Associate Professor Neil Paulsen

Associate Professor

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Neil's research interests focus on leadership, organisational change and identity processes. Current projects explore the role of professional identity in organisational culture change, leadership transition in health teams, and the challenge for organisations adapting to employees with Autism. Neil is also investigating a social identity model of followership and mechanisms related to collective action.

Neil Paulsen is an Associate Professor within the Management group in the UQBS. He has over twenty years direct industry experience as a successful senior manager and consultant in public, private, and community sector organisations. His research includes the development of intergroup perspectives on organisational behaviour and change, identity processes and leadership transitions. He has published his work in international refereed journals and chapters, and in an edited book (with Tor Hernes). Neil has presented his work at a number of premier international and national management conferences. He has been the recipient of five ARC Linkage Grants. Research partners include organisations such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, CSIRO, and Queensland Health. Neil received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Management in 2001, the UQBS Teaching Excellence Award (Postgraduate) in 2006, and was the 2006 recipient of the ANZAM Management Educator of the Year Award (sponsored by Pearson Education). In 2009 he received the inaugural UQBS Executive Education Award and again in 2016. In 2011 Neil also received the UQBS Industry Engagement Award. In 2013 along with other colleagues, Neil received a UQ Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) for his role in developing the MBA program and in 2014 a National APEL award for the same program.

Research Interests

  • Leadership
    Leadership in groups and teams, including the role of group identity.
  • Organisational change
    Develops an intergroup perspective on communication and change processes in organisational contexts
  • Social innovation and community engagement
    Examines effective organisational community engagement strategies. Interested in the role of social business and social entrepreneurship.
  • Innovation in teams
    Examines the influence of intra and intergroup processes on innovation in teams.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Counseling, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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