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Professor Rebecca Mitchell

Professor

Newcastle Business School (Management and Organisational Studies)

Career Summary

Biography

Professor Mitchell is Director of the Health Services Research and Innovation Centre (HSRIC). With co-Director, Brendan Boyle, Rebecca has led the HSRIC since its launch in 2016. The HSRIC takes a multidisciplinary approach to health services research and brings together leading scholars and clinicians from a global network of clinical and academic institutions.

From 2011, Professor Mitchell led the University of Newcastle's bid for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Gaining this prestigious in 2016 accreditation put the UoN in the top 5% of business schools internationally.

Professor Mitchell's research interests lie in the area of organisational behaviour, including team dynamics, leadership and social identity in organizations, particularly healthcare organisations. Rebecca has published in numerous top tier internationally recognised journals including the Journal of Organizational Behavior (ABDC A*), Human Resource Management (US) (ABDC A*), Human Relations (ABDC A*), Journal of Business Research (ABDC A), Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (ABDC A), and International Journal of Human Resource Management (ABDC A). She has also published in healthcare management, with articles published in Health Care Management Review (ABDC A), Journal of Advanced Nursing (ERA A*), Medical Care Research and Review and International Journal of Nursing Studies (ERA A*). 

Overall, more than half of Rebecca's research outputs are ranked A or A* (Australian Business Deans Council, UK ABS or ERA 2010 list). She is a full professional member of the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology and the US Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Rebecca works with a number of national and international collaborators. She works closely with Hunter New England Local Health District and has a strong connection with the Royal College of Surgeons. 

Reflecting the quality of the publications that Rebecca has produced, her academic manuscripts on organisational behaviour and health services management have been recognised internationally, through high-level awards. In 2014, she won the British Academy of Management Best Paper in Strategic Management and, in 2012, the Best Paper Award in Organisational Psychology. This provides strong evidence of the international value of Dr Mitchell’s research outputs and recognition of research excellence.

Rebecca has successfully supervised a number of doctoral students to completion. Many of her students have published in top-tiered journals, indicating the effectiveness of her supervisory approach.

In addition to her academic experience, Dr Mitchell's worked in the Australian and Irish public sector, as a senior policy advisor. She has worked as State representative on several Council of Australian Government (COAG) working parties and has developed health, community and social services policy at a state and national level. She also worked as State representative on the Council of Australian Government’s Working Group on Health Reform. This provides sound evidence of her ability to understanding issues of significant national importance, particularly in healthcare, and the capacity to undertake research that spans bridges academic research with policy and practice.

Research Expertise
Research Areas of Expertise: Teams and teamwork; Diversity (team); Team dynamics; Team processes; Leadership; Social Identity Theory; Healthcare teams; Interprofessional collaboration; Top management teams; Wine industry clusters.

Teaching Expertise
I teach Management and Organisational Behaviour, and Managing Organisational Change. I have also taught in the areas of Corporate Strategy and Management Principles.

Administrative Expertise
I convene, chair and/or work as a member of a number of University, Faculty and School committees and boards.

Collaborations
Dr Mitchell's primary research interests include: Teams and Leadership: Particularly focused on the impact of diverse composition (multidisciplinary, cross-cultural and interprofessional teams), team leadership, team climate and team dynamics. Clusters: Investigation of industrial clusters, particularly knowledge flow and innovation in clusters. Investigation of intra- and extra-cluster dynamics with a focus on wine industry clusters.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Master of Business Stud (Management Consultancy), University College, Dublin - Ireland
  • Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Teams and Teamworking

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150311 Organisational Behaviour 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2000 - 1/12/2006 Lecturer University College Dublin
Business Administration
Ireland

Awards

Award

Year Award
2014 British Academy of Management Best Paper Award (Strategic Management Division)
British Academy of Management
2013 British Academy of Management Best Paper Award (Organisational Psychology Division)
British Academy of Management
2010 Outstanding Reviewer Award (Organisational Psychology)
British Academy of Management
2010 British Academy of Management Best Paper Award (Knowledge and Learning Division)
British Academy of Management
2008 Academy of Management Best Paper Award (Organizational Behavior Division)
Academy of Management
2008 Academy of Management (USA) Newman Award Finalist
Academy of Management

Invitations

Distinguished Visitor

Year Title / Rationale
2015 Visiting Scholar Queens University
2014 Visiting Scholar Royal College of Surgeons
2013 Distinguished Visitor University of Limerick

