Competitive Research Grants

2012

2012 - 2014

Managing age in organisational context: a comparative study of the meaning of age among managers

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant

A$ 275,829

Chief Investigators: Susan Ainsworth (Melbourne), Leanne Cutcher (Sydney), Cynthia Hardy (Melbourne) and Robyn Thomas (Cardiff)

2012 - 2014

New technology and talent acquisition in Australian professional services firms

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project

A$ 193,000

Chief Investigators: Nick Wailes, David Grant, Kristine Dery, Richard Hall and Philip Seltsikas

2012

Corporate Political Marketing

Freda and Len Lansbury (Early Career Research) Support Fund

A$ 5,000

Chief Investigator: John Murray

2012

Advancing Research into Reinsurance Trading Practices

Freda and Len Lansbury (Early Career Research) Support Fund

A$ 5,000

Chief Investigator: Paul Spee

2011

2011 - 2013

Sustainable Organisational Change: Australian Business Responses to Climate Change

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant

A$ 190,000

Investigators: Chris Wright, David Grant, Daniel Nyberg, and Richard Dunford (University of Newcastle)

The capacity of business to respond to climate change depends on its ability to effect changes in organizational strategy, structure, systems and culture. This project argues that existing organizational change theory appears ill equipped to conceptualise the role of the broader social discourse of climate change in shaping such changes. By adopting a discourse analytic approach that highlights the interrelationship between the discourse and practice of organizational change at eight major Australian businesses, the project overcomes this limitation. In doing so, it seeks to generate new insights into how business is responding to climate change and how this is being managed as a change process. A paper based on pilot study interview results is under review with Organization Studies.

2011

Discursive families: a comparison of magazine advertising in two countries

Leverhulme International Research Network Grant

A$ 64,000

Chief Investigators: Teresa Davis (Sydney), David Marshall (Edinburgh), Margaret Hogg (Lancaster), Tanja Schneider (Oxford) and Alan Petersen (Monash)

2011

A Cross-Comparative Study on Strategic Planning in Pluralistic Settings

University of Sydney Business School Research Grant

A$ 9,000

Chief Investigator: Paul Spee

2011

Corporate reputation within management consultancy firms

Freda and Len Lansbury (Early Career Research) Support Fund

A$ 5,000

Chief Investigator: Will Harvey

2011

Paradoxical organisations in practice

Freda and Len Lansbury (Early Career Research) Support Fund

A$ 5,000

Chief Investigator: Jane Lê

2010

2010

Action Research in Social Entrepreneurship

A$ 12,000

Chief Investigator: Richard Seymour

2010

Indigenous Mothers as Consumers and Workers

Faculty of Economics and Business Research Grant

A$ 12,000

Chief Investigators: Leanne Cutcher and Teresa Davis

2010

Teaching Innovation & Enterprise in the Creative Industries

A$ 20,000

Chief Investigator: Richard Seymour

2009

2009 - 2010

Translating Policies into Practices: An International Comparison of Sickness Absence Management

Faculty of Economics and Business Research Grant

A$ 14,718

Chief Investigator: Daniel Nyberg

2008

2008 - 2011

Funding for Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change Group

Faculty of Economics and Business Research Grant

A$ 84,000

Chief Investigators: David Grant, Leanne Cutcher, Richard Hall,Nick Wailes, Susan Ainsworth, Catherine Welch, Jeanie Yip, John Roberts, Richard Seymour, Richard Dunford, Teresa Davis, Sue Williams and Catherine Hardy

2008 - 2010

Human Resource Information Systems and the Strategic Significance of the HR Function.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant

A$ 186,000

Chief Investigators: David Grant, Richard Hall, Nick Wailes and Kristine Dery

Collaborating / Partner Organisation(s): Australian Senior Human Resource Roundtable; Getronics Australia Pty Ltd; CSR Ltd; Baulderstone Hornibrook Pty Ltd; Australian Customs Service.

A large number of Australian organisations have invested in computer based HRIS. Used effectively, HRIS can allow HR to realise its strategic potential and to contribute to improved organisational performance. This project will contribute to the national research priority on frontier technologies, by enhancing understanding of the conditions that allow for smart information use, thereby contributing to the nation's economic competitiveness.

2008

Untangling the Paradoxes of the Blackberry: An Application of the Job Demand, Control and Support Model

Faculty of Economics and Business Research Grant

A$ 13,800

Chief Investigator: Kristine Dery

2007

2007 - 2009

Designing organizational structures and management control systems to achieve flexibility and consistency in the achievement of strategic objectives.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant

A$ 750,000

Chief Investigators: Richard Dunford (The University of Sydney), Suresh Cuganesan (Swinburne University) and Ian Palmer (UTS).

2006

2006

Older Workers in a Youth-Focused Labour Market

Faculty of Economics and Business Research Grant

A$ 11,200

Chief Investigators: Susan Ainsworth and Leanne Cutcher

2005

2005 - 2007

Research Workshop on Resistance in Organisations.

The University of Sydney, International Development Fund (IDF)

A$ 5,600

Chief Investigators: David Grant, Grant Michelson, Nick Wailes,Richard Hall, Leanne Cutcher and Ann Brewer

2005 - 2007

Funding for the Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change Group.

University of Sydney Business School Research Grant

A$ 110,000

Chief Investigators: David Grant, Richard Hall, Nick Wailes, Grant Michelson, Arlene Harvey, Susan Ainsworth, Leanne Cutcher and Ann Brewer

2003

2003 - 2006

The Impact of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems on Australian Organizations.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant

A$ 131,000

Chief Investigators: David Grant, Richard Hall, Nick Wailes, University of Sydney; Cynthia Hardy, Bill Harley (University of Melbourne); Chris Wright (University of New South Wales)

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation is one of the most pervasive sources of technological change in contemporary Australian enterprises. ERP systems are computer-based technologies that are designed to increase efficiency and achieve major cost savings across the entire organization. Their implementation has significant implications for the structure, nature and management of organizations. This project's innovative application of an organizational change model to eight detailed case studies across a range of organizational types will generate important new insights into the effects of ERP implementations at Australian organizations and help explain why some implementations are more successful than others.