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 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.
Research: innovation paralysis 13 Jun 2014
Australian Financial Review
Associate Dean, Professor Richard Hall is quoted in an article by the Australian Financial Review which reports on Business School research into innovation.
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.
Hall R and Grant D 2014 Forthcoming 'Creativity in Leadership Development' in The Handbook of Management and Creativity, ed. C Bilton and S Cummings, Edward Elgar, London, United Kingdom
Dery K, Grant D, Hall R, Wailes N and Wiblen S 2013 'Putting the HR into the HRIS: A study of the implementation of human resource information systems', 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - "Capitalism in Question", Orlando, United States, 13th August 2013
Hall R, Dery K, Wailes N and Wiblen S 2013 'Socio-materiality and Strategy as Practice: taking technology seriously and applying actor network theory', 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - "Capitalism in Question", Orlando, United States, 13th August 2013
Hall R, Dery K, Wailes N and Wiblen S 2013 'Sociomateriality and strategy-as-practice: taking technology seriously and applying actor-network theory', 29th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium - "Bridging Continents, cultures and worldviews", Montreal, Canada, 6th July 2013
Hall R 2013 'Relational Leadership Meets Leadership Development', International Leadership Association Oceania Conference ILA 2013, Auckland, New Zealand, 24th April 2013
Grant D and Hall R 2012 'Power and Discourse in Organizational Change: The Case of Implementing Enterprise Resource Planning Systems' in The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change, ed. David M. Boje, Bernard Burnes and John Hassard, Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 341-54
Agarwal R, Green R and Hall R 2012 'Management Education for Organizational and Managerial Innovation' in Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Innovation, ed. Tyrone S Pitsis, Ace Simpson and Erlend Dehlin, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 189-216
Spee AP, Grant D, Hall R and Wright C 2012 'Language-based approaches getting to grips with 'organization'', 28th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2012 - "Design!?", Helsinki, Finland, 7th July 2012
Hall R, Agarwal R and Green R 2012 'The Future of Management Education', Scoping paper for the Australian Business Deans Council Future of Management Education Project
Hall R 2011 'Skills and Skill Formation in Australian Workplaces: Beyond the War for Talent?' in Work and Employment Relations - An Era of Change, ed. Marian Baird, Keith Hancock and Joe Isaac, The Federation Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 78-92
Warhurst C, van den Broek D, Nickson D and Hall R 2011 'Heads, Hearts and now Bodies: Employee Looks and Lookism at work' in The Future of Employment Relations – New Paradigms, New Developments, ed. Adrian Wilkinson and Keith Townsend, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, pp. 122-40
Hall R 2010 'Renewing and Revising the Engagement between Labour Process Theory and Technology' in Working Life: Renewing labour process analysis, ed. Paul Thompson and Chris Smith, Palgrave Macmillian, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, pp. 159-81
Dery K, Hall R and Wiblen S 2010 'HRISs and the Constraint of Human Agency: The Implications for HR Skills', Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2010 - "Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research", Montreal, Canada, 10th August 2010
Hall R and Grant D 2010 'Leadership and the Global Financial Crisis in Australia: a Discursive Analysis', Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Organizational Discourse 2010 - "Crises, Corruption, Character and Change", Amsterdam, Netherlands, 16th July 2010
Hall R and Wailes N 2009 'International and Comparative Human Resource Management' in Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management, ed. A.Wilkinson, T.Redman, S.Snell and N.Bacon, Sage, London, United Kingdom, pp. 115-32
Warhurst C, van den Broek D, Hall R and Nickson D 2009 'Lookism: The New Frontier of Employment Discrimination?', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.51:1, pp. 131-36
Grant D and Hall R 2009 'Making Sense of Enterprise Resource Planning Implementations: A Narrative Analytic Approach', Journal of the Japan Society for Management Information, vol.18:3, pp. 203-20
