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Biography

Johanna has built a strong national reputation in workplace relations, particularly on issues of collective bargaining and the role of industrial tribunals and other third parties in faciltiating co-operation relationships and productive workplace change. In 2014 she was awarded a prestigious ARC Linkage grant in this area, along with Professor Mark Bray (UoN), Professor Andrew Stewart (University of Adeiaide), Justice Iain Ross (Fair Work Commission), and the industrial Relations Society of NSW (Newcastle Branch).  She is the elected Vice-President of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ).

Johanna is an outstanding educator. She has been a leader in implementing problem-based learning in professional education in the Faculty of Business and Law, and has received University and national teaching awards. She acted as Program Convenor for the Masters program in Human Resource Management from 2007-2010, a role to which she returned in 2013. She was awarded a University Career Enhancement Fellowship in 2011.

Johanna joined the University in 2007, returning to academia after several years as senior consultant in workplace relations and organisation design at Corrs Schneider, later Schneider (Australia) Consulting (1999-2006). Prior to this she was a Senior Lecturer in Management and Executive Director of the Centre for Change Management at Deakin University (1996-1998); and a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University's National Key Centre in Industrial Relations (1992-95).

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Melbourne, 13/08/2005
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Melbourne, 21/03/1992
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Educational Psychology), Monash University, 03/06/1987
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 02/08/1986

Research

Research keywords

  • high performance work systems
  • interest-based bargaining
  • work redesign

Research expertise

In applied/workplace industrial relations issues; in theory and practice of change management; in theory of work design and worker participation

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
150306Industrial Relations60
150305Human Resources Management40

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Industrial Relations Society of Australia
  • Member - Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)

Learned Academy.

  • Member (Academy of Management)

Appointments

Book Review Editor
Journal of Industrial Relations (Australia)
01/10/2010
Executive Member
Association of industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) (Australia)
01/01/2012

Awards

Recognition.

2013Vice Chancellor's Overall Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Since coming to Newcastle in 2007, Dr Macneil has taught 24 individual courses. Student satisfaction and engagement with these courses has been consistently high, helped by regular evaluation and improvement based on reflection, student and peer feedback, and the incorporation of pedagogical innovations. Dr Macneil has sought to motivate and inspire students by sharing with them her love of theory and her mastery of excellent HRM and ER practice. She has pioneered the use of problem-based learning (PBL) in the Faculty of Business and Law, developing curriculum, resources, and ‘real’ and interesting assessments to support its successful use by students and colleagues. Students acknowledge the outstanding support and encouragement Dr Macneil provides for their learning and development – through constructive feedback, and through her consistently demonstrated concern and respect for them as diverse and interesting individuals. She has been a Faculty leader in teaching and learning scholarship, designing and implementing good policy and practice, as well as developing resources for use across the management discipline in Australia. She has received University and national citations for her teaching; and has been Convenor for several years of the Program with the highest level of student satisfaction in the Faculty (MHRM, 92%, 2011).
2013Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support - Faculty of Business & Law
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
(see VC's overall award)
2010Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
ALTC (Australia)
For successfully integrating problem-based learning into graduate Human Resource Management courses, thereby enhancing student engagement, professional knowledge, and an appreciation for plural perspectives.
2009Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
For successfully integrating problem-based learning into graduate and executive Human Resource Management courses, thereby enhancing student engagement, professional knowledge and an appreciation for plural perspectives.

Collaboration

Johanna's primary research collaboration within the discipline of industrial/employment relations is with Mark Bray, Professor of Employment Studies at the University of Newcastle and Andrew Stewart, John Bray Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide. She also works with Professors Nigel Haworth (Auckland University) and Erling Rasmussen (Auckland University of Technology). Their shared interests are in on government and regulatory processes to promote effective co-operation.

Johanna is also working with Professors Allyson Holbrook and Sid Bourke from the School of Education on doctoral education.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

In convening programs; in management of large-scale research projects; in design and implementation of effective program/ course review processes; in policy design; in chartering/chairing committees

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • human resource management
  • managing change
  • organisation theory
  • problem-based learning

Teaching expertise

In teaching graduate students, particularly with diverse life experiences/cultural backgrounds; in problem-based learning; in teaching both introductory and capstone courses; in course / curriculum design; in case teaching

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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Macneil J, Bray M, 'Third-party facilitators in interest-based negotiation: An Australian Case Study', Journal of Industrial Relations, (2013) [C1]
2011Macneil JL, Haworth N, Rasmussen E, 'Addressing the productivity challenge? Government-sponsored partnership programs in Australia and New Zealand', The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22 3813-3829 (2011) [C1]
1996Rimmer M, Macneil JL, Chenhall R, Langfield-Smith K, Watts L, Reinventing Competitiveness: Achieving Best Practice in Australia, Pitman, Melbourne, VIC/Austrlaia, 229 (1996) [A1]

