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Maegan Baker

BA VU; JD UNE; MPM Sydney
MPhil Candidate

The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Bio

Maegan Baker was admitted to the Bachelor of Arts with Distinction at the University of Victoria in 2006, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in English.  After migrating from Canada to Australia, she completed a Juris Doctor in Law at the University of New England, graduating as the only JD recipient of the New England Award for extra-curricular learning, professional development and contribution to community.  Subsequently, she completed a Master of Project Management, graduating top of both the Strategic Project Management and Implementation specialisation and Strategic Delivery of Change.  She is currently undertaking her MPhil in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Sydney Business School.

Coupled with her academic achievements, Maegan has over 15 years work experience in service industries, with the past seven years focused on strategic project management for a range of stakeholders across industry and government sectors.  She currently is currently appointed to the professional role of Executive Officer, Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.


Thesis working title

Entrepreneurial capacity building in indigenous communities: an engaged critical realist approach to collaborative social empowerment

The complex environment of Australian social policy development and implementation has contributed to the historical and ongoing marginalisation of Indigenous Australian populations. The proliferation of identity constructs have further reinforced this marginalisation, and a relatively undeveloped social discourse has created false dichotomies between the idealised positions of being Indigenous and being Australian. When generalised statistics concerning Indigenous Australians are considered comparative to national data, vast gaps in education, employment, health and welfare all point to a need to re-examine these dichotomies from multiple perspectives as a precursor to meaningful social change. The initial objective of this research is to examine whether entrepreneurship can provide a space to collaboratively engage in this re-examination. The subsequent objective is to actively use entrepreneurial education as a mechanism by which to co-develop and co-facilitate the achievement of business objectives that concurrently reorient understandings of identities and how they interact with values, beliefs and behaviours at a broader socio-political level. The final objective is to determine whether and how this approach may translate to different contexts in the instance it is agreed by participants to have been successful.

Supervisor: Leanne Cutcher

2016

5
Conference Paper/s

Baker MD 2016 'Critical Realism and the Humanist Agenda: Consciousness in Context', International Association for Critical Realism 2016 Conference, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 22nd July 2016

Baker MD 2016 'The critical realist research paradigm: Informing research design to ensure positive outcomes for Indigenous entrepreneurs, their communities, and researchers', 32nd European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, 9th July 2016

Baker MD, Cutcher L and Seymour RG 2016 'Critical realist action research: Informing research design to ensure positive outcomes for Indigenous entrepreneurs, their communities and researchers', 32nd European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, 9th July 2016

Recent Units Taught

  • BUSS2330 International Immersion in Business

    2017: Int Mar,