Dr Justin Brienza

Senior Lecturer

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, Nature Communications, Social and Personality Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 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.

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

Courses taught:

MGTS1601: Organisational Behaviour

MGTS2606: Manager Skills/Contemporary Business Communication and Organisation

MGTS7618: Wise Leadership

RBUS6933: Research Design for Honours

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of Waterloo

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • I welcome HDR applicants eager to pursue research in the area of wisdom and wise reasoning in work and social contexts. Examples may include topics in leadership, conflict resolution (e.g., intergroup relations, interdisciplinary and ethno-cultural diversity management), perceptions of wisdom, or artificial intelligence, but student proposals are also welcome!

    Applicants must have current understanding of the psychological literatures in i) wisdom and ii) the specific context(s) in which they are interested.

    Applicants with honours or masters research degree in psychology (any stream) are preferred.

    Applicants must have demonstrated skills in:

    1. conceptualization and theory development

    2. survey methodology (Qualitrics) and experimental design

    3. study pre-registration

    4. sampling and study contextualization

    5. data analysis (R and SPSS)

    6. data visualization (graphs, simple-slopes, heat maps, violin and cloud plotting)

    7. APA-format reporting

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Harati, Hamidreza, Ashkanasy, Neal M., Brienza, Justin Peter and Aslani, Soroush (2022). The effect of negative feedback types on task performance. 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Seattle, WA, United States, 5-9 August 2022. Briarcliff Manor, NY, United States: Academy of Management. doi: 10.5465/ambpp.2022.13944abstract

  • Brienza, Justin P., McKenna, Bernard and Intezari, Ali (2022). Perceptions of leader wisdom and follower resilience in crises. Society for the Study of Human Development 2021-2022 Conference Series, Online, 4-5 April 2022. Gainesville, FL, United States: Society For The Study Of Human Development.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

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.

  • I welcome HDR applicants eager to pursue research in the area of wisdom and wise reasoning in work and social contexts. Examples may include topics in leadership, conflict resolution (e.g., intergroup relations, interdisciplinary and ethno-cultural diversity management), perceptions of wisdom, or artificial intelligence, but student proposals are also welcome!

    Applicants must have current understanding of the psychological literatures in i) wisdom and ii) the specific context(s) in which they are interested.

    Applicants with honours or masters research degree in psychology (any stream) are preferred.

    Applicants must have demonstrated skills in:

    1. conceptualization and theory development

    2. survey methodology (Qualitrics) and experimental design

    3. study pre-registration

    4. sampling and study contextualization

    5. data analysis (R and SPSS)

    6. data visualization (graphs, simple-slopes, heat maps, violin and cloud plotting)

    7. APA-format reporting