Researcher

Associate Professor Will Felps

My Expertise

Leadership; Problem employees ("bad apples"); Business ethics; (Virtual) Teams; University management; Human resource management; Careers

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Organisational Behaviour, Human Resources Management

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Biography

Will Felps teaches and conducts research on a wide range of management-related topics. His research areas include: human resource management, leadership & motivation, team effectiveness, career management, measuring expertise, business ethics, and meta-science.

Will currently teaches Leadership to MBA students and teaches Foundations of Business Research to junior scholars. 


My Grants

2019    Dean’s Research Fellowship (8...view more

Will Felps teaches and conducts research on a wide range of management-related topics. His research areas include: human resource management, leadership & motivation, team effectiveness, career management, measuring expertise, business ethics, and meta-science.

Will currently teaches Leadership to MBA students and teaches Foundations of Business Research to junior scholars. 


My Grants

2019    Dean’s Research Fellowship (8 in Business School)             equivalent to ~$120,000AU

2016    Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project DP150104081        $173,596AU

            “(When) should organisations employ over/underqualified individuals?”

2010    EUR fellowship from Erasmus University                                                     €200,000

2007    National Science Foundation Research Grant                                                $10,000US

2006    Grant from the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics              $20,000US


My Qualifications

PhD in Management & Organizational Behavior, 2007; Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

B.A. Marketing, 2002; McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA


My Awards

2020    Excellence in Reviewing Award (from Human Resource Management Review)

2018     UNSW Business School Research Achievement Award (1 per school)

2013     Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Conference

2013     Hired by UNSW under auspices of Vice-Chancellor’s Strategic Priorities Fund for recruiting talent


My Research Activities

Will's prior research has investigated the negative effects of bad apple teammates, the contagion of quitting in organisations, how stakeholder cultures impact performance, the consequences of one’s moral identity, and how institutional factors reinforce the IQ-job performance relationship. Will has also collaborated on a number of articles which use science mapping to review various fields, including human resources, careers, teams, adaptive performance, organisational behaviour, and management. Will's research has been published in academic outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, and Human Resource Management Review. 


My Research Supervision


Currently supervising

- Maurice Violani (Dissertation on strategic decision making)

- Ezgi Aslantekin (Dissertation on adaptive performance)

- Nam Gyu Ryu (Dissertation on management ethics)


My Engagement

ENGAGEMENT/SERVICE AT UNSW

  • Workload Committee for School of Management & Governance (Chair)

  • Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Division.

    • Member of the Inclusive Leadership Program design group (training for UNSW leadership)

    • Data analyst for the 2019 UNSW Respect Survey: Worked with co-DVC Leisa Sargent to interpret survey results and prepare reports for variety of UNSW units and stakeholders (2019)

  • BCom Review Committees:

    • HR Curriculum Panel (Chair)

    • Leadership PLO (2020)

  • Coordinator for Organisational Behaviour Brown-Bag Group (2020 – current)

  • Summative Peer Review of Teaching Reviewer (2019 – current)

  • Expert Reviewer for UNSW Business’ Peer Support of Teaching program (2018 – current)

  • Mentor in the Early Career Academic (ECA) program (2019 – current)

  • Mentor for the PhD Teaching Fellows program (2020 – current)

  • Junior faculty buddy in MGMT (2019 – current)

  • Leader of Research Network: Behavioural Insights for Business & Policy (2019 – 2020; active member 2020 – current)

  • Data analyst for the 2019 UNSW Respect Survey

  • EQUIS re-accreditation panel (2018)

  • Organiser of Behavioural Insights for HR Professionals workshop (Dec 2019)

  • HR Advisory Board Officer & Chair (2019 – 2020)

  • Liaison officer for Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) (2019 – 2020), which involved AHRI accreditation for HR majors in the UG BCom and Econ programs, and articulation pathway from AHRI’s Practising Certification (APC) program to UNSW Business School’s Masters of Commerce (specialisation in Human Resource Management)

  • Presenter: HDR Orientation Sessions (2017 – current)

  • Chair of MGMT's New Opportunities Committee (2015 – 2019)

  • Served on MGMT's hiring committees for lecturer, senior lecturer, and associate professor positions (7 hires)

  • Associate Head of School, School of MGMT (from 2015–2017, with sabbatical in 2016)

  • Chair of Learning & Teaching Committee for MGMT (from 2015–2017, with sabbatical in 2016)

  • Director of Studies at the Australian Graduate School of Management (2013 - 2015) 

 

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

  • Chair of the Society of Organisational Behaviour Australia (2020 – current)

  • Editorial Board 2011-2015 – Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

  • Ad Hoc Reviewer – Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Industry and Innovation, Journal of Informetrics, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Human Resource Management, and Human Resource Management Review.

 

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My Teaching

MBAX9131 Leadership (Facilitator in Charge)

COMM8100 Foundations of Business Research (coordinator and instructor)

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Location

UNSW Business, School of Management & Governance
College Rd, Kensington NSW 2052

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Videos

Groups and Teams - Will Felps (UNSW Business School)
Bad Apple Movie
Are you an inclusive leader?
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A video summary of work mapping the careers field