Our research

Our research

Developing solutions is deeply ingrained in the department’s teaching staff. Our academics undertake problem-based research that often involves collaboration with public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations.

Our research themes

Research themes within the Department of Management include:

Entrepreneurship, Creativity & SMEs

Entrepreneurship and creativity are seen as the new frontier of knowledge development and application, helping to drive societal progress. 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 organisations or developing new products, services or improved practices.

David Rooney, Meena Chavan, Erik Lundmark, Anna Krzeminska

International Business and Strategy

This research area analyses all cross-border business activity by both multinational and small to medium size enterprises, international networks, transfer of knowledge, entrepreneurial activities, and international human resource management. Projects 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. The Department’s innovative research is multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural 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.

Yue Wang, Meena Chavan, Robert Jack, Candy (Ying) Lu , Monica Ren, Murray Taylor, Fei Guo, Salut Muhidin, Jaco Lok, Miles Yang


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 all organised. These fields draw  on a range of philosophical, historical, legal, social, economic and cultural perspectives. Organisations are essentially shaped by the input of people, 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; well-being; organisational behaviour; leadership; equality and diversity; philosophies of management; organisational careers.

Grant Michelson,  Alison Pullen, David Rooney, Edward Wray-Bliss, Erik Lundmark , Patrick Garcia, Lara Tolentino, Sarah Bankins, Rebecca Mitchell, Gayle Avery, Richard Badham, Kyle Bruce, Layla Branicki, Debbie-Haski-Levinthal, Paul Nesbit, Steven Segal, Robert Spillane

Workplace and Employment

The world of work is a topical one. How the workplace is managed poses challenges for managers, employees and governments. Macquarie’s Department of Management’s research has contributed to government inquiries, policy initiatives, public discourse and industry best practices. The Department investigates fields including employment relations, human resource management, employment law and public sector management. Scholars interests encompass diverse topics surrounding: work/family balance, workplace health and safety, trade unions, workforce planning, the regulation of employment, the nature of work, labour and business history, negotiations and conflict management, digital technologies and work, and industrial relations policy.

Grant Michelson, Lucy Taksa, Denise Jepsen, Nick Parr, Louise Thornthwaite, Alison Barnes, Nikola Balnave, Senia Kalfa, Troy Sarina, Andrew Heys.

Operations and  Supply Chain Management

Masud Behnia, Junsong Bian, Norma Harrison, Medrdokht Pournader, Peter Shi.

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