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Work and organisational studies

Redesigning the future of work and organisations
The Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies is home to a long standing and highly regarded group of scholars in this field.

Our research and teaching aim to examine, analyse and influence the world of work and organisations in Australia and beyond by exploring challenges around the employment relationship and the workplace. Our research themes include:

  • how perceptions and behaviours of individuals and groups impact the organisation’s functioning and performance
  • design, management and regulation of work
  • development and support of team member and leadership qualities
  • gender, diversity and inclusion at work
  • the future of work and organisations.

Our theory-led, strategy-focused and policy-relevant teaching and research equips our students with the knowledge and skills to work in diverse organisational settings. We contribute directly to knowledge, policy and practice in the fields of management, leadership, organisational behaviour, human resource management and employment relations.

Research groups

Our people

Meet our academics and research students.

Professor Rae Cooper

Professor Bradon Ellem

Professor Kevin Lowe

Professor John Shields

Emeritus Professor Russell Lansbury

Emeritus Professor Greg Patmore

Associate Professor Dimitria Groutsis

Associate Professor Angela Knox

Associate Professor Susan McGrath-Champ

Associate Professor Diane van den Broek

Honorary Professors

Chris Howell

Ray Markey

Honorary Associate Professors

Flora Gill

William Harvey

Suzanne Jamieson

Jim Kitay

John O'Brien

Honorary Associate

Sue Bussell

Sydney Policy Lab Fellows

Susan Price

Troy Rodderick

Hamdan Alanazi
Degree: PhD
Working title: Managing Employee Expectation and Motivation in a High Pay and High Job Security Work Context
Supervisors: John Shields, James Rooney

Mina Askovic
Degree: PhD
Working title: Corporate volunteering: The karmic paycheck?
Supervisors: Leanne CutcherAnya Johnson

Mihajla Gavin
Degree: PhD
Working title: The strategic response of the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation in times of neoliberalism: The case of teachers’ work and conditions
Supervisors: Susan McGrath-ChampMarian Baird

Sally Hanna-Osborne
Degree: PhD
Working title: The employment and career experiences of women paramedics
Supervisors: Rae CooperMarian Baird

Alexandra Heron
Degree: PhD
Working title: Organisational policies and employee eldercare responsibilities: The role of the line manager
Supervisors: Marian BairdLeanne Cutcher

May Lloyd
Degree: MPhil
Working title: Grey is the New Grey, ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation’ (The Who 1965)
Supervisors: Diane van den BroekAnya Johnson

Anastasia Sintchenko
Degree: PhD
Working title: Uncertain beginnings: How job insecurity and non-standard employment are affecting young workers
Supervisors: Anya JohnsonAngela Knox

Nate Zettna
Degree: PhD
Working title: Antecedents and consequences of employee silence
Supervisors: Helena NguyenSusan McGrath-Champ

Susan Belardi
Thesis title: If you can’t stand the heat: the role of job quality in recruitment and retention in Australian restaurants
Completed: 2017
Supervisors: Angela Knox, Chris F. Wright

Ella Hafermalz
Thesis title: The performative office: A multi-case problematization of remote working
Completed: 2016
Supervisors: Kai Riemer, Bradon Ellem

Meraiah Foley
Thesis title: Mothers in Company: the entrepreneurial motivations of self-employed mothers in Australia
Completed: 2015
Supervisors: Marian Baird, Rae Cooper

Tien Nguyen
Thesis title: How does board capital contribute to firm performance?
Supervisors: John Shields, Mark Westcott

Research seminars

We host regular seminars as part of our Work and Organisational Studies Speaker Series. If you would like to attend one of these talks, please email All other enquiries should be directed to Dr Chris Wright, who coordinates the series.

Below is an outline of some of our recent activity.

