Human Resource Management and International Management


The research of the Human Resource Management (HRM) and International Management (IM) group focuses on enhancing the sustainable and socially responsible operation of both Australian and international organisations to positively impact stakeholders including shareholders, managers, workers and their communities. This is achieved through evidence-based practice and strong research partnerships with government, not-for-profit and private sector organisations.

Having said this, our HRM and IM research has a particular focus on the public sector (i.e. government departments and agencies), health care sector (public hospitals in metropolitan, regional and rural locations, Health Care Unions, Hospital Associations and Medical Colleges), multinational enterprises, community based organisations (i.e., Men's Sheds and Indigenous Men's Groups, Volunteer Organisations), and member-based organisations (i.e., Industry Associations).

We also conduct research on critical international HRM topics such as global performance management and multinational enterprises operating in Australia and abroad with a focus on China and Chinese multinational enterprises. We utilise a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Our research activities are focused around strategic HRM and high performance work systems (HPWS) and the functional areas of HRM including training and development and education and diversity management in both Australian and international organisations.

Related to our health care research focus, the team also conducts research and community work with the Australian Men's Sheds with a focus on working with Indigenous Men's Sheds and Groups throughout Australia. Our research examines the effective management of the sheds, and various activities (e.g., training and development) of the Sheds and their impact on men members' health and wellbeing, employment, family relationships and community capacity building. Within all of our research we have a strong emphasis on various facets of organisational behaviour including leadership, gender, group and intergroup processes, and work-life balance.

Researchers with the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism also co-edit some of the leading HRM journals including the International Journal of Human Resource Management and the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. These journals publish cutting edge HRM research from Australia, the Asia Pacific and the world.

If you are interested in finding out more about our research interests, or wish to get in touch, please contact Dr Nicola McNeil.