Leanne Cutcher

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BA(Hons); UNSW PhD
Professor of Management and Organization Studies; Head of Discipline

Rm 4227
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 5472
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
leanne.cutcher@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Leanne is the Head of the Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Discipline and a Professor of Management and Organisation Studies. Her research explores the relationship between organizational strategy and discourse and how it impacts inclusion and innovation in organisations.

Leanne is currently working on research projects exploring the:

  • relationship between age diverse workforces and innovation,
  • role of reflexivity in social innovation,
  • impact of policy discourse on Indigenous business,
  • and ethical recognition in feminist practice.

Leanne is Director of the Organisation Discourse Strategy and Change Group. This group belongs to a network of international researchers who share an interest in developing and applying discourse methods to the study of organisations.

Leanne is supervising the following PhD projects:

  • Mina Askovic: Corporate Volunteering (with Anya Johnson)
  • Maegan Baker: Co-creation of value in Indigenous entrepreneurship (with Jarrod Ormiston)
  • Stephanie Dunk: Ethical Purchasing (with Chin Jou (History)) 
  • Percy Knight: Indigenous Business in the Wiradjuri Nation (with David Oliver)
  • Alex Heron: Elder Care in Organizations (with Marian Baird – Primary Supervisor)

Research Interests

Professor Leanne Cutcher’s internationally recognized broad program of research in the field Management and Organization Studies (MOS) bridges not-for-profit and profit making sectors. Currently, Leanne’s research is focused on three strands:

  • Age diversity and management in organizations

Leanne’s internationally recognised research into age diversity has, in part, been funded by an ARC grant: Managing Age in Organizations (2012-2014). This ARC research is a collaboration with Professor Cynthia Hardy and Associate Professor Susan Ainsworth (University of Melbourne) and Professor Robyn Thomas (Cardiff University, UK).

Leanne has also published papers in relation to age and masculinity with Associate Professor Kat Riach (University of Monash Business School) and Dr Barbara Foweraker (University of Sydney).

  • Organizations and community

Leanne’s research in this area draws on her research with a credit union serving remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. She is collaborating on a comparative case study with Professor Pamela Sloan (HEC Montreal) and Dr David Oliver (University of Sydney) that combines datasets on hybrid organizations working with Indigenous communities in Australia and Canada.

Work is also commencing as a project exploring the impact of corporate volunteering on organisations and individual volunteers.  The Credit Union Foundation of Australia is the Partner Investigator on this project.

  • Emotions, aesthetics and gender

Since 2008, Leanne has been researching the relationship between emotions, aesthetics and gender with UK collaborators, Professor Melissa Tyler, Professor Philip Hancock (Essex Business School) and Associate Professor Karen Dale (Lancaster Business School). They convene a standing stream at Gender Work and Organization in the area of emotional, aesthetic and sexualised labour.

The team is also leading the development of a new community of scholars engaged in research into organizational commemoration. In 2016 a special issue in Organization on ‘Spaces and Places of Commemoration and Remembering’ was published and in 2015 a stream on the same theme was run at the Australian and Pacific Researchers on Organizations Studies (APROS) conference at UTS in Sydney.

Current Research Supervision

  • Mina Askovic (PhD) Corporate volunteering: The karmic paycheck?. (Co-supervisor: Anya Johnson)
  • Maegan Baker (MPhil) Entrepreneurial capacity building in indigenous communities: an engaged critical realist approach to collaborative social empowerment.
  • Stephanie Dunk (PhD) Towards an ethic of economic relations.
  • Alexandra Heron (PhD) Organisational policies and employee eldercare responsibilities: the role of the line manager. (Primary Supervisor: Marian Baird)

Selected publications

2018

Journal Article

Cutcher L, Dale K, and Tyler M (2018) 'Remembering as forgetting': Organizational commemoration as a politics of recognition Organization Studies, In Press. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Reed C, Thomas R, and Cutcher L (2018) My Generation: Foucault's Bio Power in Action 34th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium; European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Tannin, Estonia.

