Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Research Area leader:

Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan

Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan

Our research in the area of Human Resource Management is focused in four areas:

1. General and Regional Human Resource Management/Organisational Behaviour (HRM/OB)

Research in general and regional HRM/OB focuses on improving individual and organisational effectiveness. Key issues addressed include HRM practices, skills shortages, training and development, bullying and harassment, staff retention (particularly in regional areas), mentoring, psychological contracts, emotional intelligence and workforce diversity. Organisational behavioural issues cover research areas such as generational attitudes, identity construction, team performance, processes facilitating organisational change and organisational culture. Furthermore, a number of research projects have been undertaken to address emerging regional HR management issues such as migration, employment generation, skills shortages, employment self-containment and business sustainability, in an effort to drive industry growth.

2. Health care HRM

Human resource professionals in health care and hospital organisations face a range of workforce  issues such as recruitment, training, compensation and benefits, employee relations, health care reform, and  employee wellness. This research sub-group therefore focuses on various topics related to health care organisations and the employment, enhancement and retention of appropriate staff to meet organisational and industry needs.

3. Strategic International HRM

Multiple value orientations associated with diverse cross-border business activities and performance need to be examined from multidimensional perspectives. Value orientations relating to cultural identity, international business focus and personal and professional development are indispensable for cross-border business success. This research sub-group focuses on various topics such as expatriation, inpatriation, repatriation, cross cultural adjustments and multinational strategies needed to meet the particular challenges of international business.

4. Leadership

Leadership research focuses on personal influence over others which is not always or indeed essentially related to a position of authority. Leadership style is the approach used to direct and manage strategies and to motivate people to bring about desired outcomes. A leader in a multicultural context has the talent and mindset to relate effectively to, and motivate, people across race, ethnicity, social attitudes, and lifestyles. A leader must be conscious of explicit and subtle cultural differences. This research sub-group focuses on various topics related to leadership, human behaviour, organisational psychology, cultural groups, teams and the critical ethos of leadership.

Our research has been published in a range of international journals including:International Journal of HRM;- Human Relations;- Gender, Work and Organisation;- Critical Asian Studies;- Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources;- Personnel Review; Journal of Management and Organisation; Journal of Family and Economic Issues; Journal of Organisational Change Management. Employee Relations - an International Journal;- and Journal of Employment Counselling.

NamePositionLocation
Ramadu Bhanugopan Ramadu Bhanugopan Associate Professor Wagga Wagga
Mark Morrison Mark Morrison Professor Bathurst
Branka Krivokapic-Skoko Branka Krivokapic-Skoko Associate Professor Bathurst
Oliver Burmeister Oliver Burmeister Professor Bathurst
Pamela Lockhart Pamela Lockhart Senior Lecturer Wagga Wagga
Arnela Ceric Arnela Ceric Senior Lecturer Bathurst

Current Projects

Project Name Brief Description Funding BodyInvestigators
HRM/OB Research    
Does size matter, the candidate experience at small and large recruitment firms in Japan

This research investigates how the job candidate experience differs when using small or large recruitment firms in Japan.

n/a

Pete Millett

'Make or buy' considerations and supplier relationships in the Swedish mining sector An empirical case study looking at the problem with outsourcing on firm capabilities in mining. n/a Jane Maley, Christian Kowalkowski, (Hanken School of Economics, Finland), Biggemann, Sergio,(University of Otago, New Zealand), and Staffan Brege (Linkoping University, Sweden)
Examining effectiveness of workplace meditation on job performance and well-being of academics  This project aims to extend our previous study of academics' time management by providing interventions in the form of workplace meditation and assessing its effectiveness on the well-being and performance of academics. Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Compact funds Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Nualnong Wongtongkam, Rod Duncan and Kerry Tilbrook
Organisational Effectiveness Exploring organisational effectiveness of not-for profit Organisations: Outcomes Accountability, Governance and Capacity Measurement. DBA John Lawson and Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
Health care HR Research    

Lean thinking in public hospitals - comparisons between Australia and Canada

Qualitative research examining the experiences of staff (executive, managerial and clinical) of implementing lean healthcare projects in public hospitals in Australia and Canada. ARC Linkage grant

Richard Gough, Pauline Stantion, Greg Bamber, Amrik Sohan, Sandra Leggat, Tim Bartram, Ruth Ballardie (as Research Fellow)

