Herman Tse

Assoc Professor


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Personal profile


Herman Tse is an Associate Professor in Leadership and also the Director of the Early Career Researchers Network in the Monash Business School. He obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland. His research interests include leadership effectiveness, team development, emotions research, multilevel research and Chinese management issues.

Herman has authored more than 75 publications including 26 journal articles (21 out of 26 - 80% are in the A* and A ABDC-listed journals), 7 book chapters (5 out of 7 - 71% are on the top-ranked publisher list), 19 refereed/published conference papers, 20 refereed/unpublished conference papers, 2 research reports and 8 practitioners' articles. He has received 13 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 and the US Center for Creative Leadership's Kenneth Clark Leadership Research Award.   

His work has appeared in internationally respected books such as Oxford Handbook of Leader-Member Exchange, Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, Research Companion to Emotions in Organizations, Research on emotion in organizations: The effect of affect in organizational settings, and also journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Human Resource Management, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Organisational Behaviour, the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, the Group and Organization Management, the Journal of Management Organisation, the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal and the Australian Journal of Psychology.

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 two major banks and a large family-based restaurants in Queensland. 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 two large Chinese telecommunication services companies, investigating the practical implications of leadership effectiveness and employee turnover. 

Herman has recently taken the initiative to set up an Australian Chinese Management Research Group – a collective of academics and industry representatives leveraging their cultural capital that can assist Australian and Chinese businesses to capitalize on the China Australia Free Trade Agreement.

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Research interests

My research focus began with my PhD in leadership and organisational effectiveness. The PhD encompassed 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 supervised to completion 3 Masters student theses, 1 MPhil student thesis, 4 Honours student thesis, 2 PhD student and 4 Professional doctoral student theses. All of my doctoral students were employed or promoted upon their thesis completion.

I have developed a contingency supervision approach to manage supervisor-student relationships according to the 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 transformational leadership, LMX, interpersonal relationships, emotions in teams, cross-cultural and Chinese management issues.

Monash teaching commitment

  • MGF 5670 - Leadership
  • MGF 5992 - Profesional Development - Self and Relationships

Community service

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

  • Editoral board member of A* and A journals including the Group and Management Journal, the 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....


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