Susan McGrath-Champ

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BA(Hons) W.Aust.; MA Br.Col. ; PhD Macq.
Associate Professor

Rm 4186
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6437
Fax +61 2 9351 4729
susan.mcgrathchamp@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Susan McGrath-Champ is Associate Professor in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. She has a PhD from Macquarie University, Sydney and a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Susan’s scholarly work has always been multidisciplinary and her research pioneered the interface between economic geography and labour/employment relations. From this work, geographical thinking and awareness has nowadays been largely taken up within mainstream studies of work and employment. She is the chief editor of a groundbreaking international Handbook of Employment and Society, Working Space (2010 with Andrew Herod and Al Rainnie) which developed understandings of the active role of geography in the world of work.

Susan’s innovative teaching, centred on human resource management, established a particular form of ‘Team-Based Learning’ which involves supported, self-directed student learning. This foreshadowed elements of blended learning and what is now referred to as the ‘flipped classroom’. Her distinctive contributions to teaching and learning, which include implementing digitised Team-Based Learning, have been acknowledged via teaching awards and grants including the Business School’s Education Innovation Fellowship. She publishes research on teaching method and innovation, and was also the Academic Champion for the School's inaugural student-support Inspired by Business program.

Susan engages directly through her research with industry organisations, is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI) and a professional Member of the Institute of Australian Geographers (MIAG). She also holds journal editorial roles with the International Employment Relations Review and the Economic and Labour Relations Review.

Research Interests

Susan’s main research interests lie in human resource management, and the geographical (spatial) aspects of work and employment. Her current and recent research includes studies of the effects of choice and competition on teachers’ working conditions, the role of labour in global production networks, gender pay equity, and organisations’ policies for the safety, security and evacuation of international assignees. She was awarded jointly a large Swedish-funded International Collaboration Grant for research concerning the effects of choice and competition on school teachers' work and working conditions, and has ongoing industry-funded collaboration in this area with organisations which are implementing the research findings.

As sole or lead chief investigator on Australian Research Council projects, Associate Professor McGrath-Champ has analysed the spatial aspects of enterprise agreements, examined training, migration and global aspects of the Australian construction industry and analysed restructuring of the coal industry. Susan was a recipient of an Exchange from the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, through which she researched performance management aspects of international assignments within international and global firms.

Susan is a member of groups which research Women, Work and Leadership, Global Cities and Global Value Chains and Educational Practice in Business, and publishes in high level journals including Work, Employment and Society, Journal of Economic Geography, and Journal of Education Policy.

Selected publications

2019

Journal Articles

Fee A, McGrath-Champ S, and Berti M (2019) Protecting expatriates in hostile environments: institutional forces influencing the safety and security practices of internationally active organisations International Journal of Human Resource Management, In Press. [More Information]

Fitzgerald S, McGrath-Champ S, Stacey M, Wilson R, and Gavin M (2019) Intensification of Teachers' Work under Devolution: A "Tsunami" of Paperwork Journal of Industrial Relations, In Press. [More Information]

McGrath-Champ S, Stacey M, Wilson R, Fitzgerald S, Rainnie A, and Parding K (2019) Principals' support for teachers' working conditions in devolved school settings: Insights from two Australian States Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 47 (4), 590-605. [More Information]

2018

Journal Article

Fitzgerald S, Stacey M, McGrath-Champ S, Parding K, and Rainnie A (2018) Devolution, market dynamics and the Independent Public School initiative in Western Australia: 'winning back' what has been lost? Journal of Education Policy, 33 (5), 662-681. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Fitzgerald S, McGrath-Champ S, Stacey M, Wilson R, Parding K, and Rainnie A (2018) Work Intensification in Neoliberal Times: Insights from the Australian Education System XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology; International Sociological Association (ISA), Toronto, Canada.

McGrath-Champ S, Gavin M, Stacey M, Wilson R, and Fitzgerald S (2018) Reconciling teachers' workload and wellbeing: an examination of system demands around workload affecting women's roles as teachers and union activists Gender, Work and Organisation 10th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, Sydney 13-16 June.

