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Professor of Management, University of the Sunshine Coast

Professor Karen Becker has been researching and teaching management and development of people in the workplace for over 15 years. Prior to this, she worked in corporate human resource management and consulting roles. Her mix of industry and academic experience gives her an applied approach to her work and she has a passion for bridging the gap between universities and industry.

Karen’s research focuses on workforce development, unlearning, innovation and change in the workplace, looking at these issues as they apply to individuals, in organisations and across industries. Her research projects have been funded by the public sector, cooperative research centres and directly by industry partners. Karen is widely published in her field in journals such as the Human Resource Management Journal, International Journal of Project Management and the Journal of Management Education (for a full list of publications refer to the USC Research Bank).


  • 2018–present
    Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • 2014–2018
    Associate professor, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2009–2014
    Senior lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2007–2009
    Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2006–2007
    Senior lecturer, Central Queensland University
  • 2002–2006
    Lecturer, Central Queensland University


  • 2008 
    Deakin University, Graduate Certificate of Higher Education
  • 2007 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD
  • 2001 
    Charles Sturt University, Master of Business Administration (Major: Management of Change)
  • 1991 
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Business - Management (Majors: HRM and Organisational Psychology)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • US Academy of Management