BA(Hons); PhD Qld.
Associate Dean, Management Education;
Professor of Work and Organisational Studies
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia
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Richard Hall's research interests cover a range of areas across work and organisational studies. His recent research has focused on IT systems and organisational change, new technology at work, leadership, organisational discourse, management education and critical approaches to international HRM. He is currently developing a research group at Sydney focussing on critical leadership studies and linking with international scholars with similar interests in critical leadership studies and practice.
He has previously held a number of appointments at the Business School (previously the Faculty of Economics and Business) including Associate Dean (Research) in 2010, and Program Director of the Bachelor of Commerce from 2008 to 2010. Richard was also previously Co-Director of the Organisational Discourse, Strategy and Change Group (ODSCG) at the University of Sydney, which is affiliated with the International Centre for Research on Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change (ICRODSC). He remains closely associated with the work of the ODSCG and ICRODSC. He is also on the editorial board of Australia's leading employment studies journal, the Journal of Industrial Relations. Prior to joining Work and Organisational Studies in 2004, Richard was Deputy Director (Operations) of acirrt, now the Workplace Research Centre (WRC), at the University of Sydney. He is presently serving on the WRC's Board of Advice. Richard held previous academic appointments at the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland.
Richard has been a Chief Investigator on a number of major research projects funded by the Australian Research Council, the International Labour Office, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and the International Centre for VET Teaching and Learning. With colleagues at Sydney he is currently undertaking research on two major research projects funded by the Australian Research Council: the first examining the impact of Human Resource Information Systems on the HR function in Australian organisations; the second analysing the diffusion and impact of the HR/IR policies of multinational organisations on Australian subsidiaries in the automotive and investment banking sectors. He has published in international journals including: Work, Employment and Society; Industrial Relations; New Technology, Work and Employment; the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science; and Economic and Industrial Democracy. His work has also appeared in a number of international collections including the Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management (2009) and the Routledge Companion to Organizational Change (2011). He is co-author of New Technology @ Work published by Routledge in 2008.
Richard has consulted widely to corporations, government agencies, research institutes, employer associations, and unions. He has often been called on to present to business and policy forums, as well as research workshops and briefings. He currently teaches in the areas of organisational change and development, organisational behaviour, the management of technology and human resource management. Richard is also Co-Leader of the Leadership module for the Global Executive MBA and undertakes executive education, consulting and professional development for corporate clients in the fields of leadership and organisational change.
MBA networking is mutually beneficial 29 Apr 2013
Australian Financial Review
The Australian Financial Review has interviewed Professor Richard Hall, Associate Dean, Management Education, Business School, on the new MBA program in the context of schools being increasingly judged on their industry connections.
All about image 03 May 2012
Central magazine has reported on research by Dr Richard Hall, University of Sydney Business School, which has determined that employers in the fashion industry focus on personality and looks.
Beauty wins the job 26 Apr 2012
Business Review Weekly
Business Review Weekly has reported on research by University of Sydney Business School Associate Dean Professor Richard Hall which found that fashion retail managers place more importance on good looks and charm than qualifications or experience.
Beautiful? Yep, so you' ve got the job 20 Apr 2012
MX Newspaper has reported on research from the University of Sydney Business School which shows that people are more likely to get a retail job based on looks and charm than qualifications. Professor Richard Hall, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, commented that preference for good-looking staff was more pronounced in retail.
Beauty is retail beast 20 Apr 2012
Australian Financial Review
The Australian Financial Review has reported on research by Richard Hall and Diane van den Broek from the discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School which has found fashion retailers select their staff for good looks and charm over qualifications or experience.
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
- Australian and comparative industrial relations
- Human resource management
- Information technology and work
- Management education
- Organisational behaviour
- Organisational change & development
- Organisational discourse
- Skills & skill formation
- The future of work
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