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Dr Brendan Boyle

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (International Business)

An enterprising partnership

This husband and wife team bring a novel multidisciplinary focus to their collaborative research in the fields of business and management.

Brendan Boyle and Rebecca Mitchell working together 

Researchers Dr Brendan Boyle and Dr Rebecca Mitchell view corporations as the sum of those working within them. Boyle's research specialty is the study of multinational companies, while Mitchell is a psychology-trained academic with expertise in organisational behaviour and human interaction in the workplace. While both pursue independent research streams, they also frequently work together to bring what Boyle describes as a "macro-micro approach" to studies of big business.

"My focus is on international business, or the 'macro' side of how multinational companies behave and interact with governments and other businesses, whereas Rebecca looks more at who makes the decisions, how they are made and the dynamics of the management teams within these organisations," Boyle explains. "By combining our expertise we get a better appreciation of the whole."

"Analysing these micro processes of business is important in forming a comprehensive understanding of how international companies operate," Mitchell adds. "I am interested in the qualities of effective leadership and factors that contribute to a good workplace culture or successful teamwork."

Boyle and Mitchell completed their Masters at the highly regarded Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin, and their doctorates at the University of Sydney before taking up appointments with the Newcastle Business School in 2008. Mitchell has been recognised with many prestigious academic awards for her scholarly writing and won a competitive fellowship to the University of Newcastle's Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies (CIOS). The pair also worked for University College Dublin at its partner institution Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios de Galicia, in Spain, an experience that sowed the seeds of shared research interests in multinational business and the internationalisation of education.

Both Boyle and Mitchell are part of a team examining multinational enterprise restructuring in China following the rise in foreign investment in that country over the past decade. The project brings together researchers from the universities of Newcastle and NSW and China's Nanjing Business School and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. It aims to produce new insight into the workings of multinational enterprises that will inform government policy makers, economists and the business community.

"China is the most dynamic economy in the world and a fascinating example of an economy in transition so there is no better place to study changing practices within multinational companies," Boyle maintains. "Multinational companies, as international entities, are unique in that they behave very differently to other organisations. We are particularly interested in how the Chinese policy environment influences their behaviour."

Boyle is also a lead investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project studying employment practices in multinational enterprises. This project, involving researchers from the University of South Australia, Curtin University, Victoria University and La Trobe University, will integrate findings from a comprehensive Australian study with data from partner institutions in Ireland, Canada, Denmark, Norway and the UK. 

"Multinational enterprises play a leading role in shaping employment practices globally as their power disproportionately influences change in managing people," Boyle relates. "This project, conducted across six countries, will enhance our understanding of how these organisations influence and shape the employment practices and systems in host contexts."

Closer to home, Mitchell and Boyle have led research into the unusually collaborative nature of the Hunter Valley wine cluster, a project with potential to expand internationally. Mitchell chairs the Wine Industry Research Collaborative, a program under the umbrella of the CIOS that brings together researchers in social sciences and business, and in 2009 staged Australia's first Wine Business Research Symposium.

"The Hunter Valley is quite successful at wine tourism and one of the reasons is the very innovative and unified approach the winemakers have to marketing," Mitchell comments. "They are competitors but also collaborators who help promote each other's products in a way that you don't see in other industries. We see a lot of potential in growing this project by undertaking comparative research overseas, particularly in the old-world wine regions in Europe."

"As with all of our research, there is added value in having two researchers who can bring different perspectives to a project," Boyle continues. "Business is by nature interdisciplinary, so there is a wide audience for the kind of work we do."

Healthy collaboration

Hospitals are an intriguing case study in workplace dynamics, with the sometimes conflicting interests of different medical professionals coming together in a high-pressure and often emotionally charged environment. Dr Rebecca Mitchell has studied interprofessional staff groups in hospitals for the past four years and her research has produced some surprising findings on the best ways to facilitate effective teamwork.

