Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare

This project investigates collaboration and teamwork within organizations – we have a strong focus on healthcare organisations.

Our Collaborators

Healthcare represents a dynamic industry, with the sometimes conflicting interests of different medical professionals coming together in a high-pressure environment. With a team of researchers from Hunter New England Health, the Institute of Leadership, Royal College of Surgeons and Hong Kong Polytechnic University we are undertaking internationally comparative research to investigate collaboration in this environment. Our current research focuses on collaboration between professions, or interprofessional collaboration. This research recognises that there are professional barriers and demarcation lines that can create barriers to collaboration involving different medical, nursing and allied health professionals. One of the unexpected findings of our OCRG research is that a little bit of tension or disagreement within a group can actually bring about more innovative and higher quality outcomes – as long as the group leader has been able to successfully convey the importance of the team's goal.

We also undertake research in the area of collaboration and teamwork in a range of different industries. Some of our work in this area looks at citizenship and counterproductive work behaviours, leadership development, leading innovation as well as women in leadership.

Our recent work in interprofessional collaboration won the prestigious British Academy of Management Best Paper award in Organisational Psychology (2013).

Interested in reading more?


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) Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) 2013 A*

DOI: 10.1177/0018726714521645


McNeil K, Mitchell R, Parker V, 'The paradoxical effects of workforce shortages on rural interprofessional practice', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, Accepted 13 February 2014 (2014) ERA 2010 A*

DOI: 10.1111/scs.12129


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 Manage Rev, 39 1-9 (2014) ABDC 2013 A

DOI: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e3182766504


Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Parker V, Giles M, Joyce P, 'Managing Inclusiveness and Diversity in Teams: How Leader Inclusiveness Affects Performance through Status and Team Identity', Human Resource Management (US), 0-0 (2013) ABDC 2013 A*


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] ERA 2010 B

DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-500


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] ERA 2010 A*

People working on this research project


Lead Researchers