Managing people and organisations
Researchers: Professor Michael Fischer, Associate Professor Bart de Jong, Dr Sugumar Mariapannadar
People are an organisation’s greatest asset.
Working with people to help them reach their potential in the workplace and ensuring organisations provide positive work environments, are essential to business and organisational success.
Within this theme, researchers explore the mobilising potential of communities to undertake transformational work in organisations and civil society, including developing work participation, resilience and growth, and worker dignity, health and well being. This research is particularly focussed on healthcare organisations, the education sector, and human services.
Developing work participation resilience and growth addresses the rapidly changing ‘ecosystem’ of work, as advances in information and wider technologies, market and economic uncertainties, and wider societal changes mediate and reconfigure relations between workers, organisations and society.
This research addresses the transformative potential of work for, by, and with some of society’s most marginalised and vulnerable people, who are often at the periphery of an organisations’ concerns. By illuminating aspects of organisational functioning rarely revealed to outsiders, we develop critical insights that offer a distinctive contribution to ACU’s mission of ‘Impact through Empathy’ amongst our students, with partner organisations, and wider stakeholders.