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Professor Kerry Brown


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2157, Mobile: 0407731939, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.351
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2157
Mobile: 0407731939
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.351  


Kerry Brown is Professor of Employment and Industry in the School of Business and Law.


  • Nov 13 – Oct 16 Professor of HRM, School of Management, Curtin University. 2015-2016 Director, Workplace Skills and Training Research Cluster, Curtin Business School, WA
  • June 13 – current Program Leader, Governance & Organisational Planning, Asset Institute
  • Mar 09 – Nov 13 Mulpha Chair in Tourism Asset Management, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Director of the Research Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work, Southern Cross University.
  • June 10 – June13 Program Leader, Sustainability and Organisational Performance, CRC Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM).

Professional associations

  • Board Member and Research Fellow: Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Board Member and Founding Fellow: International Society of Engineering Asset Management
  • Board Member, Association of North America Higher Education International (
  • State Committee Member: Industrial Relations Society of WA
  • Member: International Research Society for Public Management
  • Member: Academy of Management

Awards and recognition

  • 2011– 2013 & 2015-2016: Erasmus Mundus International Fellowships, Technical University Madrid, Spain
  • 2009: Erasmus Mundus International Fellowship, Technical University, Delft, Netherlands, August
  • 2015 – 2017: Affiliate External Professor, ESCP Europe, Madrid

Research areas and interests

Collaboration, networks and business clusters; capability, strategy, management and policy for infrastructure and asset management; change management and innovation; work-life balance; gender and careers in the public sector; public management and policy; government-business-community relations; negotiation and employment relations.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University, 1998.


Recent Research Grants

  • Strategic Asset Management Plan,  Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $55,090.
  • Metro South Hospital and Health Service ISO55001 Gap Assessment,  Metro South Hospital and Health Service,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $3,500.
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council: Strategic Asset Management: Asset Management Maturity Assessment,  Asset Institute,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $12,500.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Farr-Wharton, B., Brown, K., (2015), Managing complexities through Flow in industry clusters: An emergent framework and case-study evidence from Australia. Managerial Flow, 133-147, New York, USA, Routledge.
  • Brown, K., Laue, M., Tafur, J., Mahmood, MN., Scherrer, P., Keast, R., (2014), An integrated approach to strategic asset management. Infranomics: Sustainability, Engineering Design and Governance, 24(26), 57-74, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02493-6_5.
  • Laue, M., Brown, K., Scherrer, P., Keast, R., (2014), Integrated strategic asset management: Frameworks and dimensions. Infranomics: Sustainability, Engineering Design and Governance, 24(26), 75-87, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02493-6_6.
  • Brown, K., Keast, R., Waterhouse, J., Murphy, G., Mandell, M., (2013), Co-management to solve homelessness: Wicked solutions for wicked problems. New Public Governance, the Third Sector and Co-Production, 211-226, New York, USA, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.4324/9780203152294.
  • Brown, K., Waterhouse, J., (2013), Managing the change process: The state of the art. Handbook of Innovation in Public Services, 107-117, Cheltenham, England, Edward Elgar Publishing, DOI: 10.4337/9781849809757.00016.