Publications

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

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Book (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Bray M, Waring P, Cooper R, Macneil JL, Employment Relations: Theory and Practice, McGraw Hill, Sydney, 433 (2014)

Co-authors: Mark Bray

1997Macneil J, and others, The Best Practice Experience, Volumes 1-3, Pitman, South Melbourne, 380 (1997)
1996Rimmer M, Macneil JL, Chenhall R, Langfield-Smith K, Watts L, Reinventing Competitiveness: Achieving Best Practice in Australia, Pitman, Melbourne, VIC/Austrlaia, 229 (1996) [A1]
1994Macneil JL, Testi J, Cupples J, Rimmer M, Benchmarking Australia: Linking Enterprises to World's Best Practice, Longman Business and Professional, South Melbourne, VIC/Austrlaia, 286 (1994) [A1]
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Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1998Graetz F, Macneil JL, McWilliams J, 'Encouraging strategic thinking at 'Communications Co.': Linking behavioural styles to creativity', Management Theory and Practice: Moving to a New Era, Prentice-Hall, Melbourne 209-235 (1998)

Journal article (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Macneil J, Bray M, 'Third-party facilitators in interest-based negotiation: An Australian Case Study', Journal of Industrial Relations, (2013) [C1]
2012Bray MD, Macneil JL, 'Individualism, collectivism and awards in the Australian Hospitality Industry', Labour and Industry, 22 333-359 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Mark Bray

2011Bray MD, Macneil JL, 'Individualism, Collectivism, and the Case of Awards in Australia', Journal of Industrial Relations, 53 149-167 (2011) [C1]
2011Macneil JL, Haworth N, Rasmussen E, 'Addressing the productivity challenge? Government-sponsored partnership programs in Australia and New Zealand', The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22 3813-3829 (2011) [C1]
2000Young S, Macneil JL, 'Managerial Objectives for Outsourcing: When Performance Fails to Meet Expectations', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 11 136-168 (2000) [C1]
1993Macneil JL, Rimmer M, 'Benchmarking in Australia: The State of Play', Asia Pacific Journal of Quality Management, 2 30-45 (1993)
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Conference (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Macneil JL, 'First Strike Capability: Exploring the 2011 Botswana Public Sector Strike through Newspaper Coverage', Proceedings of the 27th AIRAANZ Conference, Fremantle, WA (2013) [E1]
2011Bailey J, Van Acker L, Macneil JL, Bray MD, 'Capstone courses: Approaches and strategies', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Auckland, NZ (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Mark Bray

2009Postrado L, Macneil JL, Bray MD, ''We came from B shift, and B shift was the enemy': Rules, norms and conflict at an aluminium smelter', Labour, Capital and Change: Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: Mark Bray

2009Macneil JL, 'The limits of best practice? A research agenda for explaining the fate of 33 Australian manufacturers, 1992-2009', First Asia-Pacific Workshop on Teams under the auspices of the International Workshop on Teamworking (IWOT), Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E2]
2009Macneil JL, 'Can mutual gains be achieved in a high performance work system?', Labour, Capital and Change: Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E2]
2009Bray MD, Macneil JL, 'Individualism, collectivism and awards in Australia', 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA): Congress Proceedings, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: Mark Bray

2009Lewer J, Ryan SF, Macneil JL, 'Conference editors', Labour, Capital and Change: Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E4]

Co-authors: John Lewer

2008Macneil JL, Bray MD, 'Institutional influences on the adoption and fate of high performance work systems', Work Matters: 26th International Labour Process Conference. Papers, Dublin, Ireland (2008) [E2]

Co-authors: Mark Bray

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Report (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Smith M, Holbrook A, Lyons K, Macneil J, Forster D, Clement N, et al., 'Evaluation of the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2012-13. Final Report: Timebanking Trial', The NSW Office of Communities (2014)
2006Macneil JL, Schneider (Australia) Consulting, 'Evaluation of the Partners at Work and Better Work and Family Balance Programs', Industrial Relations Victoria (2006)
1997Davidson J, Doucouliagos C, Macneil JL, Sgro P, Rimmer M, Watts L, 'Return on Training Investment - Development of Enterprise Frameworks', Victorian Office of Technical and Further Education (OTFE)/Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) (1997)
1996Walker DHT, Sidwell A, Macneil JL, Construction Industry Institute Benchmarking Task Force, 'Benchmarking Engineering and Construction: A Manual For Benchmarking Construction Time Performance', Construction Industry Institute of Australia (1996)
1992Macneil JL, Rimmer M, Testi J, 'Raising the Standards. Benchmarking and Best Practice in Australia: Progress in the Top 500 Enterprises', Best Practice Program, Department of industrial Relations/Australian Manufacturing Council (1992)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants19
Total funding$784,507

