BA(Hons); UNSW PhD
Associate Professor; Associate Dean (Resourcing)
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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Leanne’s research explores employee and community responses to organizational strategy and discourse. She pursues this research in not-for-profit and for profit contexts. Currently she is researching the implications of management strategy and discourse for age diversity, financial inclusion of Indigenous communities and the gendered nature of organizational commemoration.
In recognition of the high quality of her research Leanne was the recipient of the Business School’s 2015 Excellence in Research Award and the EGOS Best Paper Award in 2014.
Her current major research project, 'Managing Age in Organisations', is a three-year, Australian Research Council funded project exploring the management of older workers. The project aims to identify the negative consequences of 'mis-managing' age and develop effective employee strategies for managing age.
Leanne is the Business School’s Associate Dean (Resourcing). In this role Leanne is responsible for strategic recruitment of staff, the creation of innovative career structures and the development of professional staff.
Leanne has strong links with the Credit Union Foundation of Australia and is a member of CUFA's International Development Working Group.
Leanne is Director of the Organisation Discourse Strategy and Change Group. This group links colleagues at the University of Sydney with leading researchers at eleven other institutions in North America, Europe and Australia.
Leanne is supervising the following PhD projects:
- Percy Knight: Indigenous Business Success and Failure in the Wiradjuri Nation (with David Oliver),
- Stephanie Dunk: Ethical Food (with Richard Seymour),
- Maegan Baker: Identity Politics and Indigenous Employment Programs (with Richard Seymour);
- Alex Heron: Elder Care in Organizations (with Marian Baird).
The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Age, Stuff (NZ), The Border Mail
The Sydney Morning Herald and Saturday Age quoted research from Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher and PhD candidate Barbara Foweraker about older males working in the pharmaceutical industry.
An opinion piece in The Weekend Australian referenced a forthcoming study by Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher, which finds that the most innovative companies are those where employee age is not an influential factor.
ABC PM, ABC 666 Canberra
Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher spoke to ABC radio (PM, 666 Canberra) about her research showing the most innovative businesses are those where age discrimination does not occur, in the context of the Intergenerational Report.
Leanne Cutcher on 6PR Perth 27 Apr 2016
Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher was interviewed on 6PR Perth about her upcoming research on age discrimination in the workplace.
Leanne Cutcher on 2CC, 2UE and 2GB radio 22 Apr 2016
2CC Canberra, 2GB Sydney, 2UE Sydney
Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher was interviewed on 2CC Canberra, 2GB Sydney and 2UE Sydney about her research on age discrimination in the workplace.
Cutcher L, Oliver D and Sloan P 2016 'How Should I Act: Reflexive Praxis in Hybrid Organizing', 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, United States, 9th August 2016
Reed C, Thomas R and Cutcher L 2016 'My generation: Foucault’s biopower in action', 12th International Conference On Organizational Discourse: "Silence, Significance and White Space", Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15th 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
Cutcher L, Dale K and Tyler M 2016 'Death becomes her?’ Managing gender through commemorative aesthetics', Gender, Work and Organization 2016 - 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele University, Keele, United Kingdom, 1st July 2016
Thomas R, Hardy C, Cutcher L and Ainsworth S 2015 'What’s Age Got to Do with It? On the Critical Analysis of Age and Organizations' in Work and Organisational Psychology (SAGE Benchmarks in Psychology), ed. Gregory J Boyle, John G. O'Gorman, Gerard J. Fogarty, Sage Publications Ltd, United Kingdom
Cutcher L and Lobiel J 2015 '‘Which bank?’ Competition and community service obligations in the retail banking sector' in Markets, Rights and Power in Australian Social Policy, ed. G Meagher and S Goodwin, Sydney University Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 169-90
Catturani I and Cutcher L 2015 'Financial Co-operatives in Australia and Italy' in Cooperative Enterprises in Australia and Italy: Comparative analysis and theoretical insights, ed. Anthony Jensen, Greg Patmore & Ermanno Tortia, Firenze University Press, Firenze, Italy, pp. 75-88
Floris M, Grant D and Cutcher L 2015 'Calculative Devices as Boundary Objects in an Acquisition Discourse', 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 11th August 2015
