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leadership, emotions in teams, multilevel research, leader-member exchange and interpersonal work relationships


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Herman Tse is a Professor in Leadership and also the former Director of the Early Career Academics (ECA) Network in Monash Business School. He obtained his PhD from University of Queensland. He is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and also a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders. His research interests include leadership effectiveness, team development, emotions research, psychological well-being and workplace health and safety.  

Herman has authored more than 80 publications in top-tier academic journals, leading conference proceedings, prestigious books and key media outlets. He has received 14 prestigious national and international research awards such as the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management's (ANZAM) Early Career Researcher Award, ANZAM Best Doctoral Student Paper Award, ANZAM Best Paper Awards, Griffith University's Teaching Citation Award, Monash Business School's Research Excellence Award, Monash Business School's Teaching Excellence Award and the US Center for Creative Leadership's Kenneth Clark Leadership Research Award.   

Herman's work has appeared in internationally respected books such as Oxford Handbook of Leader-Member Exchange, Research Companion to Emotions in Organizations, Research on emotion in organizations: The effect of affect in organizational settings, and also leading journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Personnel Psychology, the Human Resource Management the Leadership Quarterly and the Journal of Organisational Behaviour.

Herman has established a strong record of securing competitive research grants - over $400,000 from international funding bodies, government departments, corporations and universities, and of supervising nine doctoral dissertations to completion. His work has been cited by top leadership scholars, industry experts and key media outlets (e.g.,  ABC Radio Melbourne, 6PR Radio Perth, 2SER Melbourne and 3AW Melbourne) resulting in over 5,000 Google Scholar citations. According to a reputable leadership author ranking published by the Leadership Quarterly, Herman has been ranked as one of the top 20 the World’s Most Productive Leadership Authors between 2011 – 2017 and the first in Australia and Asia. When he served as the ECA director, the ECA funding applications including ARC DECRA, discovery and linkage as well as industry-based research contracts increased significantly, leading to the funded projects of over $8 million.

Despite of his academic research, Herman has been involved in various research-based industry-based projects and corporate training programs in Australia and China. He conducted a project on leadership frameworks and team effectiveness using data collected from major banks and large family-based restaurants. The research findings were used to inform the leadership development for branch managers and team effectiveness. He also undertook projects with the Call Centres and Mobile Sales department of large Chinese telecommunication services companies, investigating the practical implications of leadership effectiveness and employee turnover. 

Research interests

My research focuses on two important streams of research, covering the implications of 1) leader-member exchange relationships (LMX) and 2) transformational leadership (TL) for workplace effectiveness. My major contribution to leadership and team research is to develop multilevel leadership frameworks (i.e., individual, dyadic, team and cross levels) that examine the effects of LMX and TL leadership approaches on work attitudes and behaviors using different research design (e.g., experiment, survey, interview) and also research methods (e.g., social relation modelling, experience sampling methodology, event-based approach) 

My research has significant impacts in the field of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership, as many organizations increasingly acknowledge the importance of multilevel leadership frameworks for creating productive and innovative workplaces.

I have developed a contingency supervision approach to manage supervisor-student relationships according to the students' personality, ability and attitude. My former students' comments on this approach include: “Herman’s leadership, and knowledge of supervising research students have enabled me to navigate around many problems that were encountered in the course of my thesis". "Herman taught me to think critically and developed my knowledge and skills in conducting high quality research". "His effective responses to my queries and sharp critiques of my thesis have opened my eyes to the process of academic research".

I am currently available to supervise Honors or PhD projects in the areas of  leadership effectievness, interpersonal relationships, emotions in teams and multilevel research issues in organisations. 

Monash teaching commitment

  • MGF 5670 - Leadership
  • MGX 3991 - Leadership Principles and Practices

Community service

Herman is committed to promoting community engagement via his ongoing involvement in and services to a few professional and government bodies.

  • Associate Editor of Journal of Organisational Behvaior
  • Editoral board member of A* and A journals including the Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organisational Behavior, Journal of Business Research and Management Organisation Review.
  • Chair of the Leadership and Corporate Governance Stream in the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference.
  • Assessor of the Australian Research Council evaluating discovery and linkage funding applications.
  • Regular reviewer for leading management journals - the Academy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review.
  • External examiner of doctoral disserations submitted by students in top Australian universities such as UNSW, ANU etc....

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Emotions in teams
  • Leader-member exchanges
  • Health and safety
  • interpersonal work relationships

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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