A German born economist and applied statistician by training, Professor Thomas Lange joined The Australian Catholic University (ACU) from Curtin University in 2014 and serves as Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Management in the Faculty of Law and Business. He is also an invited Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO), a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an invited Research Affiliate of the Centre for Research in Economics of Education, University of Bern.
Since his arrival, ACU has reached and sustained 'world standard' research quality ratings in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 and 2018 submissions in both, the Business & Management and Law domains.
Responsible for numerous international partnerships with leading universities in Europe, the United States and China (e.g. Oxford, Ghent, Maastricht, Joenkoeping, Georgetown, Missouri St Louis, and Nanjing), his previous leadership positions included Research Dean, Executive Dean, Pro Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.
Passionate about research and research development as a fundamental necessity in the academy, Lange is a leading authority in the empirical Human Resources (HR), Organizational Behaviour (OB) and Transformational Leadership arenas. He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of Evidence-based HRM: A Global Forum for Empirical Scholarship, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower and an Editorial Board member of the British Journal of Management. His own research papers feature in elite outlets such as Human Resource Management (US), Journal of Vocational Behavior, British Journal of Management, and The Leadership Quarterly, among others.
Management & Leadership
In his executive leadership and management roles, he worked extensively on the strengthening of academic research profiles. During his time in New Zealand, Lange also initiated and served as Founding Chair of the New Zealand Business Research Deans' Association. At the time of conferment and aged 29, he entered the academic "history books" as Britain's youngest Full Professor in a business discipline. Subsequently, he served as Britain's youngest Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor.
Through his research and scholarship endeavors he initiated, led and managed externally funded projects to the value of around $ 6 million+  - divided broadly equally between competitive grant income (primarily from the European Union and UK HE Funding Councils), contract research and invited industry consultancy. Examples in recent years include projects supported by the ILO and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (hefce) via Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF).
Policy & Strategy Advice
Lange served several governments as Specialist Advisor. His research-informed policy proposals were debated publicly during parliamentary sessions in the UK and his academic work has been covered widely by international press and media outlets. His scholarship informed the policy work of the World Bank, ILO, OECD, European Commission, United Nations, the UK House of Commons, UK Office of Fair Trading (Pensions Inquiry), the Economic Policy Advisory Group (New Zealand's National Party), the Cubie Enquiry into Higher Education Funding (Scottish Executive), Ministry of Education and Training (Government of Vietnam), numerous central and local government departments, economic development agencies, and industry associations worldwide.
Lange's scholarly work focuses on transformational leadership, organisational goal attainment, work motivation, identity, and workers' well-being.
(with L. Devereux, TC Melewar & K. Dinnie) Corporate identity orientation and disorientation: A complexity theory perspective. Journal of Business Research. 109, 413-424, 2020. ABDC A.
(with M. Audenaert, P. Carett, L.M. Shore, T. Van Waeyenberg, & A. Decramer) Leader-employee congruence of expected contributions in the employee-organization relationship. The Leadership Quarterly. 29(3), 414-422, 2018. ABDC A*.
(with M. Rizov and R. Croucher) The UK national minimum wage's impact on productivity. British Journal of Management, 27(4), 819-835, 2016. ABDC A.
(with V. Tabvuma and Y. Georgellis) Orientation Training and Job Satisfaction: A Sector and Gender Analysis. Human Resource Management (US), 54(2), 303-321, 2015. ABDC A*. [FT50]
PhD Supervision Completions
Mr Jawed Mohammed. Corporate Social Responsibility in Islam. Auckland University of Technology. 2007.
Mr Bruce Johnstone. Entrepreneurs and Organisations: A case study of the Gisborne aquaculture cluster. Auckland University of Technology. 2008.
Mr Lateef Ademola Olatunji. Foreign direct investment and regional trade agreements in Africa. Middlesex University. 2015.
Ms Elena Ageeva. Examining the influence of corporate website favourability on corporate image, corporate reputation, consumer company identification and loyalty. Middlesex University. 2017.
H index: 20
Certified professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI)
Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
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