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Associate Professor Suzanne Ryan

Associate Professor

Newcastle Business School (Management and Organisational Studies)

Career Summary

Biography

Suzanne commenced with the University in 1985 in the former Hunter Institute for Higher Education after various research and policy positions in local, state and federal governments and private consultancies. She has been involved in the administration of postgraduate business courses since 1993. Her teaching areas are organisation theory, management and research courses. Her research interests are in higher education policy, business schools and management education and academic labour. She is currently the Assistant Dean Research Training in the Faculty of Business and Law and President of the University of Newcastle Branch of the NTEU.

Research Expertise
Higher education and business schools, management, change and current issues. Management education - pedagogy, values and graduate attributes Academic labour - precarious employment and workforce planning

Teaching Expertise
Organisation Theory Management Thought Literature Review and Research Proposal

Administrative Expertise
Sub-Dean Postgraduate Programs 1994-1998 Deputy Direct Newcastle Graduate School of Business 1998 - 2002 Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator NGSB 2003- 2006 MBA Program Convenor 2007-2010 Member of Academic Senate 2006 to present President National Tertiary Education Union - Newcastle Branch 2009- to present

Collaborations
My main research colleagues in the higher education are Professor James Guthrie and Assoc Professor Ruth Neumann. More recently, I have been working with colleagues in the Faculty of Business and Law on two research projects: sessional academics and the Master of Professional Accounting (MPACC). The sessional academics project team includes: Egbert Groen, Andrew Nadolny, Karen McNeil, Asit Bhattacharrya, Tracy Levett-Jones and Kathryn Holmes. In 2012 John Burgess, Julia Connell and Robyn May joined the team. The MPACC project includes: Hock-Thye Chan, Neelam Goela, Marcus Rodrigs, Katerina Stratilas, Christine Yap and Jackie Yong

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Social Studies, University of Sydney
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Arts, Macquarie University

Keywords

  • Academic Labour
  • Business Schools
  • Critical Theory
  • Higher Education
  • Management Education
  • Organisation Theory
  • Research Methods

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

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


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Ryan SE, 'Business and accounting education: Do they have a future in the University?', Accounting Education at a Crossroad in 2010, Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, South Australia 22-28 (2010) [B2]
2008 Ryan SE, Guthrie J, Neumann R, 'Australian higher education transformed: From central coordination to control', European Universities in Transition: Issues, Models and Cases, Edward Elgar Publishing, London 171-187 (2008) [B1]
1998 Connell JA, Ryan SE, 'Culture Change within a regional business network', Experiencing Human Resource Management, Sage Publications, London 129-145 (1998) [B1]

Journal article (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Nadolny A, Ryan S, 'McUniversities revisited: a comparison of university and McDonald's casual employee experiences in Australia', STUDIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 40 142-157 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/03075079.2013.818642
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny
2015 Nadolny A, Ryan S, 'McUniversities revisited: a comparison of university and McDonald's casual employee experiences in Australia', Studies in Higher Education, 40 142-157 (2015)

The McDonaldization of higher education refers to the transformation of universities from knowledge generators to rational service organizations or ¿McUniversities¿. This is ref... [more]

The McDonaldization of higher education refers to the transformation of universities from knowledge generators to rational service organizations or ¿McUniversities¿. This is reflected in the growing dependence on a casualized academic workforce. The article explores the extent to which the McDonaldization thesis applies to universities by comparing the experiences of casual academics with those of McDonald's employees. Survey and interview findings from an Australian university are compared with Gould's research on McDonald's casual employees in Australia. Aside from their employment status, the two groups have nothing in common. McDonald's employees experience routine work organization with good management and career prospects while casual academics experience stimulating work within a context of poor management and lack of career paths. This article questions the accuracy of applying the McDonaldization thesis to higher education based on the failure of the McJobs descriptor to withstand empirical scrutiny.