Cutcher L, Hardy CA, Thompson R and Ainsworth S 2015 'A Critical Analysis of Temporal Work: Time, Space and Identity in a Global Engineering Firm', 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 11th August 2015
Foweraker B and Cutcher L 2015 'Gifting sales work: Crafting late stage career identities in a young person's industry', 31st European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium, Athens, Greece, 4th July 2015
Cutcher L, Oliver D and Sloan P 2015 'Enacting reflexivity in hybrid organizations', 31st European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium, Athens, Greece, 4th July 2015
Cutcher L and Mason P 2014 'Credit Unions' in The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization, ed. Martin Parker, George Cheney, Valérie Fournier and Chris Land, Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 253-66
Cutcher L and Hardy CA 2014 ''Entering the Tardis': Age Across Time and Space in a Global Engineering Firm', 11th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 11th July 2014
Cutcher L, Dale K and Tyler M 2014 'Uncanny resemblances: ‘Remembering as forgetting’ in organizational commemoration', 30th European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium - "Reimagining, Rethinking, Reshaping: Organizational Scholarship in Unsettled Times", Rotterdam, Netherlands, 5th July 2014
Floris M, Grant D and Cutcher L 2014 'Calculative Devices as Boundary Objects', 30th European Group of Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium - "Reimagining, Rethinking, Reshaping: Organizational Scholarship in Unsettled Times", Rotterdam, Netherlands, 5th July 2014
Foweraker B and Cutcher L 2014 'Selling Age: Older Workers in the Pharmaceutical Industry', Challenges of the Ageing Workforce in the Asia Pacific, Perth, Australia, 11th June 2014
Cutcher L 2013 'Money, money, money must be funny in a rich man’s world: enacting boundaries between financial services and indigenous cultures', 29th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2013 - "Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews", Montreal, Canada, 6th July 2013
de Cock C, Cutcher L and Grant D 2012 'Finance capitalism's perpetually extinguished pasts: Exploring discursive shifts 2007–2011. Editorial for Special Issue: Crisis, Critique and the Construction of Normality: Exploring Finance Capitalism’s Discursive Shifts', Culture and Organization, vol.18:2, pp. 87-90
Cutcher L, Kirsch A and Lansbury R 2012 'The ‘lucky’ LME: the mediation of globalizing effects on employment relations in the Australian auto assembly and retail banking industries', International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol.23:10, pp. 1999-2015
Cutcher L and Dale K 2012 'Introduction: Emotion and aesthetics: organisational space, embodiment and materiality', International Journal of Work, Organisation and Emotion, vol.5:1, pp. 1-5
Murray J and Cutcher L 2012 'Gendered Futures, Constrained Choices: Undergraduate Perceptions of Work and Family', Journal of Population Research (Special Issue: Family, work and well-being over the life course), vol.29:4, pp. 315-28
Cutcher L 2012 '‘We’re Not a White Fella Organisation’: Exploring how forms of co-operation, race, gender and space intersect to create a different form of organization', Gender, Work and Organization: 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele, United Kingdom, 27th June 2012
Foweraker B and Cutcher L 2012 'Age and Other Drugs: Exploring the intersection of age and gender at Pharmco', Gender, Work and Organization: 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele, United Kingdom, 27th June 2012
Grant D, Cutcher L and Floris M 2011 'The Role of Calculative Devices in Strategizing', 27th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2011 - "Reassembling Organizations", Gothenburg, Sweden, 9th July 2011
Cutcher L 2010 'Case 2: Fortescue Metals Group: The new force in iron ore' in Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalisation, 4th Asia-Pacific Edition, ed. Dallas Hanson, Michael A. Hitt, R. Duane Ireland, Robert E. Hoskisson, Cengage Learning Australia, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 410-15
Cutcher L and Milroy T 2010 'Misrepresenting Indigenous mothers: maternity allowances in the media' in The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia, ed. S Goodwin and K Huppatz , Sydney University Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 153-173
Cutcher L 2010 'Local Heroes: Co-producing history, ‘community’ and the self', Consumption, Markets & Culture, vol.13:1, pp. 79-90
Ainsworth S, Cutcher L and Thomas R 2010 'Ideas that work: ‘Choice’ vs. ‘Rights’ in the 2005 Australian industrial relations advertising campaigns', 25th Cardiff Employment Research Unit ERU Annual Conference 2010 - "Ideas at Work", Cardiff University, United Kingdom, 14th September 2010
