Dr Melanie Kan



Casual Research Fellow


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy in Management, Victoria Univ. of Wellington, 2017


+61 3 924 68827


Melanie Kan is a Lecturer in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School. Melanie has a varied background in consulting and research, across universities, public and private sector, and NGOs. She has taught at universities across Australia, New Zealand and China, focusing on organisational behaviour, management and leadership on MBA and Masters level courses.

During her 10 years of consulting, Melanie worked with an array of private and public sector clients providing executive coaching and team wellbeing and performance programs during organisational restructures. She conceptualised and led the development and national rollout of career development programs including those specialising in equity and diversity issues for older workers, and parents with children. Here, she also led a consulting project investigating the turnover of women executives in the finance industry. Melanie has also consulted on an evaluation of a program funded by the Department of Health, providing health care services to remote communities.

Melanie’s research has variously included, in leadership through organisational changes in the public health sector; knowledge sharing across a remote employment services network, team resilience in child protection teams.

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Research interests

  • Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Organisational Change
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods Approaches 

Teaching interests

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Management
  • Leadership

Units taught

  • MBA721 - People Management
  • MPL700 - Leadership with Impact

Knowledge areas

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Management
  • Leadership


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Developing a collaborative network organization: leadership challenges at multiple levels

E Baker, M Kan, S Teo

(2011), Vol. 24, pp. 853-875, Journal of organizational change management, Bingley, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Managing dualities in a collaborative non-profit network

E Baker, M Kan, J Onyx, S Teo

(2009), Vol. 15, pp. 101-114, Third sector review, Stepney, S. Aust., C1-1

journal article

Accessing data: methods for understanding mobile technology use

P Hagen, T Robertson, M Kan, K Sadler

(2006), Vol. 13, pp. 135-150, Australasian journal of information systems, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

Identifying paradox: a grounded theory of leadership in overcoming resistance to change

M Kan, K Parry

(2004), Vol. 15, pp. 467-491, Leadership quarterly, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Reinterpreting the multifactor leadership questionnaire

M Kan

(2002), pp. 159-173, Grounding leadership theory and research: issues, perspectives and methods, Greenwich, Conn., B1-1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) new business model evaluation.

Dr Melanie Kan

  • 2019: $9,000


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