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I am a research generalist in terms of research topics and consider my expertise to be in area of research methods and particularly in the generation/ collection and analysis of qualitative data. I am very interested in research that employs collaborative techniques and is emancipatory in its intent. I am interested in research that employs innovative data generation and data analysis techniques to explore people’s experiences, including alternative thesis forms. 

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19962021

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Research biography

I have been an active researcher since the 1990's, mainly in the areas of leadership, diversity in organisations and health services management. In my PhD I explored how Australian women socially construct leadership by exploring their childhood experiences of leadership and working collaboratively with them to identify common themes. Since then, I have been involved in many projects that have used qualitative data generation processes, action research, action learning, ethnography, mixed methods and narrative research. My own research has focussed on:
• The retention of early career nurses (Australian Research Council and industry funded),
• The use of reflective practice as a management development tool in the health industry (industry funded),
• The reasons for patient non-attendance at outpatient appointments,
• The lived experience of leaders with disability,
• The use of emotional labour by nurse managers,
• Career choices of health professionals, and
• Research supervision practices.

I am a Past President of the Association for Qualitative Research and former Editor of the Qualitative Research and the Creative Research Journals. I currently review for several journals including Action Learning Action research, The Qualitative Report, Management Learning, Gender, Work and Organisation and Journal of Healthcare Management.

I joined AIB as a staff member this year, after a 30-year career at RMIT University in Melbourne where I was Associate Professor in Health Services Management in the School of Management and Research Student Coordinator.

Research candidate supervision

Teigan Lawson: The impact of Enterprise Bargaining Agreements on management prerogative in Canada during COVID

Claire Pierce: Improving attendance rates in outpatient clinics using a mixed methods action research approach 

Past research student theses

I have had the pleasure of supervising more than 20 DBA and PhD candidates and examined more than 40 theses from Australia and overseas. Some of the thesis titles have been: 

  • The Ethics of Australia’s Sub-Prime Scandal
  • Innovation implementation in healthcare: A resource-based view
  • A study of entrepreneurial orientation and leadership in Malaysian SMEs
  • Using maps as a strategic thinking tool
  • Lavoretti per bimbi: Playful Triggers as keys to foster collaborative practices and workspaces where people learn, wonder and play
  • An exploration of the relationship between spiritual expression and health and well-being in the workplace
  • Doing, Knowing, and Being: Bringing Athena out of the shadows to guide mentoring practice
  • An Exploratory Study into the Use of Participative Practices in Addressing Problem Gambling in Western Sydney: An Action Learning Approach
  • Foot in the Air: An exploration of the experience of transition in organisational life
  • A map for getting lost: Developing managers
  • The Dance of Compliance: Performance Management Systems in Australian Universities
  • Rural Managers: Multiple Roles and Identities in a Cascading Change Context
  • Retention strategies for early career nurses
  • The dynamics of the consulting relationship
  • What members want from a voluntary membership organisation
  • A competency model for HRM Managers

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Grad Cert Tertiary Teaching and Learning, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

… → 1998

PhD in Human and Organization Systems, Fielding Graduate University

… → 1995

MA in Organization Development, Fielding Graduate University

… → 1993

Grad Dip Organisation Change and Consulting, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

… → 1986

Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

… → 1982

Research Interests

  • Women in management/leadership
  • Emotional labour
  • Change management
  • Diversity (in all its forms)
  • Health Services Management
  • Power and control in organisations
  • Management of not-for-profits

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