PhD Scholarship, Developing Leaders for Effective and Ethical Workplace through the Servant Leadership Approach

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, fixed term (3-year scholarship, Annual Stipend $27,596) Hawthorn campus
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Developing Leaders for Effective and Ethical Workplace

About the Scholarship
This exciting PhD scholarship is within the area of leadership development, with a key focus of the servant leadership approach. In this PhD project, Swinburne research team together with the partner institution is interested in examining the antecedents of servant leadership behaviour.

Increasing high-profile scandals in both private and public sectors have raised important questions about the roles our leaders play. Employee well-being and mental health issues are the effects of bullying tactics by leaders who in turn support a bullying culture. These concerning trends in leadership have prompted an urgent review and encouraged the investigation into a ‘new’ type of leadership. Partnering institution ‘English Tea Shop’ employs a totally non-authoritarian, but objectively participatory and empowering leadership style. Swinburne research team with the support of English Tea Shop are interested in examining the antecedents of servant leadership behaviour as a key driving factor in building effective and ethical workplace culture.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Forge strong industry connections, become workplace ready and gain an edge on the competition. Swinburne’s Faculty of Business and Law equips you with the knowledge and skill-set to thrive in the future of business, including the opportunity to conduct impactful research into the changing shape of industry, economy and society.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
  • A bachelor’s degree with honours, preferably in Psychology (or related fields) or a research master’s degree relevant to the research topic
  • Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including written and oral communication
  • Experience and willingness to undertake experimental research

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further enquires please contact Professor Sen Sendjaya, on +613 9214 5339 or via email at, or Dr Asanka Gunasekara on +613 9214 5617 or via email at

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Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on 8 March 2020

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