DOI 10.1080/03075079.2013.818642
2014 Yap C, Ryan S, Yong J, 'Challenges Facing Professional Accounting Education in a Commercialised Education Sector', Accounting Education, 23 562-581 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09639284.2014.974196
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Jackie Yong, Christine Yap
2014 Ryan SE, Guthrie J, 'Undermining the Corporate Citizen: An Academic Story', Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 75-94 (2014) [C1]
2013 Ryan S, Neumann R, 'Interdisciplinarity in an era of new public management: a case study of graduate business schools', Studies in Higher Education, 38 192-206 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03075079.2011.571669
Citations Scopus - 2
2013 Ryan S, Burgess J, Connell J, Groen E, 'Casual Academic Staff in an Australian University: Marginalised and excluded', Tertiary Education and Management, 19 161-175 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13583883.2013.783617
Citations Scopus - 6
2013 Chan Hock-Thye, Ryan SE, 'Challenging Stereotypes: International Accounting Students in Australia', Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing, 9 169-182 (2013) [C1]
2012 Ryan SE, 'Academic zombies: A failure of resistance or a means of survival?', The Australian Universities' Review, 54 3-11 (2012) [C1]
2012 West A, Ryan SE, 'Psychological capital and training transfer motivation: Review of pre-training positive affect', NZ Journal of Human Resources Management, 2 20-28 (2012) [C1]
2012 Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, 'Barriers to professional development among contingent academic employees: An Australian case study', International Journal of Learning, 18 247-261 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Asit Bhatta
2012 Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, Stratilas K, Goela N, 'English language proficiency and learning among Australian international postgraduate accounting students', International Journal of Learning, 18 237-253 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Asit Bhatta
2011 Ryan SE, 'International students and business schools: Ethical challenges. A response to Michael Paton', Business and Professional Ethics Group 2010-2011, 16-19 (2011) [C3]
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Ryan SE, 'Book Review of Academic life and labour in the new university: hope and other choices, by Ruth Barcan, Surrey, UK, Ashgate, 2013, 258 pp., £65.00 (hardback), ISBN 9781409436218 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/1360080X.2014.991528

Conference (32 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Eyaa S, Sridharan R, Ryan SE, 'Categorising supply chain opportunism: A framework', ANZAM 2014, UTS Sydney (2014) [E1]
2013 Ryan SE, 'Value propositions for non-elite business schools in a post GFC world: Reflections on business school values', ANZAM2013, Hobart (2013) [E1]
2012 Tam SH, Ryan SE, 'Organisational climate differences in higher education institutions: Macau and Australia', Proceedings of the 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Perth, WA (2012) [E1]
2012 Ryan SE, 'Sessional Academics: 1991-2012', Proceedings of the 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Perth, WA (2012) [E1]
2011 Chan H-T, Ryan S, 'AN ELEPHANT IN THE CLASSROOM: INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING GRADUATES AND (UN)EMPLOYABILITY IN AUSTRALIA', 2011 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (ICERI), Madrid, SPAIN (2011)
2011 Chan H-T, Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, Rodrigs MC, 'The Master of Professional Accounting: Challenging sterotypes of international students', 2011 AFAANZ Conference Proceedings, Darwin (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Asit Bhatta, Marcus Rodrigs
2011 Ryan SE, Groen E, McNeil KA, Nadolny A, Bhattacharyya A, 'Sessional employment and quality in universities: A risky business', Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education Volume 34, Gold Coast (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Asit Bhatta
2011 Yong LK, Ryan SE, Yap CL, Goela N, 'A case study in the failure of graduate attributes in higher education', Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education Volume 34, Gold Coast (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Jackie Yong, Christine Yap
2011 Nadolny A, McNeil KA, Ryan SE, Groen E, Bhattacharyya A, ''McJobs': A comparison of the academic and McDonald's casual worker experience', The Way Forward - Austerity or Stimulus? Incorporating the 13th Path to Full Employment Conference and 18th National Conference on Unemployment, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Asit Bhatta
2011 Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, McNeil KA, 'Academic work: A sessionalised future?', 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations, Wellington, NZ (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Asit Bhatta
2011 West AD, Ryan SE, 'A review of literature on training transfer motivation and psychological capital', 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations, Wellington, NZ (2011) [E1]
2011 Connell J, Ryan SE, 'Women and management education: Has anything changed?', 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations, Wellington, NZ (2011) [E1]
2011 Chan H-T, Ryan SE, 'An elephant in the classroom: International accounting graduates and (un)employability in Australia', Proceedings of ICERI2011 Conference, Madrid, Spain (2011) [E2]
2011 Groen E, McNeil KA, Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, Nadolny A, 'Sessionals: Doing the job for Universities?', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Auckland, NZ (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Asit Bhatta
2010 Neumann R, Ryan SE, 'The professionalisation of the doctorate: A case study in the management of research education', CHER 2010: Effects of Higher Education Reforms, Oslo, Norway (2010) [E2]
2010 Ryan SE, Neumann R, 'Interdisciplinarity in management education: Tensions between curriculum, profession and the university', CHER 2010: Effects of Higher Education Reforms, Oslo, Norway (2010) [E2]
2010 Rodrigs MC, Bhattacharyya A, McNeil KA, Nadolny A, Groen E, Ryan SE, 'Barriers to including sessional academics in matters of discipline', Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline. University Learning and Teaching Futures Colloquium. Colloquium Papers, Armidale, NSW (2010) [E2]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Marcus Rodrigs, Asit Bhatta
2010 Ryan SE, 'Storytelling in critical research: The tale of a business school', 24th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Adelaide, SA (2010) [E1]
2010 Ryan SE, Neumann R, 'The rise and fall of interdisciplinarity in management education', 24th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Adelaide, SA (2010) [E1]
2010 McNeil KA, Bhattacharyya A, Nadolny A, Groen E, Ryan SE, 'Casual, committed but disconnected: The impact of precarious employment practices in higher education', The 10th Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference Proceedings Part II, Gold Coast, QLD (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Asit Bhatta
2010 Ryan SE, McNeil KA, Bhattacharyya A, Nadolny A, Groen E, 'Barriers to inclusion of sessional academics in matters of discipline', Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline. Proceedings of the University Learning and Teaching Futures Colloquium, 2010, Armidale, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Asit Bhatta, Andrew Nadolny
2010 Chan H-T, Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, Goela N, Lee CC, Rodrigs MC, et al., 'Between a dream and reality: Engagement among Master of Professional Accounting students', Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline. Proceedings of the University Learning and Teaching Futures Colloquium, 2010, Armidale, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Marcus Rodrigs, Christine Yap, Jackie Yong, Asit Bhatta
2010 Nadolny A, Bhattacharyya A, McNeil KA, Groen E, Ryan SE, 'The challenge of precarious employment practices on the delivery of quality teaching and learning outcomes in higher education', Proceedings of ICERI2010 Conference, Madrid, Spain (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Asit Bhatta, Andrew Nadolny
2010 Nadolny A, Ryan SE, 'The values we teach: Does one size fit all', Proceedings of ICERI2010 Conference, Madrid, Spain (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny
2010 Rodrigs MC, Chan H-T, Bhattacharyya A, Goela N, Lee CC, Ryan SE, et al., 'When learning may not be the goal: Postgraduate accounting students in Australia', Proceedings of ICERI2010 Conference, Valencia, Spain (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Christine Yap, Jackie Yong, Asit Bhatta, Marcus Rodrigs
2009 Ryan SE, Guthrie J, 'Evaluating change in the Australian higher education system: A critical theory perspective', ANZAM: 23rd ANZAM Conference: Sustainability, Management and Marketing, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E1]
2008 Ryan SE, Guthrie J, 'Management education in Australia: Relevance lost?', IFSAM Ninth World Management Conference. Proceedings, Shanghai, China (2008) [E1]
2008 Ryan SE, Guthrie J, 'Collegial entrepreneurialism: Australian graduate schools of business', International Researcher Society for Public Management (IRSPM) XII Annual Conference: Papers, Brisbane, QLD (2008) [E2]
2008 Ryan SE, Guthrie J, Neumann R, 'Australian Business Schools: More than 'commercial enterprise'?', British Academy of Management 2008 Conference BAM08, Harrogate, UK (2008) [E1]
2008 Ryan SE, Guthrie J, 'Life in a graduate school of business: The Bill stories', 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008: Managing in the Pacific Century, Auckland, NZ (2008) [E1]
2008 Ryan SE, Neumann R, Guthrie J, 'Interdisciplinarity in management education: Australian Graduate School of Business', Irish Academy of Management Conference 2008. New Ideas for a New Century. 11th Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland (2008) [E2]
2005 Ryan SE, Eckersley CE, 'Reconceptualising Quality in the Revival of Academic Values', Proceedings of the Australian Universities Quality Forum 2005, Sydney (2005) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $18,640

