Said Shafa

2016 McKenzie Fellow

Saïd Shafa joined Melbourne Business School in 2016 as a McKenzie Research Fellow. This fellowship aims to attract talented recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the University.

Prior to completing his PhD, Saïd was employed at an HRM consultancy firm for over 4 years. During the final year of his employment, he led the Research and Development division of the firm.

After completing his PhD at Leiden University, Saïd was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Saïd’s research focusses on the influence of culture and cultural values on social processes in organizational contexts. So far, his research on cultural differences in conflict management, conflict resolution, negotiations, and cooperation has been published in distinguished journals such as the journal for Negotiation and Conflict Management Research and the International Journal of Intercultural Relations.


Most Recent Research

Sorry seems to be the hardest word: cultural differences in apologizing effectively’, Shafa, S, Harinck, F, & Ellemers, N. Journal of Applied Social Psychology (in press).

Regulating Honor in the Face of Insults’, Shafa, S, Harinck, F, Ellemers, N & Beersma, B, July 2015. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, vol. 47, pp. 158-174.

Who Are You Calling Rude? HonorÔÇÉRelated Differences in Morality and Competence Evaluations after an Insult’, Shafa, S, Harinck, F, Ellemers, N & Beersma, B, January 2014, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, vol. 7, pp. 38-56.

The Good News about Honor Culture: The Preference for Cooperative Conflict Management in the Absence of Insults’, Harinck, F, Shafa, S, Ellemers, N & Beersma, B, May 2013. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 6(2), 67-78.


Most Notable Awards

Runner-up Outstanding Dissertation Award of the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM), 2015

Post-doctoral grant (accumulating to $ 150.000,-) from the Dutch Association for Scientific Research (NWO), 2013