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2014 Keynote Speaker International Conference on Nursing and Healthcare
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Publications

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


Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Boyle BP, Mitchell R, Ryan S, Sharma N, 'Explaining Competitive Strategy in World Wine Regions: An Informal Institutional lens', Entrepreneurship, Organisational Change and Employment Management, Nanjing University Press, Nanjing 156-162 (2017)
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2017 Boyle BP, Mitchell R, Nicholas S, Maitland E, Zhao S, 'Subsidiary Political Ties: Institutions, Autonomy and Restructuring in China.', Entrepreneurship, Organisational Change and Employment Management, Nanjing University Press, Nanjing 243-254 (2017)
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
2014 Boyle BP, Mitchell R, Nicholas S, McDonnell A, 'Competitive Strategy in a Changing Global Education Industry', Research on the Impact of Global Economic Integration and Information Networking on Sustainable Corporate Development, Nanjing University Press, Nanjing 186-194 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
2008 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'Cross-cultural team performance', Innovation in Management Practices, Macmillan Publishers India, New Delhi, India 281-289 (2008) [B1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
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Journal article (41 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, O'Brien R, Malik A, Tian K, Parker V, et al., 'Balancing cognitive diversity and mutual understanding in multidisciplinary teams', Health Care Management Review, 42 42-52 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000088
Co-authors Feng Tian, Brendan Boyle, Ashish Malik
2017 Malik A, Boyle B, Mitchell RJ, 'Contextual Ambidexterity and Innovation in HealthCare in India: The Role of HRM', Personnel Review, (2017)
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Ashish Malik
2017 Sharma N, Gray S, Boyle B, Mitchell RJ, Malik A, Mahoney B, 'Leveraging the Common and Outsourcing the Distinct: Institutional Difference and Multinational Identities in Emerging Economies', Social Identities, (2017)
Co-authors Ashish Malik, Brendan Boyle
2017 Biswas K, Boyle BP, Mitchell R, Casmir G, 'A mediated model of the effects of human resource management policies and practices on the intention to promote women: An investigation of the theory of planned behaviour', International Journal of Human Resource Managemet, 28 1309-1331 (2017) [C1]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2017 O'Brien R, Mitchell R, Byrne N, 'Paradoxical perceptions towards the introduction of assistants in speech-language pathology and potential impact on consumers.', Scand J Caring Sci, (2017)
DOI 10.1111/scs.12437
Co-authors Nicole Byrne
2016 Mitchell R, Boyle B, Nicholas S, Maitland E, Zhao S, 'Boundary conditions of a curvilinear relationship between decision comprehensiveness and performance: The role of functional and national diversity', JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, 69 2801-2811 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.12.049
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
2016 Boyle BP, NIcholas S, Mitchell R, 'The Value of International Assignees¿ Knowledge of Interpersonal Networks: Knowledge of People, Networks and Politics and Knowledge Flows in Multinational Enterprises', Management International Review, 56 425-454 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11575-016-0278-7
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Stephen Nicholas
2016 Giles M, Parker V, Mitchell RJ, 'Understanding Australian Nurse Consultant role engagement in metropolitan and rural contexts.', Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 23 329-340 (2016) [C1]
2016 Li V, Mitchell R, Boyle B, 'The Divergent Effects of Transformational Leadership on Individual and Team Innovation', GROUP & ORGANIZATION MANAGEMENT, 41 66-97 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1059601115573792
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2016 Obeidat S, Mitchell RJ, Bray M, 'The Link between High Performance Work Practices and Organizational Performance: Empirically Validating the Conceptualization of HPWP according to the AMO Model', Employee Relations, 38 578-595 (2016) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Mark Bray
2016 Giles M, Parker V, Mitchell R, 'Examining Nurse Consultant connectivity: An Australian mixed method study', Nursing and Health Sciences, 18 154-162 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. The nurse consultant (NC) role in Australia is a senior classification of advanced practice nurse has been described as enhancing healt... [more]

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. The nurse consultant (NC) role in Australia is a senior classification of advanced practice nurse has been described as enhancing health care outcomes largely through extensive collaboration with consumers, nurses, and other health professionals. However, little is known about the actual nature, amount, and quality of NC interactions. This study examines the connectivity of the NC role across metropolitan and rural contexts, using a mixed method sequential design with an online survey and focus groups with NCs and other stakeholders. Results demonstrated that NCs most commonly have high density connectivity patterns with other nursing colleagues, medical staff, patients/clients, and administrative staff. Position grade (1, 2 or 3) influences density of connectivity, as does location, with those based in metropolitan roles engaging significantly less with other clinicians. Findings demonstrate that many NCs are highly collaborative and predominantly embedded into interprofessional practice models. This study provides valuable insight into the diverse and often complex NC role and the way in which NC expertise and influence is deployed and integrated across a large local health district.

