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Professor Grant Michelson

Associate Dean, Research and Higher Degrees

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2947 , Mobile: 0400 623 679, Email: g.michelson@ecu.edu.au, Campus: JO, Room: JO2.431,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2947  
Mobile: 0400 623 679  
Email: g.michelson@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.431  

 

Professor Grant Michelson is Associate Dean of Research and Higher Degrees in the Faculty of Business and Law. He is a member of the Faculty Board and its Executive Committee, Chair of the Faculty Research and Higher Degrees Committee and Deputy Chair of the University Research and Higher Degrees Committee.

Background

Previously, Grant was Professor and Director of Research at Audencia Nantes School of Management. This is one of France’s leading grandes ecoles. He worked at Audencia Nantes from January 2008 until May 2012 and, among activities, managed numerous international and national accreditations. Prior to moving to France he worked for 12 years at the University of Sydney. While there, he helped establish the Business and Professional Ethics Group (BPEG) and was its founding convenor. He remains an honorary member of this Group. He has also held a range of visiting positions including those at Copenhagen Business School and Texas A&M University. 

Prior to gaining his educational qualifications, he began his career in the meat export industry in New Zealand (audit and procurement related functions) before working in local government. Grant has an academic background in employment relations/HRM, business ethics and organisational behaviour. His research has appeared in a range of international and national journals. He has also contributed many book chapters as well as edited books and frequently comments in the media about a range of organisational phenomena.

In addition, Grant serves on the research advisory board at EADA Business School in Barcelona (since 2009) and is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Employment Studies and the Journal of Management and Change.

Qualifications

  • BCom (Canterbury)
  • MCom (Canterbury)
  • MCom (Otago)
  • PhD (Sydney)

Professional associations

  • European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
  • European Academy of Management (EURAM)
  • Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) 

Research

Research areas and interests

  • Employment and work issues
  • Meaningful work 
  • Business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainable business
  • Politics in organisations

Recent publications

Books

  • Michelson, G. & Ryan, S. (forthcoming). Just Work: Narratives of Employment in the 21st Century. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Michelson, G., Jamieson, S. & Burgess, J. (eds) (2008) New Employment Actors: Developments from Australia. Bern: Peter Lang.
  • Hearn, M. & Michelson, G. (eds) (2006) Rethinking Work: Time, Space and Discourse. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.      

Book chapters

  • Van Iterson, A., Waddington, K. & Michelson, G. (2011) ‘Breaking the silence: The role of gossip in organizational culture’. In N.M. Ashkanasy, C. Wilderom and M.F. Peterson (eds), The Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate (2nd ed., pp. 375-392), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Michelson, G. (2008) ‘New actors in Australian employment relations’. In G. Michelson, S. Jamieson and J. Burgess (eds), New Employment Actors: Developments from Australia (pp. 19-39), Bern: Peter Lang AG.
  • Hearn, M. & Michelson, G. (2006) ‘Going to a new place: Rethinking work in the 21st century’. In M. Hearn and G. Michelson (eds), Rethinking Work: Time, Space and Discourse (pp. 1-15), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Michelson, G. & Wailes, N. (2006) ‘Shareholder value and corporate social responsibility in work organisations’. In M. Hearn and G. Michelson (eds), Rethinking Work: Time, Space and Discourse (pp. 239-262, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lansbury, R.D. & Michelson G. (2005) ‘Redefining the field: Work and employment relations in an era of deregulation’. In J. Isaac and R.D. Lansbury (eds), Labour Market Deregulation: Rewriting the Rules (pp. 128-143), Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Lansbury, R.D. & Michelson, G. (2003) ‘Industrial relations in Australia’. In P. Ackers and A. Wilkinson (eds), Understanding Work and Employment: Industrial Relations in Transition (pp. 227-241), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Refereed journal articles

