Benjamin Walker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Management - PhD, UNSW (almost submitted), Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), UNSW

  • Bio
  • Engagement

About Benjamin


  • The Drivers of Innovation in Mid-Market Firms
    Supported by: GE Capital, the Australian Research Council and the University of NSW
    Collaborators: Associate Professor Steven Lui, Professor Chris Jackson, Associate Professor George Shinkle and Dr Salih Zeki Ozdemir​​

Thesis title

  • Investigating the Personality and Cognitions of Entrepreneurs


  • Professor Chris Jackson


  • Walker, B. R., & Jackson, C. J. (in press). Moral emotions and corporate psychopathy: A review. Journal of Business Ethics (Financial Times 45, ABDC = A, IF = 1.33)
  • Walker, B.R., & Jackson, C.J. (2014). How the Five Factor Model and Revised Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory predict divergent thinking. Personality and Individual Differences. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2013.09.011 (ABDC A, Impact Factor 1.807).
  • Goodman-Delahunty, J., & Walker, B. (2010). Academic life: An interpersonal dimension. In J. Scevak, & R. Cantwell (Eds.), An academic life: A handbook for new academics (pp.160-172). Melbourne: ACER Press.


  • Walker, B. R., Jackson, C. J., & Fung, M. C. (2016). Big Five and Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory: A Head to Head Comparison. Paper to be presented at the 2nd World Conference on Personality, Búzios, Brazil.
  • Walker, B. R., Lui, S. S., Jackson, C. J., Shinkle, G. A., & Ozdemir, S. Z. (2015). Characteristics of innovative Australian medium-sized firms. Paper to be presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Walker, B. R., Collins, M. D., Gardiner, E., O’Connor, P. J., & Jackson, C. J. (2015). How process models of personality based on revised Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory suggest a way to organize personality structure. Paper presented at International Society for the Study of Individual Differences 2015 conference, London, Ontario, Canada.
  • ​Walker, B.R, & Jackson, C.J. (2013). Risk-taking persistence predicts entrepreneurial intentions and the Dark Triad traits of psychopathy and Machiavellianism. Paper presented at the 27th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Hobart, Australia.
  • Walker, B.R, & Jackson, C.J. (2013). High sensation seeking employees: possibilities for positive and negative outcomes. Paper presented at the 27th Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Hobart, Australia.
  • Walker, B.R, & Jackson, C.J. (2013). The Dexter Effect: Disinhibition predicts the Dark Triad and entrepreneurial intentions. Paper presented at the 13th Australian Conference for Person​ality and Individual Differences, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Walker, B.R., & Jackson, C.J. (2013). Managerial implications for the impact of revised Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory on creativity. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, Florida, USA.
  • Walker, B.R, & Jackson, C.J. (2012). Maximising the creative potential of high sensation seeking employees. Paper presented at the 12th Australian Conference for Personality and Individual Differences, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Collins, C.G., & Walker, B.R. (2011). Extreme personalities in teams: How long does it take for a ‘bad apple’ to spoil the barrel? Paper presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
  • Walker, B.R., & Collins, C.G. (2011). The unconscientious ‘bad apple’: The effect of the conscientiousness facets on team emergent states and team effectiveness. Paper presented at the 9th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Research interests

  • Innovation
  • Organizational behavior ​
  • Cognition
  • Personality
  • Entrepreneurship

Research grants

  • School of Management grant ($6000)
  • UNSW Australia Business School ​Lab grant ($3000)



  • Newspaper interviews: Financial Times (London), Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald
  • Radio interviews: 2UE, 2GB, ABC Radio National, 702 ABC Sydney


  • Guest lecture for postgraduate course Managing and Leading People
  • Tutoring for undergraduate course Managing Organisational Behaviour"