Peter Heslin


School of Management - PhD | MPsyc, Applied | BA (Hons)

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About Peter

Peter is an Associate Professor of Management, registered psychologist, and UNSW Scientia Education Fellow who lives his passion for discovering and sharing useful ideas through his research, teaching, and consulting focused on the role of mindset dynamics in management, leadership development, and career success.

After completing a Master of Industrial/Organisational Psychology at UNSW and working for three years as a management consultant at KPMG, Peter did his PhD in Organisational Behavior and HRM at the University of Toronto with Secretary of State Professor of Organisational Effectiveness Gary Latham. Following his six years as an Assistant Professor of Management at the Cox School of Business in Dallas Texas, Peter began his current role as an Associate Professor of Management at UNSW. 

Peter's research appears in leading academic journals including such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, and Personnel Psychology. The practical implications for managers of his scholarship on mindsets and careers appear in Harvard Business Review and Organizational Dynamics and the impact of his research can be seen here. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board of the following A* scholarly journals: Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Peter co-developed (with Geoff Mortimore) and is Course Coordinator of The Executive Blueprint and Managing Yourself and Others. These highly-rated courses, which launch AGSM students into their Master of Business Administration (Executive) and Master of Management programs, are designed to prime students to be in learning mode during not only their academic studies but also regarding how they collaborate with their class colleagues and how they craft and enact their career. Beyond UNSW, Peter has delivered celebrated workshops on how to be in learning mode both internationally and locally in organisations including BHP, Downer, CSIRO, the Department of Industry, and Westpac.

Peter won the C. Jackson Grayson Endowed Faculty Innovation Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching (2006), the Academy of Management's Best Overall Paper in Management Education Award (2012), and the AGSM MBA Programs Teaching Excellence in a Core Course Award (2014). In 2018 he won the UNSW Business School's Bill Birkett Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching and the UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Since 2012, he has been the UNSW Business School Academic Fellow of Warrane College. In 2013-14, he served as the Chair of the Academy of Management Careers Division. In 2018, he began a five-year term as a Fellow of the UNSW Scientia Education Academy, wherein he aims to help colleagues be in learning mode regarding their quest to efficiently provide UNSW students with inspiring educational experiences.