Cutcher L 2010 'Glocalized Banking: The interplay between the global and the local in community banking in Australia', 26th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2010 - "Waves of Globalization: Repetition and difference in organizing over time and space", Lisbon, Portugal, 3rd July 2010
Cutcher L and Davis T 2010 'Indigenous Mothers in Australia: The Cycle of Reproduction and Production of White Nationhood', Gender Work and Organization Conference: 6th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, 23rd June 2010
Cutcher L and Ainsworth S 2010 'If 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30 where does that leave me?', Gender, Work & Organization 2010: 6th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Keele, United Kingdom, 23rd June 2010
Cutcher L 2009 'Resisting change from within and without the organization', Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol.22:3, pp. 275-89
Cutcher L and Davis T 2009 'Discursive formation of the indigenous female Australian subject: Bad mothers, cheapworkers and (white) postwar prosperity', 2nd New Zealand Discourse Conference 2009 - "Tilts and Shifts – Applying a Discourse Analysis Lens", AUT University, New Zealand, 20th November 2009
Cutcher L and Milroy T 2009 'Aboriginal Mothers as Outsiders', Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia, 10th July 2009
Cutcher L and Ainsworth S 2009 'Locally Mutual the role of place in the reinterpretation of a not for profits mission', International Centre on Discourse, Strategy and Change, Discourse and Practice Workshop, Melbourne University, Australia, 10th June 2009
Cutcher L 2009 'Rapporteur's Report - Track 5 New Forms of Work and Employment', Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association IIRA 2009 'The New World of Work, Organisations and Employment', Sydney, Australia, 27th August 2009
Cutcher L 2008 'Constructing the Customer: Customer and Employee Relations in Australian Retail Banking', VDM Verlag Dr Muller, Saarbrucken, Germany, pp. 177
Ainsworth S and Cutcher L 2008 'Expectant Mothers and Absent Fathers: Paid Maternity Leave in Australia', Gender, Work and Organization, vol.15:4, pp. 375-93
Cutcher L 2008 'Creating Something: Using nostalgia to build a branch network', Journal of Consumer Culture, vol.8:3, pp. 369-87
Cutcher L 2008 'Service Sells: Exploring connections between customer service strategy and the psychological contract', Journal of Management and Organisation, vol.14:2, pp. 116-26
Cutcher L 2008 'Financing communities: the role of community banks and credit unions in re-establishing branches in Australia', Accounting, Business & Finance History, vol.18:3, pp. 323-33
Cutcher L 2008 'Strong Bonds: Maintaining a commitment to mutuality in a deregulated environment- the case of Australian Credit Unions', Journal of Co-operative Studies, vol.41:1, pp. 22-30
Cutcher L, Hancock P and Tyler M 2008 'Introduction', International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, vol.2:4, pp. 321-6
Ainsworth S and Cutcher L 2008 'Staging value and older women workers: when 'something more' is too much', International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, vol.2:4, pp. 344-357
Kitay J and Cutcher L 2007 'Connecting the Global and the Local: Changing Employment Practices in Australian Retail Banking' in Globalisation and Employment Relations in Retail Banking, ed. Roger Blanpain, Kluwer Law International, pp. 15-33
Cutcher L, Kitay J and Wailes N 2007 'Globalization and Employment Relations in Retail Banking', Kluwer Law International, Germany, pp. 153
Cutcher L and Ainsworth S 2007 'Staging Value and Older Women Workers: When 'Something More' is Too Much', Gender Work and Organization: 5th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, 29th June 2007
Cutcher L and van den Broek D 2006 'Transactions in Time: Temporal Dimensions of Customer Service Work' in Rethinking work: Time, Space and Discourse, ed. M Hearn and G Michelson, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 102-118
Cutcher L 2006 ''Back to the future': Bendigo Bank's Community Bank® model' in Case Studies in Strategy and Management, ed. L Cutcher and N Wailes, McGraw Hill Education, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 14-26
Cutcher L 2006 ''Not for profit, not for charity, but for service' - Credit unions: Not-for-profits in the financial services sector' in Case Studies in Strategy and Management, ed. L Cutcher and N Wailes, McGraw Hill Education, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 57-69
Cutcher L and Wailes N 2006 'Introduction - Using cases to study strategic management' in Cases in Strategy and Management, ed. L Cutcher and N Wailes, McGraw Hill Education, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 2-12