McGrath-Champ S, Stacey M, Wilson R, Parding K, Fitzgerald S, and Rainnie A (2018) Teachers' strategies to survive work overload 32nd Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference, Adelaide SA Australia 7-9 February.

McGrath-Champ S, Wilson R, Stacey M, and Fitzgerald S (2018) Understanding Work in Schools (Keynote Presentation) Annual Conference of the NSW Teachers Federation, Sydney Australia 9 July.

Reports

McGrath-Champ S, Wilson R, Fitzgerald S, Stacey M, Gavin M, and Parding K (2018) Submission 30 (teachers' work research group submission) - Parliamentary Inquiry into the Status of the Teaching Profession. [More Information]

McGrath-Champ S, Wilson R, Stacey M, and Fitzgerald S (2018) Understanding Work in Schools: The Foundation for Teaching and Learning (2018 Report to the NSW Teachers Federation).

2017

Journal Articles

Fee A, and McGrath-Champ S (2017) The role of human resources in protecting expatriates: insights from the international aid and development sector International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28 (14), 1960-1985. [More Information]

Gavin M, and McGrath-Champ S (2017) Devolving authority: the impact of giving public schools power to hire staff Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 55 (2), 255-274. [More Information]

Parding K, Berg-Jansson A, Sehlstedt T, McGrath-Champ S, and Fitzgerald S (2017) Differentiation as a consequence of choice and decentralization reforms-conditions for teachers' competence development Professions and Professionalism, 7 (2), 1-15. [More Information]

Parding K, McGrath-Champ S, and Stacey M (2017) Teachers, school choice and competition: Lock-in effects within and between sectors Policy Futures in Education, 15 (1), 113-128. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Fitzgerald S, McGrath-Champ S, Wilson R, and Stacey M (2017) A "tsunami of paperwork": Professionally engaged teachers' reports on changes to conditions of work and employment conditions under devolution 31st Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) Conference, Canberra, 10th February.

McGrath-Champ S, Wilson R, and Stacey M (2017) Teaching and learning: Review of workload NSW Teachers Federation Annual Conference, Sydney, 4th July.

Zettna N, McGrath-Champ S, and Johnson A (2017) Behind the Smiles: Collectivism and uncertainty avoidance - Exploring the moderating effect of power distance on employee silence 31st Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM Conference; Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management ANZAM, Melbourne, Australia, 5-8 December 2017.

Book Chapters

Handley K, McGrath-Champ S, and Leung P (2017) A New Way of Working: Flexibility and Work-Life Balance in the Accounting Profession in Australia Anywhere Working and the New Era of Telecommuting; IGI Global, Hershey, 113-143. [More Information]

Herod A, Pickren G, Rainnie A, and McGrath-Champ S (2017) Innovation, development and global destruction networks The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, 752-770. [More Information]

2016

Conference Proceedings

Fitzgerald S, McGrath-Champ S, Wilson R, Rainnie A, and Parding K (2016) They'll open the jail door but they'll put a ball and chain on your ankle: Changing management of teachers' labour process 30th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference: Building Sustainable Workforce Futures, Sydney, 12th February.

McGrath-Champ S, Wilson R, Stacey M, and Fitzgerald S (2016) "I just try and be nice to them, I tell a few jokes": Principals explain their changing roles and support for staff in two devolved Australian schooling systems Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, 2016; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Melbourne. [More Information]

Zettna N, and McGrath-Champ S (2016) Behind the smiles: a study of cultural factors and employee silence in Thai manufacturing Thailand in Comparative Perspective: An International Symposium; University of Sydney, University of Sydney.

Report

Fitzgerald S, McGrath-Champ S, Wilson R, Stacey M, and Rainnie A (2016) Submission. Education and Health Standing Committee Inquiry into the Department of Education's Independent Public Schools Initiative. [More Information]

2015

Journal Article

McGrath-Champ S, Rainnie A, Pickren G, and Herod A (2015) Global destruction networks, the labour process and employment relations Journal of Industrial Relations, 57 (4), 624-640. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Rainnie A, Herod A, McGrath-Champ S, and Pickren G (2015) Wasted Commodities, Wasted Labour? Global Production and Destruction Networks and the Nature of Contemporary Capitalism Putting Labour in its Place: Labour Process Analysis and Global Value Chains; Palgrave, London, United Kingdom, 249-265.

