Professor Victor Callan
Victor Callan
Professor of Leadership and Management
  • PhD, Applied Social Psychology (Australian National University)
  • BA (Hons 1st class), Psychology (The University of New South Wales)
+61 7 334 68013
Room 553, Colin Clark Building, St. Lucia Campus

    Victor is Professor of Management and Leadership at the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School, and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Queensland. He has an international research reputation in the fields of organisational change, work stress, and leadership. He has published in the world's leading management and psychology journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, and Leadership Quarterly, to name a few. He is one of the most cited management Professors in Australia (H index = 62) and based on this record of achievement was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Victor has won the University's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision for the quality of outcomes associated with PhD supervision. He is also a recipient of two UQ Excellence in Leadership Awards for his roles in developing research partnerships. He is the recipient of 16 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage grants, and for the ARC served on the national Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2010, 2012) Research and Evaluation Committees. In 2016 he was invited to join a high profile research team that investigated skills development in Australia’s most innovative organisations in a project funded by the Federal Chief Scientist.

    Victor is a regular contributor to executive education and workshops for senior executives and managers in the areas of organisational, workforce and leadership development. In the past he has consulted to major businesses such as Qantas, Shell, New Zealand Telecom, BHPBilliton, Xstrata, Suncorp and Bank of Queensland, and served on a Queensland Government board. Several recent projects for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the World Bank have seen him delivering initiatives to build skills and workforce capability in the public sectors in Africa and Indonesia. He has completed over 100 projects for Federal, State and local government departments including major reviews on skills, training, service delivery and workforce development. He has also completed organisational and workforce development projects internationally, including for governments in New Zealand, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Indonesia, Bhutan, Brunei, India, Malaysia and for South Pacific countries.

    Research interests

    Organisational Change, Leadership and Communication
    Special interest in employees experience with large scale organisational change, examining their levels of adaptation, coping resources and strategies, as well as views about the communication and leadership of change.
    Skills and capabilities
    Examinations of effective responses to skills development and shortages, including strategies around recognition of prior learning, e-learning, new models of apprenticeships and strategies to assist displaced older workers.


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    • Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
    • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors


    Elected as Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
    Recipient of the UQ Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision
    Recipient of the UQ Award for Excellence in Leadership
    Recipient of the UQ Award for Excellence in Leadership as a member of the ERA 2015 Steering Committee
    Member and Deputy Chair, Research Evaluation Committee, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2010, 2012
    Best Paper Conference Awards including US Academy of Management, International Communication Association, International Congress of Psychology

    Major research grants

    Title Agency Year Amount
    Managing key professional transitions in the health sector ARC Linkage Grant 2011-2015 $470,000
    Socialisation of new employees ARC Linkage Grant 2007-2010 $253,000
    Medical networks ARC Linkage Grant 2006-2009 $260,000
    Site Level Community Processes in the Australian Minerals Industry ARC Linkage Grant 2004-2007 $279,475
    Management of Information Technology Based Organisational Change ARC Linkage Grant 2003-2006 $165,000
    Employee Adjustment to Organisational Change ARC Linkage Grant 2001-2002 $84,000
    Communicating Organisational Change ARC Linkage/SPIRT 1998-2000 $223,150
    Eight other ARC projects on communication, language and groups ARC Discovery 1984-2001 Undisclosed