Research is central to the mission of the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources. Our research is broad covering psychologists, sociologists, industrial relations specialists, historians and lawyers. We consider ourselves a research led department with our research informing teaching. Department members undertake research in a broad range of areas including:
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Employee voice
- Comparative employment relations
- Training and Development
- Recruitment and Selection
- HR Strategy
- International HR
- Emotions at work
Many of our staff are members of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing and the Griffith Institute for Tourism.
The Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing runs two research programs:
Better Organisational Behaviour
The effective behaviour of people and systems is the main interest of this program. The themes within this program are:
- Individual and team behaviour
- Use of emotions in the workplace
- The prevention of anti social behaviours at work
These areas reflect research into the enhancement of effective behaviour within organisations. Each of these areas has shown to have an effect on productivity outcomes within organisations. Better organisational behaviour will lead to better productivity and improved personal outcomes (for example, higher levels of satisfaction) for employees.
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Institutions and Regulations
This program examines how changing employment and related legislation and workplace institutions (including unions) and the workplace meet the needs of the labour force (women, men, low paid, skilled, ageing, immigrant etc) and the operation of the workplace.
There is a wide variety of labour market practice and collective and individual experiences at work. The importance of the impacts of industrial relations reform and changes to labour market practices are examined within the contexts of national and international policy, public institutional frameworks and the institutions within which labour and capital are organised.
Particular attention is paid to the analysis of the impact of changes on different groups in the labour market including women and men, different cultures and cultural groups, different age cohorts and the experiences within different occupations and industries. Furthermore, this research also examines the regulation and institutions of work through equality, gender and diversity perspectives.
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Members of the Department have recently published in leading international journals including the Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Journal Of Management Studies, Human Relations, Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, British Journal of Industrial Relations.
Additionally, members of the Department have published their research in the form of books, chapters and monographs which are important in the field. Employment Relations and Human Resources staff have also produced policy oriented work for the state government, unions and employers organisations.