Professor Leisa Sargent
Deputy Dean

Professor Leisa Sargent

Ph.D. University of Toronto

Business School
School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation

Professor Leisa Sargent is committed to sustainability, enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion and developing better access and educational experiences for UNSW students. Her focus in the Business School is to further propel the School’s leadership position globally with academic programs and practices that support both discovery and industry innovation in research, high quality education as well as the translation of business knowledge for lasting positive impact. Leisa obtained her PhD from the Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto, and has held positions at The University of Melbourne, Cornell University, and Queensland University of Technology. Leisa has also held visiting positions at Instituto de Empressa, McGill University, and University of Iowa.

A distinguished scholar in organisational behaviour, Leisa has published widely in top tier journals and secured competitive government and industry grants in Australia and overseas. She is an award-winning teacher and was named the Pearson Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management innovative educator of the year.

Leisa’s work has published in leading international journals, including Personnel Psychology, Organization Science, Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Management Education, Journal of Human Resources Management, Journal of Organisational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Work and Stress, Small Group Research and British Journal of Industrial Relations, as well as edited books. Leisa co-authored a paper for the World Economic Forum on the HR needs for an ageing population. Leisa’s current research spans an evidence-based approach to leadership development, new perspectives on retirement, workday design, restorative experiences and green infrastructure.

Leisa has consulted to large complex organisations both in Australia and North America, including companies such as Nortel, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Telstra, Incitec, Canada Life, Comcare, Arnott’s, and the Royal Children’s Hospital; Melbourne. She is a board member of UNSW Global and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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  • Journal articles | 2021
    Williams NSG; Bathgate RS; Farrell C; Lee KE; Szota C; Bush J; Johnson KA; Miller RE; Pianella A; Sargent LD; Schiller J; Williams KJH; Rayner JP, 2021, 'Ten years of greening a wide brown land: A synthesis of Australian green roof research and roadmap forward', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol. 62,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Kiazad K; Kraimer ML; Seibert SE; Sargent L, 2020, 'Understanding organizational embeddedness and career success: Who and what you know', Journal of Organizational Behavior, vol. 41, pp. 678 - 693,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Kraimer ML; Greco L; Seibert SE; Sargent LD, 2019, 'An investigation of academic career success: The new tempo of academic life', Academy of Management Learning and Education, vol. 18, pp. 128 - 152,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Williams KJH; Lee KE; Sargent L; Johnson KA; Rayner J; Farrell C; Miller RE; Williams NSG, 2019, 'Appraising the psychological benefits of green roofs for city residents and workers', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol. 44,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Williams KJH; Lee KE; Hartig T; Sargent LD; Williams NSG; Johnson KA, 2018, 'Conceptualising creativity benefits of nature experience: Attention restoration and mind wandering as complementary processes', Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 59, pp. 36 - 45,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dean Lee M; Zikic J; Noh SC; Sargent L, 2017, 'Human Resource Approaches to Retirement: Gatekeeping, Improvising, Orchestrating, and Partnering', Human Resource Management, vol. 56, pp. 455 - 477,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Seibert SE; Sargent LD; Kraimer ML; Kiazad K, 2017, 'Linking Developmental Experiences to Leader Effectiveness and Promotability: The Mediating Role of Leadership Self-Efficacy and Mentor Network', Personnel Psychology, vol. 70, pp. 357 - 397,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Lee KE; Williams KJH; Sargent LD; Williams NSG; Johnson KA, 2015, '40-second green roof views sustain attention: The role of micro-breaks in attention restoration', Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 42, pp. 182 - 189,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Sargent LD; Lee MD; Martin B; Zikic J, 2013, 'Reinventing retirement: New pathways, new arrangements, new meanings', Human Relations, vol. 66, pp. 3 - 21,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Desrochers S; Sargent LD; Hostetler AJ, 2012, 'Boundary-Spanning Demands, Personal Mastery, and Family Satisfaction: Individual and Crossover Effects Among Dual-Earner Parents', Marriage and Family Review, vol. 48, pp. 443 - 464,
    Journal articles | 2011
    Sargent LD; Bataille CD; Vough HC; Lee MD, 2011, 'Metaphors for retirement: Unshackled from schedules', Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol. 79, pp. 315 - 324,
    Journal articles | 2011
    Thomas R; Sargent LD; Hardy C, 2011, 'Managing organizational change: Negotiating meaning and power-resistance relations', Organization Science, vol. 22, pp. 22 - 41,
    Journal articles | 2010
    Harley B; Sargent L; Allen B, 2010, 'Employee responses to 'high performance work system' practices: An empirical test of the disciplined worker thesis', Work, Employment and Society, vol. 24, pp. 740 - 760,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Sargent LD; Allen BC; Frahm JA; Morris G, 2009, 'Enhancing the experience of student teams in large classes: Training teaching assistants to be coaches', Journal of Management Education, vol. 33, pp. 526 - 552,
    Journal articles | 2007
    Harley B; Allen BC; Sargent LD, 2007, 'High performance work systems and employee experience of work in the service sector: The case of aged care', British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 45, pp. 607 - 633,
    Journal articles | 2007
    Sargent LD; Domberger SR, 2007, 'Exploring the development of a protean career orientation: Values and image violations', Career Development International, vol. 12, pp. 545 - 564,
    Journal articles | 2004
    Desrochers S; Sargent LD, 2004, 'Boundary/Border Theory and Work-Family Integration1', Organization Management Journal, vol. 1, pp. 40 - 48,
    Journal articles | 2004
    Sargent LD; Waters LE, 2004, 'Careers and academic research collaborations: An inductive process framework for understanding successful collaborations', Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol. 64, pp. 308 - 319,
    Journal articles | 2001
    Sargent LD; Sue-Chan C, 2001, 'Does diversity affect group efficacy? The intervening role of cohesion and task interdependence', Small Group Research, vol. 32, pp. 426 - 450,
    Journal articles | 2000
    Sargent LD; Terry DJ, 2000, 'The moderating role of social support in Karasek's job strain model', Work and Stress, vol. 14, pp. 245 - 261,
  • Preprints |
    Thomas R; Hardy C; Sargent LD, Artifacts in Interaction: The Production and Politics of Boundary Objects,


