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Helen Parker

Helen Parker

BSc UQ; GCertMkting UK Institute of Marketing; MBA Macquarie; BPsych (Hons) UC; PhD Sydney
Lecturer

Rm 4185
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6532
helen.parker@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Helen Parker is a lecturer and unit of study coordinator at the University of Sydney Business School. She is an early career researcher with interests ranging from adult developmental theory and its application to the psychosocial growth of business leaders and students, to how multidisciplinary teams best 'share' leadership, build trust, and cope with conflict in the newer collaborative organisations.

In line with her research interests, Helen is a passionate and committed teacher who has won numerous Dean’s Citations. She has a special affinity for Chinese students and actively researches their psychosocial development and acculturation in a Western business school setting, to better understand and meet their learning needs.

Prior to her academic role – Helen had a 20+ year work history, predominantly in marketing management across the IT, publishing and pharmaceutical sectors, in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong.

Research Interests

Helen Parker conducts research in the broad domains of organisational behaviour and developmental psychology. She is specifically interested in constructivist-developmental theory and its applications to leadership and pedagogy, and is currently investigating the development of various psychosocial capacities amongst Chinese students during their Australian sojourn. This research will provide a specific framework for how international students develop their identities and form increasingly more complex and adaptive perspectives over time. Also, in conjunction with researchers from the School of Psychology, she is involved with creating and testing a new measure of perspective taking capacity, based on Robert Kegan’s developmental stage theory.

Her other main area of research examines the concepts of shared leadership, trust and conflict in multi-disciplinary teams. Increasingly, leadership is viewed as a shared or collaborative endeavour in the flatter, networked business world. Helen is investigating how shared leadership both emerges and develops over time in a multi-disciplinary team of business professionals and whether they can effectively work together to achieve their goals.

2017

5
Conference Paper/s

Parker H 2017 'Comparing the Cognitive Complexity of Chinese Students and Westerners in an Australian University', APS 12th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia, 15th July 2017

Parker H 2017 'The Psychosocial Developmental Status of Chinese Students compared to Westerners in an Australian University', APS 12th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference, Sydney, Australia, 15th July 2017

2011

5
Conference Paper/s

Parker H 2011 'Can you train and coach people for enhanced emotional intelligence?', Financial Therapy Association 2nd Annual Conference, Athens, United States, 13th September 2011

8
Magazine Article/s

Parker H and Lear W 2011 'Putting emotional intelligence to work in your financial planning practice', Financial Planning

11
Seminar Paper/s

Parker H 2011 'The ‘emotionally intelligent’ accountant, Workshop presented at the CPA Annual Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 18 October 2011

Parker H 2011 'Emotional intelligence for finanical planners: enhancing client relationships, Workshop presented at the College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, United States, 17 September 2011

Parker H 2011 'Emotional intelligence for finanical planners: enhancing client relationships, Workshop presented at the Annual Conference of Financial Planning Association (United States), San Diego, United States, 15 September 2011

2010

2
Book Section/s

Grant A, Cavanagh M, Parker H and Passmore J 2010 'The State of Play in Coaching Today: A Comprehensive Review of the Field' in International Review of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, ed. Hodgkinson, G.P and Ford, J. K., Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Chichester, United Kingdom, pp. 125-67

5
Conference Paper/s

Parker H 2010 'The Impact of personality on managers’ leadership performance, Perspective taking and wellbeing during a longitudinal coaching intervention study', First International Congress of Coaching Psychology, London, United Kingdom, 15th December 2010

Parker H 2010 'Coaching for leadership in high-stress workplaces: The impact of personality on the perspective taking, wellbeing, and leadership of coaching clients', Fourth Australian Conference on Evidence-based Coaching - “Coaching: Positive Perspectives in a Complex World”, Sydney, Australia, 12th June 2010

2009

5
Conference Paper/s

Parker H 2009 'Character matters! The role of personality in the perspective taking and wellbeing of coachees', 8th Australasian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, Sydney, Australia, 28th November 2009

Parker H 2009 'Who’s ready for coaching? The role of personality in the perspective taking and wellbeing of workplace coaching clients', International Positive Psychology Association IPPA First World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, United States, 21st June 2009

2007

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Parker H and Mak AS 2007 'Goal orientation, self-efficacy, and cross-cultural work adjustment among Western expatriates in Asia', Proceeding of the 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 25th September 2007

Recent Units Taught

  • BUSS3500 Integrated Business Applications

    2015: S1, S2,

  • BUSS6000 Succeeding in Business

    2017: Int Jan,
    2016: S1,
    2015: S1, S2,

  • MMGT6004 Managing People and Organisations

    2017: Int May, Int Oct, S1,

  • WORK6118 Managing Communication in Organisations

    2017: S1,