7th Aotearoa New Zealand OPOB Conference | 3 December 2018

The 7th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Conference will take place at University of Auckland on Monday 3rd December 2018

This conference is now over. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Welcome to OPOB 2018 | University of Auckland

We welcome practitioners, academics and students working on topics directly in, or related to, organisational psychology and organisational behaviour. We would like this event to be inclusive.

The aim of the conference is for organisational psychology and organisational behaviour researchers and practitioners to get together and discuss their research. More specifically, the aims of this conference are to:

•          Better understand what research other organisational psychology and organisational behaviour researchers/practitioners are conducting;

•          Develop a stronger community of organisational psychology and organisational behaviour researchers/practitioners.

We believe that the conference is great value with high quality, engaging presentations and networking opportunities. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, as well as drinks at the end of the day, are included in the registration cost.

If you have any questions about this conference, please contact Dr Lixin Jiang.  

We look forward to your attendance.

From the organising committee
Lixin Jiang (University of Auckland)
Helena Cooper-Thomas (Auckland University of Technology)
Maree Roche (University of Waikato)



Important dates

Arts building, University of Auckland
  • Deadline for abstract submissions | 4pm Monday 1 October 2018
  • Review of other authors abstracts | 4pm 15 October 2018
  • Confirmation of abstract presentation | 29 October 2018
  • Registrations close | 5pm 16 November 2018
  • Conference programme available | 26 November 2018
  • Conference | 3 December 2018

Cost and registration

Science registration tag

The total conference cost is $90 per person including GST.

We have made every effort to keep this conference accessible to all by keeping costs down.

To register please download and fill out the registration form below.

Please pay the registration fee by direct credit and then email confirmation of your payment with your registration form to the organisation committee.

See the registration form for full details.

The OPOB 2018 registration form
Please download, fill in and return. Registration will be confirmed when payment is verified. (38.8 kB, MSWORD)

Submit your abstracts

Submit an abstract

We welcome submissions to present at this conference.

A range of papers will be accepted that fit under the term “research”, including but not limited to: conceptual papers, empirical studies, work-in-progress, “how to” talks, and interesting cases.

Guidelines for submissions

1. Please send your abstract of 1 page (One-inch margins, 12-point font, New Roman font, double-spacing) to opob2018@auckland.ac.nz by 4pm Monday 1 October 2018.

2. Your name may appear on more than one abstract - especially if you are a supervisor to multiple students submitting - but please only present once, so that we can ensure a diversity of research.

3. Your abstract will be peer-reviewed and reviewers’ constructive feedback will be returned to you, along with a decision regarding your presentation by 29 October 2018.

4. Please let us know early on about any travel arrangements we need to fit around, so that we don't schedule you for an early presentation slot if you are flying in to Auckland on the day of the conference, for example.

Review others' abstracts

1. If you submit an abstract, you will also be expected to blind peer review two abstracts and provide constructive feedback that can be sent directly to the submitting author(s).

2. The deadline for reviewing others’ abstracts is 4pm Monday 15 October 2018.


Arts 1 building, University of Auckland

The conference will take place at the University of Auckland in Arts 1 Building 206 (14A Symonds St) Room 201& 203.

A map will be emailed to you with the confirmation of your registration.


Science registration desk

The conference will start with a morning tea and networking at 9am, and then run through to approximately 4:30pm.

Lunch and afternoon tea, as well as drinks at the end of the day, are also provided.

  • A full programme is now available (see below).
  • A booklet of abstracts will be made available to all delegates before the conference.
  • A schedule of speakers and topics will be provided to delegates on arrival at the conference.

Programme for the 7th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour Conference




9:20   Welcome: Lixin Jiang
  Session 1: Work Design and Organisational Change  
9:30-9:45 Oldcorn & Haar (AUT) Exploring the potential of slowing down within workplaces
9:45-10:00 Gatt & Jiang (Auckland) Autonomy, belonging and well-being in a non-territorial workplace
10:00-10:15 Haar (AUT) The double-edged sword of mobile technology to work in family time
10:15-10:30 Moore & Smollan (AUT) What role do values play in employee perceptions of change?
10:30-11:00 Morning Tea  
  Session 2: Causes and Consequences of Job Insecurity  
11:00-11:15 Brougham (Massey) & Haar (AUT) Experts and non-experts’ predictions of the future of work
11:15-11:30 Zubielevitch, Sibley, & Osborne (Auckland) Gender and job security: The role of gender discrimination and system justification
11:30-11:45 Waizenegger & Seeber (AUT) Exploring the reasons, challenges and success factors of conversational agents
11:45-12:00 Probst, Chizh, Jiang (Auckland), Hu, & Austin Explaining the relationship between job insecurity and creativity
12: 00-12:15 Roemer, Roche, & Sutton (Waikato) A positive psycho-social approach towards creating readiness for change
12:15-1:15 Lunch  
  Session 3: Individual Differences in Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviours   
1:15-1:30 Chowdhury (Auckland) ‘Put your professional face on’: How young professional women manage depression in the workplace
1:30-1:45 Ghafoor & Haar (AUT) Impact of the individual proactive personality on team factors towards team creativity behaviours
1:45-2:00 Sulaiman, Toulson, Brougham, & Lempp (Massey) The relationship between religiosity and ethical decision-making: Some observations
2:00-2:15 Zhang, George & Chattopadhyay (Auckland) Not in my pay grade: The relational benefit of pay grade dissimilarity
2:15-2:30 Roche, Sutton, & van Lieshout (Waikato) Developing a short measure of psychopathy at work
2:30-3:00 Afternoon Tea  
  Session 4: Review for Daily and Extreme Events & Interventions  
3:00-3:15 Greenslade-Yeats (AUT), Cooper-Thomas (AUT), & Corner  The functions and challenges of gossip in organisations
3:15-3:30 Junaid & Parker (Massey) Understanding living under terrorism: Providing a theoretical lens from what we already know
3:30-3:45 Yong, Roche & Sutton (Waikato) Training and maintaining autonomy-supportive behaviours of supervisors in low-skilled occupations
3:45-4:00 Hissong (Third Wave Behaviour Science) & Phillips (Auckland) Connecting mission to practice: Practical tools for modernising disability service delivery
4:00-4:10   Announcement of the Michael O’Driscoll Best Paper Award
4:10-4:20   Closing: Helena Cooper-Thomas & Maree Roche
4:20   Networking and socialising