Associate Professor Remi Ayoko
Remi Ayoko
Associate Professor
  • PhD, Management (The University of Queensland)
  • MBA, Management (The University of Queensland)
  • MEd(ESL), Education/Teaching English as a second language (TESL) (Ahmadu Bello University)
  • CertPersonnelMgmt, Management (Brighton College of Technology, UK)
  • BA Ed (English) (Hons), Education/English as a second language (Ahmadu Bello University)
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Room 306, Colin Clark Building, St. Lucia Campus

    Oluremi (Remi) is an Associate Professor of Management in the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland, Australia. Remi came to the UQ Business School in 2000. Prior to this, she has had extensive teaching experience in tertiary institutions across three nations. Remi's principal research interests include conflict management, emotions, leadership, diversity, team work and employee physical work environment and territoriality. The results of her cutting-edge research have been presented in several international (e.g. US Academy of Management - AOM, European Group for Organizational Studies-EGOS & International Association of Conflict Management - IACM conference) and national conferences (e.g. Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management-ANZAM). Remi is an award-winning researcher and has published in reputable journals such as Journal of Organizational Behavior (JOB), Applied Psychology: An International Review (APIR), International Journal of Conflict Management (IJCM), and Small Group Research (SGR). She has also written many book chapters and co-edited a Handbook of Conflict Management Research published by Edward Edgar Publishers. Remi is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management and Organization and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Conflict Management and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research Journal. She is a recipient (with others) of a highly coveted Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant awarded to study the impact of employee physical work environment (e.g. office configurations) on employees' territoriality, wellbeing and productivity. She has appeared on radio (national/international) and newspapers talking about workspace issues. Remi is a member of the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI), US Academy of Management, and International Association of Conflict Management.

    Research interests

    Diversity in Organisations and Teams: Managing Workplace Diversity, Diversity training and Intercultural Communication
    Special interest in how employees from diverse ethnic backgrounds, skills and gender work together in variety of organisational settings. Also, interested in intercultural communication and diversity training, and the determination of the social and cultural factors that influence communication in workgroups. Isolating the effects of training on interpersonal, intragroup and intergroup communications patterns and outcomes in organisations and teams.
    Organisational and Team Outcomes: Trust, Innovation and Performance
    Identifying the factors associated with effective stimulation and maintenance of innovation in cross-disciplined teams. I am also interested in the interplay between conflict and trust. In particular, I am interested in identifying the processes that are effective for managing conflict productively to facilitate trust and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual teams as well as across cultural organisational boundaries.
    Organisational Physical Environment and Workspaces, Employee Territoriality, Leadership and HRM
    I am interested in organisational and teams’ physical workspaces and environment. Special interest in the effect of physical settings and employees’ territoriality on organisational and team processes of conflict and emotions and leaders’ management of workspaces. Also, identifying aspects of leaders’ attitudes, behaviours and effectiveness in leading multi-discipline and multi-cultural teams and organisations. Ascertaining the connection between HRM and organisational as well as team functioning.
    Workplace Conflict and Emotions
    I am interested in team processes of conflict, emotions and communication. Particular interests include determining sources of conflict and its related emotions as well as the management of conflict and emotions in teams and organisations.


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    • Member, Australian Institute of Management.
    • Member, US Academy of Management
    • Member, International Association of Conflict Management
    • Member, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management


    2013 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for Outstanding Reviewer 2013 for her contributions to the success of the International Journal of Conflict Management.
    2013 Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Paper Award Winner for Chen J. and Ayoko, O.B. (2012) "Conflict and trust: the mediating effects of emotional arousal and self-conscious emotions" International Journal of Conflict Management, 23(1), 19-56.
    2009 International Journal of Conflict Management, Outstanding Paper Award Winner
    2006 Research Excellence, Institute of Public Administration (IPAA, QLD Chapter)
    2002 UQ Women Fellowship
    2001 Best Paper Recognition, US Academy of Management (AOM) Conference

    Major research grants

    Title Agency Year Amount
    'Employee wellbeing and productivity: The role of territoriality, conflict and emotions' (with Professor Neal Ashkanasy, Professor Karen A. Jehn, and Professor Christopher W. Clegg). ARC Discovery 2011-2013 $245,000
    Reliable performance in teams (Qld Health) ARC Linkage 2005 $170,000
    Innovation management CSIRO/UQBS Collaborative Grant 2004 $90,000
    Org. space and conflict management UQ Development Grant 2004 $11,500
    Team diversity and innovation UQ Early Research Grant 2001 $13,500
    Managing diversity UQ New Staff Start Up Grant 2000 $10,000