Our research

Our research

Our academic staff undertake problem-based research, often collaborating with public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations to develop solutions with real-world impact.

Our research areas

The department’s research activities operate as a collective ecosystem within which more specific research themes are explored.

These are outlined below, together with listings of the relevant teaching and research staff.

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Entrepreneurship, creativity and SMEs

Entrepreneurship and creativity are a new frontier of knowledge development and application, helping to drive societal progress and radically altering established employment and career structures. This shift in focus to practical innovation is intertwined with the transition from the industrial to the entrepreneurial society.

This research area examines knowledge transfer between people and within organisations, and how knowledge is used through creative, entrepreneurial processes, such as starting new businesses or developing new products, services or improved practices.

Global business, strategy and operations

Projects in this research area aim to understand the diverse activities that comprise strategy and international business and its influence on the economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of people globally. Topics examined include:

  • cross-border business activity by multinational businesses and SMEs
  • international networks
  • transfer of knowledge across borders
  • top management teams and strategic decision making
  • supply chain management
  • procurement and operations management.

The department’s innovative research in this field is multidisciplinary, multicultural and multi-locational. Research explores the flow of people, products and services to meet changing global business demands, and the strategic challenges and opportunities that arise from links and barriers that exist between national economies.


The department takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of organisations, work and society. Scholars in this area research private, public and not-for-profit organisations in order to interrogate, understand and improve how work, labour and employment are organised. These fields draw on a range of philosophical, historical, legal, social, economic and cultural perspectives.

Organisations are essentially shaped by human input but also have the potential to significantly impact workers’ lives and careers. In focusing on the reciprocal relationship between organisations and employees, core research topics include:

  • gender
  • business ethics
  • politics of work
  • corporate sustainability and responsibility
  • wellbeing
  • organisational behaviour
  • leadership
  • equality and diversity
  • philosophies of management
  • organisational careers.

People management and employment

The rapidly changing employment landscape and shifting concepts of the modern workplace pose challenges for managers, employees and governments. The Department of Management’s research has contributed to government inquiries, policy initiatives, public discourse and industry best practices. We investigate the pressing issues in many fields including employment relations, human resource management, employment law and public sector management.

Our scholars’ interests encompass diverse topics such as:

  • work/family balance
  • work health and safety
  • trade unions
  • workforce planning
  • the nature and regulation of employment
  • labour and business history
  • negotiations and conflict management

Research opportunities

Departmental staff produce a regular stream of international quality published research, seeking out partnerships with organisations and leading scholars throughout Australia and internationally to develop practical business and organisational insights.

Sharing our knowledge with a wider audience is also a priority. The department holds regular seminars and conferences and contributes to public discourse through expert commentary featured in print, radio and online media.

Research output

Professor Mitchell’s current research programs focus on team diversity, that is the diverse composition of teams, and how this impacts team dynamics and performance. She is particularly interested in the impact of gender as an aspect of team composition, and is also investigating the effect of national diversity and professional diversity. Her work focuses on team dynamics such as conflict as well as performance, particularly team innovation.

Professor Mitchell is also researching in the area of leadership. She is actively researching how transformational leadership can increase the effectiveness of teams, particularly multidisciplinary teams. She is also investigating shared leadership in teams and its potential to increase team innovation.

The ‘Gig Economy’ as a facilitator for meaningful employment

This project, in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, University of Technology Sydney and Challenge Community Services (CCS), is designed to increase the competence of young people with intellectual disability in the ‘Gig Economy’ as a facilitator for meaningful employment. The research team was awarded $190,000 this year (over two years), through the National Disability Insurance Scheme Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Scheme.

Masters programs and PhDs

Macquarie Business School is investing in developing top researchers and we invite you to join us.

Macquarie’s core pathway to higher degree research study is the international standard two-year research training pathway leading to the Master of Research.

The Master of Research equips students with intensive research preparation before beginning a PhD.

Find out more about our Masters programs and PhDs.

Content owner: Department of Management Last updated: 15 May 2019 10:10am

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