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SBL Professorial Research Talk – Mentorship Showcase

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JO1.447 Council Chambers

Edith Cowan University

270 Joondalup Drive

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Mentorship Showcase


When: Friday, 31 May 2019

Where: JO.1.447 Council Chambers, ECU Joondalup campus,

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Presenter (Mentee): Dr Jun Wen

Mentor: Professor Sam Huang

"Effects of Perceived Constraint and Negotiation on Learned Helplessness: A Study of Chinese Senior Outbound Tourists"

Learning helplessness is an important psychological construct among senior tourists, partly reflecting on these tourists’ subjective wellbeing while travelling. Employing a mix-method approach and a multi-sample design, this study examines how Chinese senior outbound tourists’ perceived travel constraints and exerted negotiation effort affect their learned helplessness in outbound travels. The study identified four perceived constraint factors: perceived incapability, lack of suitable travel agencies and services, lack of information and personal support, and complex travel decision-making. Furthermore, three negotiation strategies were identified; these include seeking family support, physical/health preparation, and learning. Multiple regression analyses found that among the four perceived constraint factors, only perceived incapability significantly increased learned helplessness; on the contrary, negotiation in general reduced learned helplessness. Unexpectedly, negotiation was not found to be a moderator between perceived constraints and learned helplessness. Both theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Dr Jun Wen is a Lecturer in tourism and hospitality management in the School of Business and Law. He as an early career researcher (ECR) has successfully published journal articles in top-tiered international journals such as Tourism Management, Current Issue in Tourism, Journal of Travel and Tourism Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, Journal of Destination Marketing & Management etc.

Professor Sam Huang is a research professor in tourism and services marketing in the School of Business and Law. He is internationally recognised as a prolific tourism researcher and one of the world leading scholars researching China tourism. His publications frequently appear in top tourism, hospitality, and business management journals such as Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, Annals of Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, and Information and Management.


Presenters (Mentees): Dr Diep Nguyen and Dr Jen Lajom

Mentor: Professor Stephen Teo

In this presentation, Drs Diep Nguyen and Jennifer Lajom will share their research projects involving the roles of HR department, and employee work experience and outocmes. Dr Nguyen’s study entitled, “Antecedents and outcomes of the effectiveness of HR department’, examined various factors influencing line managers’ perceptions of the status of the HR department. Drawing from the theory of power and influence of HR department, her research showed a boarder understanding of how the HR department can exercise its power and influence among other organisational stakeholders. Dr Lajom’s study entitled, ‘The interactive role of work engagement and harmonious passion on recovery experiences and emotional exhaustion.’ explored the mediating and moderating role of these variables on Japanese professionals’ well -being. Guided by the conservation of resources theory, findings support a moderated mediation model that showed harmoniously passionate and engaged employees are more likely to have recovery experiences leading to lower levels of emotional exhaustion.”

Dr Diep Nguyen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Business and Law. Her research interests include strategic human resource management, workplace bullying and work outcomes. Diep received her PhD in Management at Auckland University of Technology and has publications in Public Management Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Australian Journal of Public Administration, and Personnel Review.

Dr Jennifer Ann L. Lajom is a Lecturer of Management in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University. Her research interests include workplace motivation, supports and barriers in career development, and performance and well-being outcomes. Jen received her PhD in Organisational Behaviour at the Australian National University, and has published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior and Journal of Career Assessment.

Prof Stephen Teo is Professor of Work Performance and Associate Dean of the Management Discipline at ECU’s School of Business and Law. He also heads the Centre of Work and Organisational Performance. Stephen is recognised as one of the leading scholars in the field of HRM, publishing extensively in the areas of strategic HRM and public management. His current research examines the impact of organisational change on the well-being and performance of public sector employees.




The SBL Professorial Research Talks are organised by SBL Research Office for our Professors to share their research insights with the School, the University, and the broader community. It also provides an ideal platform to promote SBL’s research capacity.

In each one-hour talk, there will be a presentation by one of our Professors, followed by an interactive discussion. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and engage with our Professors over refreshments.

I warmly invite you to join us for an exciting and sociable gathering.

Associate Professor Hadrian Djajadikerta, Associate Dean Research at the School of Business and Law

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