Cutcher L and Wailes N 2006 'Cases in Strategy and Management', McGraw Hill Education, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Cutcher L 2006 'Profits before people: Shifting customer and employee relations in Australian credit unions', International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, vol.6:2, 3 & 4, pp. 248-262
Cutcher L and Kerr M 2006 'The shifting meaning of mutuality and co-operativeness in the credit union movement from 1959 to 1989', Labour History:91, pp. 31-46
Cutcher L 2006 'Self-help in financial services', Business and Labour History Group Symposium, Women’s College, University of Sydney, Australia, 1st - 31st December 2006
Cutcher L and Kerr M 2006 'The shifting meaning of mutuality and co-operativeness in the credit union movement from 1958 to 1990', Business and Labour History Group Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 17th March 2006
Cutcher L 2006 'Not for Profit, Not for Charity, but for Service: Co-operativeness in the face of increasing competition in the Australian Credit Union Movement', Business and Labour History Group Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 17th March 2006
Ainsworth S and Cutcher L 2006 'Representations of working mothers in the media: paid maternity leave in Australia', Apros Colloquium (11th), Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 1st January 2006-31st December 2006
Ainsworth S, Baird M and Cutcher L 2006 'WorkChoices and word choices', Our Work . . . Our Lives: National Conference on Women and Industrial Relations - Proceedings of the 1st Biennial Conference of the National Network of Working Women's Centres, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 14th July 2006
Putnam L, Grant D, Michelson G and Cutcher L 2005 'Discourse and resistance: Targets, practices and consequences', Management Communication Quarterly, vol.19:1, pp. 5-18
Baird M and Cutcher L 2005 'One for the father, one for the mother and one for the country: An examination of the construction of motherhood through the prism of paid maternity leave', Hecate, vol.31:2, pp. 103-113
Cutcher L 2005 'Nostalgic innovation: Service work and consumer culture stream', 4th Critical Management Studies Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 6th July 2005
Cutcher L 2005 'How sustainable is mutuality? The case of two Australian credit unions', The Past is Before Us - Ninth National Labour History Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 2nd July 2005
Shields J, Cutcher L, O'Donnell M and O'Brien J 2005 'Laughing all the way: Executive pay, company performance and corporate governance in the Australian banking industry', 19th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australian and New Zealand Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 11th February 2005
Cutcher L and van den Broek D 2005 'Serving time: The temporal dimensions of front-line service work', 19th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 11th February 2005
Cutcher L 2004 'Mutuality is it all in the mind? Discourse, worker identity and resistance in credit unions, International centre for research on organizational discourse, strategy and change's workshop, Sydney, NSW, Australia February 2004
Cutcher L 2003 'Crowded lives by Linday Tanner', Worksite
Baird M, Brennan D and Cutcher L 2002 'A pregnant pause: Paid maternity leave in Australia', Labour & Industry, vol.13:1, pp. 1-19
This project explores the scope of Indigenous enterprise in Australia, what constitutes success, and the challenges faced in managing competing economic, social and cultural obligations. Drawing on institutional theory, we characterise these competing goals as institutional logics and explore how Indigenous enterprises navigate the associated tensions in practice. To understand practice, we will develop a database of Australian Indigenous enterprises, mapping key characteristics and indicators of success. The research will contribute to Indigenous policy debates, evidencing the factors that determine success for Indigenous enterprises.
Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu Scheme
Australians are currently being encouraged to work longer to maximise their contribution to the economy but they often report there are organisational barriers to doing so. This study offers a new approach to understanding age focusing on managers and offers a framework of effective strategies for employers in managing age.
ARC Discovery Project
- Identity in Organizations: including age, race and gender identities
- Organizational Strategy and Discourse
- Alternative forms of organization
- Critical management studies
Recent Units Taught
EMBA6003 Integrated Management
WORK2210 Strategic Management
WORK6002 Strategic Management
WORK6120 Research Essay
There is a curious paradox that as the workforce population ages, the age at which workers are being labelled as 'old' by recruiters and organisations is getting younger. Leanne discusses her research into managing age in organisations in light of the recent Intergenerational Report.