Dr Heidi Wechtler

Dr Heidi Wechtler

Lecturer

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary

Biography

I am a dedicated teacher, committed researcher with roots in Newcastle, and freshly recruited as a lecturer by the Newcastle Business School. As a PhD student at the Macquarie University and then as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of New South Wales, I focused my researched on a variety of human resources topics, including: hiring, employee turnover, career management, expatriation, and diversity management.

I am also a statistician by training and have participated in the Academy of Management’s “Meet the Experts” sessions on quantitative methods (part of the Research Method Division). I worked as a statistical research engineer at the Sorbonne Business School in Paris for 7 years. There, I taught well-received courses on quantitative and mixed methods in the Research Masters and Doctoral Program of the Sorbonne Business School.

My work has appeared in outlets such as Contemporary Accounting Research (A*), in Journal of World Business (A), International Business Review (A), or Management International Review (A).


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University
  • Master of Applied Economic & Statistical Eng, Université Evry Val d'Essonne - France

Keywords

  • Career
  • Expatriation
  • Gender
  • HRM
  • International HRM
  • Migrants
  • Overqualification
  • Turnover
  • leadership

Languages

  • French (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150305 Human Resources Management 70
150308 International Business 15
010401 Applied Statistics 15

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2019 International Management Division Best paper in Organizational Behavior / Human Resources / Organization Theory Award
Academy of Management
2016 Macquarie University 2016 Faculty Business and Economics Higher Research Excellence Award
Macquarie university

Nomination

Year Award
2020 2020 AIB-LAC Best Paper Finalist
Academy of International Business
2018 Careers Division 2018 Best International Paper Award
Academy of Management
2016 2016 AIB/Temple Best Paper Award
Academy of International Business
2015 Aalto University School of Business “That’s Interesting!” Award
Academy of International Business
2015 Alan M. Rugman Most Promising Scholars Award (formerly known as the Haynes Prize).
Academy of International Business
2015 2015 William, H. Newman Award
Academy of Management
2013 Haynes Prize for the Most Promising Scholar
Academy of International Business

Prize

Year Award
2013 Copenhagen Prize (best paper on International Business written by a young scholar)
European International Business Academy

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
GMBA6007 Managing across cultures
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
This course draws on research from different disciplines to examine how cultural and institutional differences may impact business relationships, communication, management and negotiations. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of the cultural context, values, norms and institutions for management and business operations in developing, transition and developed economies. In this course students will take a highly experiential approach to learning, with students developing cross-cultural communication, management and negotiation skills through in-class exercises, self-assessment and group assessment exercises.
Lecturer 25/2/2019 - 30/6/2019
GSBS6007 Management HR in International Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
In a global marketplace where "borderless organisations" are quickly becoming the norm, employees have an increasingly important role in the cultivation of company capability. This course examines the management of people in organisations across different countries and cultures. The primary aim is to discriminate the varying roles and functions of the various HRM activities within an international context. The course considers the challenges of managing expatriates in home and host countries, in the context of multinational and transnational corporations as well as other types of international organisations. In doing so, it draws on a cross-section of the literature in human resource management, organisational behaviour and comparative management.
Lecturer 4/2/2019 - 19/5/2019
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Publications

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


Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Lindblom A, Lindblom T, Wechtler H, 'Retail entrepreneurs exit intentions: Influence and mediations of personality and job-related factors', Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 54 102055-102055 (2020)
DOI 10.1016/j.jretconser.2020.102055
2018 Khoreva V, Wechtler H, 'HR practices and employee performance: the mediating role of well-being', EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, 40 227-243 (2018)
DOI 10.1108/ER-08-2017-0191
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 13
2018 Lindblom A, Lindblom T, Wechtler H, 'Collaborative consumption as C2C trading: Analyzing the effects of materialism and price consciousness', JOURNAL OF RETAILING AND CONSUMER SERVICES, 44 244-252 (2018)
DOI 10.1016/j.jretconser.2018.07.016
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
2018 Lindblom A, Lindblom T, Lehtonen MJ, Wechtler H, 'A study on country images, destination beliefs, and travel intentions: A structural equation model approach', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TOURISM RESEARCH, 20 1-10 (2018)
DOI 10.1002/jtr.2148
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
2018 Wechtler H, ' Life if elsewhere : A diary study of female self-initiated expatriates motivations to work abroad', Career Development International, 23 291-311 (2018)

© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the motives of female childless self-initiated expatriates (SIEs) in deciding to work abroad, ... [more]

© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the motives of female childless self-initiated expatriates (SIEs) in deciding to work abroad, so far under-researched. Design/methodology/approach: The study departs from prior research in using a new methodological approach, i.e. the analysis of online diaries (blogs) to explore the motives of a specific population to relocate. Findings: The emergent model of motivations is based upon four main dimensions that emerged from the socially constructed experience of these single childless female SIEs: escape as main motivation, confrontation to reality, identity reconstruction and purpose of expatriation. Originality/value: The findings reveal new elements of motivations to move abroad such as the complete absence of the notion of career from the blog posts, replaced, however, by a feminist and existentialist reflection.

DOI 10.1108/CDI-06-2017-0103
Citations Scopus - 3
2017 Wechtler H, Koveshnikov A, Dejoux C, 'Career Anchors and Cross-Cultural Adjustment Among Expatriates in a Non-Profit Organization', Management International Review, 57 277-305 (2017)

© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Based on a sample of 189 expatriate managers working for a non-profit organization (NPO), we pursue two objectives in this paper. First,... [more]

© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Based on a sample of 189 expatriate managers working for a non-profit organization (NPO), we pursue two objectives in this paper. First, we address the lack of knowledge on expatriates working in the non-profit sector by exploring their dominant career anchors. Our analysis reveals that the dominant anchors are internationalism, dedication to a cause, and lifestyle. Second, we draw on person-environment fit theory to theorize and test the previously unexplored linkages between expatriates¿ career anchors and cross-cultural adjustment (CCA). Our analysis shows that different career anchors are positively associated with different dimensions of CCA: autonomy, security, dedication to a cause, and pure challenge with general living adjustment; dedication to a cause, pure challenge, and internationalism with interactional adjustment; and functional competence, managerial competence, pure challenge, and internationalism with work adjustment. Overall, the study is one of the first attempts to explore career anchors and their linkages to CCA among expatriates in NPOs.

DOI 10.1007/s11575-016-0307-6
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
2015 Wechtler H, Koveshnikov A, Dejoux C, 'Just like a fine wine? Age, emotional intelligence, and cross-cultural adjustment', International Business Review, 24 409-418 (2015)

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. In this study, we use socioemotional selectivity theory to shed light on the role of expatriates' age in the relationship between emotional intelligence ... [more]

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. In this study, we use socioemotional selectivity theory to shed light on the role of expatriates' age in the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and cross-cultural adjustment (CCA) of expatriates on assignment. We test our hypotheses using hierarchical regression models and a sample of 254 French expatriate managers. Our analysis reveals a number of interesting findings. First, we find that age is a facilitator of regulation and utilization of emotions on general living adjustment and of regulation of emotions on interactional adjustment. Second, our complementary analyses show that expatriates' prior expatriation experience affects the relationship between EI and CCA differently and less prominently than age. Overall, our analysis is one of the first attempts to provide a more detailed theoretical understanding of the relationships between age, expatriation experience, EI and CCA in the context of expatriation.

DOI 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2014.09.002
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 13
2014 Koveshnikov A, Wechtler H, Dejoux C, 'Cross-cultural adjustment of expatriates: The role of emotional intelligence and gender', Journal of World Business, 49 362-371 (2014)

The study examines the role of emotional intelligence (EI) in cross-cultural adjustment (CCA) of expatriates on international assignments. Based on a sample of 269 French expatria... [more]

The study examines the role of emotional intelligence (EI) in cross-cultural adjustment (CCA) of expatriates on international assignments. Based on a sample of 269 French expatriates operating in 133 countries, our analysis finds a significant and positive relationship between EI and expatriates' general living, interactional and work-related CCA. Additionally, it shows that cultural similarity only facilitates general living adjustment and not interactional or work adjustments. Finally, our analysis reveals an interesting interaction effect between gender and the ability to appraise and express emotions. the influence of the latter on all three dimensions of CCA tends to be slightly stronger for male than female expatriates. The study offers important practical implications for organizations concerning the identification and development of successful expatriates. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/j.jwb.2013.07.001
Citations Scopus - 41Web of Science - 33
2012 Lesage C, Wechtler H, 'An Inductive Typology of Auditing Research*', CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNTING RESEARCH, 29 487-+ (2012)
DOI 10.1111/j.1911-3846.2011.01111.x
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15
2011 Laroche P, Wechtler H, 'The Effects of Labor Unions on Workplace Performance: New Evidence from France', JOURNAL OF LABOR RESEARCH, 32 157-180 (2011)
DOI 10.1007/s12122-011-9106-9
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Koveshnikov A, Ehrnrooth M, Wechtler H, 'The Three Graces of Leadership: Untangling the Relative Importance and the Mediating Mechanisms of Three Leadership Styles in Russia', Management and Organization Review, 1-34
DOI 10.1017/mor.2020.2
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $106,882