Report

Handley K, Leung P, McGrath-Champ S, and Kidd M (2015) Work Conditions, Balance and Gender Equity: A Study of Chartered Accountants 1995 to 2013; Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, 11-29.

2014

Journal Articles

Herod A, Pickren G, Rainnie A, and McGrath-Champ S (2014) Global destruction networks, labour, and waste Journal of Economic Geography, 14 (2), 421-441. [More Information]

Liu H, and McGrath-Champ S (2014) 'Inspired by Business': A case of mentoring among low socio-economic students International Studies in Widening Participation, 1 (1), 2-14.

2013

Journal Articles

Fee A, McGrath-Champ S, and Liu H (2013) Human resources and expatriate evacuation: a conceptual model Journal of Global Mobility: the home of expatriate management research, 1 (3), 246-263. [More Information]

Herod A, Pickren G, Rainnie A, and McGrath-Champ S (2013) Waste, commodity fetishism and the ongoingness of economic life Area, 45 (3), 376-382. [More Information]

McGrath-Champ S, and Jefferson T (2013) Gender and pay equity in a global knowledge organisation Economic and Labour Relations Review, 24 (1), 97-123. [More Information]

Rainnie A, Herod A, and McGrath-Champ S (2013) Global production networks, labour and small firms Capital and Class, 37 (2), 177-195. [More Information]

Shin J, and McGrath-Champ S (2013) Informal Skill Formation and the Division of Labour: The Case of Korean Tiling Workers in Sydney Journal of Industrial Relations, 55 (1), 80-99. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Fee A, and McGrath-Champ S (2013) Managing Expatriate Evacuations in Times of Crisis: A Cross-Industry Comparison 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2013; Academy of Management, Orlando, United States. [More Information]

Liu H, McGrath-Champ S, and Fletcher S (2013) 'Inspired by Business': A case of mentoring among disadvantaged first year students 16th International First Year in Higher Education Conference; First Year in Higher Education, Wellington, New Zealand.

McGrath-Champ S, Fee A, and Liu H (2013) Emergency expatriate evacuation: Literature and research 27th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2013 - Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Freemantle.

Book Chapter

McGrath-Champ S, Zou M, and Taylor L (2013) Exploring new frontiers in an internationalised classroom: Team-based learning and reflective journals as innovative learning strategies Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning for Home and International Students: Internationalisation of Pedagogy and Curriculum in Higher Education; Routledge, Oxon, 27-40. [More Information]

2012

Journal Articles

Ellem B, and McGrath-Champ S (2012) Labor geography and labor history: insights and outcomes from a decade of cross-disciplinary dialogue Labor History, 53 (3), 355-372. [More Information]

Taylor L, McGrath-Champ S, and Clarkeburn H (2012) Supporting student self-study: The educational design of podcasts in a collaborative learning context Active Learning in Higher Education, 13 (1), 77-90. [More Information]

2011

Journal Articles

Fee A, McGrath-Champ S, and Yang X (2011) Expatriate performance management and firm internationalization: Australian multinationals in China Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 49 (3), 365-384. [More Information]

McGrath-Champ S, Rosewarne S, and Rittau Y (2011) From one skill shortage to the next: The Australian construction industry and geographies of a global labour market Journal of Industrial Relations, 53 (4), 467-485. [More Information]

Rainnie A, Herod A, and McGrath-Champ S (2011) Review and positions: global production networks and labour Competition and Change, 15 (2), 155-169. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

McGrath-Champ S, Zou M, and Taylor L (2011) Managing diversity: Workplace and classroom connections 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2011; Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Book Chapter

Herod A, Rainnie A, and McGrath-Champ S (2011) Working Space: Why Incorporating the Geographical Is Central to Theorizing Work and Employment Practices Industrial Relations - SAGE Library in Business and Management; Sage Publications, London, United Kingdom, 302-317.

2010

Journal Article

McGrath-Champ S, Rosewarne S, and Rittau Y (2010) Education, Skill and Unions in the Australian Construction Industry Labour and Industry, 21 (1), 438-462.

