Dr Michael Collins

Lecturer in Management

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Michael joined the Business School in 2019 after completing a PhD in Organisation and Management at UNSW Business School in 2016. Prior to this he served as a Commissioned Officer in the Australian Defence Force for 15 years and as a Director of a management consultancy until 2018.

During this period he gained extensive front-line to executive leadership experience across a diverse range of organisations and cultures. He has worked across a broad range of industries, including finance, mining, rail and government, and his consulting expertise encompasses organisation development and learning, talent management and leadership assessment and development.

Research Interests

  • Leadership
    How personality and attention influence leadership in complex, ambiguous and demanding situations
  • Safety Performance
    How personality and attention influences safety performance in high-risk environments

Research Impacts

Michael’s research examines individual performance in complex, ambiguous and demanding situations. He draws on contemporary theories of personality and intelligence to explain how the performance context impacts attention, emotions and behaviour. For example, he has examined how demanding performance tasks influence leader emotions and behaviour, and how emotions and attention impact safe train driving performance. His research has been published in leading journals including Psychological Bulletin, The Leadership Quarterly and Safety Science.


  • Graduate Diploma in Business, CURTIN
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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