Dr Christiaan McComb

Dr Christiaan McComb

Adjunct Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Human Resource Management)

Career Summary

Biography

Biography

I am predominantly an industry practitioner, with a 30 year career spanning multiple sectors including communications, property development and building, and tertiary education. I have worked with organisations such as Optus, Vodafone, and Bradken and have also run my own successful small businesses. I began my long association with the University back in 1990 with the completion of my Bachelor of Commerce. After many years in industry, I recognised a need to develop myself further, and subsequently completed a Master of Philosophy in Management (2008) and a PhD in Management (2012) in the area of Workplace Coaching.

For over 15 years, I have been a valued member of the Human Resources Discipline and teaching team at the Newcastle Business School. I have successfully delivered in excess of 50 post-graduate courses and gained a reputation as a competent adult learning facilitator. I have extensive experience adapting face-to-face courses to an online format and have a focus on teaching applied subjects such as Human Resource Development and Organisation Design (GSBS6190), as well as Professional Practice in HR and ER (GSBS6507). I love teaching these, as they are a natural conduit to channel my extensive knowledge of human psychology, workplace coaching and business experience.

Outside of my academic work, I enjoy spending time with my wife of 27 years and 4 adult children. I am an avid follower and analyst of the stock market and international politics; and I like to challenge myself in endurance cycling and cross-fit style exercise. I also practice psychological mindfulness, and enjoy relaxing on short-term camping trips. 

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe strongly in a social-constructivist, experiential and transformational approach to learning, and in the primacy of adult learning principles; my philosophy is best explained in an example. In 2017, I was specifically invited by the Assistant Dean Teaching and Learning at the Business School to adapt and deliver the course GSBS6507 Professional Practice in Human Resources and Employment Relations to an online mode. The course is focused on developing HR and ER skills, and as such requires a facilitator who can speak to a ‘Scientist-Practitioner’ model, and can adopt innovative learning methodologies.

An example of experiential learning and one of the premiere techniques adopted is a performance management role-play scenario, which recreates conditions of learning synonymous to those that occur in the workplace itself (Theory of Identical Elements). It places students in a challenging situation as they adopt the role of a performance manager, in that it requires them to have a ‘difficult confrontational conversation’ with a sub-ordinate who openly flouts the rules. A complicating factor is that the sub-ordinate is also one of the business’s top performers and a personal friend of the manager thereby creating a moral dilemma!

One of the innovations of the design of the role-play is that it cannot be easily ‘gamed’ by students and is an authentic test of their behavioural skill. This is achieved in part because neither party is privvy to the knowledge that the other has about the situation, which reflects a reality of relationship. Secondly, the discussion is recorded and critiqued by fellow members of the class through a process of 360* feedback, which gives each student a chance to experience what it is like to give and receive feedback (this is an example of a social-constructivist approach and adult learning principles in action). In addition, a facilitated reflexive component follows, which invites the student to be 'curious' and participate in a potentially life changing epistemological event; that is, a critical evaluation of the personal and social factors that underpin their behaviour, including their assumptions, values, rules, and blind-spots (which most don’t realise exist deep within their psyche).    

Why is this so important? Well, from a practical perspective, I have long argued that the highest skill that one can develop in life and work is critical reflexivity; l refer to this as the ‘Apex Skill’ in recognition of the fact that it is a powerful transformational capability. In a workplace context, the Apex involves identifying, critiquing and communicating individual and collective schemas, with a view to not only regulate and transform their own behaviour, but with the potential to the sow seeds of paradigm change in entire organisations. From an HR and OD perspective, the salience of this skill set is obvious, yet, the irony is that these skills are highly under-rated in the workplace and sorely lacking in many HR/OD professionals. So, for some students, participation in this activity in the GSBS6507 course is the beginning of an important personal change journey - this is something I am proud to facilitate. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Executive Coaching
  • Human Resource Management
  • Property Development
  • Small Business
  • Workplace Coaching

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Web Learn Tutor Newcastle Business School University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2005 -  Conjoint Lecturer in Human Resources Faculty of Business and Law University of Newcastle
Newcastle School of Business
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/3/2015 -  Founder and Manager

 An emerging boutique property development co. and importer/distributor of specialised hardware for Trade.

