DR Jesse Olsen

DR Jesse Olsen


  • Japanese management
  • diversity management
  • international/cross-cultural organisational behaviour and human resource management
  • leadership
  • organisational change and adaptation



  • Jesse Olsen is a Senior Lecturer of Management at the University of Melbourne and a Research Associate at the Centre for Workplace Leadership and the Centre for Asian Business and Economics. He earned his PhD in organisational behaviour from the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. His research focuses on change and adaptation, international/cross-cultural management, leadership, and diversity management. Jesse's work has been presented in such top-tier management journals as the Journal of Applied Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes , as well as media outlets such as SBS World News, The Guardian , FastCompany, and The Conversation. He has also presented his research at numerous academic and professional conferences and worked with organisations such as Perpetual, the Australian Workplace Gender Equality Agency, McDonald's, the Queensland Government, and the Asian Development Bank. Jesse's professional experience includes his position as international exchange coordinator at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan. He was also employed as a business project manager in the Merger Integration Office and Corporate Strategies Group of SunTrust Bank in Atlanta. Before coming to The University of Melbourne, Jesse conducted research and taught courses in the US, South Korea, and Japan. Jesse has also received improvisation and comedy writing training from the Laugh Masters Academy (Melbourne) and the Second City (Chicago, USA). Twitter: @JesseEOlsen | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeolsen/   


Member of

  • Japan HR Society. Member 2011 -
  • Academy of Management. Member 2006 -
  • Society for Human Resource Management. Academic Member 2006 -
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management. Editorial Board Member 2013 - 2019


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology 2010
  • BBA, University of Georgia 2001

Awards and honors

  • Academy of Management - International Management Division, 2013
  • Rae and Dr. Dan Landis Outstanding Dissertation Award, International Academy for Intercultural Research, 2011
  • Best Paper Award (Best Field-Based Paper), Academy of Management - Conflict Management Division, 2010
  • Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management - International Management Division, 2008