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Leanne Cutcher

Leanne Cutcher

BA(Hons); UNSW PhD
Associate Professor; Honours Coordinator

Rm 440
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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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

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Research Grants


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

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

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Research Expertise

  • Retail banking
  • Financial inclusion of indigenous people
  • Older workers