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Work and Organisational Studies

Work and Organisational Studies (WOS) is a large discipline within the University of Sydney Business School. Our group includes leading international scholars investigating work and organisations and our research expertise informs our teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


Scholars in WOS have published several hundred key monographs and academic peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals. Our research expertise spans a range of fields, with a particular emphasis on management in the workplace. Our research is supported by major international and national grant schemes. We also engage with business, government and the broader community to produce intelligent and insightful research. Much of this research has informed policy making at business and government levels.

Our expertise spans the following areas:

  • Work and labour markets
  • Human resource management
  • Employment relations
  • Strategy and change
  • Leadership and sustainability
  • Organisations and communication
  • Gender and diversity at work
  • Unions and Collective Bargaining
  • People and Technology
  • Organisations and Social Media

Upcoming Seminars

Prof. Christopher Wright,

An inconvenient truth: how organizations translate climate change into business as usual

13th Oct 2015 - 01:00 pm

Room 214/5, H69 Economics and Business Building

Dr. Olivia Kyriakidou,

Can diversity management thrive during times of global economic crisis?

10th Nov 2015 - 12:00 pm

Room 214/5, H69 Economics and Business Building


There is a strong tradition of teaching excellence within the discipline and our undergraduate and postgraduate students are among the best and brightest in the country. In our teaching, we expose students to cutting-edge research and we use innovative and engaged teaching methods. A number of market-leading textbooks in our area of expertise have been written by WOS academics. We nurture critical thinking and relevant industry knowledge to prepare students for their careers. Our graduates report high levels of teaching satisfaction and many of our alumni are now leading successful careers in business.

Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

Viji Venkataramani

Student Testimonial

Sally Ingram

Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient

Troy Terpens

Student Testimonial