2017

Journal Articles

Cutcher L, and Achtel P (2017) 'Doing the Brand': Aesthetic labour as situated, relational performance in fashion retail Work, Employment and Society, 31 (4), 675-691. [More Information]

Liu H, Cutcher L, and Grant D (2017) Authentic leadership in context: An analysis of banking CEO narratives during the global financial crisis Human Relations, 70 (6), 694-724. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Cutcher L, and Riach K (2017) Age in the City: Embodied Ageing in Financial Services Ageing, Organisations and Management: Constructive Discourses and Critical Perspectives; Palgrave Macmillan, Sydney, 161-182. [More Information]

2016

Journal Article

Cutcher L, Dale K, Hancock P, and Tyler M (2016) Spaces and places of remembering and commemoration Organization, 23 (1), 3-9. [More Information]

2015

Journal Articles

Foweraker B, and Cutcher L (2015) Work, Age and Other Drugs: Exploring the Intersection of Age and Masculinity in a Pharmaceutical Organization Gender, Work and Organization, 22 (5), 459-473. [More Information]

Liu H, Cutcher L, and Grant D (2015) Doing Authenticity: The Gendered Construction of Authentic Leadership Gender, Work and Organization, 22 (3), 237-255. [More Information]

Book Chapters

Catturani I, and Cutcher L (2015) Financial Co-operatives in Australia and Italy Cooperative Enterprises in Australia and Italy: Comparative analysis and theoretical insights; Firenze University Press, Firenze, 75-88.

Cutcher L, and Loibl J (2015) Which bank? Competition and community service obligations in the retail banking sector Markets, Rights and Power in Australian Social Policy; Sydney University Press, Sydney, 169-190.

2014

Journal Articles

Ainsworth S, Cutcher L, and Thomas R (2014) Ideas that work: mobilizing Australian workers using a discourse of rights International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25 (18), 2510-2528. [More Information]

Cutcher L (2014) Bringing Back the Bank: Local Renewal and Agency through Community Banking Organization Studies, 35 (1), 103-119. [More Information]

Riach K, and Cutcher L (2014) Built to last: ageing, class and the masculine body in a UK hedge fund Work, Employment and Society, 28 (5), 771-787. [More Information]

Thomas R, Hardy C, Cutcher L, and Ainsworth S (2014) What's Age Got to Do with It: On the Critical Analysis of Age and Organizations Organization Studies, 35 (11), 1569-1584. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Cutcher L, and Mason P (2014) Credit unions The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization; Routledge, London, 253-266. [More Information]

2013

Journal Article

Floris M, Grant D, and Cutcher L (2013) Mining the Discourse: Strategizing During BHP Billiton's Attempted Acquisition of Rio Tinto Journal of Management Studies, 50 (7), 1185-1215. [More Information]

2012

Journal Articles

Ainsworth S, Cutcher L, Hardy C, and Thomas R (2012) Special Issue of: Organization Studies on At a Critical Age: The Social and Political Organization of Age and Ageing Organization Studies, 33 (7), 982-984. [More Information]

Ainsworth S, Cutcher L, Hardy C, and Thomas R (2012) At a Critical Age: The Social and Political Organization of Age and Ageing Organization Studies, 33 (1), 162-164. [More Information]

Ainsworth S, Cutcher L, Hardy C, and Thomas R (2012) Special Issue of: Organization Studies on At a Critical Age: The Social and Political Organization of Age and Ageing Organization Studies, 33 (6), 850-852. [More Information]

Ainsworth S, Cutcher L, Hardy C, and Thomas R (2012) Special Issue of: Organization Studies on At a Critical Age: The Social and Political Organization of Age and Ageing Organization Studies, 33 (10), 1424-1426. [More Information]

Ainsworth S, Cutcher L, Hardy C, and Thomas R (2012) Special Issue of: Organization Studies on At a Critical Age: The Social and Political Organization of Age and Ageing Organization Studies, 33 (4), 603-605. [More Information]

Cutcher L, and Dale K (2012) Introduction. Emotion and aesthetics: organisational space, embodiment and materiality International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 5 (1), 1-5.

