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Spence, Gordon B. Dr.

Lecturer | Heads of Students, Sydney Campus

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • School of Management, Operations and Marketing
  • Discipline: Management

Overview


Dr Gordon Spence has considerable experience in both the commercial world (1984-1998) and academia (1998 to present) and greatly enjoys blending these experiences to inform his work as an educator, researcher and executive/workplace coach. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Gordon worked within the financial services industry (retail) and international trade for organisations in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Since 'converting' to psychology Gordon has specialised in the psychology of coaching, with particular interest in the role of mindfulness in coaching, employee engagement and workplace wellbeing. 

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Gordon's primary research interests include Coaching, Optimal Performance, Mindfulness, Adult Development, Employee Engagement, and Workplace Wellbeing. He is particularly interested in how coaching impacts performance and wellbeing via the satisfaction of psychological needs. In this regard Gordon's research and teaching is informed by self-determination theory and other relevant theoretical frameworks. He strongly advocates for the use of such theories as a basis for evidence-based coaching practice. 

    Gordon has recently completed a post doctoral fellowship within the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. During this time he was co-investigator on the world's largest leadership development and executive coaching study (n=250). Funded by an Australian Research Council funded Linkage grant, this study examined the efficacy of a new leadership development training model and sought to assess the incremental benefit (if any) provided by one-on-one executive coaching.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Examining the impact of strengths knowledge and use on job outcomes. Dulagil, Aylin
    Doctor of Philosophy INVESTIGATING THE ONSHORE IMPACT OF OFFSHORING: THE ROLE OF NEDDE SUPPORT AND REWARDS IN SUPPORTING EMPLOYEE WORK MOTIVATION Ahmad, Melanie
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) HOW DOES SUPPORT FOR BASIC PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS IMPACT THE MOTIVATION BEHAVIOUR OF FOUNDER/ENTREPRENEURS IN A POST ACQUISITION CONTEXT? McFadden, Lucinda

Full Name


  • Dr. Gordon B Spence

Mailing Address


  • Sydney Business School, UOW

    Level 9 Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place

    Circular Quay

    NSW

    2000

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Gordon's primary research interests include Coaching, Optimal Performance, Mindfulness, Adult Development, Employee Engagement, and Workplace Wellbeing. He is particularly interested in how coaching impacts performance and wellbeing via the satisfaction of psychological needs. In this regard Gordon's research and teaching is informed by self-determination theory and other relevant theoretical frameworks. He strongly advocates for the use of such theories as a basis for evidence-based coaching practice. 

    Gordon has recently completed a post doctoral fellowship within the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. During this time he was co-investigator on the world's largest leadership development and executive coaching study (n=250). Funded by an Australian Research Council funded Linkage grant, this study examined the efficacy of a new leadership development training model and sought to assess the incremental benefit (if any) provided by one-on-one executive coaching.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Examining the impact of strengths knowledge and use on job outcomes. Dulagil, Aylin
    Doctor of Philosophy INVESTIGATING THE ONSHORE IMPACT OF OFFSHORING: THE ROLE OF NEDDE SUPPORT AND REWARDS IN SUPPORTING EMPLOYEE WORK MOTIVATION Ahmad, Melanie
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) HOW DOES SUPPORT FOR BASIC PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS IMPACT THE MOTIVATION BEHAVIOUR OF FOUNDER/ENTREPRENEURS IN A POST ACQUISITION CONTEXT? McFadden, Lucinda

Full Name


  • Dr. Gordon B Spence

Mailing Address


  • Sydney Business School, UOW

    Level 9 Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place

    Circular Quay

    NSW

    2000

    Australia