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 | 2022
    Johnson KA; Pontvianne A; Ly V; Jin R; Januar JH; Machida K; Sargent LD; Lee KE; Williams NSG; Williams KJH, 2022, 'Water and Meadow Views Both Afford Perceived but Not Performance-Based Attention Restoration: Results From Two Experimental Studies', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 13,
    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 | 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 | 2014
    Lee KE; Williams KJH; Sargent LD; Farrell C; Williams NS, 2014, 'Living roof preference is influenced by plant characteristics and diversity', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 122, pp. 152 - 159,
    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 | 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 | 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,


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.