Dr Max Sully
BA(Witwatersrand), BA(Hons),MA (Natal),PhD(Rhodes)

Academic Dean Murdoch International Study Centre Dubai

About me


I am an Organisational Psychologist by training and hold degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Natal and Rhodes University in South Africa. I currently hold the position of Academic Dean for the Murdoch International Study Centre in Dubai. My areas of teaching have included: organisational behaviour, organisational change, wellbeing at work and psychological aspects of organisational conflict and negotiation. I also work as a consultant in these areas serving both private and public organisations.

My research interests include organisational conflict resolution, work and organisational identity and values and issues associated with organisational involvement and commitment.

Teaching area

Organisational conflict resolution

Research areas

I have a long-term interest in the meaning of work and the significance of work for individuals. This extends to the issue of how identity is shaped by work and organisations. In addition I am also interested in the issue of workplace conflict and conflict management.

Current projects

Student role identity, socialization and the impact on student outcomes.

Professionalism, work identity and work engagement.

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Australian volunteers in the health sector : antecedents to volunteers’ intention to leave / by Valerie van Loggerenberg. 2008


Factors affecting livestock disease reporting and biosecurity practices : a study of West Australian sheep and cattle producers / Sarah Palmer. 2009


The effects of emotional labour on wellbeing : contrasts between health care settings / Stephen Brown. 2010



  • Brown, S., Bain, P., Broderick, P., Sully, M., (2013), Emotional effort and perceived support in renal nursing: A comparative interview study, Journal of Renal Care, 39, 4, pages 246 - 255.
  • Palmer, S., Tilbury Fozdar, F., Sully, M., (2009), The effect of trust on West Australian farmers responses to infectious livestock diseases, Sociologia Ruralis Journal of the European Society for Rural Sociology, 49, 4, pages 360 - 374.
  • Palmer, S., Sully, M., Tilbury Fozdar, F., (2009), Farmers, animal disease reporting and the effect of trust: a study of West Australian sheep and cattle farmers, Rural Society: the journal of research into rural & regional social issues in Australia, 19, 1, pages 32 - 48.
  • Crede, M., Chernyshenko, O., Bagraim, J., Sully, M., (2009), Contextual Performance and the Job Satisfaction-Dissatisfaction Distinction: Examining Artifacts and Utility, Human Performance, 22, 3, pages 246 - 272.