Professor Victor Callan


School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 68013


Victor Callan AM is Professor of Management and Leadership at the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. He has an international research reputation in the fields of organisational change, leadership, work stress, and vocational training, and is one of Australia's most cited researchers in these fields.

Victor is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In the Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List, Victor was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to higher education in the field of management. Victor has been awarded the University's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision for the quality of outcomes associated with his PhD supervision. In addition, he is a recipient of two UQ Excellence in Leadership Awards for his roles in developing strong research, consulting and industry partnerships.

Victor is a regular contributor to executive education for senior managers and executives in the public and private sectors in Australia and internationally. He has completed over 100 projects as an advisor for Federal, State and local government departments including major reviews on skills, vocational education and training, major industry closures and workforce development.

He has also completed organisational and workforce development projects internationally, including for governments and organisations in South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Indonesia, Bhutan, Brunei, New Zealand, PNG and for South Pacific countries. Currently, he serves as the Academic Advisor to Australia Awards Indonesia.

Research Interests

  • Organisational Change, Leadership and Communication
    1. 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. 2. 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.

Research Impacts

Published reports for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research ( by Professor Callan are informing public policy in the areas of workforce development, apprenticeships, the application of e-learning in the workplace, and the development of improved pathways between the vocational education and higher education sectors. In addition, he has completed numerous evaluations of the effectiveness of State and Federal Government programs including evaluations of training programs in prisons; new models for the delivery of mental health services; programs to introduce more e-learning and e-assessment into workplaces; investigations into programs to assist employees impacted by large scale industry closures; and evaluations of various forms of apprenticeship models. His published academic work that consists of over 250 publications is presented into various executive education and middle manager programs for UQ, especially around applications for improved leadership, better communication, changes to workplace training and more successful change management.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales


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Book Chapter

  • McKenna, Bernard, Callan, Victor J. and Gallois, Cindy (2012). Comparing organizational and business communication. In Frank Esser and Thomas Hanitzsch (Ed.), The Handbook of Comparative Communication Research (pp. 48-63) New York and London: Routledge.

  • Callan, Victor J. and Lawrence, Sandra A. (2009). Building employee engagement, job satisfaction, health, and retention. In S. Cartwright and C.L. Cooper (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Well-Being (pp. 411-438) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199211913.001.0001

  • Callan, Victor J. (2008). Intergroup dimensions of organizational life. In W. Donsbach (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication (pp. 2381-2385) Malden, MA, U.S.A.: Blackwell Publishing. doi:10.1111/b.9781405131995.2008.x

  • Paulsen, N., Jones, E. L., Graham, P. W., Callan, V. J. and Gallois, C. (2005). Organizations as intergroup contexts: Communication, discourse, and identification. In J. Harwood and H. Giles (Ed.), Intergroup Communication: Multiple Perspectives (pp. 165-188) New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

  • Callan, V. J. (2004). How vocational education and training providers are working innovatively with industry. In S. Dawe (Ed.), Vocational education and training and innovation: Research readings 1st ed. (pp. 140-152) Adelaide: Australian National Training Authority.

  • Callan, Victor (2004). VET teacher and student attitudes about generic skills. In Jennifer Gibb (Ed.), Generic skills in vocational education and training: Research readings (pp. 53-68) Adelaide, South Australia: Australian National Training Authority.

  • Gardner, J. M. J., Paulsen, N., Gallois, C., Callan, V. J. and Monaghan, P. G. (2001). Communication in organisations: An intergroup perspective. In W. P. Robinson and H. Giles (Ed.), The New Handbook of language and Social Psychology (pp. 561-584) Chichester, England: John Wiley.

  • Callan, V. J. and Jackson, C. R. (2001). Managing and leading organizational change. In K.Parry (Ed.), Leadership in the Antipodes:Findings,implications and a leader profile (pp. 105-123) Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Terry, D. J. and Callan, V. J. (2000). Employee adjustment to an organisational change: A stress and coping perspective.. In Philip Dewe, Michael Leiter and Tom Cox (Ed.), Coping, health, and organizations (pp. 259-276) London: Taylor & Francis.

  • Jones, E., Gallois, C., Barker, M. and Callan, V. J. (1994). Communication between Chinese and Australian students and staff: Influence of sex, ethnicity, and rule violations. In Bouvy, A., van de Vijver, F. J. R., Boski, P. and Schmitz, P. G. (Ed.), Journeys into cross-cultural psychology : Selected papers from the Eleventh International Conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology held in Liège, Belgium (pp. 184-196) Lisse, Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.

  • Gallois, C., Barker, M., Jones, E. and Callan, V. J. (1992). Intercultural communication: Evaluations of lecturers and Australian and Chinese students. In Iwawaki, S., Kashima, Y. and Leung, K. (Ed.), Innovations in cross-cultural psychology (pp. 86-102) Lisse, Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers.

  • Gallois, C. and Callan, V. J. (1991). Interethnic accommodation: The role of norms. In Giles, H., Coupland, J. and Coupland, N. (Ed.), Contexts of accommodation: Developments in applied sociolinguistics (pp. 245-269) New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

  • Hannover, B., Upmeyer, A., Kaplan, M. F., Schwarz, N., Strack, F., Callan, V. J., Gallois, C., Six, B. and Eckes, T. (1989). Social perception, judgments and decisions. In Forgas, J. P. and Innes, J. M. (Ed.), Recent advances in social psychology: An international perspective (pp. 249-307) Oxford, England: International Union of Psychological Science.

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