Cutcher L, Kirsch A, and Lansbury R (2012) The 'lucky' LME: the mediation of globalizing effects on employment relations in the Australian auto assembly and retail banking industries International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23 (10), 1999-2015. [More Information]

De Cock C, Cutcher L, and Grant D (2012) Finance capitalism's perpetually extinguished pasts: Exploring discursive shifts 2007–2011 Culture and Organization, 18 (2), 87-90. [More Information]

Murray J, and Cutcher L (2012) Gendered Futures, Constrained Choices: Undergraduate Perceptions of Work and Family Journal of Population Research, 29 (4), 315-328. [More Information]

2011

Journal Article

Cutcher L (2011) The Third Sector: A Site for Criticising, not Emulating, Management Practice Australian Review of Public Affairs, February.

2010

Journal Article

Cutcher L (2010) Local Heroes: Co-producing history, "community" and the self Consumption, Markets and Culture, 13 (1), 79-90. [More Information]

Book Chapters

Cutcher L (2010) Case 2: Fortescue Metals Group: The new force in iron ore Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalisation, 4th Asia-Pacific Edition; Cengage Learning Australia, Melbourne, Australia, 410-415.

Cutcher L, and Milroy T (2010) Misrepresenting Indigenous Mothers: maternity allowances in the media The Good Mother: Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia; Sydney University Press, Sydney, 153-173.

2009

Journal Article

Cutcher L (2009) Resisting change from within and without the organization Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22 (3), 275-289. [More Information]

2008

Journal Articles

Ainsworth S, and Cutcher L (2008) Staging value and older women workers: when 'something more' is too much International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2 (4), 344-357. [More Information]

Ainsworth S, and Cutcher L (2008) Expectant Mothers and Absent Fathers: Paid Maternity Leave in Australia Gender, Work and Organization, 15 (4), 375-393. [More Information]

Cutcher L (2008) 'Partnerships': potentials and pitfalls for not-for-profits Australian Review of Public Affairs, 10, 1-4.

Cutcher L (2008) Strong Bonds: Maintaining a commitment to mutuality in a deregulated environment- the case of Australian Credit Unions Journal of Co-operative Studies, 41 (1), 22-30.

Cutcher L (2008) Service Sells: Exploring connections between customer service strategy and the psychological contract Journal of Management and Organization, 14 (2), 116-126. [More Information]

Cutcher L (2008) Creating Something: Using nostalgia to build a branch network Journal of Consumer Culture, 8 (3), 369-387. [More Information]

Cutcher L (2008) Playing golf? Finding better paths to pay equity Australian Review of Public Affairs, 2, 1-3.

Cutcher L (2008) 'Partnerships': Potentials and pitfalls for not-for-profits Australian Review of Public Affairs, October, 1-3.

Cutcher L (2008) Financing communities: the role of community banks and credit unions in re-establishing branches in Australia Accounting, Business and Financial History, 18 (3), 323-333. [More Information]

Cutcher L, Hancock P, and Tyler M (2008) Introduction International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2 (4), 321-326.

Book

Cutcher L (2008) Constructing the Customer: Customer and Employee Relations in Australian Retail Banking; VDM Verlag Dr Muller, Saarbrucken Germany.

2007

Books

Blanpain R, Kitay J, Cutcher L, and Wailes N (2007) Globalization and Employment Relations in Retail Banking; Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Kluwer Law International), Germany.

Cutcher L, Kitay J, and Wailes N (2007) Globalization and Employment Relations in Retail Banking (Bulletin of Comparitive Labour Relations); Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Kluwer Law International), Germany.

Conference Proceeding

Cutcher L, and Ainsworth S (2007) Staging value and older women workers: When 'something more' is too much Gender Work and Organization Conference at Keele University.

