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Professor Kerry Brown

Professor of Employment & Industry

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2157, Mobile: 0407731939, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.351
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2157
Mobile: 0407731939
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.351  


Kerry Brown is Professor of Employment and Industry in the School of Business and Law.


Kerry is the current Program Leader of Governance & Organisational Planning at the Asset Institute. Kerry Brown is former Professor of Human Resource Management at the School of Management, Director of Workplace Skills and Training Research Cluster at Curtin University. From 2009 to 2013, Kerry was Mulpha Chair in Tourism Asset Management and Director of the Research Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work at Southern Cross University. Kerry is the former Program Leader of Sustainability and Organisational Performance, CRC Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM).

Professional associations

  • Board Member and Research Fellow: Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • Board Member and Founding Fellow: International Society of Engineering Asset Management
  • Board Member, Association of North America Higher Education International (
  • State Committee Member: Industrial Relations Society of WA
  • Member: International Research Society for Public Management
  • Member: Academy of Management

Awards and recognition

  • 2015 – 2017: Affiliate External Professor, ESCP Europe, Madrid
  • 2011– 2013 & 2015-2016: Erasmus Mundus International Fellowships, Technical University Madrid, Spain
  • 2009: Erasmus Mundus International Fellowship, Technical University, Delft, Netherlands, August

Research areas and interests

Collaboration, networks and business clusters; capability, strategy, management and policy for infrastructure and asset management; change management and innovation; work-life balance; gender and careers in the public sector; public management and policy; government-business-community relations; negotiation and employment relations.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University, 1998.


Recent Research Grants

  • Competency Development and Skills Recognition for Life Cycle Asset Management of Royal Australian Navy Ships and Submarines,  BMT Defence & Security Australia Pty Ltd,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD project,  2018 - 2023,  $17,500.
  • 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.
  • Short Stay Accommodation in Regions: Case Study of Margaret River Region,  Edith Cowan University,  SBL 2019 Industry Linkage Research Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $85,023.
  • Examining residents waste source behaviour: an indication of the effectiveness of the three-bin rollout campaign by Joondalup City council,  City of Joondalup,  Grant,  2020,  $90,023.
  • Managing transport system investment risk: enhancing patronage predictions and adapting strategic asset management and appraisal processes to account for emerging trends and uncertainty,  iMOVE Australia Limited,  iMOVE CRC,  2019 - 2020,  $94,008.
  • Optimising regional SME resilience and employment workflow by customer-led (DIY) re-engineering of financial planning and advisory services supply chains. ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Engagement Grant,  2019 - 2020,  $141,452.
  • Preparation and Delivery of Research Reports on Current Rail Topics: a) Social Licence for Freight Rail b) Diesel Locomotive Energy Optimisation and CO2 reduction,  Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation,  Grant,  2019,  $10,000.
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council: Strategic Asset Management: Asset Management Maturity Assessment,  Asset Institute,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $12,500.
  • Strategic Asset Management Plan,  Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $55,090.
  • Metro South Hospital and Health Service ISO55001 Gap Assessment,  Metro South Hospital and Health Service,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $3,500.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Parida, S., Brown, K., (2018), Investigating systematic review for multi-disciplinary research in the built environment for multi-disciplinary research in the built environment. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 8(1), 78-90, UK, Emerald Group Publishing, DOI: 10.1108/BEPAM-10-2016-0056.
  • Ayentimi, D., Burgess, J., Brown, K., (2018), HRM practices of MNEs and domestic firms in Ghana: divergence or convergence?. Personnel Review, 47(1), 2-21, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1108/PR-05-2016-0116.
  • Ayentimi, D., Burgess, J., Brown, K., (2018), HRM development in post-colonial societies: The challenges of advancing HRM practices in Ghana. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 18(2), 125-147, UK, Sage Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1470595818765863.
  • Ayentimi, DT., Burgess, J., Brown, K., (2018), A conceptual framework for international human resource management research in developing economies. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 56(2), 216-237, John Wiley & Sons Inc, DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12132.
  • 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.
  • Wiewiora, A., Keast, R., Brown, K., (2016), Opportunities and Challenges in Engaging Citizens in the Co-Production of Infrastructure-Based Public Services in Australia. Public Management Review, 18(4), 483-507, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2014.999820.
  • Ayentimi, DT., Burgess, J., Brown, K., (2016), Developing effective local content regulations in sub-Sahara Africa: The need for more effective policy alignment. Multinational Business Review, 24(4), 354-374, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/MBR-08-2015-0040.
  • Colley, L., Brown, K., (2015), The politics of regional disadvantage: Regional differences in public sector employment. Public Administration Quarterly, 39(4), 664-696, Randallstown, United States, Southern Public Administration Education Foundation.
  • 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.

Conference Publications

  • Lux, A., Romero Macau, F., Brown, K., (2018), Entrepreneurial ecosystem development: Consolidating theory into a testable model. Proceedings of the 32nd Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 1-19, New Zealand, ANZAM.
  • Sharafizad, F., Brown, K., Jogulu, U., Omari, M., (2018), Stuck in a bottleneck: The careers of female academics at Australian Universities., 41.
  • Sharafizad, F., Brown, K., Jogulu, U., Omari, M., (2017), Gender and careers: Women in academia. Creative Disruption: Managing in a Digital Age. Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, 655-672.
  • Mahmood, MN., Dhakal, SP., Wiewiora, A., Keast, R., Brown, K., (2015), Towards an Integrated Maturity Model of Asset Management Capabilities. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM 2012), LNME(2015)(8-9 October 2012), 431-441, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06966-1.
  • Wiewiora, A., Brown, K., Tafur, J., (2015), Contribution of computing services to benchmarking asset management knowledge management. New information and communication technologies for knowledge management in organizations, LNBIP 222(14-16 July, 2015), 10-26, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22204-2_2.
  • Dhakal, SP., Mahmood, MN., Wiewiora, A., Brown, K., Keast, R., (2015), Stakeholder engagement and asset management: a case study of the Gold Coast airport. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM 2012), LNME(8-9 Oct, 2012), 195-205, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06966-1_19.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Improving Labour Outcomes in the Creative Industries: The Role of Creative Workers Social Network Structure on Organisational Business Acumen
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Variations on a routine: how selection-adaptation-retention dynamics create variety in organisational routines.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: The Role of Infrastructure for Economic Development in an Airport Metropolis’ Region

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: Crisis and disaster non-structural mitigation management practices in critical infrastructure and engineering organization

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Workplace bullying: An exploratory study in Australian academia
  • Doctor of Philosophy: The governance of inter-organisational decision-making: understanding the impacts of informal networks on formal decision-making regimes in the Brisbane Airport region.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Applying Stewardship Theory to Produce Better Stewardship of Privatised Water Infrastructure
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Multinationals’ HRM policies and practices do national institutions in less developed countries really matter?
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Multi-dimensional stakeholder analysis: a methodology applied to Australian capital city airports
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Stakeholder engagement by governance networks: a study of stakeholder engagement by road delivery network in Queensland
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