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Dr Alan Coetzer

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2202, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.352
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2202
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.352  


Dr Alan Coetzer is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management in the School of Business and Law.


  • My availability varies each semester. If you would like to see me please make an appointment, preferably by email.

Current teaching

  • Strategic Human Resource Management III
  • Connecting Strategy and HRM
  • Workplace Learning


Dr Alan Coetzer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business and Law and teaches Strategic Human Resource Management, and Workplace Learning. He has previously taught at Massey University in New Zealand.

Alan has delivered several conference papers and published many scholarly articles in international peer-reviewed journals. These include Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Management and Organization, Journal of Small Business Management, Employee Relations, Education & Training, Journal of Workplace Learning, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development and Journal of Business Ethics. Alan has occupied several management and team leader roles and has been involved in performing a range of HR activities including recruitment, selection, staff development, staff appraisal and pay negotiations with unions. He is a Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Professional associations

  • Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management, Member
  • Australian Human Resources Institute, Member
  • Employee Relations, Editorial Board Member
  • Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand, Member

Research areas and interests

  • Teaching and learning in Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Human resource management in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Management capability development in SMEs
  • Managers as facilitators of employee learning
  • Newcomer socialisation
  • Informal work-related learning
  • Small business training


  • Doctor of Philosophy, New Zealand.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Coetzer, A., Inma, C., Poisat, P., Redmond, J., Standing, C., (2018), Job embeddedness and employee enactment of innovation-related workbehaviours. International Journal of Manpower, 39(2), 222-239.
  • Sharafizad, J., Coetzer, A., (2017), Women business owners' start-up motivations and network structure. Journal of Management and Organization, 23(2), 206-223, DOI: 10.1017/JMO.2016.51.
  • Twumasi Ampofo, A., Coetzer, A., Poisat, P., (2017), Relationships between job embeddedness and employees’ life satisfaction. Employee Relations, 39(7), 951-966, Bingley, United Kingdom, Emerald Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/ER-10-2016-0199.
  • Coetzer, A., Inma, J., Poisat, P., (2017), The job embeddedness-turnover relationship: Effects of organisation size and work group cohesion. Personnel Review, 46(6), 1070-1088, DOI: 10.1108/PR-12-2015-0312.
  • He, L., Standen, P., Coetzer, A., (2017), The perceived personal characteristics of entrepreneurial leaders. Small enterprises research: the journal of SEAANZ, 24(2), 97-119, Melbourne, Australia, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13215906.2017.1334225.
  • Coetzer, A., Ryan, M., Susomrith, P., Suseno, Y., (2017), Challenges in addressing professional competence expectations in human resource management courses. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 55(4), 454-475, John Wiley and Sons Inc., DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12123.
  • Coetzer, A., Kock, H., Wallo, A., (2017), Distinctive characteristics of small businesses as sites for informal learning. Human Resource Development Review, 16(2), 111-134, DOI: 10.1177/1534484317704291.
  • Sharafizad, J., Coetzer, A., (2016), Women business owners’ start-up motivations and network content. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 23(2), 590-610, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/JSBED-07-2015-0085.
  • Sharafizad, J., Coetzer, A., (2016), The networking interactions of Australian women small business owners. Small Enterprise Research, 23(2), 135-150, Melbourne, VIC, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13215906.2016.1221362.
  • Susomrith, P., Coetzer, A., (2015), Employees’ perceptions of barriers to participation in training and development in small engineering businesses. Journal of Workplace Learning, 27(7), 561-578, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/JWL-10-2014-0074.
  • Sitlington, H., Coetzer, A., (2015), Using the Delphi technique to support curriculum development. Education + Training, 57(3), 306-321, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., DOI: 10.1108/ET-02-2014-0010.
  • Coetzer, A., Redmond, J., Bastien, V., (2014), Strength-based coaching: making the case for its adoption in small business. Development and Learning in Organisations: An International Journal, 28(3), 6-9, Journal, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, DOI: 10.1108/DLO-11-2013-0085.
  • Coetzer, A., Sitlington, H., (2014), What knowledge, skills and attitudes should strategic HRM students acquire? A Delphi study. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 52(2), 155-172, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12008.
  • Coetzer, A., Sitlington, H., (2014), Using research informed approaches to Strategic Human Resource Management teaching. The International Journal of Management Education, 12(3), 223-234, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijme.2014.06.003.
  • Gialuisi, O., Coetzer, A., (2013), An exploratory investigation into voluntary employee turnover and retention in small businesses. Small Enterprise Research, 20(1), 55-67,, DOI: 10.5172/ser.2013.20.1.55.

