Sandra Kiffin-Petersen

Dr, BAppSc Curtin, BA Murdoch, MBA PhD University of Western Australia

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Sandra Kiffin-Petersen is a Senior Lecturer at the UWA Business School where she teaches and consults in the areas of organisational behaviour and leadership, work team effectiveness and negotiation. She has taught courses on the undergraduate, postgraduate and executive management programs. Sandra has been nominated numerous times for various internal and external teaching awards, most recently in 2021 for MGMT5501 Organisational Behaviour. She has been awarded Excellence in Teaching Awards for postgraduate education in 2004 and 2008 from the Business School.

Awarded a PhD in organisational behaviour in 2003, Sandra's research interests include emotions in the workplace, work team effectiveness and trust within organisations. Sandra is an active researcher who has published papers and presented numerous papers on these topics at conferences in Europe, United States, New Zealand and Australia. In 2006 Sandra received a Best Paper Award and a Best Paper Award for a co-authored paper in the Leadership stream at the annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference. She was also named as an Outstanding Reviewer by the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division of the Academy of Management (US) in 2014.

Over the years Sandra has consulted with a number of private sector organisations in areas ranging from the design of effective work teams to conducting negotiation training. Sandra has also delivered workshops on teams and negotiation skills through the AIM WA-UWA Executive Alliance. She has been a member of the Organisational Behaviour and Managerial and Organizational Cognition divisions of the Academy of Management (USA) and of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.

Sandra was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend for Doctoral Studies (1996 - 1999). She was also awarded a Teaching Fellowship in 2005.

Roles and responsibilities

Editorial Board position: Australian Journal of Management (Organizational Psychology)

Review Editor position: Frontiers in Psychology (Organizational Psychology)

Graduate Research Coordinator (Management & Organisations)

Chair, HDR Subcommittee Business School

Research Committee Member Business School

MBA Advisory Committee Member

Business School Institutional Representative for the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management


Emotions in work life
Trust in organisations
Individual differences

Current projects

A prototypical analysis of trust in artificial intelligence: An autonomous vehicle case, with Professor Sharon Purchase, Associate Professor Doina Olaru and Dr Brett Smith, University of Western Australia, Perth, AUSTRALIA

Effect of emotions on trainee surgeons’ learning and performance in the operating room, with Dr Joseph Carpini, University of Western Australia and Prof. Yee Leung, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth, AUSTRALIA

Shame and unethical behavior in organisations, with Dr Steven Murphy, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, CANADA

Future research

Complex Cognitive-Emotional Interactions and Work Design

Shame: A Review and Multilevel Model

Prototypical Methodologies in Management Research

Funding overview

Smith, B., Olaru, D., Purchase, S., and Kiffin-Petersen, S. 2022. How to ask better open-ended questions. The fate of the “Do you have anything more to add?",  UWA Business School Future Fund Research Award, $5,000.

Purchase, S., Kiffin-Petersen, S. A., Olaru, D., and Smith, B. 2021, A prototypical analysis of trust in artificial intelligence: An autonomous vehicle case, UWA Business School Future Fund Research Award, $5,000.

Cordery, J., Morrison, D., Soo, C. and Kiffin-Petersen, S.A. 2009, Improving knowledge transfer from training providers to organisations, ARC Linkage Project with AIM WA, $232,421.

Kiffin-Petersen, S. A. 2008, A longitudinal study of the effect emotional labour has on the well-being and customer orientation of sales employees, UWA Research Development Award, $15,000.

Kiffin-Petersen, S. A., Jordan, L., and Soutar, G. 2007, Emotional labour profiles: A replication and extension in the service sector, UWA Business School Research Grants Scheme, $12,000.

Kiffin-Petersen, S. A. 2005, Development of interpersonal skills in MBA students, Teaching Fellowship, University of Western Australia’s Teaching and Learning Committee,$20,000.

Teaching overview

MGMT5501 Organisational Behaviour 

MGMT5508 Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

MGMT5647 Negotiation Behaviour 

Teaches MBA and Executive MBA postgraduate students in the areas of Organisational Behaviour and Negotiation Behaviour.

Industrial relevance

Kiffin-Petersen, S. A., Leung, Y., & Carpini, J. (2016, October). Tears, fears and cheers: Effects of trainee surgeons' emotions on learning and performance in the operating theatre. Presentation at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Annual Scientific Meeting: East Meets West (16-19 October, 2016), Perth, AUSTRALIA.

Invited address at the above conference in the medical education session.



Previous positions

1997-1999, Lecturer, Honours co-ordinator, Department of Organisational & Labour Lecturer, studies, UWA
1994-1995, Associate Lecturer, Department of Organisational & Labour Studies, UWA; Course Co-ordinator Organisational Behaviour
1992-1993, Private Management Consultant
1992-1994, Casual Tutor in Organisational Behaviour, UWA

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Industry keywords

  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Retail

Research expertise keywords

  • Emotions and work life
  • Human resource management
  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal skills training
  • Interpersonal trust within organisations
  • Negotiation
  • Work team effectiveness


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