Law and Business

International Research Symposium 2016

Social Identity in the Workplace and Employee Engagement

An International Research Symposium

3-4 November 2016, Sydney Australia

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International Research Symposium 2016

The Faculty of Law and Business at the Australian Catholic University, ACU welcomes you to The 2016 Social Identity in the Workplace and Employee Engagement International Research Symposium, which will be held at the Peter Cosgrove Centre, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street North Sydney, Australia from 3-4 November 2016.

Beyond socio-demographic variables, institutional and societal antecedents have grown in prominence in the Human Resource (HR) Management and Organisational Behaviour (OB) research arena. Attempts to disentangle the direct and indirect impact of institutional and cultural context, social networks, social values, and societal belief systems have demonstrated that such constructs contain strong predictive powers. Researchers shifting their attention from the technical to the institutional and social context find the latter to be one of the prime motivators of behaviour in organizations. They also recognise this context as a representation of key measures of the quality of the social fabric. The role of participative decision-making and employee voice features prominently in these endeavours.

In a similar vein, employee engagement is understood as a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organisation to give of their best each day, committed to their organisation's goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being. The growing literature in this analytical realm demonstrates that defining employee engagement remains problematic. Multidimensional approaches are commonplace. Contemporary practices have positioned the drivers of engagement across a multi-faceted spectrum, ranging from within the psyche of the individual employee (e.g. stress response) to focusing predominantly on the actions and motivational incentives an organisation pursues to support such engagement.

This International Research Forum, hosted by the Centre for Sustainable HRM & Wellbeing at the Peter Faber Business School, Australian Catholic University, will bring together leading scholars and practitioners with interests in this important arena. The event will provide a friendly, supportive environment to receive feedback, share ideas, discuss HR and OB practices and find scholarly and practical inspiration.

Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Instantly recognisable, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the backdrop of our symposium venue, with sweeping and uninterrupted views of the city and the blue waters across the harbour. Sydney is dazzling this time of year. It is the perfect destination city with an abundance of activities and attractions to explore.

The combination of location and emerging program promises to provide an enjoyable symposium.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sydney once again.

Professor Thomas Lange Professor Thomas Lange
Associate Dean Research
Faculty of Law & Business