"The adage that doctors and nurses hate each other is not necessarily true but there are professional barriers and demarcation lines that can lead to adversarial attitudes between the different medical, nursing and allied health professionals who work in hospitals," Mitchell states. "One of the unexpected findings of my research is that a little bit of tension or disagreement within a group can actually bring aboutmore innovative and higher quality outcomes – as long as the group leader has been able to successfully convey the importance of the team's goal. If, for instance, you have one practitioner arguing over a patient's treatment from a specialist view and another arguing from a more holistic view, and neither are willing to concede, you can actually end up with a better solution than if no one argues for an alternative opinion."

Mitchell's cross-disciplinary research into interprofessional teams in the health sector is conducted in collaboration with the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) and researchers from the University of New England and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her work has attracted the interest of influential professional organisations, including the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Nursing and Midwifery Office of NSW Health, and has been implemented by HNELHD through the establishment of interdisciplinary networks to encourage better teamwork and knowledge sharing. The project represents a novel integration of research fields relating to interprofessional relations, organisational studies, institutions, sociology and organisational psychology.

Brendan Boyle and Rebecca Mitchell working together

An enterprising partnership

Dr Brendan Boyle and Dr Rebecca Mitchell bring a novel multidisciplinary focus to their collaborative research in the fields of business and management.

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Career Summary

Biography

Before joining Newcastle Business School, Brendan lectured for University College Dublin, Ireland; Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios de Galicia, Spain; and the University of Sydney, Australia. Brendan has a Masters in Business Studies degree from University College Dublin, Ireland and he completed his PhD with the Discipline of International Business at the University of Sydney, Australia. Brendan is also a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the United Kingdom, which is a professional body for those involved in management development. Brendan's research interests include the areas of international human resource management, the management of multinational corporations and international business strategy. Brendan is currently involved in two international research projects. One of these projects examines the restructuring of multinational companies and the other focuses on the human resource management practice of multinational companies. Combined, these collaborative research projects involve partnerships between Newcastle Business School and universities in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia.

Research Expertise

- International business strategy and restructuring in multinational companies
- International human recourse management and development
- International assignments and knowledge flow in multinational companies
- International management competencies 


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Master of Business Studies (Honours), National University of Ireland

Keywords

  • International Business
  • International Management

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150499 Commercial Services not elsewhere classified 25
159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified 55
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 McGovern J, Nicholas S, Boyle BP, 'The Decision-Making Processes in Multinational Enterprises: How Headquarters Make Strategic Change for Their Chinese Subsidiaries', Research on the Impact of Global Economic Integration and Information Networking on Sustainable Corporate Development, Nanjing University Press, Nanjing 175-185 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas
2014 Boyle BP, Mitchell R, Nicholas S, McDonnell A, 'Competitive Strategy in a Changing Global Education Industry', Research on the Impact of Global Economic Integration and Information Networking on Sustainable Corporate Development, Nanjing University Press, Nanjing 186-194 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Rebecca Mitchell
2008 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'Cross-cultural team performance', Innovation in Management Practices, Macmillan Publishers India, New Delhi, India 281-289 (2008) [B1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Rebecca Mitchell

