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I am a member of two research groups within the School of Management: the Healthy Work Group, and the Sustainability & CSR Research Group. My research concerns the nature and quality of work and its effects on health, sustainability and performance. For this I adopt a socio-technical systems approach, which recognises the range of system elements involved and the inter-relationships between people across these elements. This approach helps to identify organisational and management practices, as well as related social and cultural factors, that have an influence on wellbeing and performance. A sociotechnical systems perspective also requires the collaborative development and implementation of interventions through participation with both internal and external stakeholders of work systems. This perspective complements and overlaps with components of occupational health and safety management, employment relations, human resource management, and social sustainability.
External Research Roles
Editorial Board Member - Journal of Management & Organization
Editorial Board Member - Applied Ergonomics
Editorial Board Member - Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
As an academic in the School of Management I teach courses in HR/ER, Decent Work and Project Management, and I supervise postgraduate students. I am a co-director of the Healthy Work Group - a research team involved in evaluating and addressing psychosocial risks and interventions in work, and I am a member of the human ethics committee in Albany. I have been at Massey University since 2011. Before this I was a self-employed consultant and a researcher with Scion (a Crown Research Institute).
My areas of research interest primarily concern what leads to meaningful and sustainable work and include: psychosocial factors at work, sociotechnical systems design, social sustainability, health and safety culture, and some consequences of unhealthy work including work-related musculoskeletal disorders, workplace bullying and workplace violence.
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000):
Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705):
Human Resources Management (150305): Industrial Relations (150306):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Organisational Behaviour (150311):
Public Health and Health Services (111700)
Project Title: Evaluating a qualitative safety culture assessment tool for musculoskeletal disorder prevention
Date Range: 2012 - 2012
Funding Body: Massey University
My teaching philosophy is to be research-led, and activity-based wherever possible. Therefore I draw on relevant research literature, experiences from different industry sectors, and I encourage active learning through the inclusion of activities that relate to learning outcomes for the course. This includes framework development, case study learning, group-led discussion and idea snowballing, tasks and class debates around specific topics of interest and relevance, vignettes from guest discussants, and practical activities related to the course.
I enjoy helping people achieve their research goals, adopting a facilatory approach to supervision. While I prefer to supervise people who are interested in my core research interests, I am happy to be involved in supervising people involved in other topics.
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