Business training for employment outcomes in an Indigenous context An evaluation of the 'Indigenous Remote Service Delivery Traineeship' (IRSDT) initiative of the Department of Health which is delivered by BCA National Training Group.  The program provides Indigenous Australians working in the areas of health and ageing with education in business and management. Department of Health Mark Morrison, Felicity Small and Arnela Ceric
Healthy ageing: the role of volunteers and connecting people in online community This study investigates the issue of healthy ageing and the role of volunteers MPhil (Research) Gael Evans-Barr, Oliver Burmeister, Merrilyn Crichton and Maree Bernoth
Bringing the oldest-old into the digital age: overcoming challenges of mobility, literacy and learning  This is an investigation of how technology can assist with healthy ageing for the oldest-old i.e. people over 80 years of age. n/a Oliver Burmeister, Ken Eustace and Gillian Harvie 
International HRM    
Understanding inpatriation: the coming of age of a Construct A literature Review - Inpatriation:  A review of present state literature. n/a Jane Maley, Miriam Moeller,(UQ), and Michael Harvey, (Bond University)
Realising the sustainable performance appraisal:  A means of reconciling the tensions for global managers in multinational enterprises (MNE) A conceptual study looking at the benefits to the psychological contract of  a sustainable approach to HRM.  n/a Jane Maley and Robin Kramar (ACU)
A synopsis of the conflicting dualities in multinational enterprises (MNE): sustainable HR versus profitability in times of global uncertainty A conceptual study examining a novel approach to sustainable HRM in times of uncertainty.  n/a Jane Maley and Robin Kramar (ACU)
The influence of LGBT expatriate stigmas on international assignment relocation An examination of the problem of LGBT in global mobility. A conceptual paper. n/a Jane Maley and Miriam Moeller (UQ)
Ethical issues in China This project aims to identify the ethical issues faced by managers in China. n/a Ramudu Bhanugopan and Rob Macklin (University of Tasmania)
HRM practices in Indian multinational enterprises (MNE) This study explores the leadership practices and HRM strategies adopted in Indian MNE. n/a Ramudu Bhanugopan and Parth Patel (University of Newcastle)
Leadership    
Leadership and corporate sustainability Does sustainable leadership make a difference? Examining corporate sustainability in the Australian manufacturing sector. DBA Errol Brandt and Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
Interactive leadership and employee voice This project aims to explore the effect of interactive leadership on employee voice.  Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Compact funds Pamela Lockhart and Ramudu Bhanugopan
Gandhian philosophy and leadership behaviour of Indian managers The study examines the Gandhian philosophy and strategic leadership behaviour of Indian managers. Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Compact funds Ramudu Bhanugopan and Hussain Rammal (University of South Australia)
Be:Longing - enacting Indigenous arts leadership on Turtle Island This phenomenological study aims to open a dialogue with Native American, First Alaskan and Native Hawaiian artists and arts managers about the nature of leadership and how it makes sense in their world. Fullbright Postdoctoral Fellowship Michelle Evans
Australian Indigenous entrepreneurial leadership Australian Indigenous business development represents an important opportunity to enhance Indigenous economic development. However, extant research suggests that Indigenous entrepreneurs face unique challenges, such as - limited access to formal business training. This study uses a multi-method approach to longitudinally examine Indigenous business leaders participating in a business education program. It will examine how the business education intervention influences the leadership behaviours and business routines Indigenous participants utilise in their organisations and the resulting impact on firm outcomes. The findings promise to provide new insights into ways to support the development of Indigenous commercial enterprises. ARC Linkage Grant (2013-2015) Michelle Evans, Ian Williamson (Melbourne Business School), Karen Milward and Kristal Kinsela

Past Projects

Project Name Brief Description Funding BodyInvestigators
HRM/OB Research    

Measure twice, cut once: how has the virtual learning environment changed the teaching practices and activities of Charles Sturt University academics?

This project investigated the factors affecting the learning environment and the changing teaching practices at Charles Sturt.

