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Professor Tim Bentley

Professor of Work and Wellbeing

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5418
Mobile: +61466 947297
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.350  

Tim Bentley is a Professor of Work and Wellbeing in the School of Business and Law, and he works with the School’s Centre for Work and Organisational Performance (CWOP).

Key research areas

  • Psychosocial risks
  • Occupational health
  • Safety and wellbeing
  • Human factors issues in work.


Tim Bentley joined Edith Cowan University’s School of Business and Law as Professor of Work and Wellbeing.  Tim has been closely associated with the School for the past three years, as a member of the School’s Advisory Board, and as an adjunct professor collaborating with the Centre for Work and Organisational Performance (CWOP).  Tim was most recently Director of Research in the Massey Business School, based in Auckland, New Zealand, and has spent some 14 years in all at Massey University in a variety of roles including Head of Department.

Tim is also the former Editor -in-Chief of the Journal of Management & Organization (JMO), and current Senior Editor.  In 2009, Tim set up the Healthy Work Group, a multidisciplinary team comprised of Massey scholars and postgraduate researchers.  The Group has made a sustained contribution to the workplace wellbeing field in New Zealand and internationally, and has had a high level of research impact on the formulation of public policy and adoption of organisational practice.  Recently, Tim spent four years as Director of the New Zealand Work Research Institute, at Auckland University of Technology.  Within this role, he was founder and head of the Future of Work Programme.

Theme One: Health

Theme Two: Society and Culture

  • Leads New Zealand Workplace Barometer
  • Leads an HRC/WorkSafe NZ funded study


  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 1998.


Recent Research Grants

  • Evaluating a multi-level participatory psychosocial risk intervention ,  Health Research Council of New Zealand,  Grant,  2020 - 2023,  $109,453.
  • Mental Health – Enhancing workplace mental health during and post-COVID-19,  Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation,  Covid-19 Research Fund,  2020 - 2022,  $100,000.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • BHP - Heritage: Work and Wellbeing,  BHP Billiton,  Grant,  2020,  $47,989.
  • Valuing Remote Workers,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2020,  $75,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Teo, S., Bentley, T., Nguyen, D., (2020), Psychosocial work environment, work engagement, and employee commitment: A moderated, mediation model. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 88(July 2020), article number 102415, DOI:
  • Gardner, D., Roche, M., Bentley, T., Cooper-Thomas, H., Catley, B., Teo, S., Trenberth, L., (2020), An exploration of gender and workplace bullying in New Zealand. International Journal of Manpower, 2020(Article in Press), 11p., United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1108/IJM-02-2019-0067.
  • Bentley, T., Teo, S., Catley, B., Blackwood, K., Roche, M., O’driscoll, M., (2019), Factors influencing leave intentions among older workers: a moderated-mediation model. Personnel Review, 48(4), 898-914, DOI: 10.1108/PR-03-2018-0095.
  • Page, S., Bentley, T., Teo, S., Ladkin, A., (2018), The dark side of high performance human resource practices in the visitor economy. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 74(2018), 122-129, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhm.2018.02.016.
  • Halteh, J., Arrowsmith, J., Parker, J., Zorn, T., Bentley, T., (2018), The impact of technology on employment: a research agenda for New Zealand and beyond. Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 28(3), 203-216, DOI: 10.1080/10301763.2018.1519774.
  • Blackwood, K., Bentley, T., Catley, B., (2018), A victims search for resolution: Conceptualising workplace bullying and its intervention as a process. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 34(1), 7-31.
  • Green, N., Tappin, D., Bentley, T., (2017), Exploring telework experiences of organisations in a post-disaster environment. New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management, 17(1), 1-19.
  • Gardner, D., Bentley, T., Catley, B., Cooper-Thomas, H., O'Driscoll, M., Roche, M., Teo, S., Trenberth, L., (2017), Organisational strategies to manage workplace bullying. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 33(1), 12pp., Sydney, NSW, CCH Australia.
  • Catley, B., Blackwood, K., Forsyth, D., Tappin, D., Bentley, T., (2017), Workplace bullying complaints: lessons for “good HR practice”. Personnel Review, 46(1), 100-114, DOI: 10.1108/PR-04-2015-0107.
  • Catley, BE., Bentley, T., Anderson, D., Tedestedt, R., (2017), An evaluation of the impact on organizational awareness and practice of a national level intervention for the prevention of workplace bullying. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 33(3), Article number 322.
  • Blackwood, K., Bentley, T., Catley, B., Edwards, M., (2017), Managing workplace bullying experiences in nursing: the impact of the work environment. Public Money and Management, 37(5), 349-356, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2017.1328205.
  • Tappin, D., Vitalis, A., Bentley, T., (2016), The application of an industry level participatory ergonomics approach in developing MSD interventions. Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society, 52(1 January 2016), 151-159, DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2015.07.007.
  • Tappin, D., Bentley, T., Ashby, L., (2015), An implementation evaluation of a qualitative culture assessment tool. Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society, 47(March 2015), 84-92, DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2014.08.012.

Conference Publications

  • Green, N., Tappin, D., Bentley, T., (2019), The impact of telehealth video-conferencing services on work systems in new zealand: Perceptions of expert stakeholders. Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) Volume I: Healthcare Ergonomics, 192-197, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96098-2_25.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Workplace bullying in the New Zealand nursing profession: The case for a tailored approach to intervention
  • Doctor of Philosophy: An inquiry into contextual factors impacting the occupational health, safety and well-being of New Zealand truck drivers: An ecological systems approach

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Investigating musculoskeletal disorders in New Zealand meat processing using an industry-level participative ergonomics approach
  • Doctor of Philosophy: A systems analysis of quadbike loss of control events on New Zealand farms
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Job stress and post-traumatic stress disorder in the context of terrorism
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Conceptualising and measuring employee engagement, and examining the antecedents of leadership styles and personality attributes
  • Doctor of Philosophy: The search for sustainable competitive advantage: a stakeholder management perspective
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