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Associate Professor Maryam Omari

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5588 , Email: m.omari@ecu.edu.au, Campus: JO, Room: JO2.243,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5588  
Email: m.omari@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.243  

 

Maryam Omari is an Associate Professor in the School of Business in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Background

Maryam has 20 years of work experience in academia. She 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. Maryam 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 Human Resource Management (HRM), Graduate Diploma in Business Management and a Bachelor of Science.

Maryam is currently on the Board of ConnectGroups, The Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM); a member of the WA Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) State Council; the WA representative on the AHRI Research Advisory Panel (RAP); the Chair of the International Management Stream of the ANZAM annual conference; and a Judge for the annual Telstra Business and Business Woman of the Year Awards.

Maryam has 17 years of human resources experience, with the last seven at an Executive level as an HR Manager. 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.

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.

Qualifications

  • BSc WAust
  • GradDipBus ECowan
  • MBus ECowan
  • PhD

Professional associations

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

Awards and recognition

  • 2014 – Perth Convention Bureau Aspire Award ($5000)
  • 2014 - $2000 Towards the ECU Research Impact Award
  • 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
  • 2007 - The Dean's award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching

Research

Research areas and interests

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

Recent research grants

  • 2014 – 2015, Funding by Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) with partners: Volunteering Western Australia and Volunteering Australia. Project: Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities.  Paull, M. (Murdoch University), MacCallum, J. (Murdoch University), Holmes, J. (Curtin University), Omari, M. (Edith Cowan University), Young, S. (University of Western Australia), Haski-Levental, D. (Macquarie University), and Scott, R. (Curtin University). Value: $250,000 OLT + $80,000 other = Total $330,000.
  • 2009 - Edith Cowan University, Faculty of Business & Law Strategic Research Funding. Omari, M. Project: Dignity and respect at work: An exploration of work behaviours in a professional environment. Joint research with the Law Society of WA.
  • 2008 - Edith Cowan University, Faculty of Business & Law Teaching and Learning Grant. Omari, M. (Chief Investigator). Project: Tracking our students. (Employability skills).
  • 2007 - Edith Cowan University, Faculty of Business & Law Teaching and Learning Small Grants. Skinner, C. & Omari, M. Project: Extending delivery options: redesign from on-line to internal teaching across schools.
  • 2006 - Edith Cowan University, Faculty of Business & Law Strategic Research Funding. Omari, M. & Paull, M. Project: An exploration of the contribution of informal interactions at work to the quality of working life
  • 2005 - Edith Cowan University, Faculty of Business & Law Strategic Research Funding. Standen, P. & Omari, M.  Project: Emotional Contagion and Leadership Capability.

Recent publications

Books

  • Omari, M.  (2011). The ideal homeworkers: An investigation of personal and job characteristic requirements for successful homebased work.  Lambert Academic Publishing ISBN: 978-3-8443-1924-8.
  • Omari, M.  (2007). Towards dignity and respect: An exploration of the nature, causes and consequences of workplace bullying.  Sarrbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr Müeller ISBN: 978-3-8364-2861-3.

Book chapters

  • Paull, M. & Omari, M.  (in press/2014).  Organisational mis(behaviour) of volunteers: Profiles and perspectives.  In M. Oppenheimer & J. Warburton (Eds.), Volunteering: Australian Perspectives.  The Federation Press: Leichhardt, NSW.
  • Barry, P., Pooley, J. & Omari, M.  (in press/2014).  Vulnerability and resilience in the criminal justice system. In R. Sheehan & Ogloff, J. R. P. (Eds.), Working within the forensic paradigm: Cross-discipline approaches for policy and practice.  Taylor & Francis.
  • Omari, M. & Standen, P. (2000). Selection for Telework. In K. Daniels, D. Lamond & P. Standen (Eds), Managing Telework. Business Press: Thomson Learning.

