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The Australian National University

Dr Karen Jansen

PhD Management Texas A&M, MEd, BS
Associate Professor
ANU College of Business and Economics

Areas of expertise

  • Organisational Behaviour 150311
  • Human Resources Management 150305

Research interests

Organizational Change and Development

Person-Environment Fit

Time and Process


Karen Jansen is an Associate Professor at the Australian National University in Canberra.  She has previously served on the faculty at the University of Virginia and Penn State University.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Strategic HRM and Organizational Change from Texas A&M University.  Her research falls into two distinct themes that share an emphasis on processes that evolve over time.  The first explores how momentum is created, sustained, or lost during long-term strategic change initiatives.  She has developed a "momentum mapping" tool for managing change-related energy.  A second stream of research emphasizes how person-environment fit changes and evolves and how and why individuals make sense of their fit over time.  Professor Jansen's research has appeared in Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.  She serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.  Prior to becoming an academic, she had a nine-year career as a systems engineer at IBM.

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