Journal Articles

  • Brown, K., (2018), A conceptual framework for international human resource management research in developing economies. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 56(216), 237, wiley, DOI: |
  • Novak, J., Farr-Wharton, B., Brunetto, Y., Shacklock, K., Brown, K., (2017), Safety outcomes for engineering asset management organizations: Old problem with new solutions?. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 160(1), 67-73, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ress.2016.12.004.
  • Wiewiora, A., Keast, R., Brown, K., (2016), Opportunities and Challenges in Engaging Citizens in the Co-Production of Infrastructure-Based Public Services in Australia. Public Management Review, 18(4), 483-507, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2014.999820.
  • Ayentimi, DT., Burgess, J., Brown, K., (2016), A conceptual framework for international human resource management research in developing economies. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 54(4), 1-22, John Wiley & Sons Inc, DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12132.
  • Ayentimi, DT., Burgess, J., Brown, K., (2016), Developing effective local content regulations in sub-Sahara Africa: The need for more effective policy alignment. Multinational Business Review, 24(4), 354-374, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/MBR-08-2015-0040.
  • Farr-Wharton, BS., Brown, K., Keast, R., Shymko, Y., (2015), Reducing creative labour precarity: Beyond network connections. Management Decision, 53(4), 857-875, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/MD-05-2014-0269.
  • Colley, L., Brown, K., (2015), The politics of regional disadvantage: Regional differences in public sector employment. Public Administration Quarterly, 39(4), 664-696, Randallstown, United States, Southern Public Administration Education Foundation.
  • Wiewiora, A., Murphy, G., Trigunarsyah, B., Brown, K., (2014), Interactions between organizational culture, trustworthiness, and mechanisms for inter-project knowledge sharing. Project Management Journal, 45(2), 48-65, The Project Management Institute, DOI: 10.1002/pmj.21407.
  • Novak, JP., Brunetto, Y., Brown, K., (2014), An Analysis of the Role of Management in Nuclear Disasters using Text Mining. International Technology Management Review, 4(2), 105-114, Atlantis Press.
  • McGeoch, M., Brunetto, Y., Brown, K., (2014), The policy delphi method: contribution to policy and strategy within energy organisations: a 2013 Malaysian case study with global implications. Quality and Quantity: international journal of methodology, 48(6), 3195-3208, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11135-013-9950-1.
  • Nateque Mahmood, M., Prasad Dhakal, S., Brown, K., Keast, R., Wiewiora, A., (2014), Asset management policies and guidelines of different states in Australia: A comparative analysis. Journal of Facilities Management, 12(3), 286-302, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/JFM-03-2013-0017.
  • Pemsel, S., Wiewiora, A., Muller, R., Aubry, M., Brown, K., (2014), A conceptualization of knowledge governance in project-based organizations. International Journal of Project Management, 32(8), 1411-1422, UK, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.01.010.
  • Pickernell, D., Keast, R., Brown, K., Yousefpour, N., Miller, C., (2013), Taking the Gamble: Local and regional policy issues of access to electronic gaming machines (EGMs): a case study of Victoria Australia. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 19(1), 274-294, Australia, Regional Science Association.
  • Dhakal, SP., Mahmood, MN., Wiewora, A., Brown, K., Keast, R., (2013), The innovation potential of Living-labs to strengthen SMEs in regional Australia. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 19(3), 457-474, Australia, Regional Science Association.
  • Pickernell, D., Keast, R., Brown, K., Yousefpour, N., Miller, C., (2013), Gambling Revenues as a Public Administration Issue: Electronic Gaming Machines in Victoria. Journal of Gambling Studies, 29(4), 689-701, DOI: 10.1007/s10899-012-9338-5.
  • Townsend, K., Wilkinson, A., Burgess, J., Brown, K., (2013), Has Australia’s Road to Workplace Partnership Reached a Dead End?. International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 29(2), 239-256, Netherlands, Kluwer Labour International.

Conference Publications

  • Sharafizad, F., Brown, K., Jogulu, U., Omari, M., (2018), Stuck in a bottleneck: The careers of female academics at Australian Universities., 41.
  • 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.
  • Mahmood, MN., Dhakal, SP., Wiewiora, A., Keast, R., Brown, K., (2015), Towards an Integrated Maturity Model of Asset Management Capabilities. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM 2012), LNME(2015)(8-9 October 2012), 431-441, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06966-1.
  • Wiewiora, A., Brown, K., Tafur, J., (2015), Contribution of computing services to benchmarking asset management knowledge management. New information and communication technologies for knowledge management in organizations, LNBIP 222(14-16 July, 2015), 10-26, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22204-2_2.
  • Dhakal, SP., Mahmood, MN., Wiewora, A., Brown, K., Keast, R., (2015), Stakeholder engagement and asset management: a case study of the Gold Coast airport. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM 2012), LNME(8-9 Oct, 2012), 195-205, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06966-1_19.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Improving Labour Outcomes in the Creative Industries: The Role of Creative Workers Social Network Structure on Organisational Business Acumen
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Variations on a routine: how selection-adaptation-retention dynamics create variety in organisational routines.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: The Role of Infrastructure for Economic Development in an Airport Metropolis’ Region

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Crisis and disaster non-structural mitigation management practices in critical infrastructure and engineering organization

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: The governance of inter-organisational decision-making: understanding the impacts of informal networks on formal decision-making regimes in the Brisbane Airport region.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Applying Stewardship Theory to Produce Better Stewardship of Privatised Water Infrastructure
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Multinationals’ HRM policies and practices do national institutions in less developed countries really matter?
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Multi-dimensional stakeholder analysis: a methodology applied to Australian capital city airports
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Stakeholder engagement by governance networks: a study of stakeholder engagement by road delivery network in Queensland
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