Conference Publications

  • Buhusayen, B., Seet, P., Coetzer, A., (2017), The first-line manager's role as facilitator of of change and regular work activities during radical organisational change: A social exchange perspective. The proceedings of 2nd Business Doctoral & Emerging Scholars Conference, 91-97, School of Business & Law, Edith Cowan University.
  • Coetzer, A., Kok, H., Wallo, A., (2016), Characteristics of the small business as a site for informal learning. Proceedings of the 2016 ANZAM Conference, 22p., online only, ANZAM.
  • Martdianty, F., Coetzer, A., Susomrith, P., (2016), The Job Embeddedness of Employees in Manufacturing SMES in Central Java, Indonesia. Proceedings of the ECU Business Doctoral and Emerging Scholars Colloquium, 86-94, Perth, Australia, Edith Cowan Universtiy.
  • Wijekuruppu, KW., Coetzer, A., Susomrith, P., (2016), An Exploratory Investigation into the Strengths-Based Approach in Small Businesses. Proceedings of the ECU Business Doctoral and Emerging Scholars Colloquium, 48-58, Perth, Australia, Edith Cowan University.
  • Twumasi Ampofo, A., Coetzer, A., Susomrith, P., Rermlawan, S., (2016), The job embeddedness-turnover intentions relationship: Evidence from Thailand. Proceedings of the 2016 ANZAM Conference, 21p., online only, ANZAM.
  • Susomrith, P., Coetzer, A., (2015), Barriers to training and development in small accounting firms: Employees’ perspectives. Proceedings of the 29th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference 2015, 18p., ANZAM.
  • He, L., Standen, P., Coetzer, A., (2014), An exploratory study of entrepreneurial leadership: The perceived characteristics of entrepreneurial leaders. Proceedings of the 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2014), 1-25, ANZAM.
  • Coetzer, A., Redmond, J., Barrett, R., (2014), Job embeddedness and the importance of retaining small firm employees. Proceedings of the 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2014, 1-20, ANZAM.
  • Susomrith, P., Coetzer, A., (2013), Access to Training and Development in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Employee's Perspectives. Proceedings of the 27th AIRAANZ Conference: Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world, 226-234, Bundoora, VIC, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Coetzer, A., Sitlington, H., (2013), Using research informed approaches to Strategic HRM teaching. Proceedings of the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 1-20, Online, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.
  • Susomrith, P., Coetzer, A., (2013), An Exploratory Study of Factors Influencing the Participation in Training and Development of Engineers in Small Businesses. Proceedings of the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing from the Edge, 1-18, Southport, QLD, ANZAM.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Change Content And Aid Effectiveness: How The Size Of Change Content Affects Implementation Of Technical Assistance Recommendations In Developing Pacific Island Countries.
  • The Influence Of National Culture On Succession In The Family Business: The Case Of Chinese-owned Family Businesses In New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Police Sworn And Non Sworn Employees? Perceptions Of Leadership Traits
  • Barriers To Management Learning And Development In Selected New Zealand Small Retail Firms
  • The Effects Of Chinese Culture On Chinese Managers? Leadership Behaviour In New Zealand
  • Master of Business by Research,  An Exploratory Investigation Into The Strengths-based Approach In Small Businesses
  • A Critical Evaluation Of Volunteer Recruitment And Retention Practices In Selected New Zealand Volunteer Organisations.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Management by Research,  Creativity, Design And Management In Australian Fashion Enterprises

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Management by Research,  The Perceived Personal Characteristics Of Entrepreneurial Leaders
  • Capitalism With A Conscience: Smes And Community Engagement.
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