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Associate Professor Ben Farr-Wharton

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5136, Mobile: 0438 755 019, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2374
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5136
Mobile: 0438 755 019
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2374  


Dr Ben Farr-Wharton is an Associate Professor in Management at the School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University.

Key Research Areas

  • Employee wellbeing
  • Workplace compassion
  • Healthcare
  • Public sector organisations


Ben has over fifteen years of experience working in Australia’s higher education, working across TAFE and university settings. Over the period 2013-2015 Ben worked at Southern Cross University as the capstone coordinator for the Master of Business Administration (MBA), and was employed as the school’s methodologist. Ben was awarded his PhD at (SCU) in 2015. His PhD focussed on the role of social networks and business acumen in advancing the job security of musicians, artists, dancers and designers.

In 2016, Ben joined the UTS Business School (University of Technology Sydney), becoming the Associate Head of Management (Teaching and Learning) in 2017. Ben taught across the Human Resource Management (HRM) offerings at both Postgraduate and Undergraduate, and his teaching was rated amongst the highest in the Faculty for three years in a row. In 2019, Ben joined the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University as Associate Professor of Management.

Ben’s research focusses on the antecedents and consequences of employee wellbeing. He has worked extensively in applied contexts, including with the Australian and Maltese Police Force, the Australian Army, Ramsey Health (Australia), Humanitus Hospital (Italy), and a number of prominant aged and community care, and public health providers, across different states of Australia. Ben is the current co-Chair of the ANZAM Health Management and Organization group.

  • 2016 - 2018 - Top Postgraduate Lecturer, UTS Business School
  • 2016 - 2018 - Top Undergraduate Lecturer, 2016-18, UTS Business School
  • 2017 - Excellence in Early Career Research Award, UTS Business School
  • 2014 - Peiter Van Hooff Best PhD Research Presentation Award, Southern Cross University
  • 2012 - Australian Postgraduate Award.
  • Theme one: Health; employee wellbeing, healthcare management, human resource management
  • Theme two: Society and Culture; people analytics, public sector management, psychological capital
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • International Research Symposia for Public Management
  • Academy of Management


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Cross University, 2015.


Recent Research Grants

  • Wellbeing Evaluation Tender Proposal: Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Tasmanian Government,  Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management Tasmania,  Tender,  2019 - 2022,  $200,867.
  • Flexible work and psychological safety: best practice to advance psychologically safe work from alternate locations,  NSW Government,  Understanding the Changing World of Work (Tender),  2020 - 2021,  $135,157.
  • BHP - Heritage: Work and Wellbeing,  BHP Billiton,  Grant,  2020,  $47,989.
  • Diversity Disclosure in an Inclusive and Psychologically Safe Work Environment - A Work Guide for the WA Public Sector,  Public Sector Commission,  Public Sector Commission,  2020,  $32,879.
  • Valuing Remote Workers,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2020,  $75,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Farr-Wharton, B., Brunetto, Y., Shacklock, K., (2020), Formal and Functional Social Exchange Relationships in the Public Sector. The Handbook of Public Sector Communication, 467, New York, Wiley & Sons.
  • 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.
  • Farr-Wharton, R., Farr-Wharton, B., Brunetto, Y., (2015), Evaluating Economic Development Officers Through the Lens of Managerial Flow. Managerial flow, 98-111, London, Routledge, DOI: 10.4324/9781315796116.
  • Farr-Wharton, R., Farr-Wharton, B., Brunetto, Y., (2015), Evaluating the Potential Impacts of Development Policies. Managerial flow, 14-25, London, Routledge, DOI: 10.4324/9781315796116.