DOI 10.1111/nhs.12235
2015 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Parker V, Giles M, Chiang V, Joyce P, 'Managing inclusiveness and diversity in teams: How leader inclusiveness affects performance through status and team identity', Human Resource Management, 54 217-239 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/hrm.21658
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2015 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, 'Professional diversity, identity salience and team innovation: The moderating role of openmindedness norms', Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36 873-894 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/job.2009
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2015 McNeil K, Mitchell R, Parker V, 'The paradoxical effects of workforce shortages on rural interprofessional practice', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 29 73-82 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/scs.12129
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014 Mitchell R, Parker V, Giles M, Boyle B, 'The ABC of health care team dynamics: Understanding complex affective, behavioral, and cognitive dynamics in interprofessional teams.', Health Care Management Review, 39 1-9 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/HCM.0b013e3182766504
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2014 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Burgess J, McNeil K, '¿You Can't Make a Good Wine without a Few Beers¿: Gatekeepers and knowledge flow in industrial districts', Journal of Business Research, 67 2198-2206 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jbusres.2014.01.007
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2014 Giles M, Parker V, Mitchell R, 'Recognising the differences in the nurse consultant role across context: a study protocol.', BMC Nurs, 13 30 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1186/1472-6955-13-30
Citations Scopus - 2
2014 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Parker V, Giles M, Joyce P, 'Transformation through tension: The moderating impact of negative affect on transformational leadership in teams', Human Relations, 1-28 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0018726714521645
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2013 Mcintyre J, Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Ryan S, Ryan S, 'We Used to Get and Give a Lot of Help: Networking, Cooperation and Knowledge Flow in the Hunter Valley Wine Cluster', Australian Economic History Review: an Asia-Pacific journal of economic, business and social history, 53 247-267 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/aehr.12022
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Julie Mcintyre, Brendan Boyle
2013 Mitchell RJ, Parker V, Giles M, 'An interprofessional team approach to tracheostomy care: A mixed-method investigation into the mechanisms explaining tracheostomy team effectiveness', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 50 536-542 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2013 Mitchell R, Paliadelis P, Mcneil K, Parker V, Giles M, Higgins I, et al., 'Effective interprofessional collaboration in rural contexts: A research protocol', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69 2317-2326 (2013) [C3]

Aim: To describe the research protocol that will be used to investigate factors contributing to effective interprofessional practice in a rural context in Australia. Background: I... [more]

Aim: To describe the research protocol that will be used to investigate factors contributing to effective interprofessional practice in a rural context in Australia. Background: Interprofessional practice is a key strategy for overcoming rural health challenges; however, our knowledge of interprofessional initiatives and consequences in rural areas is limited. Design: A modified realistic evaluation approach will be used to explore the structures, systems, and social processes contributing to effective interprofessional outcomes. This 'context-mechanism-outcome' approach provides a useful framework for identifying why and how interprofessional practice works in rural contexts. Method: Initial propositions regarding the factors that explain effective collaborative practice will be generated through interviews with lead clinicians, policy-makers, and clinician managers. Clinician interviews, document analysis, and multi-participant focus groups will be used as evidence to support, refine, or redevelop the initial propositions. This will allow the development of a model of rural interprofessional practice that will explain how and why collaborative approaches work in rural environments. This study is funded by an Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching grant (January 2010). Discussion: Rural healthcare challenges are well documented; however, studies investigating the nature of interprofessional practice in rural contexts are not common. Rural contexts also present research design, particularly data collection, challenges. This proposed research is one of the first to identify the factors that facilitate or constrain effective interprofessional work in rural settings. This is particularly important, given the continuing workforce shortages and maldistribution and poorer health outcomes in rural communities globally. © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

