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Members of the Human Resource Management / Organisational Behaviour Discipline Group are undertaking research involving a range of issues that impact on the health, attitudes and behaviours of employees and, in turn, the effectiveness of organisations. These issues include the levels of health and safety experienced by precariously employed workers, job stress prevention/reduction strategies, employee engagement, work-life balance, workplace trust, recruitment and selection, group dynamics, leadership development, employee relations, human resource management in multinational organisations, cross-cultural communication and negotiation, and organisational change and development.
Staff involved in the Human Resource Management / Organisational Behaviour Discipline Group draw on expertise from a variety of scholarly backgrounds, in particular organisational behaviour, industrial psychology, sociology, human resource management, employment relations, organisational theory and international business management. They have also undertaken research across multiple industries (e.g., manufacturing, health care, law enforcement, agriculture) and sectors (private, public and not-for-profit), and have generated high-level knowledge regarding a range of working contexts.
Members of the group are not only concerned about the impact that work and working environments have on employees, managers and other people directly involved in the production of goods and services, but are also interested in the influence on workers' families and the broader community.
The following is a more detailed description of the research activities undertaken by members of the Human Resource Management / Organisational Behaviour Discipline Group including a sample of current projects, recent research publications and external grants. The specific research activities of individual group members can be found via the hyperlinks provided.
Underhill, E. (2010-2011). Strategies for Improving Workplace Health and Safety. Department of Justice & Attorney General, Queensland Government $45,630
Dastmahian, A., Blunsdon, B., Steinke, C., Bacan, N., Blyton, P., McNeil, N (2010-2013). Human Resource Climates: Assessing their Impacts on Organisations and Employees. Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. AUD$180,000
Noblet, A; LaMontagne, A. (2011-2014) Developing and implementing organisational-focused job stress interventions. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (Creating Healthy Workplaces Project). $300,000
Nettle, R., Zheng, C. (2010-2011) Employee Retention in the Australian Dairy Industry. Gardiner Foundation. $49,500