Charles Sturt Scholarship in Teaching fund Rod Duncan, Kerry Tilbrook and Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
Workplace bullying and aggression in Australian organisations The relationships between workplace bullying, organisational citizenship behaviour (OCB) mediated by POS were analysed. Faculty of Business Compact funds Ramudu Bhanugopan, Lynne Ainsworth, Mark Morrison and Grant O'Neill
Revenge, repentance and forgiveness: psychological contract breach (PCB) The study examined the impact of psychological contract breach (PCB) on job neglect and IQ   Ezaz Ahmed, Ramudu Bhanugopan and Grant O'Neill
Health care HR Research    
HR function in health-care organisations Reducing functional decline through workforce redesign. CareWest Mark Morrison, Oliver Burmeister, Zahid Islam and Ramudu Bhanugopan
International HRM    
Managerial skill shortages in China This study analysed the skills shortages among managers in China. n/a Ying Wang and Ramudu Bhanugopan
Cultural safety and strategic business orientation This study investigated the cultural safety and strategic decision-making ability of cross border managers. n/a Alan Fish (London Metropolitan University) and Ramudu Bhanugopan 
HRM practices, national culture and organisational citizenship behaviour (OCB) This study investigated the relationship among HR practices, national cultural, organisational culture (OC) and organisational citizenship behaviour (OCB). n/a Nusrat Khan, Pamela Lockhart and Ramudu Bhanugopan 
Cross cultural differences between expatriated managers in China and Australia  This study investigated the cross cultural competencies of Australian managers working in energy industries in Australia. n/a Linda Dalton, Brian D'Netto and Ramudu Bhanugopan
Leadership    
Climate for innovation (CFI), innovative behaviour and leadership This study explored the relationship between climate for innovation (CFI) and organisational performance (OP) mediated by employee innovative behaviour (EIB). n/a Roy Shanker (Vice-President, Regional HR at Dunlopillo Holdings) and Ramudu Bhanugopan
StudentAwardTopicSupervisor
Carolina Candri Prihandinisari  DBA The influence of work motivation, organisational commitment and job satisfaction on intent to leave a public service organisation in Indonesia.Dr Azizur Rahman
azrahman@csu.edu.au
02 6933 4744
Stacey Nicole JenkinsPhDWork-life balance responsiveness in Australian small and medium enterprises.Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan
bramudu@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2696
Jonah RitchiePhDUnderstanding the causes, processes and outcomes of institutional change.Dr Pamela Lockhart
plockhart@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2575
Elisabeth Christina ChapmanDBAEmotional labour in a call-centre environment:  a qualitative study of team interactions and work performance.Assoc Professor Michelle Evans
maevans@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4162 
David Mark EwensDBAPractical change management strategies for the not-for-profit sector in Victoria, Australia.Dr Pamela Lockhart
plockhart@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2575
Nusrat Khan ShahaniPhDHuman Resource Management practices and their impact on organisational citizenship behaviour in public sector universities of Pakistan.Dr Pamela Lockhart
plockhart@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2575
Kelly Anne SamsonPhDThe impact of human capital metrics and analytics in executive decision-making.Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan
bramudu@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2696
Yves ClercDBAWho leads a company?Dr Kerry Tilbrook ktilbrook@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4252
Michael WolffDBAGeneration Y and the influence on leadership and followership of knowledge workers in production companies up to 2025:  an inter-cultural comparison.Professor Thomas Bartscher
Linda DaltonDBAAn investigation of the cultural diversity competencies of managers in the Victorian energy industry.Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan
bramudu@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2696
Errol John Brandt DBADoes sustainable leadership make a difference?  Examining corporate sustainability in the Australian manufacturing sector.Assoc Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
bkrivokapic@csu.edu.au
02 6938 4428
John LawsonDBAExploration of organisation effectiveness of not-for-profit organisations:  outcomes accountability, governance and capacity measurement.Assoc Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
bkrivokapic@csu.edu.au
02 6938 4428
Joanna CarlislePhDThe impact of work environment, organisational change and training on in-role job performance of nurses in Australia.Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan
bramudu@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2696
Amadeus KubicekDBAManaging risk in a cross-cultural context:  the impact of organisational and human factors.Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan
bramudu@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2696
Rebecca CarterHonoursCareer choices of health care employees.Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan
bramudu@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2696
Louise LotzHonoursWork life balance spillovers.Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan
bramudu@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2696

The following opportunities exist in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour:

SupervisorTopic
Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan
bramudu@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2696
  • Organisational climate and human resource development in Australian organisations
  • Occupational skill shortage analysis and human resource planning in the resources sector in Australia
  • Modelling human resource management practices in health care organisations
  • Talent management and employability of workforce: changes and challenges
  • Spiritual leadership behaviour and organisational performance
  • Impact of Human Resource Management practices and employees' attitudes on organisational innovation
  • Managing diversity and modelling leadership behaviour within multi-ethnic work groups
  • Training needs of health care staff in public hospitals in Australia
  • Interactive leadership styles in multinational companies (MNC)
  • Human resource management practices in regional firms in Australia
  • Employability and skill shortages in Australia
Dr Pamela Lockhart
plockhart@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2575
  • Mentoring – the relationship between formal mentoring programs and job satisfaction, motivation and commitment
  • Management development- developing effective programs
Assoc. Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
bkrivokapic@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4428
  • Psychological contracts and human resource management
  • Attraction and retention of highly skilled immigrants
Dr Robert Tierney
rtierney@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4058
  • Problems in occupational health and safety in Australia (or in Central West NSW specifically)
Dr Jane Maley
jmaley@csu.edu.au
0414 888 468
  • Psychological contract
  • Sustainable HRM in times of uncertainty
  • Problems with outsourcing for firm capabilities in mining
Dr Arnela Ceric
aceric@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4507
  • E-HRM and ITC
Supervisor Topic
Dr Ramudu Bhanugopan
bramudu@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2696
  • Organisational climate and human resource development in Australian organisations
  • Occupational skill shortage analysis and human resource planning in the resources sector in Australia
  • Modelling human resource management practices in health care organisations
  • Talent management and employability of workforce: changes and challenges
  • Spiritual leadership behaviour and organisational performance
  • Impact of Human Resource Management practices and, employees' attitudes on organisational innovation
  • Managing diversity and modelling leadership behaviour within multi-ethnic work groups
  • Training needs of health care staff in public hospitals in Australia
  • Interactive leadership styles in multinational companies (MNC)
  • Human resource management practices in regional firms in Australia
  • Employability and skill shortages in Australia
Dr Pamela Lockhart
plockhart@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2575
  • Mentoring – the relationship between formal mentoring programs and job satisfaction, motivation and commitment
  • Management development- developing effective programs
Assoc. Professor  Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
bkrivokapic@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4428
  • Psychological contracts and human resource management
  • Attraction and retention of highly skilled immigrants
Dr Robert Tierney
rtierney@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4058
  • Problems in occupational health and safety in Australia (or in Central West of NSW specifically)