Journal article (19 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Bartram T, Boyle B, Stanton P, Sablok G, Burgess J, 'Performance and reward practices of multinational corporations operating in Australia', Journal of Industrial Relations, 57 210-231 (2015)
DOI 10.1177/0022185614564372
2015 Bartram T, Boyle B, Stanton P, Burgess J, McDonnell A, 'Multinational enterprises and industrial relations: A research agenda for the 21st century', Journal of Industrial Relations, 57 127-145 (2015)
DOI 10.1177/0022185614564379
2015 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Parker V, Giles M, Joyce P, 'Managing Inclusiveness and Diversity in Teams: How Leader Inclusiveness Affects Performance through Status and Team Identity', Human Resource Management (US), 54 217-239 (2015)
DOI 10.1002/hrm.21658
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2015 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, 'Professional Diversity, Identity Salience and Team Innovation: The Moderating Role of Openmindedness Norms', Journal of Organizational Behavior, 1-35 (2015)
DOI 10.1002/job.2009
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2015 Li V, Mitchell R, Boyle B, 'The Divergent Effects of Transformational Leadership on Individual and Team Innovation', Group & Organization Management, 1-31 (2015)
DOI 10.1177/1059601115573792
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2014 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Burgess J, McNeil K, '¿You Can't Make a Good Wine without a Few Beers¿: Gatekeepers and knowledge flow in industrial districts', Journal of Business Research, 67 2198-2206 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jbusres.2014.01.007
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2014 Mitchell R, Parker V, Giles M, Boyle B, 'The ABC of health care team dynamics: understanding complex affective, behavioral, and cognitive dynamics in interprofessional teams.', Health Care Manage Rev, 39 1-9 (2014)
DOI 10.1097/HCM.0b013e3182766504
2014 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Parker V, Giles M, Joyce P, 'Transformation through tension: The moderating impact of negative affect on transformational leadership in teams', Human Relations, 1-28 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0018726714521645
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2013 Mitchell R, Parker V, Giles M, Boyle B, 'The ABC of health care team dynamics: Understanding complex affective, behavioral, and cognitive dynamics in interprofessional teams.', Health Care Manage Rev, (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/HMR.0b013e3182766504
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2013 Mcintyre J, Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Ryan S, Ryan S, 'We Used to Get and Give a Lot of Help: Networking, Cooperation and Knowledge Flow in the Hunter Valley Wine Cluster', Australian Economic History Review: an Asia-Pacific journal of economic, business and social history, 53 247-267 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/aehr.12022
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Julie Mcintyre
2013 Boyle B, McDonnell A, 'Exploring the impact of institutional and organizational factors on the reaction of MNCs to the global financial crisis', Asia Pacific Business Review, 19 247-265 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13602381.2013.767639
Citations Scopus - 3
2012 Boyle BP, McDonnell A, Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, 'Managing knowledge in internationalizing universities through foreign assignments', International Journal of Educational Management, 26 303-312 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Rebecca Mitchell
2012 McDonnell A, Boyle BP, 'Higher education in flight: a new direction for international assignments research', International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23 4342-4358 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09585192.2012.665065
Citations Scopus - 1
2012 Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Sharing and developing knowledge of organization culture during international assignments', International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 12 361-378 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Rebecca Mitchell
2011 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, 'Cross-cultural group performance', Learning Organization, 18 94-101 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/09696471111103704
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Rebecca Mitchell
2010 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, 'Knowledge creation measurement methods', Journal of Knowledge Management, 14 67-82 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/13673271011015570
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2009 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, 'A theoretical model of transformational leadership's role in diverse teams', Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 30 455-474 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/01437730910968714
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2009 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'The role of openness to cognitive diversity and group processes in knowledge creation', Small Group Research, 40 535-554 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1046496409338302
Citations Scopus - 31Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Stephen Nicholas
2009 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, 'The impact of goal structure in team knowledge creation', Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 12 639-651 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1368430209340568
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Stephen Nicholas
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Conference (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Bartram T, Boyle BP, McDonnell A, Stanton P, Burgess J, 'Union recognition, bargaining arrangements and voice mechanisms of US and Australian MNEs in Australia', Proceedings of the 27th AIRAANZ Conference, Fremantle, WA (2013) [E2]
2011 Boyle BP, Mitchell RJ, 'When is feedback helpful to student learning?', 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations, Wellington, NZ (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2011 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Maitland E, Nicholas SJ, Zhao S, 'How subsidiary top management teams influence strategic change and organizational performance in transition economies', Enterprise Management in a Transitional Economy and Post Financial Crisis, Nanjing (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Stephen Nicholas
2010 McDonnell AL, Boyle BP, 'International assignments in higher education: The establishment of a new research agenda', EURAM 2010: 2010 European Academy of Management Conference on Back to the Future, Rome, Italy (2010) [E3]
2010 McDonnell AL, Boyle BP, 'International assignments in a forgotten global industry: Establishing a research agenda', Managing Business Organizations, Knowledge and Its External Environment, Ghaziabad, India (2010) [E1]
2010 Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Expatriate assignments and the value of idiosyncratic knowledge', Managing Business Organizations, Knowledge and the External Environment, Ghaziabad, India (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Rebecca Mitchell
2010 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'Transactive memory in teams: How does it work?', Trends and Techniques in ICT, Ghaziabad, India (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Rebecca Mitchell
2009 Mitchell RJ, Burgess KJ, Waterhouse JM, Boyle BP, McNeil KA, 'Institutional thickness and inter-organisational clusters', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authors John Burgess, Rebecca Mitchell, Jennifer Waterhouse
2009 Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Developing knowledge of organisational culture in multinational enterprises', ANZAM: 23rd ANZAM Conference: Sustainability, Management and Marketing, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Stephen Nicholas
2009 Boyle BP, Ryan SF, Mitchell RJ, 'A micro-approach to understanding macro-differences: Exploring common values and industry culture in 'old' and 'new' world wine regions', 'The Business of Wine': The Inaugural Wine Business Research Symposium: Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2009 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Waterhouse JM, McNeil KA, Burgess KJ, 'Institutional thickness and inter-organisational collaboration in clusters', 'The Business of Wine': The Inaugural Wine Business Research Symposium: Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
Co-authors John Burgess, Jennifer Waterhouse, Rebecca Mitchell
2008 Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Expatriation research through the knowledge lens: The value of focusing on the idiosyncratic', 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008: Managing in the Pacific Century, Auckland, NZ (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Rebecca Mitchell
2008 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, 'Explaining diversity's impact on team performance: The ABC of diverse teams', 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008: Managing in the Pacific Century, Auckland, NZ (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2007 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'Goal compatibility in knowledge creation', 13th Asian Pacific Management Conference. Proceedings, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Stephen Nicholas
2007 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, 'Knowledge creation definition and measurement', 21st ANZAM Conference. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2007 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'The impact of cognitive conflict on team performance', 13th Asian Pacific Management Conference. Proceedings, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Stephen Nicholas
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $35,579

