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Dr Denise Jackson

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2794, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.361B
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2794  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5235  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.361B  


Dr Denise Jackson is a Senior Lecturer on the ECU Business Edge program and the Coordinator of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in the School of Business. Denise is a member of the Faculty Research and Higher Degrees Committee. She is an Editorial Board Member for the Asia Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education and the Industry and Higher Education Journal.


  • By appointment

Current teaching

  • FBL3400 - Business Internship I
  • FBL3500 - Business Internship II
  • FBL3501 - Business Practicum Unit


  • Unit Coordinator of FBL3400 - Business Internship I
  • Unit Coordinator of FBL3500 - Business Internship II
  • Unit Coordinator of FBL3501 - Business Practicum Unit
  • Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Coordinator for the School of Business


  • PhD, University of Western Australia
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • BA (First Class Honours) Business Studies, University of Sheffield, UK

Professional associations

  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
  • Australian Collaborative Network (university representative)
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia Inc. (HERDSA)

Awards and recognition

  • 2014 - Early Career Award, West Australian Institute for Education Research
  • 2014 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Early Career Researcher
  • 2014 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Engagement
  • 2014 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research by Early Career Researchers.
  • 2013 - Highly Commended Award Winner (for paper in Education + Training), Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
  • 2011 - Cameron Prize in Education, University of Western Australia. Best piece of research submitted for a PhD.
  • 2011 - Emerald/EFMD Highly Commended Award Winner of the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Management and Governance category.
  • 2011 - Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Achieving a PhD.
  • 2011 - Highly Commended Doctoral Dissertation Award, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).
  • 2010 - Best Paper Award, Volume 8, International Journal of Management: Jackson, D. (2010) An international profile of industry relevant competencies and skill gaps in modern graduates. International Journal of Management Education, 8(3), 29-58.
  • 2010 - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Sessional). 


Denise has facilitated in Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour and Management in the tertiary sector in both the UK and Australia for over ten years. Prior to this, she worked in a number of roles, predominantly in Human Resources, in the UK financial and manufacturing sectors before running her own business in the tourism industry.

She maintains links with industry through her membership of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, Australian Collaborative Network (university representative) and liaising with stakeholders on the development and assessment of graduate employability. Her research interests lie in enhancing graduate employability through WIL opportunities and employability skill and career management development. She is also interested in the relationship between graduate employability and employment outcomes and best practice in graduate recruitment and selection to alleviate documented skill gaps.


Research areas and interests

  • Work-integrated learning in higher education
  • Improving business curricula to enhance graduate employability
  • Graduate recruitment and selection practices and their impact on documented skill gaps
  • Improving productivity and performance in graduates and early career managers in the workplace

Recent research grants

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

  • Jackson, D. (in-press). Career choice status among undergraduates and the influence of Work-Integrated Learning. Australian Journal of Career Development.
  • Standing, C., Jackson, D., Suseno, Y., Larsen, A., Fulford, R., Gengatharen, D. (in-press). Enhancing individual innovation in organisations: A review of the literature. International Journal of Innovation and Learning.
  • Jackson, D. (2014). Business graduate performance in oral communication skills and strategies for improvement. Journal of International Management and Education, 12(1), 22-34.
  • Jackson, D. (2014 online). Employability skill development in work-integrated learning: Barriers and best practice. Studies in Higher Education.
  • Jackson, D. (2014). Factors influencing job attainment in recent Bachelor graduates: Evidence from Australia. Higher Education, 68(1), 135-153.
  • Jackson, D., & Michelson, G. (2014). Factors influencing the employment of Australian PhD graduates. Studies in Higher Education.
  • Jackson, D. (2014 online). Modelling graduate skill transfer from university to the workplace. Journal of Education and Work.
  • Jackson, D. (2014). Personality traits in Australian business graduates and implications for organisational effectiveness. Industry and Higher Education, 28(2), 113-126.
  • Jackson, D. (2014). Self-assessment of employability skill outcomes among undergraduates and alignment with academic ratings. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 39(1), 53-72.
  • Jackson, D. (2014 online). Skill mastery and the formation of graduate identity in Bachelor graduates: Evidence from Australia. Studies in Higher Education.
  • Jackson, D. (2014). Testing a model of undergraduate competence in employability skills and its implications for stakeholders. Journal of Education and Work 27(2), 220-242. 
  • Riebe, L., & Jackson, D. (2014). The use of rubrics in benchmarking and assessing employability skills. Journal of Management Education 38(3), 320-345.
  • Jackson, D., Riebe, L & Sibson, R (2014). Undergraduate perceptions of the development of team-working skills. Education and Training 56(1), 7-20.
  • Jackson, D. (2013). Business graduate employability – where are we going wrong? Higher Education Research and Development, 32(5), 776-790.
  • Jackson, D. (2013). Completing a PhD by Publication: A review of Australian policy and implications for practice. Higher Education Research and Development 32(3), 355-368.
  • Jackson, D., Sibson, R. & Riebe, L. (2013). Delivering work-ready business graduates: Keeping our promises and evaluating our performance. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability 4(1), 2-22. 
  • Jackson, D. (2013). Student perceptions of the importance of employability skill provision in business undergraduate program. Journal of Education for Business 88(5), 271-279.
  • Jackson, D. (2013). The contribution of work-integrated learning to undergraduate employability skill outcomes. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education 14(2), 99-115.
  • Jackson, D. (2012). Business undergraduate perceptions of their capabilities in employability skills and implications for industry and higher education. Industry and Higher Education, 26(5), 345-356.
  • Jackson, D. & Chapman, E. (2012). Empirically derived competency profiles for Australian business graduates and implications for industry and business schools. International Journal of Management Education, 10(2), 112-128.
  • Jackson, D., & Chapman, E. (2012) Non-technical skill gaps in business graduates. Education + Training, 54(2/3), 95-113.
  • Jackson, D., Chapman, E. (2011) Non technical competencies in undergraduate business degree programs: Australian and UK perspectives. Studies in Higher Education, 37(5), 541-567.
  • Jackson, D. (2010) An international profile of industry relevant competencies and Skill gaps in modern graduates. International Journal of Management Education, 8(3), 29-58.
  • Jackson, D., Chapman, E. (2010) Business graduate skill sets – summary report. Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia. (ERIC Document Reproduction, Service No. ED 511 910).
  • Jackson, D., Hancock, P. (2010) Developing non-technical skills in undergraduate degrees in business and their transfer to the workplace. Education Research and Perspectives, 37(1), 52-84.
  • Jackson, D. (2009a) Undergraduate Management Education: Its place, purpose and efforts to bridge the skills gap. Journal of Management and Organisation, 15(2), 206-223.
  • Jackson, D. (2009b) Profiling industry relevant management graduate competencies: the need for a fresh approach. International Journal of Management Education, 8(1), 85-98.

 Conference papers

  • Jackson, D. (2014). Determinants of job attainment in recent Bachelor graduates: evidence from Australia. 2014 WAIER forum, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Jackson, D. & Michelson, G. (2014), Highly educated employees and skill development: Evidence from PhD graduates, International Conference on Skills for the Future,  Toulouse Business School, Toulouse, France, 18-19 September.
  • Riebe, L., Sibson, R. & Jackson, D. (2012). Working effectively with others: Student perceptions of employability skill development in an undergraduate business degree. Higher Education Research and the Student Learning Experience in Business (HERSLEB) International Conference 2012, University of Melbourne.
  • Jackson, D., Sibson, R. & Riebe, L. (2010). Updating employability skills frameworks: an Australian case study. Proceedings of e-Culture Conference, 5 November, Edith Cowan University.
  • Jackson, D. & Chapman, E. (2010). What employers want in business graduates. Poster presentation. ANZAM Conference, 7-10 December, Adelaide, Australia.

Research student supervision

Co-principal supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy - The effect of well-being on work performance and help seeking behaviours of fly-in fly-out employees in the resources sector (Commencing 2013).
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