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Re-invention of retirement: A study of baby boomer professionals in two nations, 2008-2011, ($180, 000).

Australian Research Council

Aged care in crisis? The effects of work organisation on nurse, resident and organisational outcomes, 2008-2011, ($118, 000); Partner organisation- Australian Nursing Federation.

An evidence-based approach to developing human and social capital in organisations, 2008-2011, ($ 270, 000); Partner organisation- Deloitte Consulting.

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council

The antecedents and consequences of student team virtuality $145,000 (2009-2011).

The Academy of Management

Career obstacles, shocks, and facilitators of occupational and career satisfaction among Academy of Management academic members: A social identity perspective. The Academy of Management, Strategic Doing Initiatives (US$20,000), July 2012-December 2013.

Competitive Business & Industry Grants

Hort innovation, GC 16002, 2018-2021, $400,000

Australian Maritime Safety Authority Research Grant, 1995, $150 000

Telecom: Social and Policy Issues Telecommunications Grant, 1994, $35 000

2015                             Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Best Paper award, Organisational Behaviour Division.

2014                             Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings for paper titled - The myth of the sovereign consumer: Exploring consumer identity in nursing homes.

2010                             Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management:  Innovative Management Educator of the Year.

2008                             University of Melbourne, Faculty of Economics and Commerce Award for Teaching Innovation.

2005                             Career Development International Journal, highly commended award for paper titled “Career development for going beyond the call of duty”.

2003                             University of Melbourne, Faculty of Economics and Commerce Individual Award for Excellence in Teaching.

2003                             Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing.

2001                             Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Business, Teaching Excellence Award.

1996-1998                    University of Toronto Ph.D. Open Fellowship Award.

1996-1998                    University of Toronto International Ph.D. Student Fee Waiver Scholarship.

Leisa’s current research spans an evidence-based approach to leadership development, new perspectives on retirement, workday design, restorative experiences and green infrastructure.