Business School

Organisation and work


The research in this broad area focuses on people's experiences at work, how they feel, how they perform, and how improvements can be made.

Areas of expertise include:

  • employment relations and youth
  • leadership in complex projects
  • employee performance
  • learning and development
  • organisational climate and culture.

Research programs and groups


Evidence of research quality

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2012 score:

  • 4 (above world standard) -
    • Business and Management (FOR 1503).

ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Developing new researchers

Research students
Early career researchers

Publication output

2012 total

Research income

2012 total

Key grants

ARC Discovery

ARC Linkage




This is just a sample of our research activity in this area.

Student topics

Potential topics for new research students, and topics our students are currently studying.


International linkages

  • State Government of Lower Austria
  • Blifinger Berger Industrial Services (Germany)
  • Autonom Talent (Austria)
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Waikato
  • University of Otago
  • Aarhus University
  • University of Flensburg
  • University of San Francisco
  • National Taiwan University
  • Lunghwa University of Science and Technology
  • Ching Yun University
  • Texas A&M University
  • California State University
  • Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Glamorgan
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Vaasa
  • University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Birmingham
  • Lille School of Management
  • ESCP Europe
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Bergische University Wuppertal
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Kent

Significant corporate partnerships

  • Defence Materiel Organisation
  • Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Education Queensland

Cross-disciplinary engagement

Strong collaboration with QUT:

  • Science and Engineering Faculty
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health.

QUT School of Economics and Finance (area of behavioural economics): current Linkage.

High engagement with Collaborative Research Centres (Rail).


Evidence of impact

  • Creation of high performance People and performance research group.
  • The airports of the future project will enhance the capabilities of Australian airport operators to design and manage complex airport systems.
  • In Australia and worldwide, large-scale projects often fail to meet quality, time or budget goals resulting in outcome dissatisfaction, and large time and cost project overruns. The 'project leader behaviors' project focuses on achieving better project processes and leadership practice, especially in large-scale, complicated projects, in order to improve project success (as viewed by multiple stakeholders) and the performance, health and wellbeing of staff.

Research degree enquiries

QUT Business School research office