Automation, job transformation, and the future of work in Australia
  • Date: 24 October 2018 at 4pm
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Dr Joshua Healy, University of Melbourne
Work-Family policies to reduce gender gaps in caring - a focus on fathers in the UK
  • Date: 8 October 2018 at 4pm
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Colette Fagan, University of Manchester
What does your Workspace say about you? Predicting Employees’ Commitment to Workspace Change
  • Date: 19 September 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Dr Momo Kromah, University of Sydney
Migrant care workers in Australia: Understanding employment pathways in the ECEC and aged care sectors
  • Date: 4 September 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 5040, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speakers: Professor Elizabeth Hill; Dr Myra Hamilton, University of Sydney, UNSW
Positioning followers in the leadership construct
  • Date: 23 August 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 5050, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Associate Professor Melissa K. Carsten, Winthrop University
The role of independent third parties in the transition from adversarialism to cooperation
  • Date: 8 August 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speakers: Professor Mark Bray; Professor Johanna Macnell, University of Newcastle
Social media policies and employee voice
  • Date: 6 June 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Associate Professor Louise Thornthwaite, Macquarie University
Virtual work: Bridging research clusters
  • Date: 31 May 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 5050, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Associate Professor Sumita Raghuram, Pennsylvania State University
Employees’ perception, understanding and attribution of HRM: The what, why and how of the HR process research
  • Date: 16 May 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Professor Karin Sanders, University of New South Wales
Platforms for the people: Enabling civic crowdfunding through the cultivation of institutional infrastructure
  • Date: 2 May 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 5050, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Associate Professor Danielle Logue, University of Technology Sydney
Financial rewards and intrinsic motivation: A self-determination perspective
  • Date: 12 April 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 5050, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Roxana Corduneanu, University of Glasgow
Meta-analysis in the social sciences: A brief overview
  • Date: 28 March 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 4150, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Dr James Donald, University of Sydney Business School
Riding into the abyss? Analysing the gigification of work in the Australian platform-based food-delivery sector
  • Date: 8 March 2018 at 12pm
  • Venue: Rm 5050, Abercrombie Building (H70)
  • Speaker: Dr Alex Veen, University of Sydney Business School

Our books, publications and reports


Bray M, Waring P, Cooper R, and Macneil J 2018 'Employment Relations: Theory and Practice (4 edition)', McGraw-Hill Australia Pty LtdSydney, Australia

Parker J, and Baird M 2018 'The Big Issues in Employment, HR management and Employment Relations in Australasia (2nd edition)', Wolters KluwerAuckland, New Zealand

Patmore G, and Balnave N 2018 'A Global History of Co-operative Business', RoutledgeOxon

Patmore G, and Stromquist S 2018 'Frontiers of Labor: Comparative Histories of the United States and Australia', University of Illinois PressChampaign, USA

Van Den Broek D, and Groutsis D 2018 'Women, Work and Migration (Palgrave Migration and Diaspora Series)', Palgrave

Bharanitharan K, Chen Z, Bahmannia S, and Lowe K 2018 'Is Leader Humility a Friend or Foe, or Both? An Attachment Theory Lens on Leader Humility and Its Contradictory Outcomes', Journal of Business Ethics, In Press

Brown W, and Wright C 2018 'Policies for decent labour standards in Britain', The Political Quarterly, 89 (3), 482-489

Burns R, Loh V, Byles J, and Kendig H 2018 'The impact of childhood parental quality on mental health outcomes in older adults', Aging and Mental Health, 22 (6), 819-825

Burton L, Gilson L, Goldberg C, and Lowe K 2018 'Does being an athlete help a woman? Examining how subtle bias in perceptions of leadership potential differentially impact male and female athletes', Review of Global Management, 2 (1), 66-72

Byington E, Felps W, and Baruch Y 2018 'Mapping the Journal of Vocational Behavior: A 23-year review', The Journal of Vocational Behavior, In Press

Clibborn S 2018 'The politics of employment relations in a multinational corporation during crisis', Economic and Industrial Democracy, In Press

Clibborn S 2018 'Multiple frames of reference: Why international student workers in Australia tolerate underpayment', Economic and Industrial Democracy, In Press 

Clibborn S, and Wright C 2018 'Employer theft of temporary migrant workers' wages in Australia: Why has the state failed to act?', Economic and Labour Relations Review, 29 (2), 207-227