Book Chapter

Kitay J, and Cutcher L (2007) Connecting the Global and the Local: Changing Employment Practices in Australian Retail Banking Globalization and Employment Relations in Retail Banking; Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (Kluwer Law International), Germany, 15-33.

2006

Journal Articles

Cutcher L (2006) Profits before people: shifting customer and employee relations in Australian credit unions International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 6 (2/3/4), 248-262.

Cutcher L, and Kerr M (2006) The Shifting Meaning of Mutuality and Co-operativeness in the Credit Union Movement from 1959 to 1989 Labour History, 91, 31-46.

Book

Cutcher L, and Wailes N (2006) Cases in Strategy and Management; McGraw Hill, Sydney.

Conference Proceedings

Ainsworth S, and Cutcher L (2006) Representations of working mothers in the media: paid maternity leave in Australia APROS 11: 11th International Colloquium of the Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (2005); Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies, Melbourne VIC.

Ainsworth S, Baird M, and Cutcher L (2006) Work Choices and Word Choices 1st Biennial Conference of the National Network of Working Women's Centres (2006); Department of Industrial Relations, Griffith University, Brisbane.

Cutcher L (2006) Not for profit, not for charity but for service: co-operativeness in the face of increasing competition in the Australian Credit Union movement Business and Labour History Group's Symposium: Co-operation and Politics of Consumption; University of Sydney, Australia.

Cutcher L (2006) The shifting meaning of mutuality and co-operativeness in the credit union movement from 1958 to 1990 Cooperation and the Politics of Consumption; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Cutcher L (2006) Self-help in Financial Services Business and Labour History Group's Symposium: The History of Finance and Financial Institutions in the Asia-Pacific Rim; University of Sydney, Australia.

Book Chapters

Cutcher L (2006) 'Back to the Future': Bendigo Bank's Community Bank Model Cases in Strategy and Management; McGraw Hill, Sydney, 14-27.

Cutcher L (2006) 'Not for Profit, Not for Charity, but for Service' - Credit Unions: Not-For-Profits in the Financial Services Sector Cases in Strategy and Management; McGraw Hill, Sydney, 57-69.

Cutcher L, and Van Den Broek D (2006) Transactions in time: The temporal dimensions of customer service work Rethinking Work, Time, Space and Discourse; Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, 102-118.

Cutcher L, and Wailes N (2006) Cases in Strategy and Management: An Introduction Cases in Strategy and Management; McGraw Hill, Sydney, 2-12.

Cutcher L, and Wailes N (2006) Introduction - Using cases to study strategic management Cases in Strategy and Management; McGraw Hill, Sydney.

2005

Journal Articles

Baird M, and Cutcher L (2005) One for the Father, One for the Mother and One for the Country: An Examination of the Construction of Motherhood Through the Prism of Paid Maternity Leave Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, 31 (2), 103-113.

Putnam L, Grant D, Michelson G, and Cutcher L (2005) Discourse and Resistance: Targets, Practices and Consequences Management Communication Quarterly, 19 (1), 5-18. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Cutcher L (2005) How sustainable is mutuality? The case of two Australian credit unions 9th National Labour History Conference 2005; Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney, Australia.

Cutcher L (2005) Nostalgic Innovation: Using the Past to Build Customer Loyalty and Engender Employee Commitment in the Present 4th Critical Management Studies Conference 2005; University of Waikato, Waikato Management School, New Zealand.

Cutcher L, and Van Den Broek D (2005) Serving time: The temporal dimensions of front-line service work 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2005; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

Shields J, Cutcher L, O'Donnell M, and O'Brien J (2005) Laughing all the way: Executive pay, company performance and corporate governance in the Australian banking industry 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2005; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

2004

Journal Article

Cutcher L (2004) The Customer As Ally: The Role Of The Customer In The Finance Sector Union'S Campaigning Journal of Industrial Relations, 46 (3), 323-336.

2003

Conference Proceeding

Cutcher L (2003) Organising the customer 17th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference AIRAANZ 2003; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

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Recent Units Taught

  • WORK2210 Strategic Management

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