Book

McGrath-Champ S, Herod A, and Rainnie A (2010) Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham United Kingdom.

Conference Proceedings

McGrath-Champ S, Rainnie A, and Herod A (2010) Progressing work: How spatial approaches change our theories of work and labour 24th Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ Conference 2010; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

McGrath-Champ S, Zou M, and Taylor L (2010) Deploying Student Diversity as a Microcosm of the World: Teaching Work and Employment Issues in an Internationalised Classroom Internationalising Learning and Teaching in Academic Settings: Engagement, Collaboration and Sustainability; Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia.

Book Chapters

Herod A, McGrath-Champ S, and Rainnie A (2010) Foundations Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham United Kingdom, 1-16.

McGrath-Champ S, Fee A, and Yang X (2010) Performance management of expatriates in China Strategic HRM: Contemporary Issues in the Asia Pacific Region; Tilde University Press, Australia, 284-306.

Rainnie A, Herod A, and McGrath-Champ S (2010) Workers in Space Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham United Kingdom, 249-272.

Rainnie A, McGrath-Champ S, and Herod A (2010) Making Space for Geography in Labour Process Theory Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis; Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmill, Basingstoke United Kingdom, 297-315. [More Information]

Rainnie A, McGrath-Champ S, and Herod A (2010) Working Spaces Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham United Kingdom, 61-83.

2009

Journal Article

McGrath-Champ S, and Rosewarne S (2009) Organizational change in Australian building and construction: Rethinking a unilinear 'leaning' discourse Construction Management and Economics, 27 (11), 1111-1128. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

McGrath-Champ S, and Rosewarne S (2009) The Australian Construction Industry: Skills Challenges and the Global Labour Market 23rd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand AIRAANZ 2009; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Australia.

2008

Journal Articles

Kamvounias P, McGrath-Champ S, and Yip J (2008) "Gifts" in mentoring: mentees' reflections on an academic development program International Journal for Academic Development, 13 (1), 17-25.

McGrath-Champ S (2008) Organizational Change and Innovation in the Australian Building and Construction Industry Review of Management Innovation and Creativity (RMIC), 1 (2), 41-51.

Conference Proceedings

Kamvounias P, McGrath-Champ S, and Yip J (2008) Mentoring in academic settings: The views of mentees Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference AARE 2007; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Australia.

Kamvounias P, McGrath-Champ S, and Yip J (2008) Reflections on a Formal Mentoring Program 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education 2008; Hawaii International Conference on Education, United States.

Yang X, McGrath-Champ S, and Fee A (2008) Expatriate Performance Management and Firm Internationalisation: Evidence from China and Hong Kong Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the Academy of International Business Symposium on Research and Teaching in International Business 2008; Academy of International Business - Australia and New Zealand Chapter, Australia.

2007

Journal Articles

Herod A, Rainnie A, and McGrath-Champ S (2007) Working space: why incorporating the geographical is central to theorizing work and employment practices Work, Employment and Society, 21 (2), 247-264. [More Information]

Rainnie A, Herod A, and McGrath-Champ S (2007) Spatialising industrial relations Industrial Relations Journal, 38 (2), 102-118.

Conference Proceeding

Freeman M, and McGrath-Champ S (2007) To Adopt or Not Adopt Team-based Learning: A Diffusion of Innovations Analysis Team Based Learning Conference TBL 2007; Creative Commons, Canada.

2006

Conference Proceedings

Freeman M, McGrath-Champ S, Clark S, and Taylor L (2006) The case for assessable in-class team-based learning UniServe Science Symposium 2006; Uniserve Science, The University of Sydney.

McGrath-Champ S (2006) Industrial relations and space: new global frontiers International Industrial Relations Association 14th World Congress; International Industrial Relations Association European Chapter.

McGrath-Champ S, Rosewarne S, and Toner P (2006) 'Skills infrastructure and structural transformation of the building and construction industry' Social Actors, Work Organization and New Technologies in the 21st Century. IIRA 14th World Congress; International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA), N/A.

