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Associate Professor Karen Becker is a highly experienced Human Resource Management professional and academic having worked in both university and industry roles. As someone with a passion for industry engagement, Karen has pursued a range of roles in her academic career that build on her 12 years working in corporate and consulting roles. Her academic roles have connected her closely with industry in a range of ways, developing graduates that can contribute to their chosen profession and providing research outcomes that address contemporary industry problems.
In 2016 Karen was appointed as the Director – Research Engagement for the QUT Business School to continue to develop faculty expertise in engaged research across the Business School. In this role she is responsible for initiating and supporting collaboration between industry and Business School academics in a range of business disciplines.
Karen is the Leader of the People and Performance Research Group - https://research.qut.edu.au/people-and-performance-research-group/. Her research focuses on workforce development, unlearning, innovation and change in the workplace, looking at these issues in individual organisations and across industries. She has been involved in research projects funded by the public sector, cooperative research centres and private industry in areas such as identifying and mapping HR risk, the use of e-learning in the workplace, workforce attraction and retention, change management, and leadership development. Karen is widely published in international journals and presents at both academic and industry conferences.
Karen has taught in a range of HRM courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is the Coordinator of the Management work integrated learning (WIL) program, responsible for placing students from both management and HRM disciplines into industry, and supervises research higher degree students in her areas of expertise. She also coordinates Alumni engagement activities for the School of Management.
Karen is a Fellow of Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She has previously held positions on the AHRI Queensland State Council and as a Director of the Anglicare Central Queensland. She is currently a member of the People and Workplace sub-committee of the Cancer Council Queensland Board.
Business and Management
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
- Workplace learning (internship - Management & HRM)
- Managing organisational change
- Organisational behaviour
- HRM competencies
- Introduction to management
- Human resource development
- Human resource planning, recruitment and selection
- Strategic performance management
- Performance and reward
- Strategic human resource management
- Personal and professional development
- Jorgensen F, Becker K, (2017) The role of HRM in facilitating team ambidexterity, Human Resource Management Journal, 27 (2), pp. 264-280.
- Fleming J, Becker K, Newton C, (2017) Factors for successful e-learning: does age matter?, Education and Training, 59 (1), pp. 76-89.
- Becker K, Smidt M, (2016) A risk perspective on human resource management: A review and directions for future research, Human Resource Management Review, 26 (2), pp. 149-165.
- Bish A, Becker K, (2016) Exploring expectations of nonprofit management capabilities, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45 (3), pp. 437-457.
- Jorgensen F, Becker K, (2015) Balancing organizational and professional commitments in professional service firms: the HR practices that matter, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26 (1), pp. 23-41.
- Becker K, Smidt M, (2015) Workforce-related risks in projects with a contingent workforce, International Journal of Project Management, 33 (4), pp. 889-900.
- Newton C, Becker K, Bell S, (2014) Learning and development opportunities as a tool for the retention of volunteers: a motivational perspective, Human Resource Management Journal, 24 (4), pp. 514-530.
- Becker K, Newton C, Sawang S, (2013) A learner perspective on barriers to e-learning, Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 53 (2), pp. 211-233.
- Becker K, Hyland P, Soosay C, (2013) Labour attraction and retention in rural and remote Queensland communities, Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 19 (3), pp. 342-368.
- Becker K, Fleming J, Keijsers W, (2012) E-learning: ageing workforce versus technology-savvy generation, Education and Training, 54 (5), pp. 385-400.