Isabel Metz

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Isabel Metz joined Melbourne Business School in 2008 as a senior lecturer of Human Resources Management. She is now a Professor of Organisational Behaviour.

After completing her PhD at Monash University, Isabel held lecturer and senior lecturer positions at the University of Melbourne. Before academia, Isabel spent more than a decade in Australian banking in a range of IT, marketing, change management and operations management positions.

Isabel’s research in the areas of organisational behaviour and human resource management has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management and elsewhere. Isabel has also received awards for several of her publications over the years.

Isabel teaches 'Managing People' and 'Managing a Diverse Workforce' on our MBA programs and is a frequent media commentator in outlets such as the Guardian, ABC, Australian Financial Review and The Age.

Selected Publications

'Inclusion climate: A multilevel investigation of its antecedents and consequences.' Li, Y., Perera, S., Kulik, C. T., & Metz, I., 2019. Human Resource Management. vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 353-369.

'Why are self-help books with career advice for women popular?', Metz, I. & Kumra, S., 2019, Academy of Management Perspectives, vol. 33, no.1, pp. 82-93.

Understanding the change-cynicism cycle: The role of HR’, Brown, M., Kulik, C.T., Cregan, C. & Metz, I., 2017, Human Resource Management, vol. 56, no.1, pp. 5-24.

Male champions of gender equity change’, Metz, I. & Kulik, C.T., February 2016, AOM Human Resources Division’s International Conference, Sydney.

Multiculturalism as a strategy for national competitiveness: The case for Canada and Australia’, Ng, E. & Metz, I., May 2015, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 128, no. 2, pp. 253–266.

The impact of work-family programs on the relationship between gender diversity and performance,’ Ali, M., Metz, I. & Kulik, C.T., July 2015, Human Resource Management, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 553–576.

The rocky climb: Women’s advancement in management’, Metz, I. & Kulik, C.T., 2014, in Kumra, S, Simpson, R. & Burke, R. (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Gender in Organizations, Oxford University Press, pp. 175–199.

Changes in psychological contracts during the Global Financial Crisis: The manager’s perspective’, Metz, I., Kulik, C.T., Brown, M. & Cregan, C., 2012, International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 23, no. 20, pp. 4359–4379.

Organizational factors, social factors and women’s advancement’, Metz, I., 2009, Applied Psychology: An International Review, vol. 58, pp. 193-213.

Selected Awards

Dean's Research Excellence Award

Group & Organization Management (GOM Journal) Outstanding Reviewer Award

Co-Winner of the Management Education Division’s Best Paper in Management Education Award at the Academy of Management (AOM): “Social networks, personality and peer evaluations in self-managing teams”

Co-Winner of the GDO Division’s Dorothy Harlow Best Paper Award at the AOM: “The Impact of Gender Diversity on Performance in Services and Manufacturing"

Winner of GDO Division’s Best Paper Award at ANZAM conference: “Women leave to have babies: Fact or fiction?”