DOI 10.1111/jan.12083
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2013 McNeil K, Mitchell R, Parker V, 'Interprofessional Practice and Professional Identity Threat', Health Sociology Review, 22 291-307 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/hesr.2013.22.3.291
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17
2013 Parker V, McNeil K, Higgins I, Mitchell R, Paliadelis P, Giles M, Parmenter G, 'How health professionals conceive and construct interprofessional practice in rural settings: a qualitative study', BMC Health Services Research, 13 5 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1472-6963-13-500
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Isabel Higgins
2013 O'Brien R, Byrne N, Mitchell R, Ferguson A, 'Rural speech-language pathologists' perceptions of working with allied health assistants', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15 613-622 (2013) [C1]

Workforce shortages are forecast for speech-language pathology in Australia, and will have a more significant impact on rural and remote areas than on metropolitan areas. Allied h... [more]

Workforce shortages are forecast for speech-language pathology in Australia, and will have a more significant impact on rural and remote areas than on metropolitan areas. Allied health (AH) disciplines such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy address the problem of workforce shortages and growing clinical demand by employing allied health assistants (AHAs) to provide clinical and administrative support to AH professionals. Currently, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) don't work with discipline-specific allied health assistants in all states of Australia (e.g., New South Wales). This paper aims to provide insight into the perceptions of SLPs in one Australian state (NSW) regarding working with AHAs. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight rural SLPs. Qualitative analysis indicated that participants perceived they had deficits in skills and knowledge required to work with AHAs and identified further training needs. Participants perceived the SLP role to be misunderstood and were concerned about poor consultation regarding the introduction of AHAs into the profession. Ambivalence was evident in overall perceptions of working with AHAs, and tasks performed. While previous research identified benefits of working with AHAs, results from this study suggest that significant professional, economic, and organizational issues need addressing before such a change should be implemented in speech-language pathology. © 2013 The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited.

DOI 10.3109/17549507.2012.759623
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Alison Ferguson, Nicole Byrne
2012 Boyle BP, McDonnell A, Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, 'Managing knowledge in internationalizing universities through foreign assignments', International Journal of Educational Management, 26 303-312 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
2012 Mitchell RJ, Parker V, Giles M, 'Open-mindedness in diverse team performance: Investigating a three-way interaction', International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23 3652-3672 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
2012 Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Sharing and developing knowledge of organization culture during international assignments', International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 12 361-378 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1470595812440151
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
2012 Mitchell RJ, Parker V, Giles M, Joyce P, Chiang V, 'Perceived value congruence and team innovation', Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85 626-648 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.2044-8325.2012.02059.x
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 4
2011 Mitchell R, Meacheam D, 'Knowledge worker control: Understanding via principal and agency theory', Learning Organization, 18 149-160 (2011)

Purpose: The growing prominence of knowledge workers in contemporary organisations has led to a considerable amount of research into their role and activities, however, despite th... [more]

