Dr Jillian

Dr Jillian Cavanagh

Senior Lecturer, Business School Graduate Research Co-ordinator

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Business School

Department of Management and Marketing

Melbourne (Bundoora)



Membership of professional associations

Living with Disability Research Centre

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr. Jillian Cavanagh joined the School of Management in February 2010. Jillian has had extensive experience teaching in the Vocational Education and Training, and Higher Education Sectors. Her experience as a course convenor (subject co-ordinator) and lecturer has been across three Queensland universities – Griffith University, Southern Cross University and Central Queensland University. Subjects teaching areas are predominantly in Management, Human Resources and Education. Jillian was awarded a Faculty Learning and Teaching Citation from Griffith University’s Business School consecutively for 2008 and 2009.  

Jillian’s commitment to research is predominantly in the are a of Human Resource Management, employer support and the employment of workers with disabilities; Men's groups and sheds, community development and engagement; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health and participation in men's sheds.

Other areas of research interest include workplace learning and, student learning (formative assessment) and retention. In the area of workplace learning she seeks to gain a better understanding of workplace issues through socio-cultural perspectives of workplace learning, participation, self identity and agentic action. Research in the area of student learning and retention includes transition to university, managing large classes and teaching staff, and evaluation through formative assessment. These areas of research provide a working knowledge of some of the conditions that have contributed to employee and student issues and assist in developing sustainable practices for future employees and students.  

Prior to working in the education sector Jillian spent many years as a Legal Practice Manager and Legal Practice Consultant. Within these roles she was responsible for Strategic and Business Management, Human Resource Management, Financial Control, Information Technology and General Administration.

Recent publications


Cavanagh J (2010) Women, work and learning: An investigation within legal workplaces. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag.  

Book Chapters:

Cavanagh J (2008) Women auxiliary workers’ learning and discovering ‘self’ through work In S Billett C Harteis and A Etelapelto (Eds) Emerging Perspectives of Workplace Learning (pp67-78) Rotterdam: Sense Publishers  

Journal Publications:  

Meacham, H., Cavanagh, J., Shaw, A., Bartram, T., and Laing, J. (2017) Accepted for publication. Ethical mnagement in the hotel sector. Creating an authentic work experience for workers with intellectual disbiilities. Journal of Business Ethics. (ABDC A)

Henwood, M., Cavanagh, J., Shaw, A., Kendrick, M., and Bartram, T. (2017) Accepted for publication. Men's health and communities of practice in Australia. Journal of Health Organisation and Management.

Cheng, C., Oakman, J., Bigby, C., Fossey, E., Cavanagh, J., Meacham, H., and Bartram, T. (2017) Accepted for publication. What constitutes effective support in obtaining and maintaining employment for individuals with intellectual disability? A scoping review. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.

Meacham, H., Cavanagh, J., Shaw, A. and Bartram, T. (2017) In press. HRM practices that support the employment and social inclusion of workers with an intellectual disability. Personnel Review. (ABDC A)

Meacham, H., Cavanagh, J., Shaw, A., and Bartram, T. (2016) In press. Innovation programs at the workplace for workers with an intellectual disability: Two case studies in large Australian organisations. Personnel Review. (ABDC A)

Bartram, T., Cavanagh, J., and Hoye, R. (2016) In press. The growing importance of human resource management in the NGO volunteer and not-for-profit sectors. International Journal of Human Resource Management. (ABDC A)

Cavanagh, J., Meacham, H., Bartram, T., Bigby, C., Oakman, J., and Fossey, E. (2016) In press. Supporting workers with disabilities. A scoping review of the role of human resource management in contemporary organisations. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources.

Cavanagh, J. Southcombe, A., and Bartram, T. (2016) In press. An investigation of Aboroginal and Torres Strait Islander men's learning through Men's Sheds in Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies Journal.

