Dr Justin Brienza

Lecturer in Management

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Overview

Justin joined UQ Business School in 2020, after teaching at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. His teaching is focused on Organisational Behaviour, Manager Skiils and Communication, and Wise Leadership. Justin earned his Honors Bachelor of Science with a double degree in Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence and Psychology at the University of Toronto, and his Masters and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Waterloo.

Justin's principle research interest is in understanding how people reason through complex social problems, with interest in reducing bias and developing and practicing wisdom and balance. Justin's work has been published in prestigious scientific journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Journal of Intelligence, as well as the latest edition of the renown Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom. These studies have examined wisdom at interpersonal, group, organizational, and societal levels, in topics such as cooperation, social economic status, teamwork, intergroup bias, and leadership. Ongoing projects include studies on the dynamics of wise leadership, training for wisdom (Business and Army Leadership), media attention and science denialism, prejudice in artificial intelligence, self-sabotage, and gender pay-gap denialism.

Justin has presented his research at international conferences such as the Academy of Management, International Association of Conflict Management, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and was presented with the Kellogg School of Management's Dispute Resolution Center Scholar Award. Justin serves as peer reviewer for journals such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Journal of Intelligence, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Journal of Cognitive Development. Justin's work has been featured in popular media outlets such as TIME, NewsWeek, and Sciencemag.com, and one of his articles is in the top 10 most upvoted social psychology papers on Reddit.

***Application for HDR/PhD student supervision are welcome***

Courses taught:

MGTS1601: Organisational Behaviour

MGTS2606: Manager Skills/Contemporary Business Communication and Organisation

MGTS7618: Wise Leadership

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Canada

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Exploring the role of perceptions of leader characteristics on subordinate resilience (e.g., well-being; ability to cope) in challenging situations.

  • Exploring the Question: What is Wise Leadership? Can it be assessed, and can it be developed?

  • Exploring contributing factors in science denialism, and how processes of science can backfire or cause negative reactions that undo positive effects of science progress.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Oakes, Harrison, Brienza, Justin P., Elnakouri, Abdo and Grossmann, Igor (2019). Wise Reasoning : Converging Evidence for the Psychology of Sound Judgment. The Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom. (pp. 202-225) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108568272.011

Journal Article

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Exploring the role of perceptions of leader characteristics on subordinate resilience (e.g., well-being; ability to cope) in challenging situations.

  • Exploring the Question: What is Wise Leadership? Can it be assessed, and can it be developed?

  • Exploring contributing factors in science denialism, and how processes of science can backfire or cause negative reactions that undo positive effects of science progress.

  • Investigating followership traits predicting preference for leader (e.g., characteristics like authoritarian, ethical, authentic, Narcissistic)

  • Biasing effect of AI on Leadership

  • How do people reason through conflicts (and other negotiations and dilemmas)?