ChrisMac
Australia
1/7/2011 - 1/6/2012 Human Resources Internal Consultant Bradken Manufacturing ASX 200
Human Resources
Australia
6/1/1999 - 5/11/2004 Retail Manager Vodafone
Australia
6/2/1997 - 12/11/1999 Retail Manager Optus
Australia
15/2/1996 - 31/1/1997 Outbound Commission Agent Optus
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
GSBS6190 Human Resource and Organisational Development
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Co-ordinator 1/1/2005 - 3/12/2013
GSBS6070 Principles of Leadership
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Co-ordinator 3/1/2008 - 3/12/2008
GSBS6013 Customer Decision Making and Behaviour
Faculty of Business and law, The University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Co-ordinator 3/11/2009 - 3/12/2009
MKTG1001 Foundations of Marketing
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Co-ordinator 3/1/2009 - 3/12/2020
GSBS6004 Organisational Behaviour and Design
Faculty of Business and law, The University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Co-ordinator 3/1/2008 - 3/12/2020
GSBS6040 Human Resource Management
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Co-ordinator 3/1/2005 - 3/12/2020
GSBS6012 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Co-ordinator 3/1/2010 - 3/12/2010
GSBS6007 Managing Human Resources in International Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Co-ordinator 1/1/2007 - 1/1/2008
GSBS6507 Professional Practice in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
Faculty of Business and law, The University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Co-ordinator 3/1/2018 - 3/12/2020
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Publications

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


Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 McComb C, 'Managing the Internal Labour Market in a Manufacturing Company: Explaining Coaching s Perceived Ineffectiveness', International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 11 1-20 (2013)
2012 McComb CC, 'Developing coaching culture: Are your managers motivated coaches? (Part 1)', Industrial and Commercial Training, 44 90-93 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 4
2012 McComb CC, 'Developing coaching culture: Are your managers good coachees?', Industrial and Commercial Training, 44 345-348 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 3
2012 McComb CC, 'Developing coaching culture: Are your coaching relationships healthy?', Industrial and Commercial Training, 44 232-235 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 4
2009 McComb C, 'How Can Psychological Contract Explain the Efficacy of Coaching', New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 34 (2009)
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Conference (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 McComb C, Burgess J, 'Management Origins of the Coaching Literature', Macau (2013)
2011 McComb C, 'From Mongrel to Mentor: Markers of Transformation in Coaching', Gold Coast (2011)
2010 McComb CC, 'Managing the labour market through workplace coaching', The Aftermath of the Crisis: Incorporating the 12th Path to Full Employment Conference and 17th National Conference on Unemployment. Proceedings: Refereed Papers, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E1]
2009 Lewer J, McComb CC, Stanton P, Burgess KJ, 'Turbulent skies and industrial relations: The case of Qantas', British Universities Industrial Relations Association Annual Conference 2009, Cardiff, Wales (2009) [E2]
2009 Lewer J, McComb CC, Burgess KJ, 'Industry superannuation funds and SRI: A lever for better labour practices?', 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]
2008 Lewer J, McComb CC, Stanton P, Burgess KJ, 'Multinational corporations and industrial relations in Australia', IREC 2008. Papers, Greenwich, UK (2008) [E2]
2007 McComb CC, Lewer J, Burgess KJ, 'The workplace coach as a facilitator', 15th International Employment Relations Association Conference: Working Lives, Working Choices. Conference Program, Canterbury, England (2007) [E2]
2007 McComb CC, Lewer J, Burgess KJ, 'Workplace coach and adult learning: A synergistic relationship', 21st ANZAM Conference. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Analysis of Critical Success Factors in the Development of Human Resources Information System for Public Sector: A Case Study in Indonesia PhD (Management), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 Professional Doctorate Vocational Trainer’s Perspectives on their Continuing Professional Learning.Awarded July, 2014 Human Resource Management, Faculty of Business and Law University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Dr Christiaan McComb

Positions

Adjunct Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Web Learn Tutor Newcastle Business School
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Focus area

Human Resource Management

Contact Details

Email christiaan.mccomb@newcastle.edu.au
Link Personal webpage

Office

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