Associate Professor Will Felps
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Will Felps

  • 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
Business School
School of Management and Governance

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. 

Location
534C, Lvl 5 UNSW Business Bldg, School of Management & Governance College Rd, Kensington NSW 2052
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Wechtler HM; Lee CISG; Heyden MLM; Felps W; Lee TW, 2021, 'The Nonlinear Relationship Between Atypical Applicant Experience and Hiring: The Red Flags Perspective', Journal of Applied Psychology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/apl0000953
    Journal articles | 2020
    Wechtler H; Felps W; Lee CIS; Lee TW, 2020, 'Selecting for Retention: The Interactive Role of Coupledom and Mobility Frequency', Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2020, pp. 18719 - 18719, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2020.18719abstract
    Journal articles | 2019
    Harrison JS; Felps W; Jones TM, 2019, 'Instrumental stakeholder theory makes ethically based relationship building palatable to managers focused on the bottom line', Academy of Management Review, vol. 44, pp. 698 - 700, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amr.2018.0442
    Journal articles | 2019
    Wechtler H; Felps W; Lee CIS, 2019, 'The Relationship Between Applicant Experience and Hiring: Human Capital vs Red Flag Predictions', Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2019, pp. 16275 - 16275, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2019.16275abstract
    Journal articles | 2018
    Byington EK; Felps W; Baruch Y, 2018, 'Mapping the Journal of Vocational Behavior: A 23-year review', Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol. 110, pp. 229 - 244, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.07.007
    Journal articles | 2018
    Jones TM; Harrison JS; Felps W, 2018, 'How applying Instrumental Stakeholder Theory can provide sustainable competitive advantage', Academy of Management Review, vol. 43, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amr.2016.0111
    Journal articles | 2018
    Van Quaquebeke N; Felps W, 2018, 'Respectful Inquiry: A motivational account of leading through asking open questions and listening', Academy of Management Review, vol. 43, pp. 5 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amr.2014.0537
    Journal articles | 2017
    Felps W; Byington EK, 2017, 'Solutions to the credibility crisis in Management science', Academy of Management Learning and Education, vol. 16, pp. 142 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amle.2015.0035
    Journal articles | 2017
    Markoulli M; Lee CISG; Byington E; Felps W, 2017, 'Mapping Human Resource Management: Reviewing the field and charting future directions', Human Resource Management Review, vol. 27, pp. 367 - 396, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2016.10.001
    Journal articles | 2016
    Kitts JA; Leal DF; Felps W; Jones TM; Berman SL, 2016, 'Greed and fear in network reciprocity: Implications for cooperation among organizations', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0147264
    Journal articles | 2014
    Lee CISG; Felps W; Baruch Y, 2014, 'Toward a taxonomy of career studies through bibliometric visualization', Journal of Vocational Behavior, vol. 85, pp. 339 - 351, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2014.08.008
    Journal articles | 2013
    Jones TM; Felps W, 2013, 'Shareholder wealth maximization and social welfare: A utilitarian critique', Business Ethics Quarterly, vol. 23, pp. 207 - 238, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/beq201323215
    Journal articles | 2013
    Jones TM; Felps W, 2013, 'Stakeholder happiness enhancement: A neo-utilitarian objective for the modern corporation', Business Ethics Quarterly, vol. 23, pp. 349 - 379, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/beq201323325
    Journal articles | 2012
    Felps W; Byington E, 2012, 'That’s Mundane! The Virtues of Publishing ‘Boring’ Research', Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2012, pp. 12341 - 12341, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2012.12341abstract
    Journal articles | 2012
    Felps W; Clement J; Kroezen J, 2012, 'Meta-Analyzing the Association Between Age and Professorial Performance Across Contexts', Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2012, pp. 15741 - 15741, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2012.15741abstract
    Journal articles | 2012
    Felps W; van Eck NJ; Waltman L; Leahey E, 2012, 'Optimal specialization: Theory development and testing amongst management scholars', Academy of Management Proceedings, vol. 2012, pp. 13505 - 13505, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2012.13505abstract
    Journal articles | 2012
    Godfrey PC; Agle BR; Waddock S; Wicks A; Ryan L; Harrison J; Hess M; Phillips R; Purnell L; Berman S; Harris J; Bosse D; Keevil A; Griffin J; Freeman E; Donaldson T; Ceranic T; Elms H; Johnson-Cramer M; Epstein E; Felps W; Jones T, 2012, '"He's a Real Dude": Tributes to Tom Jones', BUSINESS & SOCIETY, vol. 51, pp. 310 - 334, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0007650312439451
    Journal articles | 2010
    Byington EK; Felps W, 2010, 'Why do IQ scores predict job performance? An alternative, sociological explanation.', Research in Organizational Behavior, vol. 30, pp. 175 - 202, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.riob.2010.08.003
    Journal articles | 2009
    Aquino K; Freeman D; Reed A; Lim V; Felps W, 2009, 'Testing a social-cognitive model of moral behavior: How moral identity and situations interact to predict moral outcomes', Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 97, pp. 123 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0015406
    Journal articles | 2009
    Felps W; Mitchell TR; Hekman DR; Lee TM; Harman W; Holtom B, 2009, 'Turnover contagion: How coworkers’ job embeddedness and coworkers’ job search behaviors influence quitting. Academy of Management Journal, 52 (3): 545–561.', Academy of Management Journal, vol. 52, pp. 545 - 561, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMJ.2009.41331075
    Journal articles | 2007
    Harman WS; Lee TW; Mitchell TR; Felps W; Owens BP, 2007, 'The psychology of voluntary employee turnover', Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 16, pp. 51 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2007.00474.x
    Journal articles | 2007
    Jones TM; Felps W; Bigley GA, 2007, 'Ethical theory and stakeholder-related decisions: The role of stakeholder culture', Academy of Management Review, vol. 32, pp. 137 - 155, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2007.23463924
    Journal articles | 2006
    Felps W; Mitchell TR; Byington EK, 2006, 'How, when, and why bad apples spoil the barrel: Negative group members and dysfunctional groups.', Research in Organizational Behavior, vol. 27, pp. 181 - 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0191-3085(06)27005-9
  • Conference Papers | 2017
    Farzadnia S; Felps W; Kroezen J, 2017, 'When and why is there a gender gap in research performance', in When and why is there a gender gap in research performance, Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, CA, USA, presented at Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, CA, USA, 08 August 2017 - 12 August 2017
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Lee CISG; Felps W; Steel P, 2017, 'Who gets the job interview?', in Who gets the job interview?, Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA., presented at Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA., 08 August 2017 - 12 August 2017
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Byington ; Felps W; Lee CISG, 2016, 'Bridging the topic gap between organizational behavior research and practice', in Bridging the topic gap between organizational behavior research and practice, Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, CA, USA, presented at Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, CA, USA, 08 February 2016 - 12 February 2016
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Van Quaquebeke N; Felps W, 2016, 'The motivational power of leaders who ask questions and listen', in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, pp. 224 - 224, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000413720401903&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Byington ; Felps W; Lee CISG, 2015, 'Mapping organizational behavior: A visual guide to the field for students, scholars, & instructors', in Mapping organizational behavior: A visual guide to the field for students, scholars, & instructors, Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada, presented at Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 08 August 2015 - 12 August 2015
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Farzadnia ; Felps W; Kroezen J, 2015, 'Gender and academic research performance: A meta-analysis', in Gender and academic research performance: A meta-analysis, Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, presented at Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 08 August 2015 - 12 August 2015
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Felps W, 2015, 'Why leaders should ask more questions but often don’t.', in Why leaders should ask more questions but often don’t., The Future of Leadership Symposium, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, presented at The Future of Leadership Symposium, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 16 May 2015 - 19 May 2015
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Markoulli M; Lee CISG; Felps W, 2015, 'Mapping human resource management: A structural analysis of the field', in 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2015, pp. 295 - 300, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2015.70
    Conference Papers | 2014
    2014, 'Mapping the management discipline - A bibliometric and qualitative synthesis', in Humphreys J (ed.), Mapping the management discipline - A bibliometric and qualitative synthesis, Academy of Managment, presented at Academy of Managment, 08 August 2014 - 13 February 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2014.12315abstract
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Lee CISG; Felps W; Baruch Y, 2014, 'Mapping career studies: A bibliometric analysis', in 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2014, pp. 1088 - 1093, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2014.284
    Datasets | 2012
    Schouten ME; Felps W; van Knippenberg D, 2012, To Specialize or Not to Specialize?, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/e518332013-152
    Conference Proceedings (Editor of) | 2011
    2011, 'Rather a hedgehog or a fox? A knowledge density perspective on Specialists and generalists', http://dx.doi.org/10.5464/AMBPP.2011.161.a
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Schouten ME; Felps W, 2011, 'RATHER A HEDGEHOG OR A FOX? A KNOWLEDGE DENSITY PERSPECTIVE ON SPECIALISTS AND GENERALISTS.', in Academy of Management Proceedings, Academy of Management, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2011.65869633
    Conference Papers | 2009
    Byington E; Felps W, 2009, 'Creating whole worlds out of half truths: The IQ-job performance relationship as self-fulfilling', in Academy of Management 2009 Annual Meeting: Green Management Matters, AOM 2009, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2009.44245989

