Vita Akstinaite  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Vita Akstinaite
    PhD; MSc; BA

    Academic Chair in Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics; Lecturer in Management

    About me

    Dr. Vita Akstinaite is a lecturer in Management at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Her previous experience includes working in United Kingdom at London School of Economics and Queen Mary University. Vita has completed PhD at University of Surrey, working on the identification of linguistic markers of the CEO (executive) hubris.

    Vita is a co-founder of The Hubris Hub that focuses on helping businesses to understand hubris and encourages inter-disciplinary collaboration. In addition, Vita is a business consultant with many years’ experience in working on business intelligence programmes in information technology industry.

    Vita is a member of Australian Institute of Management in WA, Academy of Management, Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also holds British Psychological Society’s accreditation in Psychometric testing and a number of Project Management certifications, including PMI, PRINCE2, Scrum.

    Teaching area

    Teaching areas include:

    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Business Analytics
    • Project Management
    • Organisational Behavior


    Research areas

    Vita’s research interests are in the area of hubris, linguistic markers, constructive and destructive leadership.

    Current research is in field of hubristic leadership, conducting a study in the identification of linguistic markers of the CEO (executive) hubris. This research aims to contribute to wider research regarding the diagnosis and prevention of potentially destructive leader behaviour and militating against the failure of business organisations accruing from undiagnosed and unbridled executive hubris.

    Vita is also interested in the use of a non-traditional research methods, including at-a-distance analysis, computational linguistics and machine learning.


    Current projects

    The current projects include:

    • Linguistic markers of CEO hubris
    • Use of data mining (WEKA) for linguistic analysis
    • Today’s children – tomorrow’s leaders: development of leaderships skills in school

    Awards and grants

    • 2019. Winner of Murdoch University’s Learning and Teaching Award.
    • 2019. Aspire Award winner. More details:
    • 2017. SetSquared Fellow (Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme)
    • 2014-2018. Economic and Social Sciences Research Council Fellow Award
    • 2014-2018. Surrey Business School Fellow Award
    • 2014-2015. Daedalus Trust Research Grant

    Events and speaking engagements

    • “Identifying Linguistic Markers of CEO Hubris -Implications for Ethical and Social Issues in Management”, Academy of Management conference, Boston US, 2019.
    • “Linguistic Markers of Hubris: A Machine Learning Approach”, EURAM19 conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2019.
    • “Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders” (Keynote), Careers MasterClass, Perth, Australia, 2019.
    • “Hubris, Leadership and Language”, London School of Economics, London, 2018.
    • “Use of Linguistic Markers in the Identification Chief Executives’ Hubris”, Ashridge’s Relational Coaching Conference, London, 2016.
    • “Managing and Mitigating Hubris” symposium, Guildford, 2016.
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme, SETsquared, Bristol, 2016.
    • “Hubris and Leadership”, King’s College London, London, 2015.
    • Use of Linguistic Markers in the Identification CEO Hubris, PGR conference, University of Surrey, Guildford, 2015.
    • Symposium: Hubris in Business and Management, University of Surrey, Guildford, 2015.

    Professional and community service

    2019-present   Murdoch University (Perth, Australia), ALBSS College

    • College Board Member. The College Board is the highest governing body of the College. As a member, my responsibilities include advising on the development of a quality research, learning and teaching profile for the College, approve new, revised and discontinued curriculum and to advise on the organisation of College’s committees.

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    I currently supervise several research students. If you are interested in working with me during your Master’s or PhD studies, do get in touch.


    • Akstinaite, V., Robinson, G., & Sadler-Smith, E. (2019). Linguistic Markers of CEO Hubris. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-19.
    • Akstinaite, V. (2018). Use of linguistic markers in the identification and analysis of chief executives’ hubris. Doctoral dissertation, University of Surrey.
    • Sadler-Smith, E., Robinson, G., Akstinaite, V., Wray, T. (2018). Hubristic leadership: Understanding the hazard and mitigating the risk. Organizational Dynamics, 1(1), 1-18.
    • Sadler-Smith, E., Akstinaite, V., Robinson, G., & Wray, T. (2017). Hubristic leadership: A review. Leadership, 13(5), 525-548.
    • Akstinaite, V. (2016). Do successful adult leaders share common childhood experiences? In P. Garrard & G. Robinson (Eds.), The intoxication of power: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 203-228). London: Palgrave Macmillan.