  • Jackson, D. & Michelson, G. (forthcoming). ‘Factors influencing the employment of Australian PhD graduates’. Studies in Higher Education.
  • Miller, R. & Michelson, G. (2013). 'Fixing the game? Legitimacy, morality policy and research in gambling'. Journal of Business Ethics 116(3), 601-614. 
  • Fremeaux, S. & Michelson, G. (2011). ‘No strings attached: Welcoming the existential gift in business’. Journal of Business Ethics, 99(1), 63-75.
  • Michelson, G., Hurvy, R. & Grünauer, C. (2010). ‘Workplace romances and HRM: A private matter or organisational concern?’. International Journal of Employment Studies, 18(2), 117-149.
  • Barel, Y., Fremeaux, S. & Michelson, G. (2010). ‘Employee attitudes towards employer-sponsored child care: Evidence from France’. Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 46(2), 229-247. 
  • Michelson, G., Van Iterson, A. & Waddington, K. (2010). ‘Gossip in organizations: Contexts, consequences, and controversies’. Group and Organization Management, 35(4), 371-390. 
  • Michelson, G., Jamieson, S. & Burgess, J. (2009). ‘Filling the void: Emerging actors in Australian industrial relations’. Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 13(1), 115-133.
  • Michelson, G. (2009). ‘The dynamic evolution of urban industrial mission in Korea’. Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 45(2), 163-180.
  • Wailes, N. & Michelson, G. (2008). ‘The transfer of management ideas to a Western “periphery”: The case of corporate social responsibility in Australia’. International Studies of Management and Organization, 38(4), 100-118.
  • Michelson, G. (2006). ‘The role of workplace chaplains in industrial relations: Evidence from Australia’. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 44(4), 677-696.
  • Lansbury, R.D. & Michelson, G. (2005). ‘Industrial relations as a field in Australia: The implications of a decentralized labor market’. Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, 14, 301-323.
  • Oswick, C., Grant, D., Michelson, G. & Wailes, N. (2005). ‘Looking forwards: Discursive directions in organizational change’. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 18(4), 383-390.
  • Michelson, G. (2005). ‘A taboo on taboos’. Harvard Business Review, 83(6), 145.
  • Putnam, L., Grant, D., Michelson, G. & Cutcher, L. (2005). ‘Discourse and resistance: targets, practices, and consequences’. Management Communication Quarterly, 19(1), 5-18.
  • Grant, D., Michelson, G., Oswick, C. & Wailes, N. (2005). ‘Discourse and organizational change’. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 18(1), 6-15.
  • Frost, G., Michelson, G., Van Der Laan, S. & Wailes, N. (2004). ‘Bringing ethical investment to account’. Australian Accounting Review, 14(3), 3-9.
  • Michelson, G., Wailes, N., Van Der Laan, S. & Frost, G. (2004). ‘Ethical investment processes and outcomes’. Journal of Business Ethics, 52(1), 1-10.
  • Michelson, G. & Mouly, S. (2004). ‘Do loose lips sink ships? The meaning, antecedents and consequences of rumour and gossip in organisations’ Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 9(3), 189-201.
  • Michelson, G. & Kramar, R. (2003). ‘The state of HRM in Australia: Progress and prospects’. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 41(2), 133-148. 

Conference papers

  • Schmitt, A. & Michelson, G. (forthcoming). 'The informal side of communication: The role of rumor during employee downsizing'. Academy of Management (AoM) Conference, Philadelphia, USA, 1-5 August.
  • Michelson, G. & Miller. R. (2012). 'Legitimacy, morality policy and research integrity: The case of a controversial activity'. Academy of Management (AoM) Conference, Boston, USA, 3-7 August. 
  • Michelson, G., van Iterson, A. & Waddington, K. (2012). ‘Taboos at work: The last frontier of organizational culture?’. 28th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 5-7 July. 
  • Waddington, K., Michelson, G. & van Iterson, A. (2012). ‘The role of gossip in the erosion and repair of organisational trust’.  28th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 5-7 July.
  • Michelson, G. & Fremeaux, S. (2011). ‘Human resource management, theology, and meaningful work’. 24th European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) Conference, Antwerp, Belgium, 15-17 September.
  • Waddington, K., Michelson, G. & van Iterson, A. (2011). ‘Organizational alchemy: Transforming gossip into usable knowledge’.  27th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 7-9 July
  • Michelson, G. (2010). ‘Collecting (and spreading) the dirt: Researching workplace gossip’. Work, Employment and Society Conference, Brighton, UK, 7-9 September.
  • Michelson, G., Hurvy, R. & Grünauer, C. (2010). ‘Workplace romances and HRM in France: An exploratory study’. 10th International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM) Conference, Paris, France, 8-10 July. 
  • Michelson, G. (2010). ‘Non-traditional employment actors: The case of Yong Dong Po urban industrial mission in Korea’. 10th International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM) Conference, Paris, France, 8-10 July. 
  • Michelson, G. & Fremeaux, S. (2010). ‘No strings attached: Welcoming the existential gift in business’. 16th International Conference on Ethics, Business and Society, IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain, 13-15 May.
  • Michelson, G. & Maton, E. (2009). ‘The shaping of ideas: Geometric representations of organizing’. 25th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 2-4 July.
  • Waddington, K & Michelson, G. (2008). ‘Gossip in organizations: An exploration of knowledge and power issues’. 24th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 10-12 July.
  • Wailes, N. & Michelson, G. (2008). ‘The (limited) diffusion of organizational change practice: The case of corporate social responsibility in Australia’. 8th European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 15-17 May.
  • Michelson, G. Jamieson, S. & Burgess, J. (2007). ‘New actors in Australian employment relations’. Work, Employment and Society Conference, Aberdeen, UK, 12-14 September.
  • Waddington, K. & Michelson, G. (2007). ‘Analysing gossip to reveal and understand power relationships, political action and reaction to change inside organisations’. 5th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference, Manchester, UK, 11-13 July.
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