Study level

  • PhD
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Honours


Topic status

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Research centre


Professor Abby Cathcart
Director, QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching (QALT)
Division / Faculty
Academic Division
Professor Paula McDonald
Associate Dean, Research
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law


Developing and supporting flexible or customised work arrangements is a key HR strategy in many organisations and has been shown to have benefits for both business and individual employees. However, research has also demonstrated the significant problem of policy-utilisation gaps in relation to flexible work, including concerns about unequal access, low uptake amongst men and penalties that result from adjusting standard working arrangements.

Student projects are available in this field of research and there is the possibility of utilising existing and extensive interview data derived from:

  • a large Australian finance organisation
  • the Australian Defence Force.

Flexible work was broadly defined in the data collection and includes short-term, ad hoc adjustments (e.g. changes to start and finish times), longer-term, more formal arrangements (e.g. part-time work), and developmental opportunities (e.g. leadership training). The supervisors will work with students to shape an appropriately scaled project, including for example, through the lens of employee voice, employee silence, strategic HRM or manager-employee exchange.



Contact the supervisor for more information.