Hall R and Wailes N 2009 'The institutional incompleteness of national industrial relations regimes: a reconsideration of recent changes in Australia, Germany and Sweden', 25th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium - Passion for creativity and innovation; Energizing the study of organizations and organizing, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain, 4th July 2009
Grant D, Dery K, Hall R, Wiblen S and Wailes N 2009 'HRIS: An unrealized potential', Annual CIPD Centre’s Conference, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 26th June 2009
Grant D and Hall R 2009 'Plenary Presentation: The Role and Nature of Institutionalizing Discourses', First Asia-Pacific Colloquium on Institutional Theory: Institutions and Institutionalising, Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 19th June 2009
Grant D and Hall R 2009 'Leadership and the Global Financial Crisis in Australia: A Discursive Analysis', 21st Century Business Issues in North America, Asia and Oceania: Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Symposium Graduate School of Business Administration, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan, 1st November 2009
Hall R 2009 'Rapporteur's Report - Track 1: Management, Work and Organisations - The Challenge of Contemporary Transformations: Recent Developments in Management, Work and Organisations', 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
Dery K, Grant D, Hall R, Wailes N and Wiblen S 2009 'HRIS and the HR Function, ASHRR Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, 10 June 2009
Wailes N, Grant D, Dery K, Hall R and Wiblen S 2009 'Human Resource Information Systems and the Strategic Significance of HR, ASHRR Workshop, Sydney, Australia, 13 May 2009
Dery K, Grant D, Hall R, Wailes N and Wiblen S 2008 'Friend or foe? HRIS and the strategic significance of the HR function', Annual ASHRR Conference, Sydney, Australia, 13th August 2008
Hall R and Grant D 2008 'Beyond internal-external distinction of organizational discourse: understanding discourses as recursively intertextual', The 24th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 12th July 2008
Hall R 2007 'The "Work Choices" Revolution in Australia', Perspectives on Work-Labour and Employment Relations Association, pp. 35-38
Hall R 2007 'First Year of Work Choices: Industrial Relations in Australia', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.49:3, pp. 307-310
van den Broek D, Hall R, Warhurst C and Nickson D 2007 'Discriminating Tastes: Aesthetic Labour, ‘Lookism’ and the Law', 25th Annual Labour Process Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 4th April 2007
Ainsworth S and Hall R 2006 'Rethinking HRM: Contemporary practitioner discourse and the tensions between ethics and business partnership' in Rethinking work: Time, space and discourse, ed. M Hearn and G Michelson, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 263-284
Hall R 2006 'Knowledge management practices in Australian organisations: Progressive development or deepening inequality' in La société des savoirs - Trompe-l'oeil ou perspectives? - The Knowledge Society : Trompe-l'oeil or Accurate Perspective?, ed. M Carton and J-B Meyer, L'Harmattan, Paris, France, pp. 127-142
Hall R 2006 'Knowledge management at Accenture Australia' in Cases in Strategy and Management, ed. L Cutcher and N Wailes, McGraw Hill Education, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 86-98
Hall R 2006 'The Work Choices Revolution' in Industrial Relations – A Current Review, ed. R Hall, Sage, London, Australia
Hall R, Lansbury R, Saulwick J and Wailes N 2006 'Labour Market Governance' in Labour and Social Trends in Asia and the Pacific 2006: Progress Towards Decent Work, International Labour Office, Bangkok, Thailand
Hall R 2006 'Industrial Relations – A Current Review', London, United Kingdom
Harley B, Wright C, Hall R and Dery K 2006 'Management Reactions to Technological Change: The Example of Enterprise Resource Planning', The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol.42:1, pp. 58-75
Grant D, Hall R, Wailes N and Wright C 2006 'The false promise of technological determinism: The case of enterprise resource planning systems', New Technology, Work and Employment, vol.21:1, pp. 2-15
Hall R 2006 'Temporary agency work and HRM in Australia: “Cooperation, specialisation and satisfaction for the good of all”?', Personnel Review, vol.35:2, pp. 158-174
Hall R 2006 'Australian industrial relations in 2005 - The WorkChoices revolution', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.48:3, pp. 291-303
