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Burak Oc

Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Burak Oc is currently an associate professor at the Melbourne Business School.

Prior to joining Melbourne Business School, Burak was at the University of Western Australia Business School (UWABS) as a Senior Lecturer for 2 years. He has also worked as an assistant professor at Bocconi University and as a visiting scholar at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University.

Burak earned his B.A. in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, holds a Master's in Management from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and completed his doctoral work in Economics, Finance and Management in 2014 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

His main research interests are Leadership, Power, and Organisational Justice. His current research examines how subordinates actively shape the behaviour of those with power over them through a process of social influence, and how different behavioural styles, in turn, shape subordinates’ perceptions and behaviours over time.

Other research interests include organisational justice (in groups and over time), employee voice, cross-cultural leadership, and leader humility. Burak’s work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and The Leadership Quarterly. Additionally, he is currently serving as an editorial board member at Journal of Organizational Behavior and ad-hoc reviewer for Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Discoveries, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Leadership Quarterly, and Strategic Management Journal.


Notable Research & Publications


Oc, Burak, Ekaterina Netchaeva, and Maryam Kouchaki. 2021. "It’s a man’s world! The role of political ideology, gender role attitudes, and threat in the early stages of leader recruitment". Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 162: 24-41. doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2020.10.017.

Oc, Burak, Michael A. Daniels, James M. Diefendorff, Michael R. Bashshur, and Gary J. Greguras. 2019. "Humility Breeds Authenticity: How Leader Authentic Humility Shapes Follower Vulnerability and Authenticity". Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 158: 112-125. doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2019.04.008.

Oc, Burak, Michael R. Bashshur, and Celia Moore. 2019. "Head Above the Parapet: How Minority Subordinates Influence Group Outcomes and the Consequences They Face for Doing So". Journal of Applied Psychology 104 (7): 929-945. doi:10.1037/apl0000376.

Oc, Burak. 2018. "Contextual Leadership: A Systematic Review Of How Contextual Factors Shape Leadership And Its Outcomes". The Leadership Quarterly 29 (1): 218-235. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2017.12.004.

Oc, Burak, Michael R. Bashshur, and Celia Moore. 2015. "Speaking Truth To Power: The Effect Of Candid Feedback On How Individuals With Power Allocate Resources". Journal Of Applied Psychology 100 (2): 450-463. doi:10.1037/a0038138.

†Bashshur, Michael R., and †Burak Oc. 2015. "When Voice Matters". Journal Of Management 41 (5): 1530-1554. doi:10.1177/0149206314558302.

Oc, Burak, Michael R. Bashshur, Michael A. Daniels, Gary J. Greguras, and James M. Diefendorff. 2015. "Leader Humility In Singapore". The Leadership Quarterly 26 (1): 68-80. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2014.11.005.

Oc, Burak, and Michael R. Bashshur. 2013. "Followership, Leadership And Social Influence". The Leadership Quarterly 24 (6): 919-934. doi:10.1016/j.leaqua.2013.10.006. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0197848.

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