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Richard Hall

Richard Hall

BA(Hons); PhD Qld.
Associate Dean, Management Education;
Professor of Work and Organisational Studies

Room 463
H03 - Institute Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 5621
Fax +61 2 9036 7190


Richard Hall's research interests cover a range of areas across work and organisation studies. His recent research has focused on leadership, IT systems and organisational change, new technology at work, organisation discourse and management education. He is Co-Director of the Leadership Practice and Performance Systems Research network, a strategic group established by the Business School in 2013 to link leadership researchers on the relationships between leadership and management systems.

He has previously held a number of appointments at the Business School 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 and the international journal leadership. 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. He is currently co-editing a four-volume Major Work on Leadership Practice and Development for Sage.

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.

Newsroom articles

  • Sydney completes MBA with two additions 17 Feb 2014

    Australian Financial Review

    The Business School is entering the second year of its new MBA degree and adding two core units to its offering. Associate Dean Richard Hall is quoted in the article.

  • Yesterday's heroes 06 Dec 2013

    Australian Financial Review

    The 'superhero' boss is heading for obsolescence as business models are remade and jobs are redesigned, according to new research by Boss and the Business School. Professor Hall shares his opinion.

  • The future: what the experts predict 06 Dec 2013

    Australian Financial Review

    Experts make specific predictions about our new reality by 2030 and the developments that will affect every aspect of our lives and work.

  • China connection blossoms 07 Nov 2013

    Sydney Morning Herald

    University of Sydney Master of Business Administration (MBA) students have completed a trip to Shanghai, to help Chinese companies engage with Australia.

  • Studies and all that jazz 23 Sep 2013

    Australian Financial Review

    The Australian Financial Review has reported that jazz improvisation is an innovative way of teaching leadership as part of the University of Sydney Business School's Global Executive MBA.

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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

  • Australian and comparative industrial relations
  • Human resource management
  • Information technology and work
  • Leadership
  • Management education
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Organisational change & development
  • Organisational discourse
  • Skills & skill formation
  • The future of work

Recent Units Taught


Professor Richard Hall from the University of Sydney Business School talks about leadership.

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Meet the team behind the new MBA, learn how they 'Re-Imagined' it to meet the challenges of today's business realities and discover the ideas that drove the development of the course.

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An MBA built to unlock all aspects of the personal and professional ambitions within each of us. Flexible, focussed, tailored.

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Anita Mitchell, a Sydney based specialist in environmental sustainability, has been selected as the recipient of a 'First' MBA scholarship, from a pool of Australia's brightest young business talent.

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Professor Richard Hall reveals the results of recent research into aesthetically-based hiring practices in fashion retail.

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