Dr Geraldine

Dr Geraldine Kennett

Acting Director MBA Program

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Business School

Department of Department of Management, Sport and Tourism


Doctor of Business Administration



Membership of professional associations

Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), Victoria Division

Area of study

Adult education
Human Resource Management

Brief profile

~~Geraldine specialises in leadership, business management and capability development

She is the Acting Director MBA Program and previously a Professor of Practice in Management at La Trobe University where she is responsible for teaching, curriculum development and providing industry engagement initiatives for the Business School. She was formerly the Institute for Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA) Victorian Chief Executive Officer responsible for the development and management of a range of professional development programs and services for members. Geraldine was also the Institute’s Program Director, Australian Industry Group’s Membership Strategy Manager and Australian Human Resource Institute’s, Professional Development and Membership Manager.

In the past Geraldine worked as a lecturer in the school of management for Central Metropolitan College of TAFE and as a business and human resource manager for Myer Stores Ltd.

Geraldine is a Board member of Connecting Home (formerly Stolen Generation Victoria). Her qualifications include a Doctorate of Business Administration and a Masters in Training and Development. She is also a Reviewer for the Australian Journal of Public Administration and the American Journal, Review of Personnel Public Administration.

Teaching units

Strategic Management BUA5SM






Geraldine provides in-practice leadership and management consulting with executives to provide solutions from inside the organisation.

Recent publications

2014 • La Trobe University Cr3+ Conference - Beyond attraction and retention: Indigenous career advancement in the public sector

2013 • Department of Justice, Koori Conference - Career development in the public sector • Greater China – Australia Dialogue on Public Sector Human Resource Management - Individual, team and organisational development in the Victorian Public Service. • University of Melbourne, Public Policy in the Asia Century Conference - Public Sector Human Resources Management: Observations from the 2013 Australia-China Dialogue on Public Administration

2012 • Curtin University, academic day post the National Skills Forum - Keynote presentation - The impact of training practices on individual, organisation and industry skill development • 8th ICPA 2012 International Conference on Public Administration - The impact of training practices on individual, organisational and industry skill development

2011 • SMR HRD Congress, Malaysian - Does training and development have consequences for employee turnover? • American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Conference, Baltimore - Does training and development have consequences for employee turnover?

2010 • Criterion Conferences, Developing Public Sector Workforce Capability - How do training and development practices influence employee turnover?

2009 • 19th Annual Infohrm Conference - Do better training practices lower employee turnover?

Older publications

• Co Author, HR: Creating Business Solutions, A Positioning Paper, AHRI, 2006 • The Impact of Training Practices on Individual, Organisation, and Industry Skill Development Australian Bulletin of Labour, Vol 39 No 1 2013 pp. 112-136 • American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), Does training and development have consequences for employee turnover?