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Professor Maryam Omari

Executive Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5350, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.420
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5350
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.420  


Professor Maryam Omari is the Executive Dean of the School of Business and Law.


Professor Maryam Omari is the Executive Dean of the School of Business and Law and has over 20 years of work experience in academia. Maryam has held a number of academic leadership positions including: Program Director MBA and Graduate Studies, Associate Dean International, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Human Resource Management Course Coordinator. She has been involved in significant curriculum change at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels to modernise and reposition courses such as the MBA, Bachelor of Business, and HRM programs. Maryam has a PhD, Masters in Business (HRM), Graduate Diploma in Business (Management), and a Bachelor of Science.

Maryam is currently a board member of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH), and the Chair of the International Management Stream of The Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) annual conference. She has been a past member of the: WA Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) State Council; the WA representative on the national AHRI Research Advisory Panel (RAP); a board member of ANZAM; and a Judge for the annual Telstra Business and Business Woman of the Year Awards.

Maryam is a regular speaker at conferences, industry, public sector and professional association events.  The main topics she presents on relate to: dignity and respect at work, cross cultural communications, and preparing work and world-ready graduates.  She was the invited speaker at the 2017 International Women’s Day event at the Australian Taxation Office.

Maryam also has 17 years of human resources experience, the last seven at an Executive level as an HR Manager and a member of the State Executive. She has worked in various HR capacities including: training and development, recruitment and selection, coordination of graduate programs, organisational development, program evaluation, project management and strategic planning. In addition to this, Maryam has significant experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of Executive Education and Management Development programs.

Maryam has taught Human Resource Management, International Business, and Management. She has lived, studied and worked in the Middle East, U.K and U.S.A.

Professional associations

  • Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Member
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), Fellow
  • International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH), Member

Awards and recognition

  • 2014 - Perth Convention Bureau Aspire Award ($5000)
  • 2014 - ECU Research Impact Award ($2000)
  • 2009 - The Vice Chancellor’s award for Engagement in Teaching & Learning, Business Edge
  • 2009 - The Vice Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2008 - The Dean’s award for Best New Researcher

Research areas and interests

  • Workplace bullying and abuse
  • Cross cultural management
  • Quality of work-life issues
  • Flexible work practices/Teleworking/Telecommuting
  • Careers, employability, volunteering


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Business Studies), Edith Cowan University, 2007.
  • Master of Business in Human Resource Management, Edith Cowan University, 2001.
  • Graduate Diploma of Business in Management, Edith Cowan University, 1992.
  • Bachelor of Science (Zoology), The University of Western Australia, 1987.


Recent Research Grants

  • Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian Universities,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Innovation and Development Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $26,000.
  • Dignity and Respect at Work: An Exploration of Work Behaviours in a Professional Environment,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Faculty Industry Research Collaborative,  2009 - 2010,  $23,500.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2016), Workplace abuse, incivility and bullying: the challenge of translational research. Workplace Abuse, Incivility and Bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives, 208-214, Oxon, UK, Routledge.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2016), Australia: the 'fair go' multicultural continent nation. Workplace Abuse, Incivility and Bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives, 192-207, Oxon, UK, Routledge.
  • Omari, M., Sharma, M., (2016), In the eye of the beholder: Ethnic culture as a lens. Workplace Abuse, Incivility and Bullying: Methodological and cultural perspectives, 39-54, Oxon, UK, Routledge.
  • Barry, P., Pooley, JA., Omari, M., (2015), Vulnerability and resilience in the criminal justice system. Working within the forensic paradigm: Cross discipline approaches for policy and practice, 194-207, Oxon, UK, Routledge.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2014), Organisational (Mis)behaviour of Volunteers: Profiles and Perspectives. Volunteering in Australia, 39-52, Australia, Federation Press.

Journal Articles

  • Paull, M., Omari, M., Maccallum, J., Young, S., Walker, G., Holmes, K., Haski-Leventhal, D., Scott, R., (2017), Matching expectations for successful university student volunteering. Education and Training, 59(2), 122-134, DOI: 10.1108/ET-03-2016-0052.
  • D'cruz, P., Paull, M., Omari, M., Guneri-Cangarli, B., (2016), Target experiences of workplace bullying: Insights from Australia, India and Turkey. Employee Relations: The International Journal, 38(5), 805-823, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1108/ER-06-2015-0116.
  • Paull, M., Scott, R., Maccallum, J., Walker, G., Omari, M., Young, S., Haski-Leventhal, D., Holmes, K., (2015), University Student Volunteering: What’s in a name?. Third Sector Review, 21(2), 49-75, South Australia, Australia and New Zealand Third Sector Research Incorporated.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M., (2015), Dignity and respect: important in volunteer settings too!. Journal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion an International Journal, 34(3), 244-255, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/EDI-05-2014-0033.
  • Omari, M., Paull, M., (2015), Public sector work intensification and negative behaviours. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 28(4), 603-613, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/JOCM-11-2013-0225.
  • Standen, P., Paull, M., Omari, M., (2014), Workplace bullying: Propositions from Heider's balance theory. Journal of Management & Organisation, 20(6), 733-748, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2014.57.
  • Omari, M., Paull, M., (2013), 'Shut up and bill': Workplace bullying challenges for the legal profession. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 20(2), 141-160, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09695958.2013.874350.

Conference Publications

  • Sharafizad, F., Brown, K., Jogulu, U., Omari, M., (2017), Gender and careers: Women in academia. Creative Disruption: Managing in a Digital Age. Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, 655-672.
  • Omari, M., Paull, M., (2016), Social supremacy at work: Insights from the natural world. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, 68-72, Auckland, New Zealand, International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment.
  • Omari, M., Sharma, M., (2015), Custom and Practice: An exploration of the role and influence of culture on workplace bullying. Proceedings of the 29th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference 2015, 17p., ANZAM.
  • Omari, M., Paull, M., D'cruz, P., Guneri Cangarli, B., (2014), Fair game: The influence of cultural norms in creating sanctioned targets in the workplace. Promoting dignity and justice at work: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, 167-176, Milan, Italy, Universita Degli Studi Di Milano.
  • Henry, M., Pooley, JA., Omari, M., (2014), Student motivations for studying online: A qualitative study. Transformative, Innovative and Engaging. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 9p., Curtin University.
  • Dawson-Howard, H., Standen, P., Omari, M., (2013), Telework: The role of social support. Proceedings of the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 17p., Hobart, Tasmania, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.
  • Al Wahshi, A., Omari, M., Barrett, R., (2013), Human Resource Planning: Sector Specific Considerations. Proceedings of the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing from the Edge, 1-13, Tasmania, Australia, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.
  • Guneri Cangarli, B., Paull, M., Omari, M., (2013), Workplace bullying in Turkey and Australia: A preliminary comparative investigation. EURAM 2013: 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, 30 p., Istanbul, Turkey, Galatasaray University.
  • Omari, M., Paull, M., Crews, J., (2013), Protected species: Perspectives on organisational life. EURAM 2013: 13th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, 17 p., Istanbul, Turkey, Galatasaray University.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Workplace Bullying: An Exploratory Study In Australian Academia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Human Resource Planning Practices In The Omani Public Sector: An Exploratory Study In The Ministry Of Education In The Sultanate Of Oman

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Online Student Experience: An Exploration Of First-year University Students' Expectations, Experiences And Outcomes Of Online Education
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