Journal Articles

  • Brunetto, Y., Xerri, M., Farr-Wharton, B., (2020), Comparing the role of personal and organisational support on the innovative behaviour of frontline healthcare workers in Australia and the U.S.A. Australian Journal of Public Administration, Article(in), Press, DOI:
  • Brunetto, Y., Farr-Wharton, B., Farr-Wharton, R., Shacklock, K., Azzopardi, J., Saccon, C., Shriberg, A., (2020), Comparing the impact of management support on police officers’ perceptions of discretionary power and engagement: Australia, USA and Malta. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 31(6), 738-759, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1375964.
  • Simpson, AV., Farr-Wharton, B., Reddy, P., (2020), Cultivating organizational compassion in healthcare. Journal of Management and Organization, 26(3), 340-354, DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2019.54.
  • Xerri, M., Brunetto, Y., Farr-Wharton, B., (2019), Support for aged care workers and quality care in Australia: A case of contract failure?. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 78(4), 546-561, DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12379.
  • Trinchero, E., Farr-Wharton, B., Brunetto, Y., (2019), Workplace Relationships, Psychological Capital, Accreditation and Safety Culture: a new Framework of Analysis within Healthcare Organizations. Public Organization Review: a Global Journal, 19(1), 139-152, DOI: 10.1007/s11115-017-0390-6.
  • Farr-Wharton, B., Farr-Wharton, G., Brunetto, Y., Farr-Wharton, R., Xerri, M., Shriberg, A., (2019), Social Networks, Problem-Solving, Managers: Police Officers in Australia and the USA. Policing (Oxford): a journal of policy and practice, Article (in), Press, DOI: 10.1093/police/pay095.
  • Farr-Wharton, B., Brunetto2, Y., Xerri, M., Shriberg, A., Newman, S., Dienger, J., (2019), Work harassment in the UK and US nursing context. Journal of Management and Organization, Article (in), Press, DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2019.16.
  • Trinchero, E., Farr-Wharton, B., Brunetto, Y., (2018), A social exchange perspective for achieving safety culture in healthcare organisations. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 32(2), 142-156, Emerald Insight , DOI: 10.1108/IJPSM-06-2017-0168.
  • Farr-Wharton, B., Charles, M., Keast, R., Woolcott, G., Chamberlain, D., (2018), Why lecturers still matter: the impact of lecturer-student exchange on student engagement and intention to leave university prematurely. Higher Education, 75(1), 167-185, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-017-0190-5.
  • Brunetto, Y., Xerri, M., Farr-Wharton, B., Nelson, S., (2018), The importance of informal professional networks in developing a proactive organizational culture: a public value perspective. Public Money and Management, 38(3), 203-212, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2018.1434343.
  • Charles, M., Farr-Wharton, B., Von Der Heidt, T., Sheldon, N., (2017), Evaluating Perry’s structured approach for professional doctorate theses. Education and Training, 59(2), 215-230, DOI: 10.1108/ET-02-2016-0025.
  • Farr-Wharton, B., Shacklock, K., Brunetto, Y., Teo, S., Farr-Wharton, R., (2017), Workplace bullying, workplace relationships and job outcomes for police officers in Australia. Public Money and Management, 37(5), 325-332 , Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2017.1328180.
  • Woolcott, G., Keast, R., Chamberlain, D., Farr-Wharton, B., (2017), Modelling success networks to improve the quality of undergraduate education. Quality in Higher Education, 23(2), 120–137, DOI: 10.1080/13538322.2017.1356617.
  • Brunetto, Y., Xerri, M., Shacklock, K., Farr-Wharton, B., Farr-Wharton, R., (2017), Management, bullying and the work outcomes of Australian paramilitary. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 50(3), 341-359, DOI: 10.1177/0004865816647429.
  • Trinchero, E., Farr-Wharton, B., Borgonovi, E., (2017), Relationships with managers and harassment: the Italian nurse experience. Public Money and Management, 37(5), 341-348, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2017.1328198.
  • 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.
  • Brunetto, Y., Xerri, M., Farr-Wharton, B., Shacklock, K., Farr‐wharton, R., Trinchero, E., (2016), Nurse safety outcomes: old problem, new solution - the differentiating roles of nurses' psychological capital and managerial support. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(11), 2794-2805, DOI: 10.1111/jan.13036.
  • Brunetto, Y., Xerri, M., Nelson, S., Farr-Wharton, B., (2016), The role of informal and formal networks: How professionals can be innovative in a constrained fiscal environment. International Journal of Innovation Management, 20(3), article no.1650051, DOI: 10.1142/S1363919616500511.
  • Farr-Wharton, B., Azzopardi, J., Brunetto, Y., Farr-Wharton, R., Herold, N., Shriberg, A., (2016), Comparing Malta and USA police officers’ individual and organizational support on outcomes. Public Money and Management, 36(5), 333-340, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1194078.
  • Farr-Wharton, B., 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.
  • Farr-Wharton, B., Keast, R., (2015), Scaling up networks for starving artists. Policy and Politics: an international journal, 43(3), 425-441, DOI: 10.1332/030557315X1435083108801.

Conference Publications

  • Simpson, A., Farr-Wharton, B., (2018), The NEAR Organizational Compassion Scale: validity, reliability and correlations. Proceedings of 2017 Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, 19 pages, Online, ANZAM.
  • Brunetto, Y., Xerri, M., Nelson, S., Farr-Wharton, B., (2016), Using a Public Value lens for examining informal professional networks. British Academy of Management Conference, 22 pages , Online, British Academy of Management .

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: The blocked mobility hypothesis and Muslim immigrant entrepreneurship in Australia
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