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Helen Parker

BSc UQ; GCertMkting UK Institute of Marketing; MBA Macquarie; BPsych (Hons) UC; PhD Sydney
External Engagement and International Manager
+61 2 9351 6532

Helen Parker is a lecturer and unit of study coordinator at the University of Sydney Business School. She is an early career researcher with interests ranging from adult developmental theory and its application to the psychosocial growth of business leaders and students, to how multidisciplinary teams best 'share' leadership, build trust, and cope with conflict in the newer collaborative organisations.

In line with her research interests, Helen is a passionate and committed teacher who has won numerous Dean’s Citations. She has a special affinity for Chinese students and actively researches their psychosocial development and acculturation in a Western business school setting, to better understand and meet their learning needs.

Prior to her academic role – Helen had a 20+ year work history, predominantly in marketing management across the IT, publishing and pharmaceutical sectors, in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong.

Helen Parker conducts research in the broad domains of organisational behaviour and developmental psychology. She is specifically interested in constructivist-developmental theory and its applications to leadership and pedagogy, and is currently investigating the development of various psychosocial capacities amongst Chinese students during their Australian sojourn. This research will provide a specific framework for how international students develop their identities and form increasingly more complex and adaptive perspectives over time. Also, in conjunction with researchers from the School of Psychology, she is involved with creating and testing a new measure of perspective taking capacity, based on Robert Kegan’s developmental stage theory.

Her other main area of research examines the concepts of shared leadership, trust and conflict in multi-disciplinary teams. Increasingly, leadership is viewed as a shared or collaborative endeavour in the flatter, networked business world. Helen is investigating how shared leadership both emerges and develops over time in a multi-disciplinary team of business professionals and whether they can effectively work together to achieve their goals.

Recent Units Taught

  • BUSS6000 Succeeding in Business

  • MMGT6004 Managing People and Organisations

  • WORK6118 Managing Communication in Organisations