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Melbourne Business School Faculty and Research Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

The implementation of any organisational strategy is dependent on its people.

The implementation of any organisational strategy is dependent on its people.

A dynamic, creative, collaborative workforce is the firm’s greatest competitive advantage.

Our research focuses on how organisations can get the best out of its people. From leadership and ethics to workplace relationships and managing diverse teams, we explore the systems and practices that are necessary at all levels of a firm to drive a culture of success.

Leadership and Ethics

Effective leadership is paramount for the success of any organisation.

Effective leadership is paramount for the success of any organisation.

Sound leadership is not only vital to motivate employees, satisfy customers, and improve productivity, but also to navigate through organisational change and uphold ethical principles in challenging times.

MBS Research in this area examines factors that promote and hinder leader performance, interpersonal influence, and ethicality in organisations. This research is aimed at providing practical and evidence-based solutions to improve leader performance in organisations.

Researchers: Deshani Ganegoda, Carol Gill, Isabel Metz, Burak Oc, Jen Overbeck, Amanda Sinclair

Organisational Relationships

High quality work relationships are central to effective organisational performance.

High quality work relationships are central to effective organisational performance.

They bring a sense of energy, mutuality and positive regard to workplace interactions.

At MBS, we strive to understand how relationships break down, for example through failures of organisational justice, adversarial negotiations, breach of psychological contracts and broader workplace conflicts. And we strive to understand the individual and organisational processes that can rebuild and strengthen workplace relationships.

Researchers: Deshani Ganegoda, Karen Jehn, Isabel Metz, Burak Oc, Mara Olekalns, Jen Overbeck

Workplace Diversity

Managing diversity is a complex and strategic approach towards managing people.

Managing diversity is a complex and strategic approach towards managing people.

It is about utilising human resources efficiently and effectively by identifying significant differences in the workforce and labour markets, and exploring the potential advantages of workplace diversity and inclusion.

MBS research in this area examines multiple facets of diversity, and seeks to understand how leaders and organisations can effectively manage employee diversity in the workplace for positive individual (e.g., job satisfaction and engagement) and organisation (e.g., competitive advantage in a global economy) outcomes.

Researchers: Carol Gill, Karen JehnIsabel Metz, Burak Oc, Mara Olekalns, Amanda Sinclair

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