Cavanagh, J., Southcombe, A., Bartram, T. and Hoye, R. (2015) The impact of sport and active recreation programs in an Indigenous Men's Shed. Journal of Austalian Indigenous Issues. 18(3).

Ang, S.H., Cavanagh, J., Southcombe, A., Bartram, T., Marjoribanks, T., and McNeil, N. (2015) In press. Human resource managemet, social connectedness and health and wellbeing of older and retired men: The role of Men's Sheds. International Journal of Human Resource Management. (ABDC A)

Cavanagh, J., Burston, M., Southcombe, A., and Bartram, T. (2015) In press. Contributing to a graduate-centered understanding of work readiness: An exploratory study of Australian undergraduate students' perceptions of their employability. The International Journal of Management Education. 13(3) 278-288.

Zhang, M., McNeil, N., Bartram, T., Cavanagh, J., Halteh, P., Bonias, D. and Dowling, P. (2015) In press. Managing turnhover through high performance work systems: The case of multinational enterprises operating in China. International Journal of Human Resource Management. (ABDC A)

Cavanagh, J., Southcombe, A. and Bartram, T. (2014) In press. Retired men's work in men's sheds: The impact of charismatic leadership, value congruence and social connectedness. Leadership and Organization Development Journal.

Cavanagh, J., Southcombe, A. and Bartram, T. (2014) The role of collaborative learning on training and development practices within the Australian Men's Shed movement: A study of five Men's Sheds. Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 66(3) 365-385. (ABDC A)

Cavanagh, J., Cheng, C., Southcombe, A. and Bartram, T. (2014) Developing cultural competence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health and well-being. Men's groups and sheds in a remote area. Journal of Indigenous Issues. 17(1) 2-18.

Southcombe, A., Cavanagh, J. and Bartram, T. (2013) Capacity building in Indigenous men's groups and sheds across Australia. Health Promotion International. 16(3).

Southcombe, A., Fulop, L., Carter, G., and Cavanagh, J. (2013) Building commitment: An examination of learning climate congruence and the affective commitment of Australian academics. Journal of Further and Higher Education. Published online 14/4/14 1-15. ERA 'B'

Cavanagh, J., and Bartram, T. (2013) Men's groups and sheds: Confronting social determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's helath and well-being. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. 16(3) 51-65. ERA 'B'

Cavanagh, J. and Fisher, R. (2013) Women, work and learning: Discord between policies and practice. Journal of Women, Politics and Policy. 34(3) 219-237. ERA 'B'

Cavanagh, J., McNeil, N., and Bartram, T. (2013) The Australian men's shed movement: Human resource management in a voluntary organisation. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. 54(3) 292-306. ABDC 'B'

McNeil, N., Cavanagh, J., Bartram, T., and Leggat, S. (2012) Identifying barriers to building organisational capacity: A study of an Indigenous men's shed. Health Issues. Winter 2012 109 17-20.

Cavanagh, J., Fisher, R., Francis,M., and Gapp, R., (2012) Linking nurses' attitudes and behaviours to organizational values. Journal of Management and Organization. 18(5) 673-684.

Cavanagh, J., McNeil, N., Bartram, T., and Leggat, S.G. (2012) An exploratory study of the factors that promote Indigenous and non-Indigenous member's participation in Men's Sheds. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. 15(1) 50-64.

Cavanagh, J. (2012) Auxiliary women workers in the legal sector: Traversing subjectivities and 'self' to learn through work. Journal of Vocational Education and Training.  64(3) 245-259. (ABDC A)

Fisher R, Cavanagh J. and Bowles, A. (2011) Assisting transition to university: Using assessment as a formative learning tool. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 36(2) 225-237.

Cavanagh, J. (2010)  Women, subjectivities and learning to be adaptable . Multicultural Education and Technology Journal. 4(3) 140-152.

Cavanagh J. and Fisher R. (2008) Discrimination in legal practice: An examination of policies impacting on educational opportunities for women Multicultural Education and Technology Journal 2(4) 200-214.