BA(Hons); UNSW PhD
Associate Professor; Honours Coordinator
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW Australia 2006
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Leanne is the winner of the Business School's Inaugural Research Engagement Award. Her research explores employee and customer responses to management strategy and discourse in both the for-profit and co-operative sectors and has been published in leading management and marketing journals.
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 currently engaged in research with Siemens Water, Siemens Healthcare and IAG on this project.
Leanne has strong links with the CUFA and is presently involved in a number of projects in relation to credit unions. She is a member of CUFA's International Development Working Group.
Leanne holds a visiting Professorship at Edinburgh Napier's School of Management in the UK.
Leanne is Co-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.
She is Managing Editor of the Australian Review of Public Affairs and Book Editor for Organization and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Organization Studies, Human Relations, Organization, Gender Work and Organization amongst other journals.
Leanne is the WOS' Honours Co-ordinator and responsible for teaching the fourth year honours courses. She also teaches into the School's Executive MBA program as co-convenor of the Integrated Management module.
Leanne is currently supervising three Phd students:
- Older workers in the pharmaceutical industry - Ms Barbara Foweraker
- Discourse and strategy in the Australian mining sector - Mr Maurizio Floris.
- Elder Care - Ms Alex Heron
The Weekend Australian
Despite legislation outlawing age and gender related discrimination, a combination of ageism and sexism continues to present a formidable barrier to older women's career progression, argues Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher. Read more
Can't pay firms to hire old workers 18 Mar 2013
News Ltd papers have interviewed Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher about the minimal uptake of incentives to hire older workers by business
Older women must work harder for job 10 Mar 2013
The Sunday Telegraph
Dr Leanne Cutcher, University of Sydney Business School, on International Women's Day on the topic of ageism and sexism in the workplace.
ABC Radio Newcastle
ABC Radio Newcastle has interviewed Dr Leanne Cutcher, senior lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, regarding the Federal Government's proposal to offer $1,000 as a job bonus to an employer who takes on someone over 55 for a three month period.
The Herald Sun newspaper has published an op-ed by Dr Leanne Cutcher, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, in which she opines that the federal government's incentivisation payment to employers to hire senior workers will not work because it is not a big sum in the recruitment process and people, even in that age bracket, discriminate based on how an older person looks.
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
- Retail banking
- Financial inclusion of indigenous people
- Older workers
Recent Units Taught
2013: Semester 1, Semester 2,
2013: Semester 1, 2012: Semester 1,
2012: Semester 1,
2013: Semester 1,
2012: Semester 2,