Purpose: The growing prominence of knowledge workers in contemporary organisations has led to a considerable amount of research into their role and activities, however, despite this growing interest, there remains a lack of clarity regarding the relationship of knowledge workers to management. This paper aims to respond by investigating the features of knowledge work that impose barriers to traditional managerial control methods and exploring the extent to which alternative approaches to influence are available to knowledge work managers, and the circumstances under which these different approaches are indicated. Design/methodology/approach: The paper utilised agency theory to investigate the implications of knowledge asymmetry in principal-knowledge worker exchanges, and argues against the utility of models of control based on principles of scientific management on which agency models are typically based, towards models of control based on reciprocity and commitment. Findings: The paper has two main outputs. First, it argues that situations in which knowledge-based specialists are hired to perform tasks requiring expertise can be viewed as principal-agent exchanges (Mills) and are therefore open to analysis through an agency theory lens. The second endeavour is to discuss the implications of knowledge asymmetry in principal-knowledge worker relationships for managerial control and influence, and posit alternative modes of managerial control based on normative influence and valiant rewards. Further, it develops propositions relating to the factors likely to moderate the utility of each managerial influence strategy. Originality/value: By undertaking this investigation, the paper responds to calls by Frenkel et al. to understand process and dynamics of control in managing knowledge workers. It moves away from models of control based on principles of scientific management on which agency models are typically based, towards models of control based on reciprocity and commitment. It develops testable propositions regarding specific sources of influence in knowledge work and the circumstances under which the employment of these influence strategies is indicated. This responds to calls by authors such as Tampoe; and Lord to develop a detailed understanding of the manner and extent to which influence strategies need to complement specific knowledge worker characteristics. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI 10.1108/09696471111103740
Citations Scopus - 9
2011 Mitchell RJ, Parker VT, Giles M, 'When do interprofessional teams succeed? Investigating the moderating roles of team and professional identity in interprofessional effectiveness', Human Relations, 64 1321-1343 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0018726711416872
Citations Scopus - 47Web of Science - 42
2011 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, 'Cross-cultural group performance', Learning Organization, 18 94-101 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/09696471111103704
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Stephen Nicholas
2010 Mitchell RJ, Burgess KJ, Waterhouse JM, 'Proximity and knowledge sharing in clustered firms', International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 4 5-24 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1504/IJGSB.2010.035328
Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Jennifer Waterhouse, John Burgess
2010 Tse HHM, Mitchell RJ, 'A theoretical model of transformational leadership and knowledge creation: The role of open-mindedness norms and leader-member exchange', Journal of Management & Organization, 16 83-99 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/jmo.16.1.83
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9
2010 Mitchell RJ, Parker V, Giles M, White N, 'Toward realizing the potential of diversity in composition of interprofessional health care teams an examination of the cognitive and psychosocial dynamics of interprofessional collaboration', Medical Care Research and Review, 67 3-26 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1077558709338478
Citations Scopus - 36Web of Science - 35
2010 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, 'Knowledge creation measurement methods', Journal of Knowledge Management, 14 67-82 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/13673271011015570
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2009 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, 'A theoretical model of transformational leadership's role in diverse teams', Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 30 455-474 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/01437730910968714
Citations Scopus - 10
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2009 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'The role of openness to cognitive diversity and group processes in knowledge creation', Small Group Research, 40 535-554 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1046496409338302
Citations Scopus - 44Web of Science - 39
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Stephen Nicholas
2009 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, 'The impact of goal structure in team knowledge creation', Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 12 639-651 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1368430209340568
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
2008 Mitchell R, Nicholas S, Boyle B, 'The impact of cognitive conflict on team performance', Asia Pacific Management Review, 13 625-634 (2008)

The results of research on diversity in teams suggest that it offers both a great opportunity for organisations as well as an enormous challenge. However, current research is plag... [more]

The results of research on diversity in teams suggest that it offers both a great opportunity for organisations as well as an enormous challenge. However, current research is plagued by a lack of overall consistency, indicating that the relationship between diversity and team performance is not well understood. This study examines the components of cognitive conflict in order to assess whether construct operationalisation may explain this inconsistency. Analysis of the existing operationalisations of cognitive conflict reveals that it incorporates both disagreement about information and reasoning, and debate of rival hypotheses or recommendations. We propose that functional diversity leads to cognitive disagreement but not debate, and that debate enhances knowledge creation, with which cognitive disagreement shows no relationship. Our results support these hypotheses, which provide a powerful explanation for the contrary results found by researchers investigating cognitive conflict. Given that extant measures of cognitive conflict include scale items which measure both debate and cognitive disagreement, cognitive conflict may be viewed as an aggregate measure of these two distinct constructs. This study contributes to research on diversity and conflict by providing an explanation for contrary results, and by providing and a detailed operationalisation of cognitive conflict and its component constructs. It also contributes to research into creativity and innovation by providing insight into the dynamics underpinning knowledge sharing and creation.

Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
2006 Mitchell R, Nicholas S, 'Knowledge creation through boundary-spanning', Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 4 310-318 (2006) [C1]

This paper contributes to our understanding of the process of knowledge creation in organisations. Based on a process model, the paper develops propositions relating to factors fa... [more]

This paper contributes to our understanding of the process of knowledge creation in organisations. Based on a process model, the paper develops propositions relating to factors facilitating knowledge creation in cross-functional work teams. These propositions relate to the constructs of cognitive diversity, transactional memory, trans-specialist knowledge and their contribution to new knowledge development through knowledge boundary spanning. © 2006 Operational Research Society Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1057/palgrave.kmrp.8500113
Citations Scopus - 7
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas
2005 Mitchell R, Nicholas S, 'Knowledge creation in groups: The value of cognitive diversity, transactive memory, and openmindedness Norms', Proceedings of the European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM, 326-333 (2005)

This paper contributes to our understanding of knowledge creation by developing a comprehensive model of the knowledge creating process in organisational work teams. It subsequent... [more]

This paper contributes to our understanding of knowledge creation by developing a comprehensive model of the knowledge creating process in organisational work teams. It subsequently synthesises contemporary theory across research streams to develop hypotheses relating to three factors capable of facilitating the knowledge development process - cognitive diversity, transactional memory and openmindedness norms. In combination, the conceptual rationale and empirical support act to substantiate three key relationships in the knowledge creation process.

Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas
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Conference (35 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 O'brien R, Byrne N, Mitchell R, 'Speech-language pathologists¿ paradoxical perceptions of working with assistants and consumer focus.', ). Speech-language pathologists¿ paradoxical perceptions of working with assistants and consumer focus. (2017)
Co-authors Nicole Byrne
2016 Malik A, Mitchell R, Boyle B, 'Innovating through contextual ambidexterity: Case study of health care firms in India.' (2016) [E1]
Co-authors Ashish Malik, Brendan Boyle
2016 O'Brien R, Mitchell R, Byrne N, 'Consumer focus and paradox: Speech-language pathologists' perceptions of working with assistants' (2016)
Co-authors Nicole Byrne
2015 Smith AN, Mitchell R, Ries N, Boyle B, 'Challenging the status quo in rural health workforce roles: risks versus benefits', People Places Possibilities - 13th National Rural Health Conference (2015) [E2]
Co-authors Tony Smith, Nola Ries, Brendan Boyle
2014 O'Brien R, Mitchell R, Byrne N, 'Resistance to a workforce redesign and perceived professional identity threat.' (2014)
Co-authors Nicole Byrne
2013 O'Brien R, Mitchell R, Byrne N, 'Speech pathologists¿ perceptions of working with allied health assistants' (2013)
Co-authors Nicole Byrne
2011 Boyle BP, Mitchell RJ, 'When is feedback helpful to student learning?', 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2011 Mitchell RJ, Parker VT, Giles M, 'Who am I? And how do I feel? Understanding interprofessional team performance through social identity and mood', 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations (2011) [E3]
2011 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Maitland E, Nicholas SJ, Zhao S, 'How subsidiary top management teams influence strategic change and organizational performance in transition economies', Enterprise Management in a Transitional Economy and Post Financial Crisis (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
2010 Parker VT, Mitchell RJ, Giles M, 'Interprofessional practice: possibility or pipedream', International Journal of Qualitative Methods: Qualitative Health Research Conference Abstracts (2010) [E3]
2010 Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Expatriate assignments and the value of idiosyncratic knowledge', Managing Business Organizations, Knowledge and the External Environment (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Stephen Nicholas
2010 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'Transactive memory in teams: How does it work?', Trends and Techniques in ICT (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Stephen Nicholas
2010 Mitchell RJ, Meacheam DW, 'Knowledge worker control: Understanding via Principal and Agent theory', Data and Information Management (2010) [E1]
2010 Obeidat SM, Bray MD, Mitchell RJ, 'The relationship between high performance human resource practices and organisation performance: Electronic-HRM as a moderator', The 10th Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference Proceedings Part II (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Mark Bray
2009 Mitchell RJ, Parker VT, Giles M, 'Bridging professional boundaries through superordinate identity and transformational leadership', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts (2009) [E3]
2009 Mitchell RJ, Burgess KJ, Waterhouse JM, Boyle BP, McNeil KA, 'Institutional thickness and inter-organisational clusters', CIOS: Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies Inaugural Conference Abstracts (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Jennifer Waterhouse, John Burgess
2009 Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Developing knowledge of organisational culture in multinational enterprises', ANZAM: 23rd ANZAM Conference: Sustainability, Management and Marketing (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
2009 Boyle BP, Ryan SF, Mitchell RJ, 'A micro-approach to understanding macro-differences: Exploring common values and industry culture in 'old' and 'new' world wine regions', 'The Business of Wine': The Inaugural Wine Business Research Symposium: Conference Proceedings (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2009 Henderson LA, Waterhouse JM, Mitchell RJ, Burgess KJ, 'Key features of the Hunter Valley wine cluster', 'The Business of Wine': The Inaugural Wine Business Research Symposium: Conference Proceedings (2009) [E1]
Co-authors John Burgess, Jennifer Waterhouse
2009 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Waterhouse JM, McNeil KA, Burgess KJ, 'Institutional thickness and inter-organisational collaboration in clusters', 'The Business of Wine': The Inaugural Wine Business Research Symposium: Conference Proceedings (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Jennifer Waterhouse, John Burgess, Brendan Boyle
2009 Mitchell RJ, Burgess KJ, Waterhouse JM, McNeil KA, 'Knowledge flow in clustered SMES: Technological specialists as knowledge gatekeepers', Society for Global Business & Economic Development (SGBD): The Second Research Symposium: Program (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Jennifer Waterhouse, John Burgess
2008 Mitchell R, 'Knowledge creation in groups with diverse composition', Academy of Management 2008 Annual Meeting: The Questions We Ask, AOM 2008 (2008)

