Alex Luksyte

Associate Professor, BA Vilnius, MA PhD Houston

  • The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 339 Citations
  • 10 h-Index

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Personal profile


Aleksandra Luksyte is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia Business School. She received her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2011 from University of Houston, Texas, USA. As the recipient of the international Fulbright scholarship, during 2005-5007 she conducted research on employee motivation at University of California Berkeley, California, USA. Before her academic career she worked as HR manager at a marketing company in Lithuania. During her graduate studies she was involved in applied projects with the energy sector companies such as ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco. Her research focuses on two primary domains: 1) overqualification or underemployment and 2) diversity at the workplace.

Roles and responsibilities

Editorial Board:

Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

Funding overview

2017-2019: ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA). Luksyte, A. “Overqualification: How to minimise negative and maximise positive”($370,000)

2016-2021: SSHRC Insight Grant. Shen, W., & Luksyte, A. “Adaptability or inconsistency? Understanding antecedents and consequences of change in leadership behaviors” ($107,346 CAD)

2016: UWA Teaching Relief “Why do organisations shy away from hiring overqualified immigrant applicants?” ($13,198)

2014-2015: UWA Business School Development Award. Chen, Z., Luksyte, A., & Unsworth, K. “Think loud by thinking of your home first: Why and how does nostalgia foster individual creativity?” ($10,000)
2014-2015: BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Award. Luksyte, A., Bauer, T. N., Debus, M., Erdogan, B., & Wu, C. (2014). Understanding overqualified employees: A cross-cultural study of when positive behaviors and attitudes possible ($21,624).
2013-2014: UWA Business School Development Award. Luksyte, A., & Unsworth, K. Is all creativity created equal? Examining types of creativity and their consequences for employment outcomes($13,531).
2012-2013: UWA Business School Development Award. Luksyte, A., & Day, D.V. Why do leaders derail? Exploring and developing leadership overqualification as an explanatory concept ($11,000).
2012-2014: SHRM Foundation grant. Luksyte, A., & Cordery, J. “Overqualification among different demographic groups: Consequences and moderators” ($83,964).
2011-2012: UWA Business School Development Award. Luksyte, A., & Yeo, G. “Releasing the beast:” The interactive effects of presenteeism and demographic dissimilarity on co-worker’s task engagement, helping, and counterproductive work behaviors ($15,000).

Teaching overview

HRMT2237/ HRMT5504 Introduction to Human Resource Management


In the overqualification/underemployment domain, she examines the effects of overqualification on employee performance, voluntary turnover, and well-being as well as processes underlying these linkages and boundary conditions under which overqualified employees are either happy, productive, and loyal to the organization or unhappy, counterproductive, and voluntarily quit their jobs. She also investigates overqualification in different populations (e.g., whether women are more likely than men feel overqualified because of glass ceiling, career disruptions, or whether and why overqualification is more prevalent among immigrants than citizens, etc.).
In the diversity domain, she examines the effects of race, gender, age, and immigrant status on decision-making (e.g., advice taking, performance appraisal, promotion, etc.) and employee performance and well-being.

Research expertise keywords

  • Overqualified/ Underemployed Employees And Applicants
  • Person-Environment (Mis)Fit
  • Demographic Diversity, Discrimination, Stereotyping, And Biases In The Workplace
  • Presenteeism And Voluntary Turnover
  • Creativity And Innovation

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Research Output

  • 339 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Other output
  • 1 Conference paper

Making sense of organisational change failure: An identity lens

Hay, G. J., Parker, S. K. & Luksyte, A., 27 Feb 2020, In : Human Relations.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Improving organizational newcomers’ creative job performance through creative process engagement: The moderating role of a synergy diversity climate

    Richard, O. C., Avery, D. R., Luksyte, A., Boncoeur, O. D. & Spitzmueller, C., 14 Jan 2019, In : Personnel Psychology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Motivations, experiences and emotions: being an SES volunteer

    Kragt, D., Luksyte, A., Dunlop, P., Holtrop, D. & Gagne, M., 2019, Hazard Notes.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)