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20201 grants / $13,000

Pandemic Tourism Perceptions$13,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Scheme Cross Cultural Management
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20195 grants / $84,182

International Research Collaboration - Aston University and University of Newcastle$20,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Scheme Health economics
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

International Research Collaboration - University of Bologna and University of Newcastle$20,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Scheme Health economics
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

nib Hospital Rate Inflation Project$18,182

Funding body: nib Health Funds Limited

Funding body nib Health Funds Limited
Project Team Professor Francesco Paolucci, Doctor Adrian Melia, Doctor Heidi Wechtler
Scheme Matched Industry Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1901012
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

Overqualification among high skilled migrants: Individual, organizational and societal implications – A multi-country study$16,000

The objective of this research is to increase our understanding concerning the antecedents, coping strategies, and implications of perceived overqualification among high skilled migrants in four countries around the globe. The general research questions of the project are as follows: What factors lead high skilled migrants to self-select for overqualified jobs? What strategies do high skilled migrants use to cope with perceived overqualification? What factors mitigate or amplify perceived overqualification among high skilled migrants? What individual, organizational and societal implications does migrants’ overqualification have? Are there any cross-cultural differences in (1), (2) and (3)?

Are there any differences in (1), (2) and (3) in terms of gender, age, family situation, and country of origin? What can organizations and societies do to improve the well-being of high skilled migrants?

Funding body: Helsinki School of Economics Support Foundation

Funding body Helsinki School of Economics Support Foundation
Project Team

Alexei Koveshnikov, Heidi Wechtler

Scheme Helsinki School of Economics Support Foundation
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C3212 - International Not for profit
Category 3212
UON N

Economic Development, Health and Nutrition for Sustainable Development $10,000

Funding body: Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN)

Funding body Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN)
Project Team Doctor Janet Dzator, Professor Francesco Paolucci, Doctor Adrian Melia, Doctor Heidi Wechtler, Prof. Yawe Bruno , Dr Allen Kabagenyi, Prof. Okurut Nathan, Prof Njoku Ama, James Gillespire, Dr Ekow Asmah, Dr Francis Andoh, Dr Michael Dzator
Scheme Partnership & Research Development Fund (PRDF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1900649
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

20161 grants / $9,700

Opening up the black box of the cross-cultural adjustment process: A longitudinal blog study$9,700

In the present project, we aim at contributing to the existing literature on Cross-cultural adjustment (CCA) by making an important step towards addressing the identified limitations. We analyze expatriates’ blog entries over a period of several years, we seek to provide the first-ever empirical longitudinal evidence of how these expatriates actually adjust to their new cultural contexts. We will examine what stages the expatriates go through in reality and what are the durations and the key characteristics of these stages.

Funding body: Foundation for Economic Education

Funding body Foundation for Economic Education
Project Team

Alexei Koveshnikov, Juho Lindman, Heidi Wechtler

Scheme Opening up the black box of the cross-cultural adjustment process: A longitudinal blog study
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding C3212 - International Not for profit
Category 3212
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 Masters Iran's Role in Reduction of Terrorism in Both Middle East and Global Level M Philosophy (Politics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD The Impact of Training on the Quality of Health Services in Hospitals PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2019 PhD Factors Influencing the Progression of Female Leadership and Innovation in the Saudi Higher Education Sector PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Graduate employability in accounting: the case of Kuwaiti universities Accounting, The University of Newcastle, NSW Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Informal Learning in the Workplace: A Framework to Support an Innovating Environment PhD (Management), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Generic Attributes and Technical Skills, Curriculum and Employability of Accounting Graduates: Theory of Alignment and Multiple Stakeholder Views PhD (Accounting & Finance), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Dr Heidi Wechtler

Positions

Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Academic
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email heidi.wechtler@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49 138 719
Links Research Networks
Research Networks
Research Networks

Office

Building City Campus, X Space
Location City Campus

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