Rosewarne S, Shin J, McGrath-Champ S, and Toner P (2006) The globalisation of the construction work force: the impact on the Australian building and construction industry 4th Asia-Pacific Building Unions Seminar, N/A.

Shik Shin J, McGrath-Champ S, and Rosewarne S (2006) Migration and Migrants in the Australian Construction Industry: Issues Facing Tiling Workers in the Sydney Metropolitan Area 4th Asia-Pacific Building Unions Seminar, N/A.

Book Chapters

McGrath-Champ S (2006) A spatial perspective on international work and management: Illustrations from China Rethinking Work, Time, Space and Discourse; Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, 165-186.

McGrath-Champ S, and Yang X (2006) The performance management-training interface in Australian firms in China Managerial Issues in International Business; Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire & New York, 141-161.

2005

Journal Articles

McGrath-Champ S (2005) Enterprise Bargaining and Regional Prospects: The Effects of Rescaling Wage Regulation in Australia Economic and Industrial Democracy, 26 (3), 413-442. [More Information]

McGrath-Champ S (2005) Globalization's Challenge to Labour: Rescaling Work and Employment Economic and Industrial Democracy, 26 (3), 323-334. [More Information]

McGrath-Champ S, and Baird M (2005) The mercurial nature of Australian HRM under enterprise bargaining Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 43 (1), 155-173.

McGrath-Champ S, and Searle G (2005) Regional policies over the last decade: Imprinting working nation Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 9 (2), 89-109.

Conference Proceeding

McGrath-Champ S, Yang X, and Kang R (2005) The effects of performance -management and cross-cultural training on outcomes of international: assignments: Preliminary Australia-China findings' 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.

Book Chapter

McGrath-Champ S (2005) The New Regionalism and Employment Relations in Australia New Regionalism in Australia; Ashgate, United Kingdom, 199-216.

2004

Conference Proceedings

McGrath-Champ S (2004) Wages And Enterprise Agreements: What Factors Influence Pay Outcomes 12th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association (IERA 2004) "Regionalism and Globalisation: The Challenge for Employment Relations"; International Employment Relations Association, Rockhampton.

McGrath-Champ S (2004) Enterprise Bargaining and Australia's New Regional Economies: The Effects of Rescaling Wage Regulation 18th AIRAANZ Conference: New Economies, New Industrial Relations; Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ).

McGrath-Champ S, Yang X, and Kang R (2004) Performance Management And Cross-Cultural Training In Australian Firms In China Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy Conference ANZIBA 2004; University of Canberra, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia.

Rosewarne S, McGrath-Champ S, Toner P, and Morgan C (2004) Labour Force Challenges in the Australian Building and Construction Industry: Skills Infrastructure and Migrant Workers Labour Force Challenges in the Australian Building and Construction Industry: Skills Infrastructure and Migrant Workers, Sydney University.

Shin J, McGrath-Champ S, and Rosewarne S (2004) The impact of Korean-speaking migrant workers on the skill formation and the labour market in the Australian construction industry International Industrial Relations Association, Asian Regional Congress; International Industrial Relations Association, Seoul, South Korea.

2003

Journal Article

McGrath-Champ S (2003) Employment benefits in enterprise agreements: An overview Australian Bulletin of Labour, 29 (1), 46-61.

Conference Proceeding

McGrath-Champ S, and Baird M (2003) Enterprise bargaining, the network economy and the changing nature of human resource management: an Australian perspective The International Industrial Relations Association World Congress, Germany.

Book Chapters

McGrath-Champ S (2003) Employment benefits in enterprise agreements: an overview of recent provisions Employee Entitlements in Australia: Proceedings of conference "Employee Entitlements in Australia" held at University of Sydney; University of Newcastle, Employment Studies Centre, Newcastle, N.S.W, 26-34.

McGrath-Champ S, and Baird M (2003) Human resource management in the era of enterprise bargaining Developments in Enterprise Bargaining in Australia; Tertiary Press, Victoria, 197-215.

Selected grants

2017-2018

2015

2014 - 2018

2013-2014

Recent Units Taught

  • WORK2217 International Human Resource Management

  • WORK6108 International Dimensions of HRM

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