed to start work later, study finds 22 May 2017

    Huffington Post, News.com.au, Daily Mail, and Sohu

    Huffington Post (UK), News.com.au, Daily Mail (UK) and Sohu (China) quoted Stefan Volk about a study conducted by the Business School into the workplace productivity of individuals at different times of the day, depending on their circadian rhythm.

  • Stefan Volk on ABC TV News 20 May 2017

    ABC News

    Dr Stefan Volk was interviewed on ABC News (National TV) about new research that highlights the different circadian rhythms of workers and suggests how workplaces can capitalise on this information.

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Brain drain and brain gain in the workplace: According to new research, neuroscience is revolutionising our understanding of intelligence in the workplace.

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Brain drain and brain gain in the workplace: By studying brain structures and processes, we can improve employees’ performance in a myriad of ways.

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