This study explores the assumption that the impact of diversity on knowledge creating capability is consequent to associated differences in knowledge and perspectives, and contras... [more]

This study explores the assumption that the impact of diversity on knowledge creating capability is consequent to associated differences in knowledge and perspectives, and contrast this mechanism against an alternative pathway, the utilisation of deliberative, collaborative behaviours. To investigate this theory, we assess whether cognitive heterogeneity and debate operate as mediating variables between two types of diversity, functional and cultural, and knowledge creation. The results provide support for both mediators and also generate evidence suggesting that functional and cultural diversity impact on knowledge creation through different mechanisms.

2008 Boyle BP, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Expatriation research through the knowledge lens: The value of focusing on the idiosyncratic', 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008: Managing in the Pacific Century (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Stephen Nicholas
2008 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, 'Explaining diversity's impact on team performance: The ABC of diverse teams', 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008: Managing in the Pacific Century (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2007 Boyle B, Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, 'Sharing knowledge of interpersonal networks during foreign assignments and knowledge flows in multinational enterprises', AIB 2007 Annual Meeting. Conference Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas
2007 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'Goal compatibility in knowledge creation', 13th Asian Pacific Management Conference. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Stephen Nicholas
2007 Boyle B, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Foreign assignments and knowledge flows in multinational enterprises', ANZIBA Conference 2007: Institutions and Organisations in an International Context. Papers (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas
2007 Mitchell R, Nicholas S, 'Knowledge creation in groups: The value of cognitive diversity, transactive memory, and openmindedness norms.', Electronic Journal od Knowledge Management (2007) [E1]
2007 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle B, 'Individual learning in organizational groups: an alternate view of group performance', The Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas
2007 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, 'When are two heads better than one?: How cognitive heterogeneity explains the impact of demographic diversity in teams', The Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas
2007 Tse HMH, Mitchell RJ, 'Understanding the process of leadership and knowledge creation: The roles of open-mindedness norms and leader-member exchange', 21st ANZAM Conference. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
2007 Boyle B, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Leveraging intellectual and social capital within multinational companies (MNCs) through expatriate assignments', 21st ANZAM Conference. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas
2007 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, 'Knowledge creation definition and measurement', 21st ANZAM Conference. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Brendan Boyle
2007 Boyle B, Nicholas SJ, Mitchell RJ, 'Human resources and the knowledge-centred strategy literature: A strategic theoretical frame for the study of foreign assignments in multinational enterprises', ANZIBA Conference 2007: Institutions and Organisations in an International Context. Papers (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas
2007 Mitchell RJ, Nicholas SJ, Boyle BP, 'The impact of cognitive conflict on team performance', 13th Asian Pacific Management Conference. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Stephen Nicholas, Brendan Boyle
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 16
Total funding $298,917

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


20172 grants / $53,994

What type of leadership is required to improve the provision of evidenced-based best practice in acute stroke care?$50,000

Funding body: NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

Funding body NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)
Project Team Associate Professor Christine Paul, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Professor Rebecca Mitchell, Doctor Andrew Bivard, Professor John Attia, Dr Martin Jude, Ms Annika Ryan
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1700672
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Inspirational Leadership in Healthcare Teams$3,994

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour (CHB)
Scheme Conference and Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20163 grants / $26,000

Multinational Company Restructuring in China$22,000

Funding body: Tianjin Normal University International Collaboration Grant

Funding body Tianjin Normal University International Collaboration Grant
Scheme Tianjin Normal University International Collaboration Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Higher Education Research on International Standards in Business and Management$3,000

Funding body: Top Education Institute

Funding body Top Education Institute
Project Team Professor Rebecca Mitchell
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601213
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Canterbury Research$1,000

Funding body: Canterbury Institute of Management

Funding body Canterbury Institute of Management
Project Team

Rebecca Mitchell

Scheme Higher Education Governing Council
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N

20153 grants / $67,517

Priority Research Initiative (Competitive) $50,000

UoN

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Scheme Priority Research Initiatives
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Managing Healthcare and Leading Healthcare Professionals$10,517