  • 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

  • 2021    UNSW Exemplary Teaching Practice Award (finalist)
  • 2021    Supervisor of the Year (nominee)
  • 2021    Business School’s Excellence Award for ‘Values in Action’ for Virtual Class development (team)
  • 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

Will's prior research has investigated a diverse range of topics, such as 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, how institutional factors reinforce the IQ-job performance relationship, and why overqualified employees can't get hired. 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, Human Resource Management Review, and Journal of Applied Psychology.  

ENGAGEMENT/SERVICE AT UNSW

  • Speaker: AGSM Operational Risk Symposium (Oct)
  • Member of PULSE reference group for Business School Staff Surveys (2021 - current)
  • Workload Committee for School of Management & Governance (Chair) (2020)
  • Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Division. 
    • 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)
    • Member of the Inclusive Leadership Program design group (for all UNSW leadership)
  • Leader of Research Network: Behavioural Insights for Business & Policy (2019 – 2020)
  • Organiser of Behavioural Insights for HR Professionals workshop (Dec 2019)
  • Coordinator for Organisational Behaviour Brown-Bag Group (2020 – current)
  • Serving on two BCom Review Committees: HR Curriculum Panel & Leadership PLO (2020)
  • 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 School of Management (2019 – current)
  • Presenter: HDR Orientation Sessions (2017 – 2020)
  • Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) Advisory Board Officer & Chair (2019 – 2020)
  • AHRI accreditation for HR majors in the UG BCom and Econ programs
  • Set up Articulation pathway from AHRI’s Practising Certification (APC) program 
  • EQUIS re-accreditation panel (2018)
  • Chair of New Opportunities Committee (2015 – 2019)
  • On hiring committees for lecturer, senior lecturer, and associate professor positions (7 hires)
  • Associate Head of School, School of Management (from 2015–2017, with sabbatical in 2016)
  • Chair of Learning & Teaching Committee (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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