Associate Professor Alessandra Capezio

Alessandra Capezio


Research School of Management

Associate Professor
Phone number
+61 2 612 51754
Room 1073, LF Crisp Bld (26)
Research areas

Evidence-based decision-making & practice in organisations (in the domains of people management, leadership, change, and boards); critical systems thinking and complexity leadership; boards and governance; conduct risk & unethical behaviour; career development.


Alessandra Capezio is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour in the ANU Research School of Management, Fellow of the Centre for Evidence Management, and the ANU MBA Director.

Alessandra's overarching purpose  as an organisational scholar-practitioner and educator, is to help people, leaders, and boards, to make more evidence-informed decisions in complex work environments, ultimately for the betterment of society.

Alessandra is committed to questioning and 'breaking through' silos, fault-lines, entrenched ways of thinking, relating and doing, and logics and orthodoxies that get in the way of effective organisational decision-making. 

Alessandra’s teaching, research, and practice focus on:

1) Tools and techniques to enable transdisciplinary problem-solvingmeta-cognitive skills, cognitive agility, critical & analytical thinking to improve decisions and judgement at the individual, top-management team, and board levels;

2) Barriers and enablers of responsible and evidence-based organisational decision-making and practice.

3) Decisions, behaviours, practices, and processes of boards in both public and private sectors. 

Alessandra's research has been published in a number of top-tier journals, including from the Financial Times Top 50 list, including Journal of ManagementHuman RelationsJournal of Management Studies, Journal of Organizational BehaviorJournal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Career Assessment.

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Twitter: @AlessCapezio


Research publications

Kiazad, K., Restubog, S. L. D., Hom, P. W., Capezio, A., Holtom, B., & Lee, T. (2024). STEMming the tide: New perspectives on careers and turnover. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 1–9. [Australlian Business Deans Council Journal Ranking: A*]

Capezio., A. & L'Espoir Decosta, J.N.P. (February 2023). Evidence-based decision-making and practice in organizations', Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology 

Amarnani, R., Lajom, J., Restubog, S.L.D., & Capezio., A. (2021) Consumed by Obsession: Career Adaptability and the Performance Consequences of Passion’,  Human Relations, 73(6) [Financial Times 50, Australian Business Deans Council Journal Ranking: A*]

Lu, V., Restubog, S. L. D., Wang, L., Garcia, P. R. J. M., & Capezio., A. (2019)‘Attributions of blame for customer mistreatment: Implications for employees' service performance and negative word of mouth', Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110 [Australian Business Deans Council Journal Rating: A*]

Ng, C., Garcia, P.R.J.M., Capezio, A., & Tang, R.  ‘Distressed and drained: Intimate partner aggression and the buffering role of perceived supervisor support’, Conditional acceptance June 2017, Journal of Vocational Behavior [Australian Business Deans Council Journal Ranking: A*]

Petelcyzc, C., Capezio, A., Wang, L., Restubog, S.L.D., Aquino, K. ‘Play at work: An integrative review” (in press) Journal of Management[Financial Times 50, Australian Business Deans Council Journal Ranking: A*] NB (First, second, and third authors made an equal contribution). 

Chih, Y., Kiazad, K., Li, M., Capezio, A., Zhou, L., & Restubog, S.L.D. (2017). Broken promises: Implications for Chinese construction workers' job insecurity and job performance. Journal of Construction & Engineering Management [Australian Business Deans Council: A; ERA: A*], 143(4).  

Chih, Y., Kiazad, K., Cheng, D., Capezio, A., Restubog, S.L.D.  Does organizational fairness matter? Implications for construction workers’ organizational commitment (2017). ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering [ERA journal ranking: A*; ABDC journal ranking: A].

Chih, Y.Y., Kiazad, K., Zhou, L. Capezio, A., Li, M., Restubog, S.L. (2017). Broken promises: Implications for Chinese construction workers' job insecurity and performance. Journal of Construction and Engineering Management [ABDC Ranking: A*]. 

Capezio, A., Wang, N., Restubog, S. L. D., Garcia, P. R. J. M., & Lu, V. (2017). To flatter or to assert? Gendered reactions to Machiavellian leaders. Journal of Business Ethics (FT45, ABDC ranking: A).

Guan, M., Capezio, A., Restubog, S. L. D., Read, S., & Li, M. (2016). Investigating the role of traditionality in the relationships among parental support, career decision-making self-efficacy and career adaptability. Journal of Vocational Behavior [Australian Business Deans Council Journal Ranking: A*] NB (First, second, and third authors made an equal contribution), 94: 114-123. 

