I joined La Trobe University in January 2011 as Professor of Management. My research and teaching engage with debates in organisational behaviour and transformation, and management practice, both in Australia and internationally, with a particular focus on the media industry, journalism practice, sport, and new technologies. From 2012-2014, I was Head of the Department of Management. From January 2015, I am Associate Head, La Trobe Business School.
I graduated with a PhD in Sociology from Harvard University in 1997 (and an MA in Sociology from Harvard in 1994), after completing Honours degrees in Law and Arts (majoring in Politics) at The University of Adelaide. My PhD focused on technological innovation and organizational change in the global media organization News Corporation. On completing my PhD, I had an academic appointment in Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne, from 1997 to 2010.
In my research and teaching, I engage with debates around new institutional theory, economic sociology, organisational theory, and a range of research approaches and methods, including comparative and qualitative analysis. Through this work, I argue that organisations need to be understood as key sites of power, and that they should be analysed within their broader institutional contexts. My current and previous research projects include: With Lawrie Zion, Andrew Dodd, Penny O'Donnell and Matthew Ricketson, I am working on an ARC funded project entitled New Beats: A study of Australian journalists who became redundant during and since 2012. Our industry partners are the MEAA, NLA and ABC. With David Nolan, Karen Farquharson, Denis Muller, and Michael Gawenda, I am completing work on an ARC Linkage funded project on the communication needs of Sudanese-Australians. The ABC and AMES are our industry partners. I am also working with La Trobe colleagues Suzanne Young, Geoff Durden and Swati Nagpal on a project on CSR in organisational contexts. With colleagues Andrew Kenyon, Amanda Whiting, and Tim Lindsey, I completed work on an ARC funded comparative study of journalism practice and defamation law, in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as Australia, the UK and the US. I am also a member of an NHMRC research team lead by Lena Sanci analysing organisational aspects of youth focussed health care delivery, and Ann Capling and I conducted ARC funded research on organisational transformation in the Australian Football League.
I have wide-ranging teaching experience at the Masters and undergraduate levels. I have developed and taught numerous subjects in areas including organisations, management, work, media, health, theory and research methods. I have also successfully supervised PhD and MA(Research) students to completion.