Centre for Professional Work and Society
The members of the Centre aim to deliver high-quality research that contributes to national and international debates around the changing landscape of contemporary professional work. The field of professional work is a contested and broad domain which requires some engagement with societal issues to be meaningful.
The members utilise multidisciplinary perspectives to bring insights to a highly complex and rapidly evolving field. For example, the increasing disaggregation of work environments, which is evident in phenomena such as offshore outsourcing, public-private partnerships, mobile, fractured, careers and teleworking have important strategic implications for organisations, governments and individuals. Furthermore, meaningful scholarly inquiry into the key issues at the heart of these emerging arrangements needs to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries while addressing important questions around accountability and employee well-being. The research conducted by the Centre for Professional Work and Society addresses these compelling challenges.
A distinctive element of the work of the Centre situates understanding of work and employment processes within a broader societal context. In empirical terms, the Centre's research incorporates a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives addressing professional, work and societal issues with research that has theoretical import, practitioner utility and policy relevance.
The Centre comprises reputed scholars from a broad base of disciplines including Organisational Behaviour, Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Occupational Psychology, Information Systems, Sociology of Work and Enterprise and Innovation. The Centre aims to foster a vibrant research environment incorporating established doctoral and leading visiting researchers.