Point of interest. Interview with Michael McLaren on Radio Station 2GB, 6 July 2015, regarding constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians.

New research. Stewart, P. A., M. Mehu, F. Salter. (2015). “Sex and leadership: Interpreting competitive and affiliative facial displays based on workplace status.” International Public Management Journal 18(2): 190-208.

ABSTRACT: Increasingly there is an appreciation for face-to-face relationships in workplace interactions, and concomitantly emotion encoding and decoding. However, little research has considered how facial displays of emotion are interpreted based upon the poser’s workplace status and the influence of their sex. To consider this, this article first reviews literature pertaining to facial displays of emotion and their function in supervisor-subordinate workplace interactions as well as expectations for men and women. We then test these expectations through an experiment asking respondents to identify the emotion posed by individuals defined as holding different positions of varying status within a small public sector work unit before concluding by discussing theoretical and workplace implications.


Welcome to the Social Technologies website.

Social Technologies Pty Ltd consults to leaders in business,  politics and community affairs.

What is different about the company?

Short answer:  The radically interdisciplinary field of biosocial science.

Longer answer The Firm’s principal investigator, Dr. Frank Salter, is a specialist at applying behavioural biology to analyse social behaviour in a range of settings.  He provides that knowledge to business and government.

Related knowledge consists of:

  1. • specialised theory concerning universals of human behaviour, including the distribution of emotions and authority in groups and hierarchies; and
  2. • observational methods for assessing behaviour in informal and organisational environments.


Frank is uniquely equipped with this knowledge. His text, Emotions in Command: Biology, Bureaucracy, and Cultural Evolution, originally published in 1995 by Oxford University Press, pioneered the field of organisational ethology.

Subsequent research, teaching and publications (see Publications+Presentations) have broadened in scope to include diversity issues bearing on interpersonal relations between the sexes as well as ethnic conflict and solidarity.

This knowledge also bears on policy formulation and ethics. Frank is an academic with over twenty years of experience in Europe and the United States in the overlapping fields of politics and public administration. He provides analysis, coaching and teaching calibrated to the needs of workplaces.