Lu, V.N., Capezio, A., Restubog, S.L.D., Garcia, P.R.J.M, Wang, L. (2016). In pursuit of service excellence: Investigating the role of psychological contracts and organizational identification of frontline hotel employees. Tourism Management [Australian Business Deans Council Journal Ranking: A*],56: 8-19

Capezio, A., & Mavisakalyan, A. (2016). 'Women in the boardroom and fraud: Evidence from Australia', Australian Journal of Management [Australian Business Deans Council Journal Rating: A], 41(4): 719-734. 

Sibunruang, H., Capezio, A., & Restubog, S. L. D. (2015). In Pursuit of Success: The Differential Moderating Effects of Political Skill on the Relationship between Career-related Psychological Needs and Ingratiation. Journal of Career Assessment, 23:336-348  [Australian Business Deans Council Journal Rating: A].

Sibunruang, H, Capezio, A & Restubog, S (2014), 'Getting ahead through flattery: Examining the Moderating Roles of Organization-Based Self-Esteem and Political Skill in the Ingratiation-Promotability Relationship', Journal of Career Assessment [Australian Business Deans Council Journal Rating: A], 22(4): 610-626. 

Capezio, A., Cui, L., Hu, H., and Shields, J. (2014). ‘Predictors and consequences of corporate director social identification: A study in China’, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 31(4): 899-924 [Australian Business Deans' Council Journal Rating: A]

Capezio, A, Shields, J & O'Donnell, M. (2011). 'Too Good to be True: Board Structural Independence as a Moderator of CEO Pay-for-Firm-Performance', Journal of Management Studies, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 487-513 [Australian Business Deans Council Journal Rating: A*, Financial Times 45].


Briner, R., Capezio., A. & L'Espoir Decosta, J.N.P. (2022). Evidence-based management as a guiding framework for management education. In M. Fellenz, S. Hoidn and M. Brady (Eds.). The Future of Management Education. Routledge. Ch. 8.

Barends, E., Rousseau D.M., & Capezio, A. (2018) 'Apply: incorporating the evidence into the decision-making process', in Barends and Rousseau, 1st Edition of Evidence-Based Management: How to Use Evidence to Make Better Organizational Decisions, Kogan Page, USA, pp: 268-282.  

Sibunruang, H, & Capezio, A. (2016) ‘The effects of Machiavellian leaders on employees’ use of upward influence tactics: An examination of the moderating roles of gender and perceived leader similarity’, in Vigoda-Gadot & Drory,  2nd Edition of The Handbook of Organizational Politics: Looking Back & to the Future, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK. 

Capezio, A & Shields, J (2009). 'Sensitivity & Sensemaking: Rethinking CEO reward determination', in Suzanne Young (ed.), Contemporary Issues in International Corporate Governance, Tilde University Press, Australia, pp. 58-72.


Research grants and awards

Alessandra, along with collaborators, has secured a number of external competitive grants: 

ARC Discovery 2017-present 

Kiazad, Restubog, Capezio, Hom, Holtom, & Lee (2017-2019).  Strengthening Australia's Science Workforce: A Job Embeddedness Perspective. Australian Research Council Discovery Scheme.

This project aims to study why science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) employees stay or leave jobs. There is a strong economic imperative to retain STEM employees. The Australian Government invests heavily in building the supply of STEM graduates, but STEM workers often leave STEM occupations. This project will use a job embeddedness perspective to clarify why these employees stay or leave. Expected project outputs include an evidence-based toolkit, online masterclass and an online community of practice to contribute to strengthening Australia’s science and innovation capacity.

Category 3 Grant 2022-present

This project aims to conduct 3 evidence syntheses with the ultimate aim of developing a 'best evidence' capability framework for corporate boards and corporate chair leadership drawing on multiple sources of evidence. 

Category 2 Grant 2023-present

This programs aim to conduct evidence syntheses to examine the intersections among Artificial Intelligence (Ai), Trust, and Service Delivery. 

Category 2 Grant 2018-2019

This project examined evidence-based drivers of cultural change in a public health system. 


Undergraduate Leadership and MBA and Executive Education focusing on the following:

Evidence-based Management and leadership;

Organisational decision-making,

Evidence-based teaming and psychological safety. 

Boards and Governance

Critical Thinking in organisations