Funding body: Society for the Advancement of Management Studies

Funding body Society for the Advancement of Management Studies
Project Team Professor Rebecca Mitchell, Associate Professor Brendan Boyle
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501234
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Canterbury Research$7,000

Funding body: Canterbury Institute of Management

Funding body Canterbury Institute of Management
Project Team Professor Rebecca Mitchell
Scheme Higher Education Governing Council
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1501176
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20141 grants / $50,000

Priority Research Initiative (Competitive) $50,000

UoN

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Scheme Priority Research Initiatives
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20131 grants / $50,000

Priority Research Initiative (Competitive) $50,000

UoN

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Scheme Priority Research Initiatives
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20121 grants / $15,000

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Rebecca Mitchell
Scheme Emerging Research Leaders Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201145
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20101 grants / $10,379

Factors Influencing Regional Performance - Wine Clusters $10,379

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor Brendan Boyle, Professor Rebecca Mitchell, Doctor Shaun Ryan
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000701
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20082 grants / $19,327

Inter-professional Team Innovation and Effectiveness$17,627

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Rebecca Mitchell, Ms Nadine White, Ms Vicki Parkes
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189087
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Academy of Management Meeting 2008, Anaheim California USA, 18/8/2008 - 23/8/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Rebecca Mitchell
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189047
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $6,700

Interprofessional Research$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Rebecca Mitchell
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188031
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia USA, 3/8/2007 - 8/8/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Rebecca Mitchell
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187779
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed6
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.8

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Empowering Virtual Teams with Goal Interdependence and a Relationship-Styled Leadership Approach Will Improve Motivation, Team Performance and Customer Satisfaction PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Knowledge transfer in the internationalisation of higher education PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Top Management Teams and Management Innovation PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Leading Authentically in Healthcare Teams: A Moderated Mediation Model PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Developing our Leaders: How Effective is Coaching? PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Rural Speech Pathologists' Perceptions of Working with Allied Health Assistants PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Understanding Team Processes and Outcomes: The Influence of Inclusive and Authentic Leadership on Organisational Citizenship Behaviour and Counterproductive Work Behaviour PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD I Can, I Love to, and I Will do: the Career Choice Intentions of Individuals Who Have Been Incarcerated for Drug Trafficking Offences, Thailand PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Gender Diversity on Australian Company Boards PhD (Accounting & Finance), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD The Dynamic Interplay between Professional Identity, Threat and Context within Interprofessional Health Care Teams PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Predicting the Intention of Top Managers in Bangladesh to Appoint Women to Senior Management Positions: An Examination and Extension of the Theory of Planned Behaviour PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD The Relationship between High Performance Human Resource Practices and Organisational Performance in the Jordanian Industrial and Financial Sectors PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 42
China 9
Hong Kong 5
Ireland 4
Canada 1
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News

Organisation Change in Health Seminar

May 9, 2017

Professor Simon Bishop presents on his research into organisational change in healthcare

Health Services Research and Innovation Centre - Summer Newsletter

March 6, 2017

This edition of the Health Services Research and Innovation Group's newsletter has been published in Summer 2016/2017.

Autumn 2016 newsletter

Health Services Research and Innovation Group - Autumn Newsletter

May 23, 2016

The first edition of the Health Services Research and Innovation Group's newsletter has been published in Autumn 2016.

Health Services Research and Innovation Group Launch

Health Services Research and Innovation Group Launch

March 2, 2016

February saw the launch of the Faculty of Business and Law Health Services Research and Innovation Group.

New papers in top-ranked journals

New papers in top ranked journals

August 10, 2015

The Organisational Collaboration Research Group's research has been published in some of the world's top management journals recently.

The Power of Feeling Bad

October 22, 2014

NBS academic and the NY Times discuss why fearing the worst might make you better at your job

Best Paper Award for Newcastle Business School Academics

October 9, 2014

Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell and Dr Brendan Boyle were awarded Best Paper at the British Academy of Management conference

Co-workers fighting at work

Why we should fight at work

January 22, 2014

Team innovation and success: why we should fight at work

Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell

Inequality in Confidence – Are women at a disadvantage?

May 23, 2013

Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell discusses female confidence levels and how they can impact our careers and our lives.

Professor Rebecca Mitchell

Position

Professor
Management and Organisational Studies
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Management and Organisational Studies

Contact Details

Email rebecca.mitchell@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6828
Fax (02) 4921 6911
Link Research Networks

Office

Room X-741
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus

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