Staff Profile


Career Summary


Dr Sarah Bankins joined the Newcastle Business School as a Lecturer in 2012, after completing her PhD at the Queensland University of Technology. Sarah previously held roles in both human resources and workforce capability areas in the Queensland public sector. She has also held research assistant posts at QUT and Macquarie University. Sarah's research work focuses on psychological contracting in organisations and she currently coordinates and teaches courses in the management discipline.


  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology, 20/06/2012
  • Bachelor of Business (Management), University of Queensland, 18/12/2002
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland, 18/12/2002
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, University of Newcastle, 30/07/2014


Research keywords

  • Employee well-being
  • Innovation champions and promotors
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Psychological contracts

Research expertise

My research involves three areas that I research both separately and jointly - all connected by a focus on people at work. The first research area explores psychological contracting in the workplace and understanding how the employee-employer exchange unfolds over time. The second area focuses on exploring the people dimensions of innovation, including how and why individuals engage in innovative behaviours in the workplace and how individuals influence the innovation process, with a particular focus on the role of innovation champions and promotors. The third area explores employee well-being in the workplace and understanding how employees derive and create meaning from their work, with a focus on concepts stemming from positive organisational scholarship.

Fields of Research

150307Innovation And Technology Management50
150311Organisational Behaviour50



2013Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Faculty of Business and Law 'Excellence in Teaching Award for Undergraduate Business Teaching' in 2012


Teaching keywords

  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Organisational Structures and Design


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Journal article (3 outputs)

2015Bankins SM, 'A process perspective on psychological contract change: Making sense of, and repairing, psychological contract breach and violation through employee coping actions', Journal of Organizational Behavior, 1-25 (2015)
2014Bankins S, 'Delving into promises: Conceptually exploring the beliefs constituting the contemporary psychological contract', Journal of Management & Organization, 20 544-566 (2014) [C1]
2011Bankins SM, 'Tracking employees' twists and turns: Describing a mixed methods approach to assessing change in the psychological contract', International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 5 351-366 (2011) [C1]

Conference (6 outputs)

2013Molloy C, Bankins SM, Kriz A, 'Understanding innovation champions in social enterprises: Towards a conceptual framework', The Proceedings of the 6th ISPIM Innovation Symposium, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [E1]

Co-authors: ANTON KRIZ

2012Bankins SM, Waterhouse JM, 'Organisational identity, image, branding and reputation: Examining the relevance to human resource management in public sector organisations', International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) XVI Conference, Rome, Italy (2012) [E2]
2012Bankins SM, 'When employment relationships turn sour: Employees' strategies to remediate the effects of psychological contract breach and violation', Compilation of Abstracts. The Second Psychological Contact Group Meeting 2012, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
2010Bankins SM, 'Tracking employees' twists and turns: a mixed methods approach to assessing change in the psychological contract', Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Madrid (2010) [E1]
2010Bankins SM, 'Expectations, obligations or promises? A conceptual review and revision of the beliefs comprising the psychological contract', Proceedings of the 24th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing for Unknowable Futures, Adelaide (2010) [E1]
2008Bankins SM, Waterhouse J, Puchala N, 'Closing the gap: the next steps for the interaction of corporate reputation and psychological contract development', Proceedings of the 22nd Annual British Academy of Management Conference, Harrogate (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$20,000

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2013 (2 grants)

Re-design of the current annual ‘Tenants’ Survey’$15,000
Funding Body: Pacific Link Housing

Project Team
Doctor Anton Kriz, Doctor Sarah Bankins
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Exploring the Development of the Psychological Contract$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Sarah Bankins
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.9

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

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20122016PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorComparing the Individual Innovative Behaviours of Independent Entrepreneurs and the Relationship with Firms Growth Outcomes
20112016PhD (Management)Co-SupervisorInvestigating the Behaviours, Impact and Motivations of Innovation Champions

Dr Sarah Bankins

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Newcastle Business School
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