Refereed journal articles

  • Standen, P., Paull, M. & Omari, M. (in press/2015).  Managing workplace bullying: Propositions from Heider’s Balance Theory.  Journal of Management and Organization, xx(), xx-xx.
  • Omari, M. & Paull, M.  (in press/2014).  Public sector work intensification and negative behaviours.  Journal of Organizational Change Management, xx(), xx-xx.
  • 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
  • Paull, M., Omari, M. & Standen, P. (2012). When is a bystander not a bystander? A typology of the roles of bystanders in workplace bullying.  Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 50(3), 351-366.
  • Sharafizad, F., Paull, M., & Omari, M.  (2011). Flexible work arrangements: Accessibility in a University environment. The Australian Universities Review 53(2), 43-49.       
  • Paull, M., Omari, M. & Beeton, A.  (2009). Work environment and retention: An exploratory study. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, 9(2), 86-94.     
  • Standen, P. & Omari, M.  (2009). Psychological warfare: The destructive cycle of reciprocal bullying at work.  New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management 9(1), 4-13.
  • Omari, M. & Standen, P.  (2007). The modernised public sector: implications for negative workplace interactions and bullying. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business & Government, 13(1), 1-14.
  • Omari, M.  (2006). The Public Sector: An environment prone to bullying?  Public Policy, 1(2) 111-127.

Conference papers

  • 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. Paper for the 9th International Conference on Workplace Bullying & Harassment, Milan, Italy, June 17-21.
  • Henry, M., Pooley, J. A. & Omari, M. (2014). Student motivations for studying on-line: A qualitative study.  Paper for the WA Teaching and Learning Forum Annual Conference, Perth, Australia, January 30-31.
  • Dawson-Howard, H., Standen, P. & Omari, M. (2013). Telework: The role of social support. Paper for the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Tasmania, Australia, December 4-6.
  • Al-Wahshi, A., Omari, M. & Barrett, R. (2013). Human resource planning: Sector specific considerations. Paper for the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Tasmania, Australia, December 4-6.
  • Omari, M., Paull, M. & Crews, J. (2013). Protected species: Perspectives on organisational life. Presented at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, June 24-29.
  • Guneri Cangarli, B., Paull, M. & Omari, M. (2013). Workplace bullying in Turkey and Australia: A preliminary comparative investigation. Presented at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, June 24-29.
  • Omari, M. & Paull, M. (2012). Workplace bullying in a professional environment: Perspectives of legal practitioners. To be presented at the 8th International Conference on Workplace Bullying & Harassment, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 13-15, 2012.
  • Paull, M, Omari, M, & Sharafizad, F. (2009). Flexible work arrangement in higher education: A tale of two groups. Paper for the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, December 2–4.
  • Paull, M,Standen, P, & Omari, M. (2009). Making sense of bullying behaviour: Individual perspectives on critical incidents. Paper for the British Academy of Management (BAM) Annual Conference, Brighton, U.K., Sept 15-17.
  • Standen, P, Omari, M & Paull, M. (2009). Organisations and bullying: The role of attributions. Paper for the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference, Liverpool, U.K., May 11-14.
  • Standen, P. & Omari, M. (2008). Psychological warfare at work: The destructive cycle of reciprocal bullying. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2–5.
  • Beeton, A., Omari, M. & Paull, M. (2008). The resources boom in Western Australia: Implications for employee attraction and retention. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2–5.
  • Paull, M., Omari, M. & Beeton, A. (2008). Work environment and retention: An exploratory case study. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, December 2–5.
  • Standen, P & Omari, M. (2008). Bullying in the public sector: An empirical investigation. Paper presented at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference, Ljubljna, Slovenia, May 14-17.
  • Standen, P. & Omari, M. (2007). Management or bullying: What’s in a name?. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia, December 4–7.
  • Omari, M. (2007). Diversity at work: Implications for negative workplace behaviours and bullying. Paper presented at the Trisakti Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia, November 21-23.
  • Standen, P, Omari, M, Minaee, S. & Fuller, T. (2007). Assessing Emotional Climate: A Case Study. Paper presented at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference, Paris, France, May 16-19.
  • Omari, M. & Standen, P. (2004). Bullying in the workplace: definitions, antecedents & consequences. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, December 8-11.
  • Omari, M. & Standen, P. (1996). The impact of home-based work on organisational outcomes. Paper presented at the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Wollongong, Australia, December.

Refereed conference presentations

    • Barry, P., Pooley, J. A. & Omari, M. (2014). Vulnerability and resilience of staff in the criminal justice system. Presented at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry. Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) Conference, Sydney, Australia, November 19-22.
    • Paull, M. & Omari, M.  (2014).  “Eventually I left!”: Is workplace bullying an issue in the volunteer sector?  Presented at the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) 23rd World Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, September 17-20.
    • Paull, M., MacCallum, J., Haski-Leventhal, D., Young, S., Holmes, K, Scott, R., Omari, M.  (2014).  Volunteering to learn or learning to volunteer?  University student volunteering in Australia – A colourful phantasmagoria.  Paper presented at IAVE 2014 the 23rd World Volunteer Conference  17-20 Sept Gold Coast Australia.
    • Paull, M. & Omari, M.  (2014).  Bullying in volunteer settings: An exploratory study.  Presented at the 9th International Conference on Workplace Bullying & Harassment, Milan, Italy, June 17-21.
    • Paull, M. & Omari, M. (2012). Bystanders in workplace bullying: Roles, impact and responsibilities. Presented at the 8th International Conference on Workplace Bullying & Harassment, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 13-15. 
    • Paull, M., Omari, M, & Standen, P. (2010). Keeping your head down and your mouth shut: Bystanders in workplace bullying. Presented at the 7th International Conference on Workplace Bullying & Harassment, Cardiff, Wales, June 2-4.

    Unpublished conference presentation

    • Martinus, I., Omari, M. & Paull, M.  (2014).  On the inside looking out: Stories of workplace abuse as analytical tools.  Presentation at the 9th International Conference on Workplace Bullying & Harassment, Milan, Italy, June 17-21.
    • Guneri Cangarli, B., Paull, M. & Omari, M. (2012). Cross-cultural understandings of workplace bullying: Preliminary findings from Turkey and Australia. Poster presentation at the 8th International Conference on Workplace Bullying & Harassment, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 13-15.
    • Omari, M. (2008). Teleworking: Issues and considerations. Presentation at Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA). September 11-12, Adelaide, South Australia.
    • Omari, M. (2007). HR metrics: Their role in adding value to organisational decision making. Presentation at the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) HR Week Annual Conference, September 4-6, Perth, W.A.
    • Omari, M. (2003). Towards dignity and respect: An exploration of antecedents and consequences of bullying behaviour in the workplace. Poster presentation at the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Annual Conference, Perth, W.A.

    Technical reports

    • Omari, M. (2010). Towards dignity & respect at work: An exploration of work behaviours in a professional environment. Report for the Law Society of W.A.
    • Standen, P. & Omari, M. (1997). Homework and Telework. A guide to best practice in Human Resource Management, Vol 1. Edith Cowan University: Perth, W.A.

    Other research activities

    • 2012 & 2013  - Track Chair: International Management stream. Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Perth, Western Australia. 
    • 2012 - Doctoral Workshop Coordinator: Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, Perth, Western Australia.
    • 2012 - Keynote Speaker. Towards dignity and respect at work: An exploration of workplace bullying in the legal profession. National Australian Women Lawyers Conference. Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, August 10-12.
    • 2012 - Provided evidence before the Parliamentary Inquiry into Workplace Bullying in Australia. 
    • 2006 to date – Various television, radio and print media interviews (e.g. Sky TV, Radio national, ABC Life Matters, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, etc). 
    • 2012 to date - Workshops and seminars: Department of Education, The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), The Law Society of WA, BPW Joondalup speaker series, Volunteering WA Symposium, Wanneroo Business Association, The Australian Government Solicitors, Curtin Corner, The Australian Human Resources Institute, Legalwise Seminars, International Women’s Day Women Lawyer’s Association and the UWA Law Summer School.
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