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20122 grants / $23,500

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Brendan Boyle
Scheme Emerging Research Leaders Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200917
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Testing the Integration and Differentiation of National Employment Systems: Multinational Enterprises in an International Comparative Context $8,500

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Dr Anthony McDonnell, Doctor Timothy Bartram, Conjoint Professor John Burgess, Doctor Brendan Boyle, Professor Pauline Stanton, Professor Gregor Murray, Associate Professor Dana Minbaeva, Professor Patrick Gunnigle, Professor Tony Edwards
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200050
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20101 grants / $10,379

Factors Influencing Regional Performance - Wine Clusters $10,379

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Brendan Boyle, Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell, Doctor Shaun Ryan
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000701
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

Academy of Management, Californa, 8/8/2008 - 13/8/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Brendan Boyle
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189061
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Leading Authentically in Healthcare Teams: A Moderated Mediation Model
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2013 The Role of Inclusive Leadership and Authentic Leadership and Employees' Value Congruence of Organizational Citizenship Behaviour, Counterproductive Work Behaviour and Team Performance
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2013 Developing our Leaders: How Effective is Coaching?
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2010 Mental Models of Employment and the Psychological Contracts of Indonesian Academics: An Exploratory Study
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 The Control Mechanisms and HR Policies and Practices of MNCs from Emerging Economies in their Subsidiaries in Developed Countries: Case Studies of Indian IT Companies in Australia
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2013 How Multinational Enterprises Make Decisions About Foreign Subsidiary Strategic Change: An Exploratory Study
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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News

Best Paper Award for Newcastle Business School Academics

October 9, 2014

Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell and Dr Brendan Boyle were awarded Best Paper at the British Academy of Management conference

Dr Brendan Boyle

Positions

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

DBA Supervisor
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

International Business

Contact Details

Email brendan.boyle@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5014
Fax (02) 4921 6911

Office

Room 150
Building Social Science
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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