Associate Professor Tyler Okimoto

Associate Professor

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Overview

TYLER G. OKIMOTO is an Associate Professor in Management in the UQ Business School where he teaches courses on leadership, human resources, negotiation, and decision-making in the Undergraduate, MBA, and Executive levels. Prior to joining UQ, he received his Ph.D. in Social and Organisational Psychology from New York University in 2005, and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Psychology at Flinders University in Australia, and in the School of Management at Yale University.

Dr. Okimoto's research tackles issues of social justice in organizations, politics, and society more broadly, particularly how biases in organisational and ethical decision-making contribute to discrimination, unethical practices, injustice, and conflict within and between groups. In 2012 he was awarded the Early Career Researcher Award from the International Society for Justice Research for his contributions to the understanding of conflict and justice repair. He currently holds two major research grants studying the barriers preventing effective reconciliation and reintegration in the aftermath of workplace transgressions (SSHRC Grant, Canada), as well as following major socio-political disputes (ARC Discovery).

Research Interests

  • Conferral of Status and Legitimacy to Women in Leadership
    Women are still heavily under-represented in the highest positions of power and influence. Part of this glass ceiling effect is driven by persisting gender stereotypes, stereotypes leading observers to judge a male manager’s legitimacy as a leader based on his effectiveness, while judging a female manager’s legitimacy based on both effectiveness and social appeal/warmth. How can women effectively manage the balance between perceptions of warmth and competence? Why is there such a strong moral-affective reaction against female leaders? What can organisations do to minimize the prevalence of stereotype-driven bias in their HRM practices?
  • Conflict Management / Justice Restoration
    The experience of injustice and unfairness is inevitable in social, community, and organisational domains. However, it is often quite difficult to address such violations, partly because people have starkly different ideas about what is required to do “justice” (e.g., compensation, punishment, forgiveness, apologies, revenge, restorative conferencing). Why and under what conditions do people prefer one response over another? How can we predict when different responses will be deemed acceptable and legitimate by victims, offenders, and third-party observers? And what can organisational decision-makers do to minimize the divergence in opinions about justice?
  • Ethical Decision-Making in Leadership
    Despite the apparent prevalence of greed and deception by organisational and political leaders, most people actually have both a keen understanding of what constitutes a fair and ethically appropriate decision, as well as the desire to act in a fair/ethical manner. But even with both the knowledge and motivation, people still make objectively unethical decisions. In practice, it is difficult to remain vigilant in suppressing the non-conscious biases that colour our decisions, biases stemming from cultural stereotypes, ideologies, and intergroup dynamics. How do these unintended biases undermine our attempts to behave fairly and ethically? What can we do to avoid these decision-making pitfalls, errors that ultimately undermine our ability to make effective and socially responsible decisions?
  • Inter- and Intra-group Dynamics/Organisational Identification
    The beliefs, attitudes, and motivation of employees in organisations are affected by their level of organisational identification – the extent to which they define themselves as members of the collective group. How does identification affect reactions to threats, both intragroup (from within the organisation; e.g., deviance, betrayal, disrespect) and intergroup (e.g., competition, defamation)? What are the positive and negative consequences of such threats for the effectiveness of an organisation?

Research Impacts

Dr Okimoto's research has been featured in a variety of news media and policy outlets, including features on Good Morning America, the NPR Morning Show (USA), the recent book, ‘How to Publish High Impact Research’ (APA), and the American Association of University Women 2010 report, ‘Why so few? Women in STEM.’

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts, New York University
  • Bachelor of Arts, New York University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, New York University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2016) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Wenzel, Michael and Okimoto, Tyler G. (2016). Retributive justice. In Clara Sabbagh and Manfred Schmitt (Ed.), Handbook of social justice theory and research (pp. 237-256) New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-3216-0_13

  • Mullen, Elizabeth and Okimoto, Tyler G. (2015). Compensatory justice. In Russell S. Cropanzano and Maureen L. Ambrose (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Justice in the Workplace (pp. 477-496) New York, NY, United States: Oxford Univerisity Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199981410.001.0001

  • Okimoto, Tyler G., Wenzel, Michael and Platow, Michael J. (2010). Restorative justice: Seeking a shared identity in dynamic intragroup contexts. In Elizabeth A. Mannix, Margaret A. Neale and Elizabeth Mullen (Ed.), Fairness and groups (pp. 205-244) Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. doi:10.1108/S1534-0856(2010)0000013011

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Okimoto, Tyler and Blader, Steven (2013). Ingroup bias in the enactment of organizational fairness. In: Martin Grimmer and Rob Hecker, Proceedings of the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing from the Edge. ANZAM Conference 2013: 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Hobart, Australia, (). 4-6 December 2013.

  • Okimoto, Tyler and Gromet, Dena (2013). The influence of offender amends and victim forgiveness on reintegration. In: Martin Grimmer and Rob Hecker, Proceedings of the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing from the Edge. ANZAM Conference 2013: 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Hobart, TAS, Australia, (). 4-6 December, 2013.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor