Tago Mharapara

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Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5082

Email: tmharapa@aut.ac.nz


  • Ph.D. Organisational Psychology (University of Auckland)
  • M.A. Organisational Dynamics (University of Oklahoma)
  • B.A. Psychology & Communications (Saint John’s University)


2017 - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Assessing follower perceptions of leader behaviour: The psychometric assessment and comparative analysis of a Positive Supervisor Behaviour Scale

2016 - Mharapara, T.L. (2016, April). The impact of ineffective leader behaviour on follower satisfaction,   engagement and proficiency. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, Auckland, New Zealand.

2014 - Mharapara, T.L., Richard Wielkiewicz, R., Stelzner, S. (2014, December). Can balanced leadership drive innovative behaviour? Paper presented at 3rd Annual New Zealand Industrial and Organisational Behaviour Conference, North Shore, New Zealand.

2013 - Mharapara, T.L., Sengupta, N., Milojev, P., Greaves, L., Sibley, C.G. The Double-Edged Sword of Workplace Equality and Wellbeing: Satisfaction with Life leads to increased Job Satisfaction for women but not men. Paper presented New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Teaching Areas:

  • Organisational Psychology
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Management

Research Areas:

  • Leadership
  • Job & Life Satisfaction
  • Positive Psychology
  • Personality

Research Summary:

My core strand of research (Ph.D.) is in positive and negative leader behaviour. I am interested in how leader behaviour affects follower attitudes and performance. The second strand of my research interests is in exploring the relationships amongst colleagues at work. The last strand of my research interests relates to individual psychological capital at work.

Current Research Projects:

  • Positive leader behaviour
  • Environmental leadership
  • NeuroLeadership


Mharapara, T.L. and Haar, J. (2017) Exploring Consequences of Proximal Withdrawal States: A Three-Month Time Interval Study. Refereed paper presented at the 31st Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Melbourne, Australia

Kisamore, J. L., Jawahar, I. M., Liguori, E.W., Mharapara, T. L. and Stone, T. H. (2010) Conflict and abusive workplace behaviours: The moderating effects of social competencies. Career Development International, 15(6), 583-600


  • 2016 - Michael O’Driscoll Best Paper Award – (ANZOPOB)
  • 2012-2016 - University of Auckland Doctoral scholarship