Clibborn S 2019 'It takes a village: Civil society regulation of employment standards for temporary migrant workers in Australian horticulture', UNSW Law Journal, In Press

Cooke F, Wood G, Wang M, and Veen A 2018 'How far has international HRM travelled? A systematic review of literature on multinational corporations (2000-2014)', Human Resource Management Review, In Press

Costa D, Loh V, Birney D, Dhillon H, Fardell J, Gessler D, and Vardy J 2018 'The Structure of the FACT-Cog v3 in Cancer Patients, Students, and Older Adults', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 55 (4), 1173-1178

Donald J, Ciarrochi J, Parker P, Sahdra B, Marshall S, and Guo J 2018. 'A worthy self is a caring self: Examining the developmental relations between self-esteem and self-compassion in adolescents', Journal of Personality, 1-12

Donald J, Sahdra B, Van Zanden B, Duineveld J, Atkins P, Marshall S, and Ciarrochi J 2018 'Does your mindfulness benefit others? A systematic review and meta?analysis of the link between mindfulness and prosocial behaviour', British Journal of Psychology, In Press

Ellem B, and Tonts M 2018 'The Global Commodities Boom and the Reshaping of Regional Economies: The Australian Experience', Australian Geographer, 49 (3), 383-395

Fee A, McGrath-Champ S, and Berti M 2018 'Protecting expatriates in hostile environments: institutional forces influencing the safety and security practices of internationally active organisations', International Journal of Human Resource Management, In Press

Fitzgerald S, Stacey M, McGrath-Champ S, Parding K, and Rainnie A 2018 'Devolution, market dynamics and the Independent Public School initiative in Western Australia: 'winning back' what has been lost?', Journal of Education Policy, 33 (5), 662-681

Foley M, Baird M, and Cooper R 2018 'Is independence really an opportunity? The experience of entrepreneur-mothers', Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 25 (2), 315-329

Ford E, Lowe K, and Huerta T 2018 'A Study of Hospitals Found That Outsider CEOs Make Their Organizations More Productive in the Long Run', Harvard Business Review

Ford E, Lowe K, Silvera G, Babik D, and Huerta T 2018 'Insider versus outsider executive succession: The relationship to hospital efficiency', Health Care Management Review, 43 (1), 61-68

Groutsis D, O'Leary J, and Russell G 2018 'Capitalizing on the cultural and linguistic diversity of mobile talent: lessons from an Australian study', International Journal of Human Resource Management, In Press

Harvey W, Groutsis D, and Van Den Broek D 2018 'Intermediaries and destination country reputation: Explaining flows of skilled migration', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44 (4), 644-662

Howe J, Reilly A, Van Den Broek D, and Wright C 2018 'A Tale of Two Visas: Interrogating the Substitution Effect between Pacific Seasonal Workers and Backpackers in Addressing Horticultural Labour Supply Challenges and Worker Exploitation', Australian Journal of Labour Law, In Press

Johnson A, Nguyen H, Groth M, and White L 2018 'Workplace aggression and organisational effectiveness: The mediating role of employee engagement', Australian Journal of Management, In Press

Johnson A, Nguyen H, Groth M, and White L 2018 'Reaping the Rewards of Functional Diversity in Healthcare Teams: Why Team Processes Improve Performance', Group and Organization Management, 43 (3), 440-474

Kharrazi H, Gonzalez C, Lowe K, Huerta T, and Ford E 2018 'Forecasting the maturation of electronic health record functions among US hospitals: Retrospective analysis and predictive model', JMIR Research Protocols, 20 (8), 1-11

Knox A 2018 'Book Review Symposium: Caroline Lloyd and Jonathan Payne, Skills in the Age of Over-Qualification: Comparing Service Sector Work in Europe', Work, Employment and Society, 32 (2), 439-441

Knox A 2018 'Regulatory avoidance in the temporary work agency industry: Evidence from Australia', Economic and Labour Relations Review, 29 (2), 190-206

Knox A, and Warhurst C 2018 'Occupations, the Missing Link? A New Theoretical and Methodological Approach to Product Markets, Skill and Pay', Work, Employment and Society, 32 (1), 150-168

