Professor Victor Callan


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


Victor is Professor of Change Management and Leadership at the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School 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 = 63) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences. 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 and industry partnerships. He is the recipient of 15 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage grants, and for the ARC served as member and Deputy Chair on the national Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2010, 2012) Research and Evaluation Committees.

Victor is a regular contributor to executive education and workshops for senior executives and managers in the public and private sectors in the areas of organisational, workforce and leadership development, and change management. Recent projects include workshops and reports on skills development, innovation and change management for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia's Chief Scientist, the South Australian Government, the World Bank and Chinese Steel companies. He has completed over 100 projects for Federal, State and local government departments including major reviews on skills, vocational education and training, industry closures 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
    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. He has also completed evaluations of the effectiveness of numerous State and Federal Government programs including evaluations of training programs in our prisons, new models for the delivery of mental health services, programs to introduce more e-learning and e-assessment into our workplaces, investigations into programs to assist employees impacted by 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 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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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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