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20121 grants / $9,640

A preliminary investigation into the accounting skills shortage and employment outcomes of international graduates in Accounting$9,640

Funding body: Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Funding body Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
Project Team Associate Professor Suzanne Ryan, Mr Hock-Thye Chan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201042
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

19971 grants / $9,000

Longitudinal Study of Changes in Industrial Relations at 21 Workplaces in the Hunter Region.$9,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Professor John Burgess, Roy Green, Associate Professor Suzanne Ryan
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0176661
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.75

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Motivations and Decision-Making Processes of Students from Mainland China for Pursuing Higher Education Abroad
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2014 The influence of religious diversity in the workplace.
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2014 Collaborative Risk Management and Supply Chain Resilience
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2013 Professional Accounting Labour Market: Accounting for Recruitment Decisions
Accounting, Faculty of Business and Law
Principal Supervisor
2013 Enviropreneurial Orientation and SME Green Practice Adoption in Supply Chains: Empirical Insights from Uganda
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
2012 Opportunism in Exchange Relationships in Supply Chains: Evidence from Uganda
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 The Dynamic Interplay between Professional Identity, Threat and Context within Interprofessional Health Care Teams
Business Management, Faculty of Business and Law
Co-Supervisor
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News

Faculty Awards Presented To RHD Students at Annual NUPSA Dinner

November 26, 2014

Faculty RHD students awarded at annual NUPSA Dinner

Associate Professor Suzanne Ryan

Positions

Associate Professor
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

DBA Supervisor
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Management and Organisational Studies

Contact Details

Email suzanne.ryan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8749
Fax (02) 4921 7398

Office

Room UNH 338
Building University House
Location University House
Cnr King and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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