Lansbury R 2018 'The Changing World of Work and Employment Relations: a Multi-Level Institutional Perspective of the Future', Labour and Industry, 28 (1), 5-20

McGrath-Champ S, Stacey M, Wilson R, Fitzgerald S, Rainnie A, and Parding K 2018 'Principals' support for teachers' working conditions in devolved school settings: Insights from two Australian States', Educational Management Administration & Leadership, In Press

McLaughlin C, and Wright C 2018 'The role of ideas in understanding industrial relations policy change in liberal market economies', Industrial Relations, 57 (4), 568-610

Ng E, Groutsis D, and Rajani N 2018 'From India to Canada: An Auto-ethnographic Account of an International Student's Decision to Settle as a Self-Initiated Expatriate', Canadian Ethnic Studies, 50 (1), 129-148

Petrie K, Joyce S, Tan L, Henderson M, Johnson A, Nguyen H, Modini M, Groth M, Glozier N, and Harvey S 2018 'A framework to create more mentally healthy workplaces: A viewpoint', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52 (1), 15-23

Reilly A, Howe J, Van Den Broek D, and Wright C 2018 'Working Holiday Makers in Australian Horticulture: Labour Market Effect, Exploitation and Avenues for Reform', Griffith Law Review, In Press

Schuessler E, Frenkel S, and Wright C 2018 'Governance of Labor Standards in Australian and German Garment Supply Chains: The Impact of Rana Plaza', Industrial and Labor Relations Review, In Press

Todd P, Ellem B, Goods C, Rainnie A, and Smith L 2018 'Labour in global production networks: Workers and unions in mining engineering work', Economic and Industrial Democracy, In Press

Tomlinson J, Baird M, Berg P, and Cooper R 2018 'Flexible careers across the life course: Advancing theory, research and practice', Human Relations, 71 (1), 4-22

Underhill E, Groutsis D, Van Den Broek D, and Rimmer M 2018 'Migration Intermediaries and Codes of Conduct: Temporary Migrant Workers in Australian Horticulture', Journal of Business Ethics, In Press

Vanhoutte B, Loh V, Nazroo J, Kendig H, O'Loughlin K, and Byles J 2018 'Selection, adaptation and advantage: Later-life health and wellbeing of English migrants to Australia', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Veen A 2018 'The bulwarking of individualised workplace relations in the mining industry: Retaining managerial control within a contested regulatory space', Journal of Industrial Relations, 60 (1), 30-52

Webb S, Loh V, Lampit A, Bateman J, and Birney D 2018 'Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Computerized Cognitive Training on Executive Functions: a Cross-Disciplinary Taxonomy for Classifying Outcome Cognitive Factors'Neuropsychology Review, 28 (2), 232-250

Welp A, Johnson A, Nguyen H, and Perry L 2018 'The importance of reflecting on practice: How personal professional development activities affect perceived teamwork and performance', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, 3988-3999

Williams E, Pillai R, Deptula B, Lowe K, and McCombs K 2018 'Did charisma "Trump" narcissism in 2016? Leader narcissism, attributed charisma, value congruence and voter choice', Personality and Individual Differences, 130, 11-17

Wright C 2018 'Australian industrial relations in 2017', Journal of Industrial Relations, 60 (3), 287-297

Zhao J, Li X, and Shields J 2018 'Managing job burnout: The effects of emotion-regulation ability, emotional labor, and positive and negative affect at work', International Journal of Stress Management, In Press


Groutsis D, Cooper, R and Whitwell, G 2018 'Beyond the pale: Cultural diversity on ASX 100 boards', Australian Institute of Corporate Directors (AICD) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Download the full report (pdf, 2.3MB).

Baird M, Cooper R, Hill E, Probyn E, and Vromen A 2018 'Women and the Future of Work'. Download the full report (pdf, 3.4MB).

McGrath-Champ, Wilson R, Stacey M & Fitzgerald S 2018 'Understanding Work in Schools: The Foundation for Teaching and Learning'

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Marian Baird
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