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2014 (3 grants)

Facilitating workplace change: Redefining the role of industrial tribunals in Australia$117,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil, Professor Andrew Stewart, Justice Iain Ross, Ms Emma Morson
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$117,00020142016
GNo:G1301218

Two case studies of the role of industrial tribunals in promoting workplace cooperation and productive workplace relations$10,000
Funding Body: FairWork Commission

Project Team
Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020142014
GNo:G1400787

Productivity Benchmarking Study and Development of Online benchmarking analytics portal program$7,000
Funding Body: Singapore Innovation and Productivity Institute Pte Ltd

Project Team
Doctor Johanna Macneil, Associate Professor Peter Waring, Professor Peter McKiernan
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00020142014
GNo:G1400732

2013 (4 grants)

The role of industrial tribunals in promoting workplace cooperation and organisational performance – Hunter case studies$25,000
Funding Body: Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales

Project Team
Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020132014
GNo:G1301047

Improving labour productivity through co-operative workplace relations: A proactive role for industrial tribunals in Australia.$20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
Linkage Pilot Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020132013
GNo:G1301036

Modelling doctoral provision by universities: A multidimensional organisational analysis$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Allyson Holbrook, Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020132013
GNo:G1300459

The evolution of workplace cooperation at Delta Electricity$10,000
Funding Body: Delta Electricity

Project Team
Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020132013
GNo:G1300731

2012 (1 grants)

Evaluation of the Flagship Projects for the NSW volunteering Strategy$60,000
Funding Body: NSW Department of Education and Communities

Project Team
Professor Max Smith, Professor Allyson Holbrook, Associate Professor Kevin Lyons, Doctor Johanna Macneil, Doctor Daniella Forster
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60,00020122015
GNo:G1200610

2011 (2 grants)

CEF Teaching Relief - MacNeil$50,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic WomenChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$50,00020112011
GNo:G1100299

The Building of credentials and relationships to assume a leadership role in industry engagement in the Faculty of Business and Law$8,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic WomenChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,00020112011
GNo:G1000924

2010 (1 grants)

Capstone Courses in undergraduate business degrees: better course design, better learning activities, better assessment$18,807
Funding Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Project Team
Associate Professor Janis Bailey, Dr Erica French, Associate Professor Michael Zanko, Dr Leigh Wood, Professor Jim Psaros, Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$18,80720102012
GNo:G1100034

2008 (2 grants)

Institutional factors and their impact on the form and fate of high performance work systems$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020082008
GNo:G0188447

26th International Labour Process Conference, University College Dublin, 18/3/2008 - 20/3/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Johanna Macneil
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0188592

2006 (1 grants)

Evaluation of the Partners at Work and Better Work and Family Balance Grants Program$60,000
Funding Body: Victorian Department of Business and Innovation

SchemeRole
Research ProjectChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$60,00020062006
GNo:184436726

1998 (2 grants)

Return on Training Investment: The Development of Enterprise Frameworks$100,000
Funding Body: Victorian Office of Training and Further Education

SchemeRole
Competitive research tenderInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00019981998
GNo:184436734

Structural Change in the Food Processing Sector: Externalising the Workforce$14,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$14,00019981998
GNo:184436710

1997 (1 grants)

Sustaining Best Practice in Australian Manufacturing Organisations$114,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

SchemeRole
Large GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$114,00019971999
GNo:184436698

1995 (2 grants)

Case Studies of the Best Practice Program projects$96,000
Funding Body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$96,00019951995
GNo:184436750

Reinventing Competitiveness: Best Practice in Australian Enterprises$58,000
Funding Body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$58,00019951995
GNo:184436742
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.4

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20112015PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorEmployment Relations Reform in the Banking Sector in Indonesia: the Implementation of Dispute Resolution Procedures - a Case Study

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2012PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorUnderstanding Adoption, Implementation and Outcomes of New Public Management Reforms in Developing Countries: a Case Study of Botswana
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Dr Johanna Macneil

Work Phone(02) 4921 6471
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHuman Resource Management
Office
UNH3.08,
University House,
University House
Cnr King and Auckland Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/johanna-macneil