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Kristine Dery

Kristine Dery

BA Auck.; MBA PhD Melb.
Senior Lecturer

Rm N406
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 6410 or +61 409 849 099
Fax +61 2 9351 4729


Kristine Dery received her PhD from The University of Melbourne following intensive research periods with both Melbourne Business School and the Australian Graduate School of Management where her research skills were honed as she drew on the specialist skills available at each of these schools. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney Business School and an active member of the International Centre for Research on Organisational Discourse Strategy and Change. Her research is multi-disciplinary linking the strong traditions of Organisational Studies with the more contemporary thinking in Information Systems.

Prior to her academic career, Kristine held a number of management positions in industry with a particular focus on the aviation and tourism sector. She has worked in middle and senior management roles in Australia, New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. She also has significant consulting experience in IT, tourism and financial services working with companies such as Travelex, Tourism Victoria and Ansett Transport Industries.

Her research has primarily focused on the impact of technology on the workplace. Her PhD research examined the alignment between Information Systems and Human Resource Management arguing that a significant reason for the failure of IT projects was the lack of understanding and consideration given to people related issues. This work was instrumental in her contribution to an ARC funded project in 2003 where, together with colleagues at The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne, she studied the implementation of ERP systems. This project resulted in a range of publications in journals such as: New Technology, Work and Employment, Strategic Change and Journal of Applied Behavioural Science. In 2008 she was a Chief Investigator in an ARC Linkage grant together with colleagues at the University of Sydney and an industry partner (Australian Senior Human Resource Round-table) to conduct a qualitative study on the role of Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) on the strategic capabilities of HR in three large Australian corporations. A series of industry workshops and conferences such as Academy of Management 2010 have so far facilitated forthcoming publications in the Journal of Strategic Information Systems and Industry and Organistions. More recently, together with colleagues at the University of Sydney, she has been awarded an ARC Discovery grant to extend the earlier research and examine the role of social media in recruitment.

More recently her research interests have extended further into the role of mobile connectivity in the workplace. A series of Faculty and University of Sydney research grants have focused a research project examining the impact of mobile technology in the financial services sector. This research, in conjunction with UNSW and HEC Paris, has looked at the Australian global banking sector and their European counterparts and examined the impact of smart-phones on organizational connectivity. A series of conference papers at EGOS, Academy of Management and the Australian New Zealand Academy of Management have formed the foundations for a book chapter in New Ways of Organising Work (Routledge Press) and a journal article in Organisational Dynamics (forthcoming 2012). A new wave of research has commenced in 2011 to develop these ideas further and colleagues in the Auckland Business School and the University of Washington are working collaboratively on this project.

Kristine combines her teaching and research to deliver courses in Management Communication and Managing HR &Knowledge Systems. She was awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2006 and is nominated again in 2010 primarily for her work in teaching in virtual teams.

Newsroom articles

  • Why relaxing is the hardest job of all 05 Jan 2013

    The Brisbane Times

    Senior Lecturer Kristine Dery has spoken to Fairfax Media on the topic of Australian's expectations of their leaders' work ethic.

  • A Balancing Act 14 Jun 2012

    Business Review Australia

    The Business Review Australia has reported on studies conducted by Dr Kristine Dery, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, which discovered that executives who carried two mobiles helped them to create work and life balance.

  • Gadget anarchy 15 Mar 2012

    Business Review Weekly

    Business Review Weekly has interviewed senior lecturer Dr Kristine Dery, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, regarding the need for corporate executives to carry multiple devices.

  • Executives carry more tech devices than ever 14 Mar 2012


    According to recent research by Dr Kristine Dery from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, corporate executives are increasingly carrying around multiple devices at work.

  • Wireless warriors weighed down with technology 06 Mar 2012

    ABC Radio National

    ABC Radio National's PM program has interviewed Dr Kristine Dery from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School regarding her research which has found that many executives are weighed down with two mobile phones, a tablet device and a laptop.

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Research Grants


New technology and talent acquisition in Australian professional services firms

The project examines the adoption and use of new recruitment related technologies by Australian professional services firms. It will provide insights into how Australian organisations can make more effective use of internet and social media technologies to attract new talent - a critical challenge affecting many Australian businesses.

ARC Discovery Project

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Research Expertise

  • Barriers to effective HR
  • HR and management strategy
  • Information technology and work
  • Management communication
  • Technological change

Recent Units Taught


Associate Professor Kai Riemer and Senior lecturer Kristine Dery from the University of Sydney Business School talk about capitalising on digital disruption.

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Kristine Dery, Senior lecturer comments on the issue of multiplicity of devices held by executives and the challenges CIOs face.

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Dr Kristine Dery from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies discusses the impact of technology stress on employees.

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