Dery K, Hall R and Wailes N 2006 'ERPs as ‘technologies in-practice’: Social construction, materiality and the role of organisational factors', New Technology, Work and Employment, vol.21:3, pp. 229-241
Hall R and Lansbury R 2006 'Skills in Australia: Towards Workforce Development and Sustainable Skill Ecosystems', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.48:5
Fenwick T and Hall R 2006 'Editorial: Skills in the Knowledge Economy: Changing meanings in Changing Conditions', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.48:5
Hall R 2006 '‘Work choices’ and ‘work rights’: competing discourses, rhetorical strategies and the struggle over worker identities and organization', Identity, Ideology and Idiosyncrasy - Proceedings of the 7th Biennial Conference on Organizational Discourse, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 28th July 2006
Grant D and Hall R 2006 'Power, discourse and enterprise resource planning', Proceedings of the International Conference on Critical Discourse Analysis: Theory into Research, Launceston, TAS, Australia, 18th November 2006
Hall R 2006 'Workplace Changes: change and continuity in the workplaces of the future', Consultancy paper prepared for the TAFE NSW International Centre for VET Teaching and Learning
Hall R, Lansbury R, Saulwick J and Wailes N 2006 'Labour Market Governance in Asia and the Pacific', Report for the International Labour Office
Boreham P and Hall R 2005 'Theorising the state and economic democracy' in Participation and democracy at work: Essays in honour of Harvie Ramsay, ed. J Hyman, P Thompson and B Harley, Palgrave, London, United Kingdom, pp. 222-246
Hall R and Grant D 2005 'Unlocking multiple organizational narratives concerning ERP implementations', 21st European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference, Berlin, Germany, 2nd July 2005
Ainsworth S, Grant D and Hall R 2005 'Managerial identities', ICRODSC Identity Workshop, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 4th February 2005
Dery K, Hall R and Wailes N 2005 'The social construction of ERPs: A critical discursive perspective', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 10th August 2005
Grant D and Hall R 2005 'Power and discourse in the management and organisation of ERPs', 4th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 6th July 2005
Buchanan J and Hall R 2005 'Skills in contemporary Australian services industries: From skill shortages to workforce development', 23rd International Labour Process Conference (ILPC), Glasgow, United Kingdom, 23rd March 2005
Hall R 2005 'The power of persuasion: John Howard's rhetorical strategies in the workchoices debate, Newcastle Graduate School of Business Seminar Series, Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 25 November 2005
Toner P, Marceau J, Hall R and Considine G 2004 'Innovation agents: Vocational education and training skills and innovation in Australian industries and firms - Volume 1', National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Australia, pp. 85
Hall R 2004 'Temporary agency work in Australia (Part II): Motivation, dynamics and prospects' in International perspectives on temporary agency work, ed. J Burgess and J Connell, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, pp. 145-163
Boreham P, Stokes G and Hall R 2004 'Political ideas, institutions and policies: A critical overview' in The politics of Australian society: Political issues for the new century, Pearson Longman, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 1-16
Hall R 2004 'Introduction to Part 2: Institutions of democracy' in The politics of Australian society: Political issues for the new century, ed. P Boreham, G Stokes and R Hall, Pearson Longman, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 111
Toner P, Marceau J, Hall R and Considine G 2004 'Innovation agents: Vocational education and training skills in the present and future Australian innovation system' in Vocational education and training and innovation: Research readings, ed. S Dawe, National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide, SA, Australia, pp. 85-105
Boreham P, Stokes G and Hall R 2004 'The politics of Australian society: Political issues for the new century', Pearson Longman, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 395
Hall R 2004 'The changing nature of IT work: Commoditisation and the market-based governance of labour in the IT consultancy services sector', 22nd International Labour Process Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 7th April 2004
