Organisational decision-making; Critical thinking and heterodoxy; critical systems thinking and practice; Responsible Leadership; Evidence-Based Decision-Making & Practice in Organisations (in the domains of people management, leadership, change, and boards); Conduct risk & unethical behaviour; Boards and Governance; 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 and passion as an organisational behaviour scholar-practitioner and educator, is to help boards, people and leaders in work organisations, make more responsible and evidence-based decisions, ultimately for the betterment of society. Alessandra is committed to questioning and 'breaking through' silos, fault-lines, entrenched ways of thinking, relating and doing, habits of mind, logics and orthodoxies, that get in the way of effective organisational decision-making.
Alessandra’s teaching, research, and practice focuses on:
1) Tools and techniques to enable Trandisciplinary problem-solving, meta-cognitive skills, cognitive agility, critical & analytical thinking, critical systems thinking, at the individual, top-management team, and board levels in work organisations.
2) Barriers and enablers of responsible and evidence-based organisational decision-making.
3) Evidenced-based practice in work organisations in the domains of people management, leadership, and organisational climates.
4) Decisions, behaviours, practices, and processes of top-management teams and 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 Management, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Career Assessment.
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;
Evidence-based teaming and psychological safety.
Boards and Governance
Critical Thinking in organisations