Work and Organisational Research

The Work and Organisational Psychology (WOP) research group conducts research and consultancies in a wide range of industrial and work related areas. The aims of the group are to:

  • Make a difference to organizations by conducting quality research that provides practical value to organizations, teams and individuals;
  • Utilize our research strength by developing robust and theoretically sound consulting solutions for clients;
  • To encourage research and practice in organizational and work psychology; and
  • Provide a forum for staff and student interaction to develop research and consulting excellence.
  • Conduct formative research on contemporary work and work practices.

The research activities of WOP covers the range from micro laboratory studies of factors affecting performance to macro work policy research and development.
Previous activities include the impact of fly-in fly-out operations and other extended work hour formats on domestic and community development; neuropsychological performance and family cohesion in workers affected by solvents; corporate social responsibility. Current activities include studies of shift work rostering practices and safety performance in railroad and hospital settings; assessing safety attitudes and beliefs; leadership and organizational development training; enhancement of safety culture in organizations; work attitudes and values, vocational development, well being at work, occupational health and safety.

Clients of WOP consultancy services include: Department of Corrective Services; ARRB Transport Research, Perth Zoo; Vicroads; National Transport Commission; King Edward Memorial Hospital; WA Police Service; many legal practices; Conservation and Land Management; Mining and Resource Contractors Training Association; Road Safety Council and Office of Road Safety; Department of Consumer and Employment Protection; Department of Premier and Cabinet; Australian Defence Force Cadets; Woodside Energy; Water Corporation, Department of Treasury and Finance.

Staff members in the work and organisational research group

Name Main research interests
Libby Brook Fatigue and alertness in shiftworkers, work and well being and recruitment and selection, particularly in public safety roles.
Guy Curtis Information processing styles’ connection to leadership, conflict handling styles, and influencing behaviour; the influence of anxiety on career indecision; selection biases; behavioural economics.
Graeme Ditchburn The individual at work, personality and performance, expatriate adjustment, coping at work, organisational commitment, employee engagement and organisational culture and values
Brody Heritage My research interests lie in the areas of modeling turnover, performance, and their determinants. I am also very interested in areas related to measurement, latent factor structures, and instrument psychometric properties. I am currently supervising 9 undergraduate psychology students, 5 masters students, and 1 PhD student.
Andrea Steele My main research is in the area of leadership and leader development. I also have research interests in longitudinal and multi-level research, self-regulatory processes, recovery, and identity development.