2012 Seminars


14th Feb 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Prof Patrick Gunnigle, University of Limerick

Title: Weathering the storm? Multinational companies and human resource management through the global financial crisis


17th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm

Venue: The Darlington Centre, University of Sydney

Speaker: Professor John Budd, University of Minnesota, USA

Title: 'The Thought of Work': a presentation by Professor John Budd, University of Minnesota on his recent book

Professor John Budd, University of Minnesota, will visit the WWRG in February 2012 and present a seminar on his very recent book: 'The Thought of Work' an erudite and engaging interdisciplinary synthesis of ten meanings of work that shows the centrality of work in our lives, identity politics, and society.

John W. Budd is the Industrial Relations Land Grant Chair and Director of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of 'Employment with a Human Face: Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice', and 'Labor Relations: Striking a Balance', and coauthor of 'Invisible Hands, Invisible Objectives: Bringing Workplace Law and Public Policy into Focus'.


28th Feb 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Jennifer Tomlinson**, University of Leeds

Title: Gender and ethnicity in the legal profession in England and Wales: Career trajectories and inequality through the lens of structure and agency theory


13th Mar 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 397, H04 - Merewether Building

Speaker: Prof David Oliver, HEC Montreal

Title: Navigating Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: Critical Emotional Incidents and Practices of Engagement


20th Mar 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Prof Richard Hall, University of Sydney

Title: Leadership as practise: Implications for leadership development


3rd Apr 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Jane Le, University of Sydney

Title: A critical review of qualitative research methods in top management journals


17th Apr 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Prof Claus Jacobs**, University of St.Gallen

Title: Seeking strategic coherence - legitimacy and identity in strategy work


1st May 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Assoc Prof Bradon Ellem, University of Sydney

Title: Writing a "geo-history" of the Pilbara's iron ore industry


15th May 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Sally Wright and Dr John Buchanan, University of Sydney

Title: Australia at work: an update


29th May 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Dan Caprar, University of New South Wales

Title: Challenges to Teaching Evidence-Based Management: Why Students Might Not Believe Some of Our Research Findings

Authors

Dan V. Caprar, Australian School of Business Sara L. Rynes, University of Iowa Boram Do, Boston College Jean Bartunek, Boston College

Abstract

Teaching from an evidence-based perspective requires, first and foremost, that we focus on teaching principles where the science is clear (Rousseau & McCarthy, 2007). Unfortunately, however, research shows that people often do not believe even well-documented research findings, both in management and in many other scientific areas.

Although there are many specific reasons that people might not believe particular research results, there is at least one general principle that might explain resistance to a number of scientific findings: that certain findings may threaten people's emotional well-being and evoke a need for self-protection. This possibility is investigated in a study examining students' reactions to an essay arguing that employers should hire for intelligence because it is the best predictor of job performance. Consistent with predictions from self-enhancement and self-protection theories, students in general preferred essays arguing that employers should hire for emotional intelligence and fit over the essay promoting hiring for intelligence. In addition, students with lower grade point averages (GPA, a partial but highly salient indicator of intelligence) showed lower agreement with the essay than did those with higher GPAs. Finally, the relationship between GPA and agreement with the essay was mediated by test-taking anxiety, as well as affected by the order in which the intelligence essay was presented. Implications for future research and for teaching potentially threatening research findings are discussed.

Bio

Dan V. Caprar is a Lecturer at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales. He received his MBA and a PhD from the University of Iowa in the United States, and Australia is the fourth country he has lived and worked in, after Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Dan's research focus is on the interaction between business and its socio-cultural context, with particular interest in the impact of foreign business on local cultures. Dan's most recent work was published in the Journal of International Business Studies, in a special issue showcasing the use of qualitative methods in international business. He recently joined the Editorial Board for the Journal of International Business Studies, and will soon start as the Regional Associate Editor for the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management. He is also a member of the Research Committee for the Academy of Management's International Management Division.

Dan teaches Cross-Cultural Management in the Master of Commerce program at UNSW, and also a Leadership course in the AGSM MBA program in Hong Kong.

A particular area of interest for Dan is what makes people believe (or not believe) research findings, with the objective of bridging the gap between academics and practitioners. The seminar presentation is based on a work-in-progress paper related to this interest.

 

12th Jun 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Dean's Boardroom, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Fabrice Lumineau, University of Technology, Sydney

Title: 'How Contracts Influence Both Trust and Distrust Outcomes: An Information-Processing View


14th Aug 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Justine Rogers, The University of Sydney

Title: 'It all makes sense': the role of the organisation in becoming a professional elite


21st Aug 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Prof Chris Warhurst, The University of Sydney

Title: Meritocracy and qualifications vs class and social skills: graduatisation and estate agency


11th Sep 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Brenda Ware, The University of Sydney

Title: Risk, Representation and an 'old pay' approach: Fairness and Job Evaluation Systems in Australia


18th Sep 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Johanna Macneil, University of Newcastle

Title: Achieving mutual gains: The role of interest based bargaining processes


9th Oct 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Paul Spee, University of Sydney

Title: Strategizing as organizational identity work - evidence from a university's change process


23rd Oct 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Prof Christian De Cock, University of Essex

Title: Imagining Imaginaries


30th Oct 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Prof Steve Frenkel, University of New South Wales

Title: China's Migrant Workers: Underclass or Proletariat?


13th Nov 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Prof Michelle Brown, University of Melbourne

Title: Not happy Jan: Investigating performance pay complaints in EU countries


27th Nov 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Prof Julia Balogun, Lancaster University

Title: The dynamics of failed legitimation in MNCs


4th Dec 2012 - 01:00 pm

Venue: Room 214/215, H69 - Economics and Business Building

Speaker: Dr Annika Skoglund, Stockholm University

Title: Self-management of the green enthusiast in a European utility company