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Dr Johanna Macneil

Associate Professor

Newcastle Business School (Employment Relations and Human Resource Management)

Career Summary

Biography

Associate Professor Johanna Macneil has an excellent national reputation and a growing international reputation in employment 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). 

Johanna is an outstanding educator. In 2015 she was appointed Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning, for the Faculty of Business &  Law. In 2014 she was recognised by the Minister of Education with an Australian Universities Teaching Excellence Award. She has been a leader in implementing problem-based learning in professional education in the Faculty of Business and Law, and has received several other 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 from 2013-2015. She was awarded a University Career Enhancement Fellowship in 2011.

She is very active in her discipline. Johanna is the immediate Past President of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), having been elected Vice President in 2014, and President in 2015. She is also an active member of the practitioner/scholarly association, the Industrial Relations Society of NSW (Newcastle), which is in turn part of the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA) and its international counterpart (ILERA).

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).

Research Expertise
In applied/workplace employment relations issues, including collective bargaining; in soft regulation of employment relations; and in theory and practice of change management, work design and worker participation.

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.

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.

Collaborations
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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Educational Psychology), Monash University
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Melbourne

Keywords

  • employment relations
  • high performance work systems
  • human resource management
  • interest-based bargaining
  • organisation theory
  • problem-based learning
  • role of third parties in collective bargaining
  • soft regulation of employment relations

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150305 Human Resources Management 40
150306 Industrial Relations 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Professor University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
8/02/2015 - 8/02/2016 Elected President Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)
Australia
1/02/2014 - 1/02/2015 Elected Vice President Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)
Australia
1/02/2012 - 1/02/2014 Executive Member Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)
Australia
1/10/2010 - 1/02/2015 Book Review Editor Journal of Industrial Relations
Australia
1/01/2010 -  Membership - Industrial Relations Society of Australia Industrial Relations Society of Australia
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Membership - Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)
Australia
1/02/1995 - 1/12/1998 Senior Lecturer Deakin University
Bowater School of Management and Marketing
Australia
1/04/1992 - 1/12/1994 Senior Research Fellow Monash University
National Key Centre in Industrial Relations
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2015 -  Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/1999 - 1/12/2006 Senior Consultant Schneider (Australia) Consulting
Workplace Change/ Industrial Relations
Australia

Awards

Teaching Award

Year Award
2014 Australian Universities Teaching Excellence Award
Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching
2013 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support - Faculty of Business & Law
The University of Newcastle
2013 Vice Chancellor's Overall Award for Teaching Excellence and Learning Support
The University of Newcastle
2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
Australian Learning and Teaching Council
2009 Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2015 Cooperation in the Hunter Construction Industry and the Impact of Recent Government Policy
Annual Conference

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2015 The 'Leadership Thing': the role of key individuals in the transformation to cooperative union-management relations
2014 Third Party Facilitators of Interest-Based Negotiations (IBN): An Australian Case Study and Beyond
Organisation: The Institute for Work and Employment Research, Sloan School of Management, Massachussets Institute of Technology
2014 The Role of Third Party Faciliators in Interest-Based Bargaining
Organisation: School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
2013 How private third party 'consultants' help unions and management do mixed bargaining
Organisation: Centre for Work, Organisation and Well-being, Griffith University
2012 The Role of Consultants in Interest-Based Bargaining
Organisation: Industrial Relations Society of NSW (Newcastle Branch) Description:
2012 Third Parties and Interest-Based Bargaining: A new research project
Organisation: Work and Organisation Studies Group, Sydney University
2011 The Role of Third Party Facilitators in Interest-Based Bargaining: An Australian Case Study
Organisation: New Zealand Work & Labour Market Institute, Auckland University of Technology

Thesis Examinations

Year Level Discipline Thesis
2016 PHD Business Transforming Employment Relationships? Making sense of conflict management in the workplace
2015 PHD Business Life after Statutory Individual Agreements in the Western Australian Mining Industry

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
GSBS6006 Employment Relations in Globalised Economies
Newcastle Business School - The University of Newcaslte
Course Co-ordinator, co-author of on-line course 1/01/2013 - 31/12/2016
GSBS6507 Professional Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
Newcastle Business School - The University of Newcaslte
Course co-ordinator, author of on-line course 1/08/2016 - 31/12/2016
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Publications

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


Book (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Bray M, Waring P, Cooper R, Macneil JL, Employment Relations: Theory and Practice, McGraw Hill, Sydney, 433 (2014) [A4]
Co-authors Mark Bray
1997 Macneil J, and others, The Best Practice Experience, Volume 1: Heavy Manufacturing, Mining and Chemical Industries; Volume 2: Service and Food Industries; and Volume 3: Machinery, Equipment and Other Manufacturing Industries, Pitman, South Melbourne, 1207 (1997)
1996 Rimmer M, Macneil JL, Chenhall R, Langfield-Smith K, Watts L, Reinventing Competitiveness: Achieving Best Practice in Australia, Pitman, Melbourne, VIC/Austrlaia, 229 (1996) [A1]
1994 Macneil 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 (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Bray M, Macneil JL, 'Reforming Collective Bargaining', Industrial Relations Reform: Looking to the Future Essays in honour of Joe Isaac AO, Federation Press, Sydney 105-131 (2016) [B1]
Co-authors Mark Bray
1998 Darbyshire P, Macneil JL, 'Benchmarking Culture Change at Australia Post', Global Cases in Benchmarking: Best Practices from Organisations Around the World, Quality Press, Wisconsin 513-534 (1998)
1998 Graetz 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)
1997 Macneil JL, 'Air International Pty Ltd', The Best Practice Experience Volume 3 Machinery, Equipment & Other Manufacturing Industries, Pitman publishing, Melbourne 31-60 (1997)
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Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Macneil JL, 'On the role of collegiality, civility and collectivism in shaping academic identity', Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 26 165-178 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10301763.2016.1196758
2014 Stewart A, Bray MD, Macneil JL, Oxenbridge S, '¿Promoting cooperative and productive workplace relations¿: Exploring the Fair Work Commission¿s new role', Australian Journal of Labour Law, 27 258-280 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Mark Bray
2013 Macneil J, Bray M, 'Third-party facilitators in interest-based negotiation: An Australian Case Study', Journal of Industrial Relations, 35 699-722 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0022185613491681
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Mark Bray
2012 Bray MD, Macneil JL, 'Individualism, collectivism and awards in the Australian Hospitality Industry', Labour and Industry, 22 333-359 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Mark Bray
2011 Bray MD, Macneil JL, 'Individualism, Collectivism, and the Case of Awards in Australia', Journal of Industrial Relations, 53 149-167 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0022185610397139
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Mark Bray
2011 Macneil 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]
DOI 10.1080/09585192.2011.622926
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 1
2000 Young S, Macneil JL, 'Managerial Objectives for Outsourcing: When Performance Fails to Meet Expectations', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 11 136-168 (2000) [C1]
1993 Macneil 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 (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Bray MD, Budd JW, Macneil JL, 'The Many Meanings of Cooperation in the Employment Relationship and their implications', 17th ILERA World Congress Papers (2015) [E2]
Co-authors Mark Bray
2013 Macneil JL, 'First Strike Capability: Exploring the 2011 Botswana Public Sector Strike through Newspaper Coverage', Proceedings of the 27th AIRAANZ Conference (2013) [E1]
2012 Macneil JL, Haworth N, Rasmussen E, 'Soft regulation: A boundary between social democracy and neo-liberalism?', Re-organizing Work (2012)
2011 Bailey 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) (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Mark Bray
2009 Macneil 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) (2009) [E2]
2009 Lewer 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 (2009) [E4]
Co-authors John Lewer
2009 Postrado 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 (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Mark Bray
2009 Macneil 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 (2009) [E2]
2009 Bray MD, Macneil JL, 'Individualism, collectivism and awards in Australia', 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA): Congress Proceedings (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Mark Bray
2008 Macneil JL, Bray MD, 'Institutional influences on the adoption and fate of high performance work systems', Work Matters: 26th International Labour Process Conference. Papers (2008) [E2]
Co-authors Mark Bray
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Report (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Holbrook AP, Smith M, Siminski P, Lyons K, Macneil J, Freeman M, Randle M, 'Evaluation for the NSW Volunteering Strategy Interim Report: Phase 2 Timebanking', NSW Volunteering, 44 (2015) [R1]
Co-authors Allyson Holbrook, Kevin Lyons, Maxwell Smith
2015 Bray M, Macneil JL, 'Facilitating Productive Workplace Cooperation: A case study of Sydney Water and the ASU Water Division', Fair Work Commission, 8 (2015) [R1]
Co-authors Mark Bray
2015 Macneil JL, Bray M, 'Aiming for collaborative transformation: A case study of Orora Fibre Packaging and the AMWU Printing Division', Fair Work Commission, 8 (2015) [R1]
Co-authors Mark Bray
2014 Smith 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) [R1]
Co-authors Maxwell Smith, Kevin Lyons, Daniella Forster, Allyson Holbrook
2006 Macneil JL, Schneider (Australia) Consulting, 'Evaluation of Partners at Work and Better Work and Family Balance Grants Programs', Industrial Relations Victoria, 78 (2006)
1997 Davidson 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)
1996 Walker 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)
1992 Macneil 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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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.9

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Explaining the Emergence and Effectiveness of Industry-Level Labour Regulation in the Chengdu Hotel Industry
PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD The Regulation and Adoption of Internal Dispute Resolution Procedures in Indonesia
PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012 PhD Understanding Adoption, Implementation and Outcomes of New Public Management Reforms in Developing Countries: a Case Study of Botswana
PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Third parties and their role in improving workplace relationships and productivity 2011 - 2017


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News

Industrial tribunal

Industrial tribunal spotlight

August 20, 2014

A UON project will explore how industrial tribunals in the Hunter region are leading Australia in the proactive promotion of workplace co-operation.

Dr Johanna Macneil

Position

Associate Professor
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Employment Relations and Human Resource Management

Contact Details

Email johanna.macneil@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6471

Office

Room UNH3.08
Building University House
Location University House
Cnr King and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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