Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour Research Group

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Organisation profile

Our research in the area of Human Resource Management is focused in four areas:

1. General and Regional Human Resource Management/Organisational Behaviour (HRM/OB)

Research in general and regional HRM/OB focuses on improving individual and organisational effectiveness. Key issues addressed include HRM practices, skills shortages, training and development, bullying and harassment, staff retention (particularly in regional areas), mentoring, psychological contracts, emotional intelligence and workforce diversity. Organisational behavioural issues cover research areas such as generational attitudes, identity construction, team performance, processes facilitating organisational change and organisational culture. Furthermore, a number of research projects have been undertaken to address emerging regional HR management issues such as migration, employment generation, skills shortages, employment self-containment and business sustainability, in an effort to drive industry growth.

2. Health care HRM

Human resource professionals in health care and hospital organisations face a range of workforce  issues such as recruitment, training, compensation and benefits, employee relations, health care reform, and  employee wellness. This research sub-group therefore focuses on various topics related to health care organisations and the employment, enhancement and retention of appropriate staff to meet organisational and industry needs.

3. Strategic International HRM

Multiple value orientations associated with diverse cross-border business activities and performance need to be examined from multidimensional perspectives. Value orientations relating to cultural identity, international business focus and personal and professional development are indispensable for cross-border business success. This research sub-group focuses on various topics such as expatriation, inpatriation, repatriation, cross cultural adjustments and multinational strategies needed to meet the particular challenges of international business.

4. Leadership

Leadership research focuses on personal influence over others which is not always or indeed essentially related to a position of authority. Leadership style is the approach used to direct and manage strategies and to motivate people to bring about desired outcomes. A leader in a multicultural context has the talent and mindset to relate effectively to, and motivate, people across race, ethnicity, social attitudes, and lifestyles. A leader must be conscious of explicit and subtle cultural differences. This research sub-group focuses on various topics related to leadership, human behaviour, organisational psychology, cultural groups, teams and the critical ethos of leadership.

Our research has been published in a range of international journals including:International Journal of HRM;- Human Relations;- Gender, Work and Organisation;- Critical Asian Studies;- Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources;- Personnel Review; Journal of Management and Organisation; Journal of Family and Economic Issues; Journal of Organisational Change Management. Employee Relations - an International Journal;- and Journal of Employment Counselling.

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