Hall R 2003 'Labour hire in Australia: motivation, dymanics and prospects' in Contemporary Research on Temporary Employment: The Inside View from Six Countries, ed. J Burgess and J Connell, Employment Studies Centre, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Grant D, Hall R, Wailes N and Wright C 2003 'The false promise of technological determinism: The case of enterprise resource planning systems', Critique and Inclusivity: 3rd International Critical Management Studies Conference, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, 9th July 2003
Buchanan J and Hall R 2002 'Teams and control on the job: Insights from the Australian metal and engineering best practice case studies', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.44:3, pp. 397-417
Hall R 2002 'Enterprise resource planning systems and organizational change: Transforming work organization?', Strategic Change, vol.11:5, pp. 263-270
Jarley P, Harley B and Hall R 2002 'Innovations in Australian trade unions', Industrial Relations, vol.41:2, pp. 228-248
Grant D, Wailes N, Michelson G, Brewer A and Hall R 2002 'Re-conceptualising organizational change: Strategies, processes, forms and discourses', Strategic Change, vol.11:5, pp. 237-242
Hall R 2002 'Knowledge management practices in Australian organisations: Progressive development or deepening inequality', Development Through Knowledge Conference IRD-IUED, Geneva, Switzerland, 22nd November 2002
Hall R, Buchanan J and Considine G 2002 'You value what you pay for: Enhancing employers contributions to skill formation and use', Dusseldorf Skills Forum (A special report to the Organisation)
Heiler K, Frino B and Hall R 2001 'Good and bad bargaining for women: Do unions make a difference?', Labour & Industry, vol.10:2, pp. 101-127
Hall R, Buchanan J and Considine G 2001 '"You value what you pay for" - enhancing employers contribution to skill formation and use, Dusseldorp Skills Forum, Sydney, Australia 2001
Hall R, Bretherton T, Buchanan J, van Barneveld K and Pickersgill R 2000 'Making the grade? Globalisation and the training market in Australia', Australian National Training Authority/National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Hall R, Boreham P and Stokes G 2000 'Ideas, institutions and policies' in The politics of Australian society, ed. P. Boreham, G. Stokes and R. Hall, Longman; Pearson Education Australia, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 1-15
Hall R and Harley B 2000 'Organized labour in the borderless world: Globalization, deregulation and union strategy in Australia' in Globalization and labour in the Asia Pacific region, ed. C. Rowley and J. Benson, Frank Cass, London, pp. 54-73
Hall R 2000 'The new politics of the High Court: Breaking with constitutional tradition or securing a political future?' in The politics of Australian society: political issues for the new century, Longman, Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia, pp. 141-158
Hall R, Boreham P and Stokes G 2000 'The politics of Australian society: Political issues for the new century', Longman; Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia, pp. 350
Hall R 2000 'Outsourcing, contracting-out and labour hire: Implications for human resource development in Australia', Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, vol.38:2, pp. 23-41
Hall R and Harley B 2000 'Organised labour in the borderless world: Globalisation, deregulation and union strategy in Australia', Asia Pacific Business Review, vol.6:54-73
Hall R and Harley B 2000 'The location and characteristics of fixed-term and casual female workers in Australia: An analysis of AWIRS95', Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol.26:1, pp. 18-37
Hall R 2000 'Changes in the Australian labour market: The impact on training arrangements', The Changing Nature of Work, 1st January 2000-31st December 2000
Hall R, Bretherton T and Buchanan J 2000 '"It's not my problem": Non-standard work and Vocational Education and Training in Australia',
Frino B, Callus R and Hall R 2000 'Enterprise agreements update: Recent developments and future prospects for AWA's and certified agreements, Enterprise Bargaining Briefings held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide December 2000
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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Professor Richard Hall reveals the results of recent research into aesthetically-based hiring practices in fashion retail.