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Otago PhD candidate Appointed to ANZAM Board of Directors

Thursday, 2 October 2014

At its meeting last week the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Board unanimously approved Otago Business School's Management PhD candidate Andrei Lux's application to become one of the ANZAM Doctoral Representatives on the Board.

Andrei has been invited to attend the ANZAM Doctoral Workshop and Conference in Sydney in early December this year.

Otago Business School Department of Management Head, Ian McAndrew, was thrilled with Andrei's appointment.

"Andrei's appointment is another step towards a successful 2015 ANZAM Conference which we will host here in Dunedin.  I am certain that Andrei will be very comfortable and competent in his new role and represent the Otago Business School well."

Andrei's Academic Interests

PhD topic: Culture as a moderator of the relationship between followers’ perceptions of authentic leadership and their positive organisational outcomes.

The research is positioned as a cross‐cultural study that implements quantitative methods to explore the moderation effect of culture on the relationship between followers’ perceptions of authentic leadership and their positive organisational outcomes. At this stage there is strong theoretical support for authentic leadership being universally effective, but functioning differently across various cultural settings, with some of the dimensions appealing more to certain followers and less to others. As such, authentic leadership constitutes a uniquely useful approach to international business as a break from the conventional contingency-based leadership models. Culture is explored from both the traditional values-based perspective, as well as from a more contemporary approach that differentiates people by their underlying cognitive processes – known broadly as ‘analytical vs. holistic thought’. Followers’ job satisfaction and organisational commitment serve as proxies for gauging leadership efficacy, as is keeping with proven successful methods in leadership research.

Andrei's Background

Andrei graduated with a Master of Business with Honours (First Class) from the Auckland University of Technology, majoring in Management. He co-authored a paper from his dissertation research and presented it at the 2012 Academy of International Business Conference in Washington, DC. Since then, he has been awarded the University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship for the three-year term of his PhD, which he is currently undertaking full-time at the Dunedin campus. Andrei’s primary research interests are focused on business leadership in the international context. His research investigates the moderating effects of culture and one’s identification with their leader on the relationship between followers’ perceptions of authentic leadership and the positive outcomes of job satisfaction and organisational commitment.

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