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Dr Jesse E. Olsen PhD in Organizational Behavior, BBA in International Business

Senior Research Fellow

Born and raised in the US, Jesse E. Olsen comes to the Centre for Workplace Leadership from Japan, where he was on the faculty at Kwansei Gakuin University for three years. Prior to that, he also filled an academic role in South Korea after earning his PhD in organisational behaviour from the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA.

Jesse’s research focuses on diversity management, cross-cultural management, just plain management, and virtual work and has appeared in academic and professional outlets. Before starting his career as a researcher and academic, Jesse filled roles as the international exchange coordinator at Kwansei Gakuin University and as a business project manager in the Merger Integration Office and Corporate Strategies Group at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta.

Jesse insists that much can be learned about teamwork, leadership, and other management concepts from comic book superheroes, but he is probably just trying to justify a childhood of immersion in comic books and a continuing obsession with superhero films. He also enjoys improv comedy and believes that good leaders DO need to know how to improvise! (But of course, they still need to do their homework.)

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Research Interests

  • diversity management
  • cross-cultural organisational behaviour and human resource management
  • Japanese management
  • leadership


Conference Paper Unrefereed

Olsen J E. (2013) 海外の視点から見たグローバル人材 [Translation: Globally competent/minded human resources: an international/overseas perspective], グローバル人材育成推進事業/西日本第1ブロック共同ワークショップ:「グローバル」の普遍性について [Translation: Advancement of programs to develop globally competent human resources / West Japan Block 1 workshop: The universality of being “global”].
Olsen J E. (2007) Cultivating natives’ support for expat success, 17th Annual Southeast Human Resource Conference (Research Session).
Olsen J E. (2006) Host country nationals and expatriate success, 16th Annual Southeast Human Resource Conference.
Olsen J E. (2015) Staying #warm in a #virtualwork environment, 2015 Future of Work Conference: People, Place, Technology.

Journal Article Refereed

Olsen J E, Martins L L. (2009) Effects of expatriate demographic characteristics on adjustment: A social identity approach, in Human Resource Management, vol. 48 (2), pp. 311-291.
Olsen J E, Martins L L. (2012) Understanding organizational diversity management programs: A theoretical framework and directions for future research, in Journal of Organizational Behavior, vol. 33 (8), pp. 1168-1187.
Zapata C P, Olsen J E, Martins L L. (2013) Social exchange from the supervisor’s perspective: Employee trustworthiness as a predictor of interpersonal and informational justice, in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, vol. 121 (1), pp. 1-12.
Olsen J E. (2015) Societal values and individual values in reward allocation preferences, in Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, vol. 22 (2), pp. 187-200.
Olsen J E, Parsons C K, Martins L L, Ivanaj V. (2015) Gender diversity programs, perceived potential for advancement, and organizational attractiveness: An empirical examination of women in the United States and France, in Group and Organization Management.
Olsen JE, Martins LL. (2016) Racioethnicity, Community Makeup, and Potential Employees’ Reactions to Organizational Diversity Management Approaches, in Journal of Applied Psychology.

Journal Article Unrefereed

Pekarek A, Olsen J E. (2014) Talking about a ‘bamboo ceiling’ to tackle discrimination is wrong, in The Guardian.
Olsen J E, Gahan P G. (2014) Why using Myers-Briggs at work Might Be a Terrible Idea (MBTI), in The Conversation.
Sawatani T, Shiho K, Olsen J E, Hishioka H, Hayashi Y. (2015) 学生の留学志向をめぐる調査および各種留学プログラムの現状と課題 [A survey on students’ intentions to study abroad and the trend of diversifying study abroad programs], in 関西学院大学高等教育研究 [Kwansei Gakuin University Research in Higher Education], vol. 5, pp. 73-84.
Lee E J, Olsen J E. (2015) Multiculturalism in Japan: An analysis and critique, in Kwansei Gakuin University Journal of International Studies, vol. 4 (1), pp. 9-59.

Report or Working Paper

Orazi, D, Good, L, Robin, M, van Wanrooy, B, Butar, I B, Olsen, J, Gahan, P. (2014) Workplace Leadership: A Review of Prior Research.
Towns, D. (2015) INPEX Australia: Drawing on the full range of available talent.
Good, L. (2015) Canberra Grammar School: Ensuring gender equality is embedded in the next generation.
Olsen, J. (2015) Asian Development Bank: Walking the talk on women’s empowerment.
Towns, D. (2015) Asciano: Communicating the Diversity Strategy throughout the Workplace.
Fischer, MD, Harley, B, Olsen, JE, Evans, P. (2016) Creating a High Performance Leadership Culture: The Case of a Leading Australian Financial Services Firm.
. (2016) Developing Leaders in Business Schools: A Case Report on First Year Student Leaders.
Olsen, JE, Gahan, PG, Butar, I. (2016) Leading from the Frontline: Developing Leader Identity and Leadership Self-Efficacy among Frontline Managers.
Fischer, MD, Harley, B, Olsen, JE, Evans, P. (2016) Middle Managers – Leading for Performance: The Case of a Major Australian Retail Business.
Good, L. (2015) Hospitality organisation: Building the business case for gender equality.
Towns, D. (2015) Jacobs: Making gender equality the responsibility of all.
Good, L. (2015) Myer Family Company: Building a gender-inclusive organisational culture.
Good, L. (2015) St Vincent de Paul: Gender equality in a female-dominated workplace.
Towns, D. (2015) SwanCare: Achieving gender equality from top to bottom.
Towns, D. (2015) Florey Institute: Retaining talent in male-dominated industries.
Holland, A, Harbridge, R, Olsen, JE, Raymond, M. (2017) Research Insights: Improving Access and Inclusion in Employment for People with Disabilities.

Conference Paper Refereed

Olsen J E. (2014) A Model of Leadership for Diverse Organisations, 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference.
Olsen J E, Martins L L. (2010) Diversity management programs and organizational attractiveness: Testing a theoretical framework, Proceedings of the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Olsen J E, Lee E J. (2013) Multiculturalism in Japan: An analysis and critique, Biennial Meeting of the International Academy for Intercultural Research.
Olsen J E, Martins L L. (2012) Diversity management signals in recruitment: Acculturation, racioethnicity, and community composition, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Olsen J E, Martins L L. (2011) Diversity management and organizational attractiveness: A policy-capturing study, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Olsen J E. (2011) The effect of organizational diversity management approach on potential applicants’ perceptions of organizations, Dissertation presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Academy of Intercultural Research, Singapore.
Olsen J E. (2011) Values and reward allocation rule preferences: A model of the joint effects of individual and societal values, Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business.
Zapata C P, Olsen J E. (2010) Social Exchange from the supervisor’s perspective: Does employee trustworthiness predict justice?, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Olsen J E, Martins L L. (2009) Acculturation strategies and values in approaches to diversity management: An integration and model, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Olsen J E, Parsons C K, Martins L L, Ivanaj V. (2008) Cross-national differences in effects of gender diversity management on organizational perceptions, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Olsen J E. (2007) Expat success through positive contact: Facilitating host country nationals’ support for expatriates, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Choi D, Han M, Sekiguchi T, Yamao S, Olsen J E. (2015) Leader-member exchange and organizational citizenship behavior across cultures, Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.


  • PhD in Organizational Behavior, Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller College of Business), 2010
  • BBA in International Business, University of Georgia (Terry College of Business), 2001


  • Academy of Management (AoM), 2006-
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 2006-
  • International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR), 2010-
  • Japan HR Society, 2013-
  • Editorial Board of the International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2013-
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), 2014-
  • Flexibility Working Group, Australian Government Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), 2015-