Dr Sarah Bankins


Newcastle Business School

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.

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. 


  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business (Management), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, University of Newcastle


  • Employee well-being
  • Innovation champions and promotors
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Organisational Structures and Design
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Psychological contracts

Fields of Research

150307Innovation and Technology Management50
150311Organisational Behaviour50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/04/2015 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
19/07/2012 - 20/07/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
14/07/2012 - 15/07/2012Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School



2013Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
University of Newcastle


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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 S, '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]

The psychological contract is a key analytical device utilised by both academics and practitioners to conceptualise and explore the dynamics of the employment relationship. Howeve... [more]

The psychological contract is a key analytical device utilised by both academics and practitioners to conceptualise and explore the dynamics of the employment relationship. However, despite the recognised import of the construct, some authors suggest that its empirical investigation has fallen into a 'methodological rut' and is neglecting to assess key tenets of the concept, such as its temporal and dynamic nature. This paper describes the research design of a longitudinal, mixed methods study which draws upon the strengths of both qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry in order to explore the development of, and changes in, the psychological contract. Underpinned by a critical realist philosophy, the paper seeks to offer a research design suitable for exploring the process of change not only within the psychological contract domain, but also for similar constructs in the human resource management and broader organisational behaviour fields. © 2008-2012 eContent Management.

CitationsScopus - 1

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-authorsAnton Kriz
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]
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]
Co-authorsJennifer Waterhouse
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]
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]
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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20132 grants / $20,000

Re-design of the current annual ‘Tenants’ Survey’$15,000

Funding body: Pacific Link Housing

Funding bodyPacific Link Housing
Project TeamDoctor Anton Kriz, Doctor Sarah Bankins
SchemeResearch Project
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government

Exploring the Development of the Psychological Contract$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Sarah Bankins
SchemeNew Staff Grant
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
Type Of FundingInternal

Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012Comparing the Individual Innovative Behaviours of Independent Entrepreneurs and the Relationship with Firms Growth Outcomes
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
2011Investigating the Behaviours, Impact and Motivations of Innovation Champions
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law

Dr Sarah Bankins


Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Phone(02) 4348 4132
Fax(02) 4348 4101


BuildingBusiness Offices
LocationOurimbah campus
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258