Frank De Wit (Research Fellow)

Frank de Wit joined Melbourne Business School in 2013 as a McKenzie Research Fellow.

Granted by the University of Melbourne, the McKenzie fellowship is awarded to new researchers who have the potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties.

Prior to Melbourne Business School, Frank was an Assistant Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology at Leiden University and PhD candidate while completing his qualification in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Frank’s research has been published in distinguished journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Organizational Behavior and more. It focuses on the impact of workplace conflict on team and individual well-being and performance.

Frank also teaches Negotiations on our part-time MBA program.


 ‘Whether power holders construe their power as responsibility or opportunity influences their tendency to take advice from others.’ De Wit, FRC, Scheepers, DT, Ellemers, N, Sassenberg, K, & Scholl, A, January 2017. Journal of Organizational Behavior, in press.

Task conflict, information processing, and decision-making: The damaging effect of relationship conflict’, De Wit, FRC, Jehn, KA & Scheepers, D, November 2013, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, vol. 122, no. 2, pp. 177–189.

Cardiovascular reactivity and resistance to opposing viewpoints during intragroup conflict’, De Wit, FRC, Scheepers, D & Jehn, KA, November 2012, Psychophysiology, vol. 49, no. 11, pp. 1691–1699.

The paradox of intragroup conflict: A meta-analysis’, De Wit, FRC, Greer, LL & Jehn, KA, March 2012, Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 97, no. 2, pp. 360–390.

Social power makes the heart work more efficiently: Evidence from cardiovascular markers of challenge and threat’, Scheepers, DT, De Wit, FRC, Ellemers, N & Sassenberg, K, 2011, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 371–374.


Winner of the Outstanding Dissertation Award of the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM), 2015

Runner-up for the Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award, supported by the Journal of Management Studies and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, 2014

Runner-up for the American Psychological Association Best Dissertation Award for research on small groups, 2014

Winner of the Best Student Paper Award, Academy of Management, Conflict Management Division, 2013


Frank De Wit
Research Fellow QUALIFICATIONS PHD, MPHIL, LEIDEN UNIVERSITY AREAS OF EXPERTISE Negotiations, team conflict, group decision-making, psychophysiology, social power, advice taking, stress, meta-analysis TOPICS Workplace diversity, cultural diversity, emotion regulation, information-processing biases, animal behaviour INDUSTRIES Higher education, consulting, human resources management, health GEOGRAPHIES Australia, Netherlands Contact: