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Dr Johanna Macneil

Senior Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Human Resource Management)

Career Summary

Biography

Johanna has built 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). 

She is the elected President of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ).

Johanna is an outstanding educator. 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 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).

Research Expertise
In applied/workplace industrial relations issues; in theory and practice of change management; in theory of 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
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2015 -  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
1/01/1999 - 1/12/2006 Senior Consultant Schneider (Australia) Consulting
Workplace Change/ Industrial Relations
Australia

Awards

Recognition

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

Invitations

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
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
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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, Volumes 1-3, Pitman, South Melbourne, 380 (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 (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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
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 - 3Web of Science - 4
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 - 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 (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Macneil JL, 'First Strike Capability: Exploring the 2011 Botswana Public Sector Strike through Newspaper Coverage', Proceedings of the 27th AIRAANZ Conference, Fremantle, WA (2013) [E1]
2012 Macneil JL, Haworth N, Rasmussen E, 'Soft regulation: A boundary between social democracy and neo-liberalism?', Re-organizing Work, Gold Coast, QLD (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), Auckland, NZ (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), Newcastle, NSW (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, Newcastle, NSW (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, Newcastle, NSW (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, Newcastle, NSW (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, Sydney, NSW (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, Dublin, Ireland (2008) [E2]
Co-authors Mark Bray
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Report (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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, Allyson Holbrook, Daniella Forster, Kevin Lyons
2006 Macneil JL, Schneider (Australia) Consulting, 'Evaluation of the Partners at Work and Better Work and Family Balance Programs', Industrial Relations Victoria (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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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 20
Total funding $794,507

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20144 grants / $144,000

Facilitating workplace change: Redefining the role of industrial tribunals in Australia$117,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil, Professor Andrew Stewart, Justice Iain Ross, Ms Emma Morson
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301218
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Facilitating workplace change: Redefining the role of industrial tribunals in Australia$10,000

Funding body: FairWork Commission

Funding body FairWork Commission
Project Team Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil, Professor Andrew Stewart, Justice Iain Ross, Ms Emma Morson
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301283
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Two case studies of the role of industrial tribunals in promoting workplace cooperation and productive workplace relations$10,000

Funding body: FairWork Commission

Funding body FairWork Commission
Project Team Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400787
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Productivity Benchmarking Study and Development of Online benchmarking analytics portal program$7,000

Funding body: Singapore Innovation and Productivity Institute Pte Ltd

Funding body Singapore Innovation and Productivity Institute Pte Ltd
Project Team Doctor Johanna Macneil, Associate Professor Peter Waring, Professor Peter McKiernan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400732
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

20134 grants / $65,000

Facilitating workplace change: Redefining the role of industrial tribunals in Australia$25,000

Funding body: Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales

Funding body Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales
Project Team Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil, Professor Andrew Stewart, Justice Iain Ross, Ms Emma Morson
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301047
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301036
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Modelling doctoral provision by universities: A multidimensional organisational analysis$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Allyson Holbrook, Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Doctor Johanna Macneil
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300459
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: Delta Electricity

Funding body Delta Electricity
Project Team Professor Mark Bray, Doctor Johanna Macneil
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300731
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20121 grants / $60,000

Evaluation of the Flagship Projects for the NSW volunteering Strategy$60,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Communities

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
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200610
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20112 grants / $58,000

CEF Teaching Relief - MacNeil$50,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Johanna Macneil
Scheme Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100299
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Johanna Macneil
Scheme Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000924
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $18,807

Capstone Courses in undergraduate business degrees: better course design, better learning activities, better assessment$18,807

Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

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
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1100034
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20082 grants / $6,700

Institutional factors and their impact on the form and fate of high performance work systems$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Johanna Macneil
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188447
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

26th International Labour Process Conference, University College Dublin, 18/3/2008 - 20/3/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Johanna Macneil
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188592
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $60,000

Evaluation of the Partners at Work and Better Work and Family Balance Grants Program$60,000

Industrial Relations Victoria sought to evaluate two of their Grants Programs, "Partners at work" and "Better Work and Family Balance". These grants programs provided funding to Victorian organisations in period 2000-2005 to support the design and implementation of high performance work practices within a union-management partnership framework. A survey was designed and administered; several organisations were investigated to gather qualitative data; and a report was submitted which provided feedback and recommendations in relation to the activities of funded organisations; the operation of the Programs; and government IR policy more generally.

Funding body: Victorian Department of Business and Innovation

Funding body Victorian Department of Business and Innovation
Project Team
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

19982 grants / $114,000

Return on Training Investment: The Development of Enterprise Frameworks$100,000

To develop a rigorous framework for evaluating organisational returns on training investment; conduct action research with several case study organisations on the application of the framework; and report on the results, through a formal report to government and public dissemination.

Funding body: Victorian Office of Training and Further Education

Funding body Victorian Office of Training and Further Education
Project Team
Scheme Competitive research tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Structural Change in the Food Processing Sector: Externalising the Workforce$14,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

19971 grants / $114,000

Sustaining Best Practice in Australian Manufacturing Organisations$114,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Large Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1999
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19952 grants / $154,000

Case Studies of the Best Practice Program projects$96,000

Commissioned by the Federal Department of Industrial Relations, this project comprised the development of a methodology/protocol to conduct case studies of 42 organisations funded by the Best Practice Program; the conduct of 10 of these cases; and writing of the cases for publication. The cases were subsequently published commercially in 1996 by Pitman, The Best Practice Experience, Volumes 1- 3 (eds. Rimmer, Macneil, Chenhall, Langfield-Smith, Watts, and Caruso).

Funding body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Funding body Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Project Team
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Reinventing Competitiveness: Best Practice in Australian Enterprises$58,000

Commissioned by the Department of Industrial Relations, this project was a cross-case analysis of case studies of 42 companies funded under the Best Practice Program to introduce collaborative 'best practice' (high performance work systems) change. The report was subsequently published commercially in 1996 by Pitman Publishing as Reinventing Competitiveness: Best Practice in Australian Enterprises (Rimmer, Macneil, Chenhall, Langfield-Smith and Watts).

Funding body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Funding body Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Project Team
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Explaining the Emergence and Effectiveness of Industry-Level Labour Regulation in the Chengdu Hotel Industry
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2011 Employment Relations Reform in the Banking Sector in Indonesia: the Implementation of Dispute Resolution Procedures - a Case Study
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

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

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

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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