Isabel Metz joined Melbourne Business School in 2008 as a Professor of Organisational Behaviour.

After completing her PhD at Monash University, Isabel held a number of 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, 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 on our MBA programs and is a frequent media commentator in outlets such as the Guardian, ABC, Australian Financial Review and The Age.


Male champions of gender equity change’, Metz, I & Kulik, CT, 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, CT, July 2015, Human Resource Management, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 553–576.

The rocky climb: Women’s advancement in management’, Metz, I & Kulik, CT, 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, CT, Brown, M & Cregan, C, 2012, International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 23, no. 20, pp. 4359–4379.

Women’s career advancement: The relative contribution of human and social capital’, Metz, I & Tharenou, P, September 2001, Group & Organization Management, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 312–342.

Isabel Metz
PROFESSOR OF ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR QUALIFICATIONS PHD, MONASH UNIVERSITY; MBA, MELBOURNE BUSINESS SCHOOL; BSci, UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND AREAS OF EXPERTISE Organisational behaviour and human resource management TOPICS Barriers and facilitators to women's advancement in leadership positions, gender and careers, diversity management (race, ethnicity, age, disability, etc.), work and family balance, conflict, social networks, psychological contracts, multiculturalism, male advocates of change for gender equity INDUSTRIES Banking and finance, mining, manufacturing, retail, education GEOGRAPHIES Australia, South-East Asia Contact: