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Professor Rowena Barrett

Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2209 , Mobile: 0457 997 779, Email: r.barrett@ecu.edu.au, Campus: JO, Room: JO2.471,
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2209  
Mobile: 0457 997 779  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5988  
Email: r.barrett@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.471  

 

Rowena Barrett is Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) in the School of Business in the Faculty of Business and Law. She is a member of the Faculty's Research and Higher Degree Committee.

Current teaching

  • FBL5010 – Managing People and Organisations
  • MBA5603 – Leadership and Change Management (WA Police program)
  • MAN5010 – Management (WA Police program)

Background

Rowena’s research focusses on the organisation and management of smaller firms, with a focus on how people are managed in smaller firms. Her research has been supported by funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), government agencies, industry and organisations. She has an impressive portfolio of research publications including books, book chapters and journal articles.

Rowena has edited special issues of international journals on small firm topics, and regularly reviews papers for a wide array of international and domestic journals. She supports others in their research efforts and regularly reviews articles for a range of journals.

Rowena has extensive teaching experience and currently teaches under-graduate and post-graduate management and HRM programs. She has supervised PhDs to completion on a range of diverse topics related to smaller firms and is available to examine PhDs.

She is an active member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM). In 2013 she was re-elected to the ANZAM Board to represent Western Australian management academics. She is Chair of the ANZAM Board's Research Subcommittee. She undertakes other roles in the wider community including Board Member of a multicultural women’s health organisation and being a Parent Councilor at a primary school in Perth.

Rowena was the Head of the School of Management (2010-2013), which merged with two other schools to become the School of Business in July 2013.

Qualifications

  • 2001 - PhD (University of Melbourne)
  • 1993 - MCom (IR with Honours) (University of Melbourne)
  • 1989 - PGDipEd (Monash University)
  • 1988 - BSc (Monash University)

Research

Research areas and interests

  • Work, employment and management issues in smaller firms.
  • Smaller firms responses to regulation especially employment regulation.
  • Training, pay equity, recruitment and selection and other HR matters in smaller firms.
  • Ethnic entrepreneurship.

Research grants

  • 2013 - 2014, Occupational health and safety changes affecting smaller firms. Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP). Research team: Prof Rowena Barrett & Dr Susanne Bahn.
  • 2012 - 2013, Innovation in resource sector small firms and workers on temporary 457 visas. Faculty of Business and Law Strategic Research Funding. Research team: Prof Rowena Barrett, Dr Susanne Bahn, Mr Krishna Prasad & Dr Pattanee Susomrith.
  • 2010 - 2011, Building the base for cross national comparisons of ethnic entrepreneurship: Understanding Polish entrepreneurs in Australia. Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Inc. Research team: Prof Rowena Barrett & Dr Natalie Vershinina (De Montfort University, Uk).

Recent publications

Monographs

  • Barrett, R., & Mayson, S. (eds) (2008 hardback/2010 Paperback). International Handbook of HRM and Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar: UK.
  • Barrett, R. (ed) (2005). Management, Labour Process and Software Development: Reality Bytes. Routledge, London, UK.
Book chapters
  • Barrett, R. (2011). ‘In for the long haul: Family business succession at HaulageCo’, T. Dundon and A. Wilkinson (eds.) Case Studies in Global Management, Australia: Tilde University Press.
  • Barrett, R. (2009). ‘A story about being engaged in research: Buzzing bees, small business and Australian unfair dismissal laws’ in K. Townsend and J. Burgess (eds) Methods in the Madness: Research Stories you Wont Read in Textbooks (pp. 175-190). Oxford: Chandos Publishing;
  • Barrett, R., & Mayson, S. (2008). ‘The formality and informality of HRM practices in small firms’, in R. Barrett and S. Mayson (eds) International Handbook of HRM and Entrepreneurship (pp. 111-136), Edward Elgar;
  • Barrett, R., Mayson, S., & Warriner, N. (2008) ‘The relationship between small firm growth and HRM practices’, in R. Barrett and S. Mayson (eds) International Handbook of HRM and Entrepreneurship (pp. 186-204), Edward Elgar: UK;
  • Barrett, R., & Mayson, S. (2008). ‘Introduction: At the intersection of entrepreneurship and human resource management’, in R. Barrett & S. Mayson (eds) International Handbook of HRM and Entrepreneurship (pp. 1-20), Edward Elgar: UK;
  • Barrett, R. (2006). ‘Small Business Employee Relations’, in J. Teicher and P. Holland (Eds.) Employee Relations Management: Australia in a Global Context, 2nd Edition. Prentice Hall;
  • Mayson, S., & Barrett, R. (2006). ‘HRM in small firms: Evidence from growing small firms in Australia’, in J. Tansky and R. Heneman (Eds) Human Resource Strategies for the High Growth Entrepreneurial Firm. Information Age Pub Inc;
  • Barrett, R., Walker, B., Dunemann, M., & Rajapakse, T. (2005). ‘What is a ‘family business’? Defining an elusive concept, in L. Glassop & D. Waddell (eds) Family Business in Australia, Heidelberg Press: Australia;
  • Barrett, R. (2005). ‘Myth and reality’, in R. Barrett (Ed) Management, Labour Process and Software Development: Reality Bytes. Routledge, London, UK;
  • Barrett, R. (2005). ‘Managing the software development labour process: Direct control, time and technical autonomy’in R. Barrett (Ed) Management, Labour Process and Software Development: Reality Bytes. Routledge, London, UK;
  • Barrett, R. (2005). ‘The reality of software development’ in R. Barrett (Ed) Management, Labour Process and Software Development: Reality Bytes. Routledge, London, UK.
Refereed journal articles
  • Barrett, R., Mayson, S., & Bahn, S. (2014). ‘Small firms and health and safety harmonisation: Potential regulatory effects of a dominant narrative’, Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 62-80.
  • Barrett, R., Bahn, S. & Mayson, S. (2013). ‘Health and safety regulatory reform in Australia: Challenges and issues for smaller ethnic firms’, New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 1-12.
  • Vershinina, N., Barrett, R., & Meyer, M. (2011). ‘Forms of capital, intra-ethnic variation and Polish entrepreneurs in Leicester’, Work, Employment and Society, Vol 25, No. 1, pp. 101-117.
  • Barrett, R. & Claydon, T. (2010). ‘Possibilities for explaining the paradox of happy workers in small firms’, Revue Management et Avenir. No. 39, pp.176-187.
  • Barrett, R., & Meyer, M. (2010). ‘Correlates of perceiving human resource management as a ‘problem’ in smaller firms’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 48, No. 2. Pp. 133-150.
  • Dyt, R., Halabi, A., & Barrett, R. (2010). ‘Understanding financial information used to assess small firm performance: An Australian qualitative study’, Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 163-179.  
  • Dyt, R., Halabi, A., & Barrett, R. (2010). ‘Understanding financial information used to assess small firm performance: A qualitative study’, Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management, Vol. 7;
  • Barrett, R., & Wynarczyk, P. (2009). ‘Building the science and innovation base: Work, skills and employment issues’, New Technology Work and Employment, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 210-214;
  • Billington, L., Neeson, R., & Barrett, R. (2009). ‘The effectiveness of workshops as a managerial learning opportunity’, Education + Training, Vol. 51, No. 8/9, pp. 733-746;
  • Barrett, R., & Burgess, J. (2008). ‘Small firms and the challenge of equality, diversity and difference’, Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 213-220;
  • Rainnie, A., Barrett, R., Burgess, J., & Connell, J. (2008). ‘Call centres, the networked economy and the value chain’, Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 195-208;
  • Barrett, R., & Mayson, S. (2008). ‘Small firms, the paid maternity leave debate in Australia and the business case’, Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 276-291;
  • Neeson, R., Billington, L., & Barrett, R. (2007). ‘Learning to solve a business problem: ‘hands-on’ gets results’, Industry and Higher Education, Vol. 21, No. 6, pp. 465-472;
  • Barrett, R., Neeson, R., & Billington, L. (2007). ‘Finding the ‘right’ staff in small firms’, Education + Training, Vol. 49, No. 8/9, pp. 686-697;
  • Barrett, R., & Mayson, S. (2006). ‘Exploring the intersection of HRM and entrepreneurship: Guest editors’ introduction to the special edition on HRM and entrepreneurship’, Human Resource Management Review, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 443-446;
  • Mayson, S., & Barrett, R. (2006). ‘The ‘science’ and ‘practice’ of HRM in small firms’, Human Resource Management Review, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 447-455;
  • Griffiths, R., Allen, D. & Barrett, R. (2006). ‘Integration of family owned business succession with turnover and lifecycle models: Development of a successor retention model’, Human Resource Management Review, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 490-507;
  • Barrett, R. (2006). ‘Small business learning through mentoring: Evaluating a project’, Education + Training, Vol. 48, No. 8/9, pp. 614-626;
  • Barrett, R., & Rainnie, A. (2005). ‘Small firms and new technology’, New Technology Work and Employment, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 184-189;
  • Webster, B., Walker, B., & Barrett, R. (2005). ‘Small business and online training in Australia: Who is willing to participate?’ New Technology Work and Employment, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 248-258.
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